Category Key Word(s)  
 
Soccer Links

The soccer league for 370 boys teams from Under 11 to Under 18 from Burnaby, Vancouver, the North Shore and Richmond, BC.
BC Soccer is the designated "Provincial Sport Organization" for the sport of soccer in BC and is a full member of the Canadian Soccer Association. As such, we are entrusted by the statutes of FIFA, the CSA's constitution, BC Soccer's constitution and the Provincial Government's Societies Act with the mandate of fostering, developing and promoting the game of soccer in British Columbia – it is important to note that no other organization has this mandate in British Columbia.
BC Soccer Central is strictly an information site and I am not affiliated with any club or League. All schedules and scores are sent by club scorekeepers and League schedulers for me to make web ready.
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC Club Model illustrates the Whitecaps' commitment to development through support and integration with regional clubs and community soccer programs; and provision of development pathways for elite players in partnership with provincial and national governing bodies. The club model is anchored in regional and community development partnerships, which lead to more specialized youth development programs, full-time player programs, and ultimately professional or national playing positions.
Mission Statement The Canadian Soccer Association, in partnership with its members, is dedicated to promoting the growth and development of soccer for all Canadians at all levels. That in this pursuit, The Canadian Soccer Association, in partnership with its members, is committed to providing leadership and good governance for our sport.
The BC Coastal Girls Soccer League (previously know as the 5Districts League for girls) provides league administration and scheduling for 500+ U12-U18 girls youth teams ranging in level from Red to Gold. BCCGSL operates with the 6 Coast Region Districts in British Columbia, Canada. Our standard league playing season is from the 2nd weekend in September to the end of February. Cup playoffs are played in the months of March and April.
Burnaby and North Shore soccer is pleased to introduce Mountain United Football Club. MUFC is the result of a union between our two soccer regions and will be a charter member of the newly minted BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL).
 
Maps and Directions

The vancouversports.com web site contains maps of fields throughout the Lower Mainland
South side of Marine Drive, west of Park Royal shopping centre, west of Milestones Restaurant, immediately east of the Ambleside tennis courts at 13th St. & Marine Drive, across Marine Drive from 11th St. Closest vehicle entrance is 13th St., immediately south of 13th St. & Marine Drive, at the Ambleside tennis courts. See field designations for the different fields (R = Rutledge).
At the Caulfeild Elementary School, on Keith Road, accessed from Exit 4 on the Upper Levels Highway and down Caulfeild Drive, or from Marine Drive by coming up Keith Road. About 15 minutes west of the Ambleside field complex in downtown West Vancouver via Marine Drive.
North side of Marine Drive, east of Cypress Park creek, store and service station, west of Department of Fisheries research center and Burkehill Rd. Vehicle access is via Morgan Crescent (one-way from Marine Drive to Burkehill Rd).
At the Eagle Harbour Primary School and Recreation Centre; north side of Marine Drive, west side of Westport Road. About 5 minutes east and south of Horseshoe Bay on Marine Drive; also accessible from Caufeild Plateau (Exit 4, Upper Levels Highway) via Westport Road.
Near 14th Street and Esquimalt, West Vancouver
West Van grass: Third St. and Mathers, WV. From Hwy1 Westbound, cross the Capilano River, take Taylor Way exit, turn immediately right on Hadden Dr., then immediate right to Mathers Ave. Turn right at 3rd Street. Park is past cemetery. From Hwy 1 Eastbound, take Taylor Way exit, go north above hwy, turn right and right again on Hadden Drive, continue down to Mathers Ave, turn left and then right on 3rd St.
At the Irwin Park Elementary School, which is in Dundarave, north of Marine Drive, between 24th St and 25 St, and Heywood Ave and Kings Ave; field is accessed from Kings Ave. About 8 minutes west of the Ambleside field complex in downtown West Vancouver via Marine Drive.
East of the Capilano River, west of Capilano Road, and north of Marine Drive (immediately behind Earl's Restaurant). Accessed by driving east on Marine Drive past the Lions Gate Bridge on/off ramp, north on Capilano Road one block, and east on Curling Road; turn right at the first (only) stop sign on Curling Road to field parking area.
At the Pauline Johnson Elementary School, north of Marine Drive, on 22th St at Inglewood Ave.
North side of Kings Ave, west of 12th St., at Ridgeview Elementary School (Btwn Mathers Ave & Kings Ave, 12th & 13th St). Access from Upper Levels Highway: south on 15th St. exit, east on Kings Ave; access from Marine Drive: north on 13th St, east on Kings Ave. Small parking area at 12th St & Kings Ave.
At the RockRidge High School, across the street from the Caulfeild Plateau mall, accessed from Exit 4 on the Upper Levels Highway, or from Marine Drive by coming up Keith Road, Willow Creek Road and Caulfeild Drive.
At the West Bay Elementary School, on Thompson Place, accessed from Exit 7 (Westmount) on the Upper Levels Highway and east on Westmount, or from Marine Drive by coming up 31st St.
Just west of Taylor Way and north of the Upper Levels.
 
