Canada Soccer U-15 Showcase a success for Men's National Team Program
Posted on 20 May 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
Canada Soccer's future stars were on display this week as more than 100 young players from across the country were in Toronto. The Men's National Team Program had the opportunity to watch and engage with young prospects taking part in the third annual Canada Soccer U-15 Showcase.
The 10-match, round-robin 2017 showcase featured a Canadian select squad and the academy/residency squads from Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Edmonton, Toronto FC, and Impact Montréal FC. In all, 26 goals were scored throughout the week, with six of the 10 matches separated by just one goal.
Since 2015, more than 200 players have participated in the Canada Soccer U-15 Showcase. From the first year, a few players like Michael Baldisimo, Jonathan David, Alphonso Davies, Julian Dunn-Johnson, Jordan Faria, and Benson Fazili have already started to make their mark at the professional and/or international levels.
Players at the 2017 Canada Soccer U-15 Showcase are all born 2002 or later, making them eligible in FIFA/CONCACAF competitions at the U-17 level in 2019, the U-20 level until 2021, and the Olympics/U-23 level until 2024.
As part of Canada Soccer's Men's EXCEL Program, the 2017 showcase provides Canada Soccer with an early opportunity for both education to young players as well as scouting by national, provincial/territorial, and professional coaches.
The Canada Soccer U-15 Showcase is organised in co-operation with technical directors from provincial and territorial associations as well as the professional academies. The Canadian select team features players not currently attached to one of the four academy/residency squads, thus ensuring that players from across the country have an opportunity to showcase their talents at a young age.
Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territory partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.