Alberta Soccer is currently restructuring its Excellence Stream programming – please stay tuned for more information (updated September 27, 2019)
High performance soccer in Alberta is defined by the principles of Long Term Player Development. The pathway is player-centred and coach-led, with support to enable players to reach toward Canada Soccer National Team Programming. The identified environments within Alberta Soccer’s Excellence Stream include the Academy Centres for male players and the Regional EXCEL (REX) centres for female players. Both centres target players between U13 & U18.
Although Alberta Soccer will have less of a role in high-performance player training, we will continue to facilitate advancement of the best players along their development pathways. The technical staff will focus on player identification and scouting events to showcase players to Canada Soccer, professional clubs, and colleges and universities. We will also continue managing teams at multi-sport events, including the Western Canada Summer Games, Canada Summer Games, Arctic Winter Games, and Alberta Winter Games.
Where does the Regional ID Event fit into this new structure/how will Alberta Soccer identify players outside of city centres?
The Licensing will also result in the creation of the Alberta Youth Soccer League (AYSL), starting in the Spring of 2020, in which top players will participate. This league will create a best-on-best environment for high-performance players and will enhance their development opportunities.
In partnership with FC Edmonton, Alberta Soccer technical programming features a REX Centre for female players in the U13-U18 age groups. The REX program immerses players in a best-with-best environment and acts as a pathway to Canada Soccer EXCEL Centres, National Teams, and Colleges & Universities.
View the roster and coaching staff for the 2019-20 cycle here
FC Edmonton also runs a U16-U18 Academy for male players and you can learn more about that here.
In partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Alberta Soccer technical programming features a full-time Boys MLS Academy for U13-U15 players and a REX Centre for female players in the U14-U18 age groups. Both programs immerse players in a best-with-best environment and act as a pathway to Canada Soccer EXCEL Centres, National Teams, Pro Clubs, and Colleges & Universities.
View the roster and coaching staff for the 2019-20 REX cycle here
As part of the Canada Soccer Pathway, the Women’s EXCEL Program is designed to ensure more of Canada’s exceptional young female players find their way into the best competitive environments, so that our Women’s National Team is provided with a steady stream of players meeting high standards to keep us competitive on the world stage.
In other words, Canada Soccer Women’s EXCEL Program aims to develop more Sinclairs, more often. By design, not by chance.
Find out more about the Women’s EXCEL program in Canada in this guide for players and parents
As part of the Canada Soccer Pathway, the Men’s EXCEL stream—led by Canada Soccer in collaboration with provincial partners as well as the country’s professional clubs and private academies—will ensure more of Canada’s exceptional young players find their way into the best competitive environments. Together, we are creating a new national structure to channel talent into professional clubs, and, ultimately, to our National Teams.
Over time, this fundamental transformation will produce more top Canadian players with the world-class skills needed to be truly competitive on the international stage.
Find out more about the Men’s EXCEL program in Canada in this guide for players and parents