Summer 2020: The Future of Soccer
Subject: Important message to parents & players regarding club certification changes implemented by Soccer Canada.
This year, soccer in Canada will see its biggest change in decades and that also means big changes at our club. Westmount Soccer Club, along with every other club in Canada is currently undergoing a club certification process . This process is meant to further establish each club and ensure consistency in opportunity, organization, and development of players and ultimately the sport itself. WSC is aiming to acquire a Regional Club License/Certification which currently supports both A level and AA level teams.
To sum up, this country is getting more serious about soccer, which is wonderful. For starters, Soccer Canada (SC) is raising the standards and accountability for clubs across the nation. In addition, SC is putting in place a new development system for our youngest kids (U8 – U12) aimed at building their love of the game and keep them playing for life.
More importantly: the changes and shifts in focus is mandatory for all soccer clubs across Canada. It will mean more work for our coaches, staff and volunteers as we step up to meet these new standards. It will also require enthusiasm and patience from players and parents as we try to adapt and get better as an organization.
Important Changes for U8 to U12 Teams (Male & Female):
Tryouts (renamed: Preseason Training Camp):
1. We no longer have tryouts to determine the roster of the team. Instead, we accept any player that processes their registration payment on a first-come, first service basis. Each team will have a maximum capacity (based on coaching availability). If a parent registers after the team is at maximum capacity, we will waitlist the player.
- For example: The U8 Development Team has 16 spots available, so regardless of skill level, we will accept all players who complete registration payment, up to a maximum of 16 players for this team (maximum capacity varies per team). You will be notified by email when the opportunity to complete registration by making payment will open for your team to reserve the place.
2. Claiming a spot on the team is done on a First Come – First Serve basis. Upon registration, parents will receive an email outlining how to complete their registration and reserve their spot (usually upon payment of their registration).
3. To ensure the players and parents maintain their commitment to the team, what would have originally been two tryout dates are now two Preseason Training Camp dates (March 29th and April 5th) to determine skill level which will help with creating the skill based teams throughout the season. Attendance to one or both preseason training camp days is mandatory to reserve your spot (ideally, players attend both practices).
- EXCEPTION: U8 Players will not have this “first practice/tryout” rule.
4. Registration Fees: a slight increase to accommodate the club fees required for classification/licensing.
- Development Team(s) – U8 – $300.00 CAD.
- “A” Teams (U9/U10/U11/U12) $350.00 CAD.
*Refer to Refund Policy Here
5. Throughout the season players will have the opportunity to participate in two practices each week. Although highly encouraged, attending both is not mandatory, but it does provide players with increased opportunity to experience the ball at their feet!
6. Most games will be on the weekends and there will be no midweek games during the school year.
U13 and Up (Male and Female):
1. There are no major changes that we need to inform you of. The Training Camp/Early Evaluation (formerly “tryouts”) remain the same, with registration completed once a player has successfully been rostered to the team.
2. To be considered as a player, you must attend one or both Training Camp/Early Evaluation dates.
- Registration Fees: All “A” Teams will be charged $350.00, all “AA” teams will be charged $400.00 CAD; this slight increase in registration fees is to accommodate the club certification requirements and fees required for accreditation.
U13 and Up Tryout Dates:
- Saturday March 28th: U18 Team
- Sunday, March 29th: All Teams (Except U18 & Senior Team)
- Saturday, April 4th: Senior Team
- Sunday, April 5th: All Teams
*Specific Times will be sent to you via email.
WSC Summer 2020 Teams:
|FEMALE TEAMS||MALE TEAMS|
|U9 A Team
|U10 A Team
(There will be 2 groups)
|U11 A Team
|U12 A Team
|U13 A Team
|U14 A Team
|U16 AA Team
|U18 AA Team
2001 and older
We understand that some of you might be apprehensive about these developments. But we believe that they will ultimately make WSC better in the years ahead, increasing the quality of our club overall while attracting new players and bolstering the enjoyment they get from the game. Not to mention, if we want a club, it is mandatory to be a certified club.
All that said, change is not always easy and we want to be as transparent as we can with you to ensure the transitions are as easy as they can be. Thus, please refer to our FAQ section below concerning the certification; we will be adding information as it comes.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Your Westmount Soccer Club board.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
- When was this club licensing program launched?
In July 2018, Soccer Canada launched its new Club Licensing Program. This program is designed to raise the standards of soccer development across the country. It asks all clubs to improve the way they’re organized with a view to make the game more fun, inclusive and structured for players so they continue to play well into their teens.
- Which license is Westmount Soccer Club applying for?
Clubs in Quebec are required to apply for 1 of 4 different types of licenses. Westmount Soccer Club is applying for a license as a Regional Club.
- What is the BIGGEST change related to this new structure?
The biggest change related to these license applications is how soccer will be structured for our youngest players. Each club has to set up a Club Development Centre (CDC) system for players up to U12 age groups.
- What is the Club Development Centre (CDC)?
Each week our practices will mimic more of a development program, where players rotate through stations and gain knowledge from various educators (formerly coaches).
- When is this structure required to be in place?
These systems, which are required to be in place by May 2020, are subject to annual evaluations by Soccer Quebec as well.
- Why did they remove tryouts for the U8 to U12 teams?
If you missed it above, there are no tryouts and team selections. All children who complete a paid registration can participate and play. However, there may be limitations on the number of players accepted because of the availability of field time and coaching.
Rationale: Keep more kids playing soccer longer and building their love of the game. No player should be told they’re not good enough at this age. Research from the U.S. National Alliance for Youth Sports shows 70% of kids stop playing organized sports by the age of 13. The reasons they quit varies from fear or making mistakes to not receiving enough playing time (touches on the soccer ball is key to improving!)
- The Club Development Centres, distributes coaches and staff among all the teams and players; is that a good thing?
Every club player deserves to have access to the same training and opportunities. How much and how a player wants to train will depend on their interest and not on their level of talent.
- Are there permanent teams for the younger players?
Where ane age group has more than one team, players will no longer be assigned to be part of a permanent team for the season. Rather, players will be divided into groups based on specific criteria, such as month of birth, physical size, or progress made in their skill development. These groups will be decided by the coaches and will change periodically.
Rationale: Players will gain access to a wider variety of friends and coaches in both games and training. Allegiances players might have felt towards a specific team will be replaced over time with an even stronger association with the club.
- How will practices be organized?
Groups of different ages and abilities will train on the field together at the same time under the supervision of a senior coach. Practices will be organized using different stations that emphasize different skills.
Rationale: Using work stations in practices and swapping coaches in and out will increase the stimulation for children by exposing them to a wider variety of voices and experiences.
We will add questions/answers as they come!