What is the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL)?
Historically referred to as ‘HPL’, the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League is a new league created by BC Soccer to provide a higher calibre of player training and competition than what was provided by the Metro and Selects Leagues. Eight BCSPL franchises were granted to organizations in BC, six of which are located in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Coastal FC (formerly South Fraser FC) received one of these founding BCSPL franchises.
The BCSPL was created to not only implement a more competitive game environment for the province’s top youth players, but also to provide a higher calibre training environment and more professional club organization and operation. BCSPL coaches need to meet specific technical requirements, and BCSPL coaches and managers are paid positions. There are also no geographic boundaries for the BCSPL, so players are free to join the BCSPL club of their choice.
Who are the players that the BCSPL is focused on?
The BCSPL is for elite level boys and girls playing U13 – U18. BCSPL players should aspire to play in the most competitive environment available, and to achieve their provincial, national, university, and/or professional playing potential.
Why should I play in the BCSPL rather than in the Metro-Select League?
The BCSPL was created to be a higher calibre player development league than the Metro-Select League. In addition to providing higher calibre competition, playing with a South Fraser BCSPL team provides:
- Professional team coaching
- Improved training environment
- Qualified professional staff
- More contact hours (longer season and more training sessions)
The BCSPL is the preferred pathway to higher level player opportunities, including BC Soccer Provincial Team program, Whitecaps full time player programs, the CSA national training centre and youth national teams, and serves as important scouting environment for Canadian and US universities and colleges.
When is the BCSPL Season? Is there a break in the summer?
The main BCSPL season runs from March to November, with a summer break (typically early July to mid August).
For current U12 players (2001 born), there will be a U12/13 Transition Season which runs from September to November 2013. 2001 born players will then play a full season at U13 in the BCSPL starting in March 2014.
Why would I be playing U12/13 this fall and U13 next year, instead of U13 right away?
Under BC Soccer rules, the age for a league is based on the year of the last month of play. So, a season that ends in March 2013 (i.e. Metro Selects) is the same age (i.e. U13) as a season that ends in November 2013 (i.e. BCSPL), regardless of when that season starts. For example, the current BCSPL U13s (1999 born) are playing U13 BCSPL until November 2012, whereas the U13 Metro Selects season ends in March 2012.
Why should I play at Coastal FC?
Coastal FC believes in a player-centered approach to development. This means seeking to provide players with the right environment, coaching, training, and playing opportunities that will allow them to maximize their potential as a player. We have had several players from younger teams gain training and playing time with CFC teams at older ages, and we support players who can move on to the next level (such as continued play at older age groups, Whitecaps Residency Program, Provincial Team Programs, and the CSA NTC and National Team Programs).
We also strive to maintain an environment where players, parents, coaches, volunteers, officials, and opponents are all treated with mutual respect and consideration. We support the CSA’s Long-term Player Development Model, and operate our Club in accordance with the CSA Wellness to World Cup.
Coastal FC has some of the most experienced and educated on field and off field staff in the game in Canada. CLICK HERE for full bios.
The greatest influence on the players are the team coaches. Coastal FC is able to attract many of the top coaches to work with the players on a weekly basis. A full listing of our 2013 coaching staff can be found HERE.
Coastal FC’s player development program includes:
- 3 training sessions per week
- On field and off field support from our TD's and staff coaches
- Comprehensive sports science program
- Specialized GK training
South Surrey Athletic Park, South Fraser’s primary location for training and games, is a top quality facility located in South Surrey and features:
- 2 full size synthetic turf fields
- A dedicated warm up area (turf)
- 8 full size grass fields
- 1 grass field with lights
- Heated change rooms
- Meeting rooms
Through our regional partners, we also have access to high quality fields and facilities located throughout Surrey and Delta.
As the top-tier youth soccer league in the province, the BCSPL is the preferred pathway towards higher-level opportunities. Not only is the league scouted on a regular basis, but South Fraser team and staff coaches are well connected in the soccer community, and many coaches have been actively involved in local university and college teams, Provincial Team Programs, and the CSA National Training Centre.