Coaching

An on-line reference source that offers insight into successful coaching, player development, tactics and player profiles. Coaches, referee's and players from various levels share information and their experience through articles found in coaching tips and things.
Decatur Sports. Thousands of soccer exercises and articles.
Glenn Cameron's Soccer Tip Of The Day
The web site displays a number of original articles we have developed to assist youth sports coaches in their relationships with young players as well as parents.

We conduct seminars for youth coaches and clubs, with a focus on how better communications approaches can build character and confidence in youth athletes. The feedback we have received has been tremendously positive.
 
Videos

Mark Watson - Once a Spuraway, always a Spuraway.
Do you know this guy?
 
Sidelines

  • Ex WVSC player chases his soccer dream to the NASL (Michael Nonni)
  • WNT player Erin McLeod teaches our U11's how to Get into the Zone
  • Ben Weiss and Robin Mawson return to WVSC as Coaches
  • What is Metro Soccer League, MSL?
  • CSA's Player Pathway
  • All on a weekend throughout West Van
  • Margaret Hadley and Nicola Mawson Go from WVSC to the Whitecaps Girls Elite Program
  • Men's U21 Scholarship Recipients
  • Building Capital Funds Important to the Future of WVSC
  • 2014-2018 WVSC Strategic Plan Overview
  • Adam Aziz Takes Soccer and Freekicks.org to Uganda and Vancouver Inner-City Schools
  • Fall Registration is Open
  • Thank you to WVSC's Newest Team Members
  • WVSC Celebrates Annual Club Day and Hosts Active Start Soccer Fest
  • Coach Adam Aziz is on His Way to Uganda to Share the Game of Soccer
  • Meet WVSC's Technical Team
  • WVSC Annual Remembrance Day Classic
  • GU15 Spuraways Beat Cobras and Capture Provincial B Cup
  • Special Saturday 4:00-6:00 PM Sessions
  • Erin McLeod and Melissa Tancredi Leave Their Print on WVSC Players
  • Wes Knight ProD Day this Friday, Jan. 18
  • WVSC Annual Kinsley Woo Classic
  • WVSC Supports the Development and Promoting of Players
  • Information on WVSC Players Playing for BCSPL and MSL
  • WVSC Celebrates its 100th Birthday and Club Day: Page 1
  • $83,000 Gaming Grant Awarded to WVSC: Page 3
  • New CSA Courses Taught at Ambleside: Page 3
  • What is LTPD and Why Parents Should Know What it is: Page 5
  • Membership Survey Shared: Page 8
  • A Gentleman to the End: Page 2
  • Where Registration Money Goes: Page 3
  • Eating for Peak Performance: Page 4
  • BU17 Spuraways Provincial Bound:Page 6
  • GU16 Rangers Capture A Cup: Page 7
  • D and E to be Resurfaced: Page 8
  • Olympians to Coach in WV: Page 9
  • Club Camp Offerings: Page 10 and 11
WVSC Sidelines Newsletter: Spring Edition
  • Page 1: National Team Players Tancredi and McLeod work with WVSC's Future Stars
  • Page 3: WVFC Senior Masters Premier Team Has a History of Success
  • Page 5: WVFC Earns 3 Cup Titles
  • Page 6: WVSC Pays Tribute to Our Graduating Teams
  • Page 13: News in Brief
  • Page 14: Street Soccer and Mini Jamboree Invade Hugo Ray Field
Inside our December edition, you will find news and features on:
  • Raffle draw results
  • Street Soccer coach Adam Cotterill and how he keeps his players engaged
  • Tech Staff Assesses U10-U17 Players
  • December coaches soccer game and Toy/Food Drive
  • MWSL West Van Allstars
  • World Cup Powerchair Football and its tie to WVSC
  • WVSC Rangers and how they are competing in the new MSL
 
U7 Warmup

Fun dynamic warm-up to get your players smiling and laughing
This activity will help your players warm up their brains and speed up their reaction times.
A fun activity to help warm-up your players. Please, also take in how enthusiastic the coach is, and how he interacts with his players. The best tip how to coach at this age is, bring an incredible amount of high energy to entertain your players.
Another great and fun warm-up to do with your players. Please, make a slight modification to just have the Tagger hold the pinnie in their hand and then drop it on the floor once the tag another player, then the new tagger needs to pick it up before trying to tag someone else.
Fun warm-up! Your players will love this! Please, try the different variations suggested at the end of the video as well.
 
