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Canada Soccer’s EXCEL program expands with opening of Vancouver Super REX Centre

Posted on 24 July 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and BC Soccer have partnered to open Canada’s second Super REX Centre in Vancouver More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 National Team leaves China with experience to draw from

Posted on 18 July 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 National Team leaves Weifang, China after gaining invaluable experience at the Four Nations Tournament More

Preview: Canada Soccer National EXCEL program continues summer tour with U-17 China Four Nations Tournament

Posted on 11 July 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

With matches against China 12 July, USA 14 July, and Japan 16 July. More

Canada Soccer holds final National EXCEL camp ahead of U-17 Women’s Four Nations Tournament in July

Posted on 2 June 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

The camp will continue to focus on the development of this age group through Canada Soccer’s National EXCEL Curriculum More

Canada Soccer’s EXCEL program prepares 29 young players for international play at U-17 camp in Burnaby, BC

Posted on 18 April 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer is holding its first full development camp for the U-17 eligible group of players More

Canada Soccer holds National EXCEL U15 camp 3-9 April in Burnaby

Posted on 3 April 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer continues to develop young talent within the women’s EXCEL program More

Canada Soccer invites 59 young players into National EXCEL 14-17 identification camps

Posted on 20 February 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

The camps will take place in Laval, QC 20-23 February (East), and in Burnaby, BC from 27 February to 2 March (West). More

Canada Soccer visits FC Edmonton REX Girls program

Posted on 1 December 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

REX Talent Manager Joey Lombardi in Edmonton More

Canada learns valuable lessons in 2-0 loss to Venezuela at Jordan 2016

Posted on 8 October 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada 0:2 Venezuela More

Sarah Stratigakis: Canada’s captain and beating heart

Posted on 6 October 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

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Canada aiming to claim quarter-final berth in final Jordan 2016 group stage match

Posted on 6 October 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada will be looking to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 More

Canada sit atop Group B after 1:1 draw with Germany in second match at Jordan 2016

Posted on 3 October 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada remains unbeaten at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 after drawing Germany More

Preview: Canada's U-17 women ready for their next test against Germany

Posted on 2 October 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

On TSN1 and TSN4 at 12:00 ET / 8:00 PT More

Canada kicks off Jordan 2016 with come-from-behind 3:2 victory

Posted on 30 September 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada 3:2 Cameroon More

Preview: Canadaw17 kicks off at Jordan 2016 against Cameroon

Posted on 29 September 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada on TSN2 and RDS2 More

Well-rounded: Canada Soccer announces roster with a blend of experience for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016

Posted on 23 September 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

21-player squad More

Canada win silver at CONCACAF Girls' Under-15 Championship

Posted on 21 August 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada 0:2 USA More

Canada w15 ready to defend title at CONCACAF Girls' Under-15 Championship

Posted on 19 August 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada 3:1 Mexico More

Canada w15 advance to CONCACAF Semi-Final in Orlando

Posted on 17 August 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada 10:0 Curaçao More

Canada w15 look to extend stay at CONCACAF Girls' Under-15 Championship

Posted on 16 August 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada will face Curaçao on Wednesday 17 August More

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Canada Soccer, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and BC Soccer have partnered to open Canada’s second Super REX Centre in Vancouver, providing Canada’s top youth talent with a daily training environment that supports Canada’s elite women’s youth players through advanced curriculum. As a hub for Canada’s most promising National EXCEL players, the Super REX Centre will welcome relocated players who will experience a nationally aligned training environment with the highest operating standards.

“Players in Canada Soccer’s EXCEL system, are provided with a foundation of technical, tactical, and physical development that aligns with the programing of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Head Coach. “Vancouver Whitecaps FC and BC Soccer have supported Canada Soccer’s development vision and their partnership in this initiative is providing more opportunities for players to train with the best, including those relocated from other areas of Canada. The Super REX centres will provide players an opportunity to develop alongside the best in their age group, which ensures an alignment that will provide Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team with a continued flow of players who have the technical and cultural understanding that will allow them to succeed on the international stage.”

Since the launch of the REX program in 2014, Canada Soccer has made huge gains in the alignment of player development, with eight regional lincensed centres offering 40+ weeks of standard development to 150+ players across the country. Canada Soccer’s first Super REX Centre opened in Quebec in September 2016 and with the addition of the Vancouver Super REX Centre, Canada’s best players will further benefit from standard operating structures, systems and a national curriculum that is aligned with Canada Soccer’s long-term Women’s National Team goals.

“Canada Soccer has created a robust infrastructure and system alignment throughout Canada, providing a strong foundation to build an even better future for our talented players,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. “With these foundations in place, the next four years present an opportunity to sharpen the focus in areas such as the quality and effectiveness of the processes, systems, programs and approaches that impact our EXCEL players as we look towards future FIFA Women’s World Cups and Olympic Games.”

