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 2014 BCSPL intake is for boys and girls born in 2002. Younger players (2003) 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.
Key Information & Dates:
- Invitation window (within club/regional partners) - February 7 - March 2, 2014
- Invitation window (outside club/regional partners) - February 23 and onward
Who are Coastal FC's regional partners?
- North Delta Soccer Club
- Surdel Soccer Club
- Surrey FC/Surrey Youth Soccer Association
- Tsawwassen Soccer Club
- Ladner Boys Soccer Club
- Lander Girls Soccer Club
Coastal FC Evaluation Dates:
2002 intake team evaluations will be announced in January 2014.
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 2014. 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 2014.
Who are the coaches?
Coastal FC is pleased to offer some of the most qualified coaches in Canada to work with our 2014 intake teams.
Boys - Paul Bahia
- National "B" License - Canadian Soccer Association
- Technical Director - Surrey Youth Soccer Association
- Men's Head Coach - Douglas College
- Playing Experience: Whitecaps/86ers reserve program, NAC Breda FC (Netherlands), CSA National Training/BC Provincial Team, University of BC
Girls - Mark Pennington
- National "A" License - Canadian Soccer Association
- English FA Coaching Certificate
- BA Hons Sports Development and Coaching, University of Northumbria at Newcastle
- Whitecaps Academy/Staff Coach
- BC Soccer Learning Facilitator
- Former Technical Director - West Van Soccer Club
- Playing Experience: Sunderland AFC - England, University of Northumbria