U7 Technical

A simple dribbling activity
Teaching your players to make a simple pass.
One attacker versus one defender, attacker must try to successfully dribble through any the gates while the defender must try to stop them. Change after 45 seconds to make the defender become the attacker and vice-verser
 
U7 Finishing

An easy and fun way to improve their shooting techniques
You can modify, Coach passes the ball into the player’s feet, with a good first touch the player sets themself up for a shot on goal. Once they shoot they become a goalie. Then once they finish being a goalie they grab a new ball and head back to your line to wait for your upcoming shot.
1v1 Shooting game
 
U7 Games

2 or 3 defenders, who will try to kick the balls of the opponents out of the area. Change the defenders every 1 or 2 minutes.
Passing in pairs while moving around the area passing through the gates.
1v1 game. Players must win the ball and dribble back to their side, you can add goals to have them score into, you can do 2v2 as well.
 
U8 Warmup

A movement activation exercise for all young players, to help them get physically prepared for a training session.
Active warm-up done with a ball.
Fun and active warm-up.
Focuses on dribbling, turning, receiving and awareness.
 
U8 Technical

Change of speed and direction.
Working on different touches while running with the ball.
1v1 activity that can progress into a 2v1.
Focuses on passing, movement off the ball and spatial awareness.
Focuses on passing accuracy and correct technique.
Focuses on being ready for the pass, quality of pass and first touch.
 
U8 Finishing

This is a small sided game that can be used as a warm-up in a finishing session.
Of course this can be pushed with a passing first thought process, but the ball will need to be struck well. please make sure that each player gets a space around the outside that they must stay in.
Included are 4 finishing activities.
Focuses on the correct technique for ball striking.
 
U8 Games

4v4 game focussing on various technical aspects.
A great way to end your sessions
Great fun for youth soccer players. 1v1 & 2v2 games.
 
U9 Warmup

A movement activation exercise for all young players, to help them get physically prepared for a training session.
This warm-up includes some basic movement as well as engaging/activating the brain.
Warm-up activities for an attacking themed session.
Fun and active warm-up.
 
U9 Technical

Change of speed and direction.
Dribbling Skills Corridor. Getting the players comfortable while running with the ball.
1v1 activity that can progress into a 2v1.
Passing & Receiving drills focusing on First Touch. We are only going to focus on the first 2 drills in this video. 0:00-1:44
Small-sided possession w/ progression into a transition.
 
U9 Finishing

A finishing drill working on 3 different areas/angles on the field.
Included are 4 finishing activities.
Focuses on working the ball out wide and finishing off a cross.
Focuses on the correct technique for ball striking.
 
U9 Games

This video helps you understand the importance of movement and being in the right angle to receive a pass, improve your awareness of teammates and opposition and make the right decisions at the right time - when to receive and when to pass.
Focus on decision making in and out of possession and transitions between offence and defence.
Great fun for youth soccer players. 1v1 & 2v2 games.
 
U10 Warmup

Exercises can be done with or without a ball. Besides getting the body and mind ready to play, try to improve their balance, coordination and agility. Rhythmic movement should be a part of every warm-up.
This warm-up includes some basic movement as well as engaging/activating the brain.
Warm-up activities for an attacking themed session.
Focuses on passing and receiving.
 
U10 Technical

Change of speed and direction.
A range of footwork skills that players can develop at the U10 age level.
Dribbling Skills Corridor. Getting the players comfortable while running with the ball.
An attacking activity that can start as a 3v2 and progress into a 3v3 with a trailing defender.
Small-sided possession w/ progression into a transition.
 
U10 Finishing

Included are 4 finishing activities.
Focuses on concentration and finishing.
Focuses on working the ball out wide and finishing off a cross.
Focuses on the correct technique for ball striking.
 
U10 Games

This video helps you understand the importance of movement and being in the right angle to receive a pass, improve your awareness of teammates and opposition and make the right decisions at the right time - when to receive and when to pass.
1 team is attacking and 1 team is defending. If you score on the goal you keep possessions and attack again. If the defending team wins the ball and successfully dribbles through 1 of the 2 gates, they now become the attacking team.
Great fun for youth soccer players. 1v1 & 2v2 games.
 
