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Canada Soccer Women’s U-17 National EXCEL Program invites 26 players into second last camp of 2017

Posted on 26 September 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

The NEX camp will take place in Burnaby, BC from 28 September to 5 October More

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

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Canada Soccer Women’s U-17 National EXCEL (NEX) Program has invited 26 players into its second last camp of 2017, as efforts ramp up ahead of a competitive 2018 beginning with the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship in Nicaragua 19-29 April, which will determine qualification for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 running 13 November to 1 December 2018.

The NEX camp will take place in Burnaby, BC from 28 September to 5 October.

“This is an incredibly critical time for the development of these players and the group, as we look ahead to major competitions next year and their progression up through the overall system. Our strategy of centralising our most promising NEX talent into our REX Super Centres is now underway, so it’s really exciting to see the strides made by players since we were last together collectively.” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer National EXCEL Director 14-20.  “We have a fantastic tournament experience from the China series to draw from as we continue to build upon the Women’s EXCEL curriculum and playing model but the staff will also work hard one-on-one with players off the field to provide clear focus areas between now and the next camp to keep pushing players to reach new levels.”

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 National EXCEL Program has already held camps in May and June and competed in a four nations tournament in China in 2017, providing several critical touchpoints for technical staff to work with the players.

“The group now understands the demands of international tournament football and with the CONCACAF Championship around the corner, we have our eye on ensuring this group qualifies in order to provide these individuals with the best learning platform of all, a FIFA tournament,” said Priestman.  “These sorts of experiences are exactly what is needed to support the development of our players as they aim to progress towards the Women’s National Team and the top level of women’s football.” 

Canada won the CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship in 2010, placed second in 2012 and 2013, and third in 2008 and 2016.   Three teams from the CONCACAF region will qualify from the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship Nicaragua for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018. Canada has qualified for every FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup since the tournaments inception in 2008, and has reached the quarterfinals three times, in 2008, 2012, and 2014.

With the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup also taking place in 2018, the Canada Soccer NEX Program is moving into high gear to prepare players for the international stage.

“We know next year will be a big one for all youth players in the system, so we’ve been putting in the work to prepare them throughout 2017 which has included tournaments and multiple development camps, some of which have included John Herdman (Canada Soccer’s Women’s Program Director and National Team Head Coach), which I think signifies the alignment and the investment in the overall system with 2019, 2020 and beyond in mind,” added Priestman.

Canada Soccer’s EXCEL System has already produced eight Women’s National Team players, and Olympic bronze medalists, in Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Jessie Fleming, Rebecca Quinn, Janine Beckie, Shelina Zadorsky, Deanne Rose, and Gabrielle Carle, three of whom are still eligible for youth competition.   Additionally, 2018 youth eligible EXCEL players Hannah Taylor, Jordyn Huitema, Sarah Stratigakis, Ashley Cathro have all been called up to Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team in 2017, giving them additional experiences to draw from as they head into 2018.

Over the last four years the quality of experience for young, talented, Canadian female players has improved, inspiring them to reach greater heights, while at the same time providing them with the tools to meet the demands and rigors of the ever-improving international women’s game.  Attracting and helping to retain more talented players to soccer, the EXCEL Program is widening and strengthening the talent base in Canada and creating more opportunities for Canada to excel in future Olympics and FIFA Women’s World Cups.  

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 NEX U-17 Camp Roster (By Name, Year Born, Club and Province)

  1. Oluwateniola (Teni) Akindoju, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX Super Centre (Soccer Nova Scotia REX Program / Dunbrack Soccer Club*), NS
  2. Jayde Riviere, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX Super Centre (Markham Soccer Club OPDL*), ON
  3. Aaliyah Scott, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX Super Centre (Markham Soccer Club OPDL*), ON
  4. Maya Antoine, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX Super Centre (Vaughan Soccer Club OPDL*), ON
  5. Maya Ladhani, 2002, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX Super Centre (Vaughan Soccer Club OPDL*), ON
  6. Andersen Williams, 2002, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX Super Centre (Alberta REX South / Calgary South West United*), AB/ BC
  7. Caitlin Shaw, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX Super Centre, BC
  8. Alyson Hay, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX Super Centre, BC
  9. Mya Jones, 2001, Alberta REX South / Calgary Foothills, AB
  10. Maliah De Rosario, 2001, Markham Soccer Club OPDL, ON
  11. Serita Thurton, 2002, Markham Soccer Club OPDL, ON
  12. Anna Karpenko, 2002, Vaughan Soccer Club OPDL, ON
  13. Olivia Scott, 2001, Aurora Youth Soccer Club OPDL, ON
  14. Kaila Novak, 2002, FC London Academy, ON
  15. Jade Rose, 2003, Unionville SC OPDL, ON
  16. Isabella Hanisch, 2002, Ottawa South United Club OPDL, ON
  17. Ariel Young, 2001, Ottawa Fury, ON
  18. Olivia Cooke, 2001, West Ottawa SC OPDL, ON
  19. Sophie Guilmette, 2001, Quebec REX Super Centre/ Lakeshore SC, QC
  20. Lara Kazandjian, 2002, Quebec REX Super Centre/ Lakeshore SC, QC
  21. Jessica De Fillippo, 2001,  Quebec REX Super Centre / Lakeshore SC, QC
  22. Wayny-Natasha Balata Nguenign, 2001, Quebec REX Super Centre / Lakeshore SC, QC
  23. Julianne Vallerand, 2001, Quebec REX Super Centre/ Varennes, QC
  24. Leonie Portelance, 2001, Quebec REX Super Centre/ Varennes, QC
  25. Elisabeth Tsé, 2002, Quebec REX Super Centre / Phénix des Rivières de Quebec, QC
  26. Latifah Abdu,  2001, Lakeshore SC, QC

 
*Denotes club prior to BC REX Super Centre Residency.
 

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.
 

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