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Development Team Tryouts

It’s Development Teams tryout time !

Tryout #1 –  Sunday June 18th – 7pm to 9pm – Mission #15
Tryout #2  – Monday June 19th –  7pm to 9pm  – Mission #9

U9 Boys (2009)
U10 Boys (2008)
U11 Boys (2007)
U12 Boys (2006)

U11 Girls (2007/2008)

Our Development Team Program is well and truly established now, and is rapidly gaining a reputation across the entire Province of being one of the very best development programs available anywhere !

These teams train 3-4 times a week all year round with a full time, professional coach. We play in weekly inter squad training matches. We also travel around the Province and compete in a variety of events, leagues and tournaments resulting in around 30-35 competitive matches spread across the year against hand picked teams teams such as Calgary Blizzard, TSSFaly Soccer Academy, Western Canada Rush to name just a few to ensure competitive games against top quality opponents.

Our aim is to develop as many players as possible through the U9 to U12 years who are able to compete and play in The BC Soccer Premier League and beyond. This is the recognized pathway for the elite soccer player in British Columbia, leading to opportunities with the Provincial Program and with The Whitecaps Residency Program.

This year we are very excited to add our first ever girls team to our program.

Our Development Team tryouts are open to any players interested in becoming part of our academy program, not just those currently attending the Academy.  There is no cost to attend just register and show up at the field for Tryout #1 and be assessed.

Tryout #2 – will be by invite only. Successful players will need to attend both tryouts.  Under age players can try out with permission only (please contact us beforehand with your details)

Roster size of each squad will be 12 and we will only ever field one team at each age group.  In 2017/18 we will have 5 teams in total
If selected, we will ask you to commit to Soccaskool from July 2017 to July 2018.

Our younger players, U9 and U10 are able to participate in COYSA programs throughout the year if they wish to but our older players U11 and U12 are not.

Our existing teams are highly competitive and there is increased interest every year so it will not be easy to gain a spot on a Soccaskool Development Team but everybody who attends our tryouts will be fully and fairly assessed.

Come out and give it a go ! Get out your comfort zone it’s where the MAGIC Happens !

 

 

 

Soccaskool Tournament a Great Success

The Okanagan Sun shone brightly for us last weekend as Soccaskool hosted their first ever tournament event at Kelowna City Park.

The tournament was in jamboree format for boys teams in the U9, U10, U11 & U12 Development divisions and we were delighted to welcome academy teams from The Lower Mainland, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vernon & Kamloops. City Park in the sunshine proved to be an excellent venue and we had large crowds come out to watch some excellent soccer.

Our Soccaskool Development Teams, as always, did us proud and competed extremely well playing an attractive brand of soccer and all our games were close and exciting.

Our U9s were unbeaten for the entire year going into the weekend, and once again produced some excellent performances and results but were undone by a fantastic FC Barcelona Escola U9 Academy team which we actually didn’t mind too much as it gives us a higher bar to strive towards ! Congratulations to Barca

Similar story to our U10s, who had an up and down weekend. They produced an excellent battling performance against an older Supra team to come from 2-0 down to tie the match at 2-2 but later under performed against a strong Western Canada Rush team.  Again, we will take the opportunity to learn from this match and continue to encourage our players to understand the importance of pre game preparation. Congratulation to Western Canada Rush !

Our U11s were their usual consistent selves and, despite being low on squad numbers for the weekend, dominated the ball in every match and produced the inevitable results !

Our U12s had the toughest challenge of the weekend, which is how we wanted it to be. Playing against older opponents on the full field in 11 a side format was very difficult for them but they showed great character and determination to battle all weekend & produce some great soccer. This U12 squad is ready for BCSoccer Premier League tryouts !

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Overall our tournament weekend proved to be a great success and we will certainly be looking to stage this event on an annual basis moving forward.

Thank you to all the parents for your help & support, to the visiting teams for supporting our tournament & most of all to the players for your efforts in producing some very exciting soccer !

Soccaskool Hosting Development Team Tournament

This weekend May 6th & 7th we are looking forward to hosting our first Soccaskool Tournament.  Games will be played at both Kelowna City Park & Lillooet Soccer Field on Dilworth.

We are excited to see our U9 through U12 Development Teams playing games in their home towns with great support from there families and friends against some high caliber teams that are visiting from as far as Victoria,  Nanaimo & the Lower Mainland as well as some academy teams from Kamloops & Vernon.

Come out and cheer on the kids during what will no doubt be some high quality soccer from many talented players from across the province.

Click here for Full Tournament Schedule

Interested in becoming part of the Soccaskool Program and interested in our Development Team Programs then come see for yourself the skill level of our full time players.

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Development Team Evaluations for Next Years Program will be coming up soon.  Follow our website or Facebook Page for Evaluation Dates.

Pictures Courtesy of Heatherly.ca

 

Development Teams Conquer the Island 

Our Development Teams are well into their spring season, with an extremely busy playing schedule.All four teams were competing at a development tournament in Victoria last week. It was our first of two road trips to the Island this year (next month we head to Nanaimo) and our teams had a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyed the soccer experience.

The sun shone all weekend and there was some excellent soccer on show throughout the weekend. Each of our teams played four matches against similar academies to our own as well as club teams from Victoria and Nanaimo.

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Soccaskool’s Development Teams have already gained quite the reputation in the Lower Mainland for excellence and we introduced ourselves to The Island by recording 15 wins and just 1 defeat over the course of the weekend !

More importantly, our teams played some attractive soccer and provided the large crowds with lots of entertainment !

Goals Galore as Development Teams Enjoy Futsal Experience

It was FUTSAL last weekend for the Soccaskool Development Teams, as we travelled to Vernon to take part in a futsal tournament competing against teams from Vernon and Nelson.

Our players had practised in futsal format for the two weeks leading up to this event so we were well prepared for the differences between futsal and the indoor soccer that we usually play. All of the matches were played on a hard surface gymnasium floor and with a heavier ball which the players had to adapt to. One thing that our players had no trouble at all in adapting to was the speed of the game. The way we encourage our teams play, with very quick ball movement, is perfectly suited to futsal and we were able to enjoy some excellent periods of play which made for some very exciting games.

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From our academy we sent 5 teams to the tournament. Three of these teams competed in the U12 division and the other two competed at U10.

Thank you to our friends from EFS for hosting the event and for making us welcome. Overall the tournament was an excellent experience for everyone with each of our teams performing well with great success.

Development Teams enjoy game day in Kamloops

Soccaskool’s U10s were in action this weekend in Kamloops. They joined our U11s and our U9s for a full day of matches against Soccer Quest Academy. All of the games were played on Quest’s indoor 6 a side facility in Kamloops, and the two academies enjoyed a great day of matches together across the age groups. All games produced some very exciting, good quality soccer and were enjoyed by large crowds of parents and fans.

Our U11s and U12s also enjoyed an excellent inter squad match at CNC in Kelowna on Saturday

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The quality of soccer on show from all of our Development Teams this weekend demonstrates perfectly that our program has a continous feel to it these days. Each of our teams, from U9 to U12 were trying to play a similar brand and style of quick, slick, attacking soccer. These teams have now reached the half way point of our 2016-17 Development Teams Program. They will continue to practice 3 times a week through the winter months, and will play the occasional inter squad matches, resuming a full competitive playing schedule in March.

At this point, each of our teams have had a full five months of practice and have played in around 20 competitive matches. The development progress of these teams and these players was there for all to see this weekend !