U11 Warmup

Technical Warmup with ball
Ball Work! Lots of little patterns that the kids can get comfortable with, while getting their heart rate up.
Simple ball work, to get the heart pumping.
Tic tac toe warmp-up
 
U11 Technical

Session on dribbling technique. Focusing on players keeping their heads up in traffic areas.
Fun passing and control activity, Make sure the kids focus on Body positioning when they receive and spatial awareness.
Dribbling and passing drill. Relay races for some pressure and competition.
Lots of touches, running with the ball. Emphasis on Change of pace
 
U11 Finishing

Shooting drill with a progression to defensive pressure on the shooter
Shooting with a transition.
Reaction shooting. Do not have the kids touch the cone with their hands!
Speed and agility through changes of direction ending with a 1v1 to goal
 
U11 Games

Players are looking to create overloads and making decisions on when to dribble, shoot and pass.
This drill can be done with a 5v5 plus one. Use according to however many players you have for the session.
Quick one on ones Drill. Encourage use of space, changes in direction, speeds. Creativity in this drill is very important.
Crossing and Finishing in a game environment.
2v2 and 3v2(Overload) game with a focus on defending
 
U12 Warmup

Technical warm-up with speed agility and ball
Defending #1 Working on when to close down and the moments Cues and Triggers they can lead towards closing a player down early. (There is a progression to this in the Game section marked Defending #2)
Pre-practice warm-up
Warm-up Routine
 
U12 Technical

A drill to develop dribbling skills. This football exercise also helps to practice quick combinations with two players.
Lots of touches on the ball
LOTS of different ideas in one video
drill to encourage players "Opening up"
Running and passing drill that are competitive.
 
U12 Finishing

Shooting drill with a progression to defensive pressure on the shooter
A fun game to challenge any team.
Quick passes to finish
Combination 3 different lines
 
U12 Games

Players are looking to create overloads in the attacking areas.
Defending #2 - this is the progression from the first defending warmup
Balance and Cover and pressure. 3v3 game
A few different types of Rondo drills. (Rondo is keep away)
 
U13 Warmup

4 line warm up drill to get them moving!
Fun warm-up
Can be used as a routine warm-up.
Complete soccer warm up 20-25 minutes and appropriate for ages U13 and up.
 
U13 Technical

Technical drill focusing on passing receiving and turning in traffic.
Double Rondo adding an element of fun and work.
Lots of different drills and exercises
Passing into space
 
U13 Finishing

Finishing drill designed to improve players ball striking and finishing.
A variation from the other finishing drill
1v1 shooting
Changes of direction and 1v1 to goal
 
U13 Games

Transitional game, players try to pick the best choice and reaction after winning possession
Transition from attack to defense focus. Numbers can be adjusted for group size
1v1s and transitions
This video is Long but filled with good content regarding Defending.
 
U14 Warmup

Dynamic technical ball warm up
Multifunction dynamic warm-up
A set warmup for any group looking for a routine warmup. Just don't allow them to skip anything
 
U14 Technical

5v3 Directional possession
Technical warm up focusing on passing receiving and turning.
Closing down. This drill can me done with cones as a replacement for Mannequins.
Passing patterns with some competition
 
U14 Finishing

Finishing drill designed to improve players ball striking and finishing.
Fantastic finishing drill King Louie
Simple Finishing drill. Lots of Reps!
 
U14 Games

3v3 small side game
Transition possession game.
Protecting the ball while in possession.
 
U15 Warmup

Evasive dribbling warm-up.
Warmup to be done before introducing a ball to the session.
Pregame warm-up, with dynamic stretching preparing the body for game day or practice. can be used as a team warm-up
Reaction drill
 
U15 Technical

Passing and receiving with combination play progression.
Passing pattern with movement off the ball
Ball mastery. Helping players be more comfortable on the ball
Simple drill that can be run at many ages
 
U15 Finishing

This finishing exercise helps to develop shooting technique, finishing skills
Shoot the Ball!!!
1v1 to finish
Bit basic but can be modified with movement off the ball and passing combinations.
 
U15 Games

4 goal possession game. Players need to move the ball quickly to score
Possession with numbers. Suggestions for numbers would inlude two games of this if at 16 players, or adding a player or two on each team if the numbers are not there
5v2 with 2 boxes.
Possession with changing the point of attack
Transitions to improve speed of play.
 
U16 Warmup

Dynamic team warm-up
Circle Warm Up To get the players ready for the session.
Warm up with Passing, Volleys and Sprints
 
U16 Technical

Dribbling, Feinting, Receiving Technique and Combinations
Passing, receiving and timing.
 
