BCSPL Intake Teams
What is the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League?
The EA Sports BCSPL is the new (fall 2011) high performance league with eight regional Clubs. It represents the highest level of youth soccer in the province. Players aspiring to play in this league require commitment and dedication to the program.
It is the goal of BC Soccer to continue to be committed to a comprehensive approach to improve player development in British Columbia, ultimately, to make Canada a stronger soccer nation. Part of the broad-based plan was the creation and development of a High Performance League in BC.
The BCSPL will deliver on the following key development initiatives:
- Support the CSA's "player first" mentality and it's Long Term Player Development Strategy
- Harmonize all high performance levels of programming
- Eliminates congestion and provides greater clarity for all stakeholders
- Works within existing and supporting structures
- Drives improvements to all aspects of high performance soccer
Coastal FC strives to develop, prepare, and expose players to the next level of play. This may include national/professional opportunities, but more realistically and perhaps more importantly, we are working on developing a college/university preparation and planning program that aligns off field preparation with on field training.
Evaluation & Selection Process
The 2013 BCSPL intake is for boys and girls born in 2001. Younger players (2002) can be evaluated and considered.
BC Soccer governs the evaluation window and the process for offering spots and officially signing players to the team.
Players are required to pre-register for evaluations.
- Evaluation window opens: February 15, 2013
- Evaluation window closes: March 17, 2013
Coastal FC Evaluation Dates:
- Feb 16 - SSAP 10 - 3:00 - 4:30 (open)
- Feb 18 - SSAP 4 - 7:00 - 8:30 (open)
- Feb 20 - SSAP 4 - 7:00 - 8:30 (invitation only)
- Feb 17 - SSAP 10 - 4:30 - 6:00 (open)
- Feb 18 - SSAP 4 - 5:30 - 7:00 (open)
- Feb 20 - SSAP 4 - 5:30 - 7:00 (invitation only)
Following the invitation only evaluation players may be offered a spot on the Coastal FC intake team. Players have the option to sign immediately but are not required to do so.
A full intake FAQ has been produced by BC Soccer. You can view the document HERE.
What happens if I am offered and accept a spot?
The intake teams will play an exhibition season during the spring (April-June) of 2013. This will include 2 training sessions per week, exhibition games, and tournament play.
The spring calendar and budget will be presented at a parent/player meeting in late March.
The official start of the team in the EA Sports BCSPL will be in the fall of 2013.
Who are the coaches?
Coastal FC is pleased to offer some of the most qualified coaches in Canada to work with our 2013 intake teams.
Boys - Niall Thompson
- USSF 'A' License
- Playing Experience: Canadian Men's National Team, English Premiership, Vancouver Whitecaps
Girls - Bob Birarda
- Canadian 'B' License
- 6 years coaching with the Canadian National Team
- Coached in 4 FIFA World Cups
- Coached in the Beijing Olympics
- Coached in 5 CONCACAF Championships
- Former Head Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Women