High Performance Soccer

High Performance

This High Performance Soccer League is made up of clubs that have received the National Youth Club Licence (NYCL), the highest amateur youth club designation in the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program.

This program provides a clear pathway for players to advance to the next levels of the game – college/university, professional teams, and youth/senior national teams. And specifically, for boys’ players, membership in a National Youth Club Licensed club will provide them “homegrown” status in the MLS.

We are proud to have partnered with Proactive Health and Strive Fitness as part of achieving the goals set out by our National Youth License.

High performance soccer in Alberta is defined by the principles of Long Term Player Development. The pathway is player-centred and coach-led, with support to enable players to reach toward Canada Soccer National Team Programming.

Calgary SWU has been serving Calgary communities since 2003. Our Technical curriculum creates a relevant, coherent, and engaging environment for all players, parents, and coaches.

The Academy provides quantifiable standards for measuring coach and player performance and promotes the four pillars of player growth: technical, tactical, physical, and psychological.

Calgary South West United (SWU) is a Calgary-based youth soccer club. Soccer is our passion; it’s not only what we do but also who we ARE. Our goal is to make this great game of soccer accessible to all families who want their child or children to develop their skills and abilities.


Alberta Major Soccer League (AMSL) offers our current youth players the chance to play and train with alumni players that have shown the highest level of play. Current squad consists of former SWU players that now forge ahead at university and collegiate soccer schools. This league is Alberta-wide and pts our young group against some of the top teams in Alberta. This league is our highest level of adult play

The CSWU Difference

EXPERIENCE:  SWU has served Calgary for over 20 years and has the second longest running technical academy in Alberta with SWU Academy.

CHAMPIONSHIPS: SWU have won over 75 provincial titles over the last decade, plus 18 National Medals.

PROFESSIONALS: SWU has produced several top players who have started for Canadian youth national teams, most recently Caniggia Elva (Wurzburg Kickers\ Bundesliga 3rd Division) Caolan Lavery (Bury F.C./ England league one)

UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE NATIONAL TEAMS: SWU produces more college players than any other club in Calgary

STAFF: SWU develops players and promote players from within the club for their Academy teams.

DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM: SWU uses a specific developmental curriculum in line with the
best practices of Canada Soccer from age 6 to age 18