WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE BEEN AWARDED WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS
NATIONAL YOUTH CLUB LICENSE
Welcome to SWU High Performance.
Of the entire province, only 39 clubs met the diligent CSA criteria across the country to be awarded with a National Youth Club License. Alberta have successfully accounted for 7 of them.
This has created a brand new league, which is called the No. Only clubs that have achieved the club licensed standard can register teams in the AYSL.
Becoming a licensed club will not only change the way our club operates but have an impact onour prorgrams. Please frequent this page as it will be monitored and updated for official additions from ASA/CSA and updated programs from SWU.
NOTE: THIS WILL BE OUR PRIMARY PAGE FOR INFORMATION AND DETAILS FOR High-Performance PROGRAMMING AT SWU.
For additional discussion or questions surrounding anything High-Performance related such as Trying Out, Scheduling/Perdiodization and anything else, contacvt our office.
There are many elements to what this CSA sanction entails. Below are some FAQ’s and direct links to CSA and ASA for further in depth information.
Canada Soccer announced their Licensing Program on July 31st, 2019. This is designed to guide member organizations throughout the country toward best principles for organizational development both on and off the field. Member organizations play an essential role in the development of players, coaches, and officials and provide both the daily playing environment and primary contact for participants. By raising the standards of member organizations, both the daily playing environment and participant experience are enhanced; thereby improving the overall soccer system in Canada.
The primary goals for the CSA Licensing program are:
- Set clearly defined standards and expectations for member organizations;
- Recognize excellence in the soccer community;
- Raise the level of all soccer organizations throughout Canada; and,
- Drive change in the soccer system.
The Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program Principles are as follows:
- Prioritize Fun
- Emphasize Physical, Mental, and Emotional Safety
- Provide Developmentally-Appropriate, High Quality Programs
- Maximize Attraction, Holistic Personal Development, Progression, and Long-Term Engagement
- Focus on Participant-Centred Decision Making
- Foster Accessible, Inclusive, and Welcome Environments
- Act as a Good Corporate and Community Citizen
Yes - But not for every age group and division of play.
Scheduled to launch in the Spring of 2020, the competition inside a province-wide league will create a “best-on-best” Canada Soccer-aligned competition in our province.
The 2020 competition (limited to clubs who achieve their National Youth Club License), will begin play in April 2020 and launch with a single age group (U14) for both genders.
The competition will be “periodized” across a full calendar year, allowing for:
- scheduled breaks throughout the year to avoid training overload,
- games to be scheduled with adequate intervals between them, and
- planning and recovery time for clubs, coaches, players, and families.
ASA has opted to launch one age group per year, until we complete the implementation of all age groups in 2023. Each year, a new U14 group will be introduced to the league as the previous U14 group advances to the next age category.
The first year of birth this will attend to is the '2006' birth year. Next year as the 2006 year graduates to their 2nd year in this league (in 'U15'), the '2007' year of birth will enter their first year of this league.
Absolutely and on-board 100%.
The large amount of time the process has taken is celebrated widely inside our club and we are continuously working alongside the other Alberta-based clubs in a friendly manner for future success on a player-first approach.
This 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 is designed to raise soccer standards across the country, improve the soccer system and guide organizations toward best principles of development both on and off the field.
• Canada Soccer wants to improve the caliber of soccer in Canada. Standards and credentials will result in better players and better coaching environments. The AYSL program will elevate the quality of soccer while nurturing a love of the game. It will encourage talented, competitive players to stay engaged in the sport long term.
• It will provide a clear pathway for players to advance to the next levels of the game – college/university, professional teams, and youth/senior national teams, as shown below. And specifically, for boys’ players, membership in a National Youth Club Licensed club will provide them “homegrown” status in the MLS.
Canada Soccer is the National Youth Club License owner and manages the applications, awards, and reviews of clubs who achieve their National Youth Club License. Canada Soccer created the License Application Package for Member Organizations, they also review and decide which clubs meet the criteria, with support from Alberta Soccer and the local Districts.
Only clubs that have achieved the club licensed standard can register teams in the AYSL.
Canada Soccer’s National Championships will still take place; teams will qualify to attend Alberta Soccer Provincial Championships through their District league. However, Canada Soccer is planning for a licensed club championship competition in future years. Until a national licensed club championship is formally introduced by Canada Soccer, Alberta Soccer and BC Soccer are anticipating hosting a regional playoff jointly with selected clubs from each province.
Any questions regarding the National Youth Club Licence or the Alberta Youth Soccer League may be emailed to the Alberta Soccer Technical Director
(please note: due to many situations that are impacting the safety of everyone, some fees noted are subject to change)
Fees will vary from club to club. The league will have start-up costs that have been provided to the clubs. Alberta Soccer registration fees for licensed clubs are estimated to be $3,500 per calendar year, plus a one-time initiation fee of $2,500. Additional costs may be applied by clubs for additional club-related expenses (e.g., travel costs, new uniforms, etc.). In comparison, during the first year of the launch of Ontario Soccer’s OPDL in 2014, the program fee per team was $9,000. In 2019, the OPDL program fee per team was $6,000.
This is the highest level of soccer for youth in Alberta. If your child wants to participate in standardized league that highlights organizational achievements in providing the most holistic, development environment – this is the place for them.
Alberta Soccer is preparing to rollout details specific to schedules, evaluations and the registration process. Competition will be “periodized” across a full calendar year, meaning there will be scheduled breaks throughout the twelve-month period to avoid training overload. Games will be scheduled in regular intervals ensuring planning and recovery time. Additional details will be released as they are finalized.
Please check here regularly for updates.
The expectation is that there will be approximately 30 formally scheduled games for each club over the calendar year, 18 within the outdoor 11v11 competition, and an additional 10-12 games during the indoor 9v9 development schedule. Once available, schedules will be posted here.