Eight players from outside British Columbia will join the Vancouver Super REX Centre, including six players who were recently part of Canada’s National EXCEL U-17 and U-20 teams (Teni Akindoju, 2001, Soccer Nova Scotia REX Program / Dunbrack Soccer Club, Halifax, NS; Aaliyah Scott, 2001, Markham Soccer Club (OPDL), Pickering, ON; Jayde Riviere, 2001, Markham Soccer Club (OPDL), Pickering, ON; Maya Antoine, 2001, Vaughan Soccer Club (OPDL), Vaughan, ON; Maya Ladhani, 2002, Vaughan Soccer Club (OPDL), Guelph, ON; Tanya Boychuck, 2000, FC Edmonton Girls REX, Edmonton, AB).

“We are honoured to be selected by Canada Soccer as a Super REX centre,” said Emma Humphries, Whitecaps FC BC REX head coach and girls academy director. “We are very excited to now be welcoming out-of-province players to join our group here in BC. These additions will only strengthen our development structure, our competitive environment, and the pathway to Canada Soccer’s youth and senior national teams.”

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite program will officially become a Canada Soccer Super REX Centre on 5 September, welcoming top women’s soccer prospects from across the country.
The Canada Soccer EXCEL program aligns the National EXCEL (NEX) and Regional EXCEL (REX) training environments to provide the most talented 13 to 18-year-olds across Canada with 3,000+ high quality training hours over their six-year EXCEL journey. With a standardised approach to player development, Canada’s EXCEL players benefit from the opportunity to train with the best young players, within Canada Soccer’s established system and national curriculum, as they move through their journey to Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team.
 

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 Team leaves Weifang, China after gaining invaluable experience at the Four Nations Tournament with a 3-1 loss to China, a 1-1 draw with the USA and a 3-1 loss to Japan. Jordyn Huitema will return to Canada as a new record holder as the first Canadian to score for all three levels of Canada Soccer’s National Teams in one year.

Canada 1:3 China
The match against China was one of two halves, with evident nerves contributing to a slow start for the Reds, but the second half had China on their heels and showed Canada’s attacking strength.

“We are really proud of how the team played, especially in the second half,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer National EXCEL Director 14-20, after the first match. “In the first half, the nerves were evident, especially for the players putting the Canada shirt on for the first time, so we challenged them at halftime to be brave and really get on ball a little bit more. We had lots of chances in the second half, Jordyn Huitema and Jayde Riviere, who both also featured in the U20 tournament, came on and really changed the game with their experience and quality on the ball. Huitema scored an excellent goal, and could have had four or five more, having come inches of the post a few times.”

Huitema’s 83rd minute goal was her fourth of the year, following one against the USA for the U-20 team in Australia earlier in July, and two for the Women’s National Team against Costa Rica in June.

Canada 1:1 USA
Canada came out strong against its regional foes but went into halftime down a goal after the US converted a corner in the 21st minute. Coming out of halftime with renewed determination, Canada drew even with the US in the 51st minute when Ariel Young converted a Canadian corner.

“I thought the girls vastly improved from our first game here, having got the nerves out of the way,” said Priestman after the draw. “We defended very well, but we also had some very good chances, particularly in the first half. It was a gritty performance and the team will gain confidence from this match, having really found belief in themselves and brought alive what we’ve been asking of them.”

Canada 1:3 Japan
Canada’s final match against former youth champions Japan, showed continued determination and further prepared the team for the upcoming CONCACAF qualification campaign. Canada’s goal came on a cross into the middle of the box, when Teni Akindoju picked up the ball off a teammate’s deflection, slipped past a sprawling defender and put it hard and high over the keeper.

“I saw some of our best possession and bravery on the ball this tournament against Japan,” said Priestman. “With in-game injuries to key players, there were some really tired legs in the second half due to the use of unplanned subs and the girls put it all out there for their country. I was particularly pleased with the first half, I felt we were dangerous while disciplined and able to deal with the problems Japan threw at us, but later in the second half the accumulated fatigue against a good Japanese team was evident.”

Summing up the experience, Priestman expressed continued appreciation for the efforts of the EXCEL group and hope for the future of this squad as they head towards the next qualification tournament.

“This is really just the start for the group, and they showed huge growth over a short period,” she said. “The important thing from here is that the learnings are used to keep pushing both individuals and the group forward in their daily Regional EXCEL Centres and future National EXCEL camps. The experience of playing two top Asian teams preparing for qualifiers and the US so early in a cycle can’t be underestimated as it really allowed us to take a snapshot of where we are currently and provided us with a great starting point to build upon. The tournament also provided us with an excellent practice run for future tournaments coping with travel, the heat, tight turnarounds and related pressures, all of which these players will be exposed to in the future, so it was an excellent development experience overall.”

The Four Nations Tournament in Weifang, China was a key touchpoint prior to CONCACAF qualification for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018, and provided Canada Soccer’s technical staff with an opportunity to assess the group and better understand the curriculum needs going in to 2018’s major events, as well as the development needs of individuals in their journey towards the Women’s National Team.

Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada’s Women’s National Team.

The Canada Soccer EXCEL program featured 39 young Canadians born between 1998 and 2003 in the two friendly tournaments in Australia and China in July, providing crucial international experience to Canada’s youth squads.

Jordyn Huitema, Jayde Riviere and Maya Antoine represented Canada in both the U-20 and U-17 competitions. Canada Soccer’s EXCEL System has already produced eight Women’s National Team players and Olympic bronze medalists, and the development is continuing in full stride as EXCEL players who have already played with the Women’s National Team, including Sarah Stratigakis, Gabrielle Carle, and Jordyn Huitema competed for Canada in Australia.
 

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL program is preparing for a U17 Four Nations Tournament in Weifang, China, with matches against China 12 July, USA 14 July, and Japan 16 July.

“We are looking forward to three matches against three difficult opponents, including two Asian teams who are preparing for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualification in September, and we have our neighbours from the USA who have brought some experienced players who played in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer National EXCEL Director 14-20. “I think we are going to have three very tough games, but three very tough games that I believe this group of players can manage by implementing the things they have learned over the last couple of camps in this U-17 cycle.”

The young squad in China will be presented with many firsts on their Canada Soccer journey.  With a heat wave engulfing Weifang and temperatures reaching 37 degrees Celsius during the day, Canada Soccer’s U-17 team will get an opportunity to experience playing in difficult conditions, a reality of international competition, that prepares players for future fixtures.   Additionally, many members of the young squad will wear the maple leaf on their chest for the first time.

“For many of the players this tournament will be the first time they put on the Canadian jersey in international competition and it represents the beginning of their journey through the Canada Soccer system, a pressure that can’t be underestimated,” said Priestman.  “For others who have played in this tournament, or a prior FIFA Women’s World Cup at the youth level, it’s an opportunity to continue their development and bring their experience to the rest of the squad.  There are some really difficult weather conditions here in China, and with that, the group must adapt and learn how to play in high temperatures, which will help them when they progress to qualification for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.” 

In the lead up to the FIFA youth tournaments slated for next year, there will be an additional development camp in 2018, as well as a CONCACAF tournament to qualify for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup expected early in the year.  

“Our objective, for all our EXCEL players, continues to focus on development through our nationally aligned talent development system to ensure a progression towards the Women’s National Team and the top level of women’s football,” said Priestman.  “These tournaments, in alignment with their national and regional training environments, is crucial to truly maximize our curriculum and reach our potential in producing world class players.

Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada’s Women’s National Team.

Canada Soccer Women’s U17 EXCEL Team (China Four Nations Tournament)
 
Match Schedule (all times local):

  •        July 12:
    •    16:00 USA VS Japan
    •    19:35 China VS Canada
  •        July 14:
    •    16:00 Canada VS USA
    •    19:35 China VS Japan
  •        July 16:
    •    16:00 Japan VS Canada
    •    19:35 USA VS China


Roster (By Name, Year Born, Club and Hometown)

  1. Oluwateniola (Teni) Akindoju, 2001, Soccer Nova Scotia REX Program / Dunbrack Soccer Club,
  2. Aaliyah Scott, 2001, Markham Soccer Club, Pickering, ON
  3. Jayde Riviere, 2001, Markham Soccer Club, Pickering, ON
  4. Maliah De Rosario, 2001, Markham Soccer Club,
  5. Serita Thurton, 2002, Markham Soccer Club, Ajax, ON
  6. Anna Karpenko, 2002, Vaughan Soccer Club,
  7. Maya Antoine, , Vaughan Soccer Club, Vaughan, ON
  8. Maya Ladhani, 2002, Vaughan Soccer Club,
  9. Olivia Scott, 2001, Aurora Youth Soccer Club, Aurora, ON
  10. Sonia Walk, 2002, North Toronto Nitros,
  11. Kaila Novak, 2002, FC London Academy,
  12. Isabella Hanisch, 2002, Ottawa South United Club,
  13. Ariel Young, 2001, Ottawa Fury,
  14. Jordyn Huitema, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex, Chilliwack, BC
  15. Caitlin Shaw, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex,
  16. Maya Rogers, 2003, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex, Vancouver, BC
  17. Julianne Vallerand, 2001, Quebec REX / Varennes, Terrebonne, QC
  18. Audrey Chelsie François, 2004, Quebec REX / CS Monteuil U15 F AAA, Laval, QC
  19. Elisabeth Tsé, 2002, Quebec REX / Phénix des Rivières de Quebec, Quebec City, QC
  20. Sophie Guilmette, 2001, Quebec REX / Lakeshore SC,
  21. Lara Kazandjian, 2002, Quebec REX / Lakeshore SC,
  22. Latifah Abdu, 2001, Lakeshore U16AAA, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC 

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