Competitive Pathway
Boys U14 – A Cup

The program’s primary focus is to develop and support players wishing to pursue soccer at a post-secondary level while competing at the 2025 Provincial A Cup level.

Players will train 2-3 times a week and compete for the Provincial A Cup. The goal is for the team is to qualify for the Canada Soccer National Championships.

The team will also attend college showcases for players to be scouted by college and university caches. College showcase rosters may include invited players outside of the Program.

Changes brought forward by BC Soccer to the BCSPL intake and exciting years and the need to foster a stronger pathway connecting youth to adult soccer have helped guide WIA’s program offerings.

We are excited to announce the launch of our integrated
Men’s High-Performance Pathway (Men’s HP Program) which includes

Boy’s Competitive Pathway (U14 & U17)
Men’s U21 (U18 – U21) – VISL 
 and Men’s PCSL (U23)

TECHNICAL LEADS

eddiem

Eddie Mukahanana

QUALIFICATIONS:
UEFA A Diploma
Canada Soccer A Licence
United States Soccer Federation A License
Respect in Sports
Making Headway in Soccer
Make Ethical Decisions

Mental Health in Sport
Technical Director Diploma 
Manny Gomez

Manny Gomez

QUALIFICATIONS:
CANADA SOCCER YOUTH LICENCE
CANADA SOCCER C LICENCE
RESPECT IN SPORTS
MAKING HEADWAY IN SOCCER
MAKE ETHICAL DECISIONS
AFTA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL COACH DEGREE (IN PROGRESS)

The program provides

  • A focus on individual technical training
  • A focus on positional tactical training
  • Access to Sports Sciences
  • Competitive environments

Training sessions include

  • Team field sessions with an emphasis on topics such as proactive decision-making and tactical game management
  • Team strategies
  • Speed of play

 

Program Schedule

Pre-Collegiate Program – August 2024 to March 2025
BC A CUP – May 2025 to July 2025 (Not included in Program Fees)

Training Block 1: August – December 2024

  • Training session locations – CML TURF
  • 2-3 Training sessions per week (Technical, Tactical)
    • 75 mins training sessions
  • 1x League game per week

Training Block 2: January – March 2025

  • Training session locations – CML TURF
  • 2-3 Training sessions per week (Technical, Tactical and Physical)
    • 75 mins training sessions
  • 1x League  game per week
  • The Players College Showcase Tournament in Las Vegas (March 2024)

Training Block 3: April – June 2025

    • WIA will declare a team into A Cup
    • Training session locations – UVIC/ CML Turf
    • 2-3 Training sessions per week (Technical, Tactical and Physical)
      • 75 mins training sessions

 Program Fees

  • $2,250 includes GST
  • Additional Fees
    • $150 Full Kit Fee includes GST (New Players)
  • All 18 players receive
    • A Standards-based curriculum
    • 2-3  Technical/Tactical sessions per week
    • Strength and Conditioning sessions
    • Lower Island Soccer Association Development League Games
    • Professional coaching
  • Fees include BC A CUP (Tier 2) April – June 2025

Training Schedule (2024/2025)

MonTechnical Sessions7:00 pm – CML TURF
WedTechnical/Physical Training7:00 pm – CML TURF
FriTactical Sessions5:30 pm – CML TURF/UVIC TURF
SatLISA Matches12:30 – CML TURF

Season Plan

PRE-SEASON

COMPETITIVE

CYCLE PHASE I

COMPETITIVE

CYCLE PHASE II

MEASURE &

EVALUATE

PREPARE &

PLAY

PLAY &

COMPETE

AUGUST – SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER – MARCH

APRIL – JULY

Physical testing,

Tactical, Technical &

Functional introduction

Individual Development Plans (IDP)

Physical, Tactical,

Technical & Functional Competition

and tactical phase.

U16/17 LISA & College Showcase

Competition & tactical phase

BC A CUP (TIER 2)

Physical Development: Primary development of aerobic power, acyclic speed and explosive strength.

Technical: Focus on speed of passing and receiving technique, ball controlling in small space, perception and quick execution of passing, overall ball control, receiving to turn at speed and finishing.

Psychosocial: Commitment to the team, increase concentration and self-control.

Tactical: Application of attacking and defending principles in SSG.

Social/Emotional: Cooperation, Communication, Respect and Discipline.

  1. Making passes, receiving to turn and finishing at speed under pressure
  2. Playing short passes at speed in small spaces.
  3. Coordination of tactical principles with teammates.
  4. Coordinate the counterattack and pressing in SSG.
  5. Show good fitness in mid/high demanding aerobic power practices.
  6. Showing good technique under pressure in fatigue.

LOWER ISLAND SOCCER YOUTH LEAGUE

WIA U16/17 players will compete in the Lower Island Soccer Association’s Development League and the VISL U21 League.

The LISA League is a winter competitive league in which teams compete for the BC Soccer Provincial A and B Cup Championship. www.lowerislandsoccer.com

VANCOUVER ISLAND SOCCER LEAGUE (VISL)

The Vancouver Island Soccer League is a winter competitive league for our players to compete for the BC Men’s Provincial Championship and Canadian National Men’s Championships. www.visl.org

PROFESSIONAL TRIALS AND COLLEGE SHOWCASE TOURNAMENTS

The WIA players have the opportunity to explore professional opportunities in Spain and Portugal through our exchange programs. There are also opportunities to be scouted at international tournaments and college showcases in the US and Canada. https://westcastleinternationalacademy.com/international-tournaments/

2023-2024 Tentative Showcase Tournament

TOURNAMENT

DATE

VENUE

AGE

Labour Day CupSeptember 1-4, 2023Seattle, WAU16/17
The Players College Showcase TournamentMarch 2024Nevada, USAU16/17

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