BCSPL

BC Soccer Premier League

NVFC is proud to be one of a select few soccer clubs in British Columbia selected to be a BC Soccer Premier League Club through the Canada Soccer Association Club Charter Program. In this section you will find valuable information on the BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) as well as details specific to NVFC BCSPL programming.

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BCSPL Sponsors

NVFC would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our sponsors for their on-going support of soccer in North Vancouver.

Player Resources

U13 Intake Team Formation Process & Timelines

Selection Details: A large component of the team formation process is based on in-season knowledge various NVFC Club staff and partner Club (WVFC/NSGSC) staff have accumulated on the age group. Ongoing assessment of players will occur at U12 team games and practices as well as Academy settings at NVFC and our partner Clubs. Potential BCSPL level players not currently involved in these environments looking for assessment for this level of play may be brought in for a period of time. Players who feel they are prospective BCSPL players and are seeking an opportunity with NVFC, please email BCSPL Technical Director Robbie Tice.

*Please include your name, date of birth, preferred position, current level of play, present Club and/or Academy, and any other relevant details about your level of play/training

**Please note that current NVFC/WVFC/NSGSC players need not email an expression of interest as you are already included in the in-season assessment process.

***There will not be any individual feedback provided during this process as it is not meant to be an individual assessment exercise.

Please refer to the following link for information about the BCSPL League Evaluation Process, Guidelines, and Timelines: www.bcspl.ca/blog/u13evaluationoutline

Post Intake Team Season Evaluations

NVFC does not hold “Open Evaluations” for current non-intake Teams (U13 and older). Prospective Club and outside players are identified through staff scouting, BCSPL Team Head coach scouting and current coach communications. Non-NVFC or non-partner Club players seeking an opportunity with NVFC, who feel they are high-performance players or are currently playing in the BCSPL, please email the NVFC BCSPL Head Coach listed below for your age group.
Please include your name, date of birth, preferred position, current level of play, present Club and/or Academy, and any other relevant details about your level of play/training. From here we will look to invite you into our current team training sessions for an assessment.

Player Advancement

NVFC has a history of advancing players to higher levels of play.  The Club actively participates in the National and Provincial Player Development Pathway, therefore players are often advanced to higher levels of play.

The advancement of players to Whitecaps Full Time Academy, BC Provincial Teams and Youth National Teams Programs is one of our primary measures of success. We have also developed relationships with a network of university and college-level teams to assist our players as they move into U17/U18 in being recognized for post-secondary opportunities in the game.

BCSPL Contacts

2009 Head Coach Girls: Robbie Tice

2009 Head Coach Boys: Desmond Tachie

2010 Intake Head Coach Girls: Amelia NG

2010 Intake Head Coach Boys: Robbie Tice

FAQ

What is the BCSPL?

Provincial wide League considered the top level of Club based play U13-U18.

League website: https://www.bcspl.ca

How is it different than U11/U12 BCCSL?

In U11/U12, any Club can enter teams into top level (ie Div 1A) and they may be moved down over time. In BCSPL, entering teams is limited only to the 12 franchise holders in BC. Only those with Canadian Soccer Club Charter Status may run BCSPL level teams. Also at U13, all levels move from 8 aside to 11aside.

What is the BCSPL Season of Play and Commitment Level?

Teams practice 3 times a week instead of 2 in U11/U12 D1. Season is year-round, with a long 6-week summer break and a long 4-5 week winter break. Requires strong commitment but there is room for multi-sport athletes.

Intake Evaluation Process, Player Criteria & Selections

In season play with your U12 team and/or own Club Academy. Dialogue between Club Technical staff on technical, tactical, physical, and mental/social (ie attitude, commitment, work ethic, team player etc)

Intake Evaluation Timelines & Dates – Phase 1 (Club Team & Academy) & Phase 2 InfoFAQ

September to January in-season games with U12 team and/or Club Academy.

Team picked by middle of January. Team begins training/games after spring break in Intake Year.

How is the Coaching Staff / Technical Staff Selected?

To be appointed sometime between November-January with collaboration among NVFC/WVFC/NSGSC. Open to in Club staff or outside Club staff. Will choose the best candidate available each season.

What happens with Roster Formation Long Term? – Player Movement Up/Down

Every November is a re-evaluation phase where BCSPL teams re-asses current roster based on a full season and can move players down a level. This is usually the time where identified top non-BCSPL players or out of Club players are assessed for a few weeks to a month to be added to the BCSPL roster. Most times, given the teams below BCSPL are in mid season, the additions to BCSPL are gradual in nature as the BCSPL next phase begins in early March, so new roster additions are often let to continue to have the benefit of playing games until their fall/winter season is done. This allows teams feeding BCSPL to go undisturbed until their next team formation phase which is usually March/April. Everything is done in full cooperation between the Clubs so players are “delivered” a transition plan and not being pulled in 2 directions.

Is there a relationship between NVFC, WVFC, NSGSC ?

On the girls side NSGSC will take the lead in some areas of running the team such as collaboration with teams below BCSPL and evaluation / player monitoring as they have the critical mass of girls playing on the North Shore. Their development of players leading up to final BCSPL selection  and input into selections on the girls side is invaluable to roster formation to ensure rosters are not being formed team based on one off evaluations.

Are there opportunities for players who are not initially selected to a BCSPL roster?

It will be in each BCSPL coach job description to track top players in the age group for future consideration. Non-BCSPL players may be invited to join the BCSPL team as a training player on a regular basis in 10-12 week increments for an academy like fee. This training arrangement / schedule will be worked out with their usual team.

Where will NVFC BCSPL Team practice and play home games?

All training sessions and home games will occur on North Shore facilities.

Can you still player other sports if you are on a NVFC BCSPL Team??

NVFC supports the CSA Long-Term Player Development Model, which states: "Soccer is the primary sport, but complimentary sports are encouraged which support movement and athleticism suitable to soccer..." You can play other sports, but players must make soccer their primary commitment. Players are expected to be in attendance for all training session and games. The actual interpretation of what level of commitment is required will be up to the team coaches and will vary with the age of the player.

How many times a week do teams train?

Teams train 3 times per week. The only exception is the U13 Intake teams only practice 2 times per week (plus exhibition games) during the initial exhibition intake phase April to June.

What are the fees for BCSPL Registration?

The projected cost for a full BCSPL season January to December is projected to be approximately $2250. The cost for the Intake Teams are pro-rated lower as the team runs April to December after it is selected in February. The fee will be approximately $1600. 

Fees do not include travel for potential away games to Interior or Vancouver Island as these trips vary by age group. These costs will be managed at the team level. Teams may also choose / vote to travel to tournaments outside of regular League play, which would also result in additional costs at the team level.                                      

What is the playing time policy at the BCSPL level?

All players are guaranteed a minimum 30% playing time averaged out over the course of each Phase.  For Cup Play (play-offs) there is no minimum playing time requirement for those few weeks. These minimum standards are set at the League level and are uniform across the BCSPL.

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U13 BCSPL Evaluations

U13 Intake Virtual Information Meeting

Interested families should attend the virtual information session on the BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) program.

Once a date is established in the Fall, the link for the Virtual Meeting will be emailed out to all current U12 Div 1 players at NVFC, WVFC, and NSGSC (our partner Clubs).