U16 Finishing

Crossing & Finishing with overlapping runs in the wide areas
2 Shots and a cut back finishing exercise
Quick passes, finish
 
U16 Games

4 goal possession game. Players need to move the ball quickly to score
Small side game, focusing on the movement off the ball
Finishing and defending
 
U17 Warmup

Evasive dribbling technical warmup
Warmup and Fitness
 
U17 Technical

Passing and receiving with combination play progression.
Passing combination and movement of the ball
Passing drill focusing on timing and the weight of the pass
Passing pattern
 
U17 Finishing

Finishing, moving the ball to get better angles for a shot.
Crossing and finishing drill
1v1 to finish
 
U17 Games

Defending in the box, while the attackers try to break down the defence
Transition possession game.
Switching the point of attack
 
U18 Warmup

Dynamic warmup, with stretching
Dynamic warm-up without a ball. Focusing on agility.
Passing pattern with delayed runs, to through ball
Warm-up with passing patterns and fitness
 
U18 Technical

Technical session focusing on dribbling with evasive moves
Timing of your run before receiving a pass to turn.
Passing Patterns with Tactical combinations.
 
U18 Finishing

2 shots and a cross combo finishing session
This finishing exercise helps to develop shooting technique, finishing skills
Build up to finish
 
U18 Games

1 and 2 touch game, move the ball quickly
Transitional game attackers transition into defending right after a goal scored or loss of possession
Possession game
 
GK Warmup

GK warm up for 15 min, you can do 1 group or 2 groups depending how many Gks do you have, like the video shows. Appropriate for ages 11 and up.
GK fun warm up 15-20 min, add some movements before you attack the soccer ball. don`t be last speed reaction and awareness is the key. appropriate age 8-12 years old.
great dynamic warm up. U10-U18 ideal before start the practice.15-20 min.
A good pre grame warm up should be 20-25 min before the game. ideal for U13 and up.
 
GK Technical

great technique drill to improve Control and distribution (U13 and up)
easy ways to practice low dives, you can do it during practice or before a game.
simple and basic GK technique. Appropriate 8-13 years old.
excellent explanation about how to save a Breakaways 1v1 (Basic).
Great footwork drill including catching. U10-U15
fun GK tennis game (warm up) then great technique blocking drill
-warm up -Crosses and some reactions saves.
Fun Warm up for GKs. excellent goalkeeping passing, game situation playing from the back with GK. including stopping ball.
Great Technique to have a good goal kick
 
GK Finishing

How to cover the angles it`s the key to stop a shoot.
Excellent Shooting drill, Gks will work on positioning, reaction, diving and catching the ball. U13 and up
 
GK Games

Amazing Goalkeeper saves.
 
Social Distanced Warmup

Please make sure that the players are 3 metres apart. With age you can have a little fun with it and have them start by copying the other player. Doing fun movements, dances ect.
Gets the heart rate up and moving. It is a tough one but gets each player lots of touches and works out the legs.
Fun little cognitive game, incorporating balls and passing once the game is established. can add ladders and zig zagged cones to add difficulty.
Fun, little game for warm-up. Try to create teams of 4. Challenge those at the back of the line to have an idea of where to go the games can hinge on them. this will increase the competitive spirit throughout the team. try to create teams of 4
Please make sure you are adjusting each activity to meet the current social distancing requirements.
 
Social Distanced Technical

4v1 & 4v2
These games are Socially distanced, well worth a look
Socially distanced dribbling and passing drills.
Fun competitive dribbling. Make sure the lines are spread out.
Repetition is the key, move that ball!
4 variations in the pattern, very simple set up. Great warm up pattern.
A passing pattern with Give and Goes with Movement off the ball.
Passing pattern, can have longer balls sent from side to side. short, short, long
Running with the ball.
Make sure this is done in pairs and each player has 2 touches.
Keeps their heads and bodies moving.
GK session #1
GK session #2
Triangle Passing Patterns
 
Social Distanced Finishing

Socially Distanced Finishing.
Please make sure that each kid gets a space around the field. Coaches, the focus can be on passing each hit is a point. or striking the ball get the ball over the opposite like for the win.
 
Social Distanced Games

Fun challenges that you can do, all promote keeping distance and a level of skill. Some may be difficult to do with numbers. In challenges I would set the kids up to do 3 of them and the first group to complete the 3 win. All done in pairs, pairings can be structured by the coach.
Fun challenges that you can do, all promote keeping distance and a level of skill. Some may be difficult to do with numbers. In challenges I would set the kids up to do 3 of them and the first group to complete the 3 win. All done in pairs, pairings can be structured by the coach.
Fun challenges that you can do, all promote keeping distance and a level of skill. Some may be difficult to do with numbers. In challenges I would set the kids up to do 3 of them and the first group to complete the 3 win. All done in pairs, pairings can be structured by the coach.
Here is the link for the full session plans for each game: https://bit.ly/3bJGuAK