Canada Soccer wraps up dual men's youth camp in Burnaby
Posted on 13 February 2016 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23
It was a positive week for the future of Canada Soccer with 55 players participating in a pair of men's national youth camps in Burnaby, BC. Canada Soccer Technical Director Tony Fonseca had his full complement of youth coaches working with the players for both a Men's U-17 evaluation camp (30 players) and Men's U-15 western identification camp (25 players).
Of note, the U-17 camp featured newly-appointed U-17 coach Paul Stalteri, who will lead the squad on the road to next year's FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 (featuring players born 2000 or later). Other coaches attending the dual camp were U-20 coach Rob Gale, staff coach Ante Jazic, and goalkeeper coach Nuno Santos.
"We had a big group in camp, so it was a great opportunity for us to look at 30 of the players from across the country," said Stalteri, Canada Soccer's Men's National U-17 Team Coach. "Fortunately for us, we have known them for a little while through working with our U-15 program."
For the 30 players attending the U-17 evaluation camp, Canada's coaching staff had the opportunity to assess their progress across the four areas of player development: physical, mental, technical/tactical, and social/emotional.
"We have a big pool of players, probably 35-40 players, so it is a good headache to have," said Stalteri. "Moving ahead, we hope to have a few more camps over the calendar year and we look forward to learning the CONCACAF dates which should be in the new year."
The 12-nation CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship will qualify four nations to the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
"We have a great opportunity for the players to gain that international experience, to get in as many games as they can, before they reach the U-20 level and the Men's National Team," said Stalteri. "Gaining that vital experience in CONCACAF is extremely important in that player development."
Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Stream 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.