Upcoming Coaching Clinics


WLYSA offers coaching courses free of charge to WLYSA Coaches. Contact the WLYSA office for information on registering for any of the following courses being offered:

Active Start (Coaching the U6 Player) – April 2 2015, at TRU

At this stage, players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a FUN atmosphere. The emphasis should be movement exercises and games that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting.

Soccer for Life (Coaching the U13 and older Player) – April 11/12 2015, at TRU

At this stage, skill training demands and training loads are increased to develop and refine skills and tactics. Tactical awareness becomes an increasingly important facet of training, alongside mental toughness, concentration, and diligence.

Learn to Train (Coaching the U9 to U12 Player) – April 25/26 2015, at the Esler Soccer Clubhouse

This stage introduces players to disciplined training and begins to develop their understanding of principles of play alongside their skills practice. Repetitions are important to develop technical proficiency, but creating a fun and challenging environment is still paramount to stimulate learning and promote a love of the game. Game formats can range from 6v6 to 8v8 as players advance through this stage, and again a simple league schedule can be created, but no standings should be kept – the emphasis is still FUN

Summer Student Employment Opportunity – Field Maintenance Assistant


Job Purpose and Accountability

– Field and infrastructure maintenance at Esler Soccer Complex
– Manage time to prioritize, perform and meet tasks assigned by the Field Maintenance Supervisor
– Ensure adherence to health and safety practices while working at Esler Soccer Complex

Hours of Work
Work required is 40 hours per week. Start and end times are flexible and can be discussed between the Supervisor and incumbent. The period of work is estimated at May 4th through and August 29th.

$15 per hour + 4% vacation pay

Supervision and Training
This position reports to the Field Maintenance Supervisor, with high level oversight from the Esler Soccer Complex Field Committee. The Field Maintenance Supervisor will provide training and support in all
aspects of the position.


All duties are as directed by the Field Maintenance Supervisor and may include:

-Field Maintenance

o Execution of the Field Committee’s Field Maintenance Program

o Equipment Management

• Seeding • Aeration • Top dressing application • Mowing • Fertilizer application •Watering

– Infrastructure Maintenance
o Esler Complex Infrastructure Management

Reporting and Communication
– Daily verbal check in with Field Maintenance Supervisor
– Hours and activity log completed daily

Job Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Working Conditions

Physical Effort: Average physical strain with duties typically involving sitting, standing, walking, etc.

Duties require incumbent to be able to climb, squat, kneel, lift, and bend on repetitive basis without strain.

Physical Environment: Job requires incumbent to spend periods outdoors exposed to various (sometimes harsh) climatic conditions.

• Field lining
• Corner flags
• Nets
• Weed-eating
• Bathroom cleaning/restocking
• Garbage cleanup/removal
• Clubhouse cleaning
• Painting of bleachers and clubhouse components
• Sprinkler head assembly/cleaning/repair/replacement
• Physically fit • Able to work outdoors • Able to work autonomously
• Able to take direction and feedback from a supervisor
• Able to document activities • Willing to learn new skills
• Time management and prioritization skills
• Landscaping, grounds-keeping, or field care experience is an asset
• Experience in using and maintaining lawn equipment and/or small machines is an asset

Sensory Attention: Medium sensory attention required in a diversity of tasks in a low-impact and traffic environment.

Application Closing Date: April 13, 2015
Anticipated Start Date: May 4, 2015

For more information or to submit your resume
e-mail: admin@wlysa.com

2015 Spring Soccer registration


Registrations for the 2015 WLYSA Spring Soccer season are still being accepted. Register by April 3rd to ensure participation – any registrations received after April 3rd will only be accepted if there is space available

Click on the link for the 2015 Spring Soccer registration form
WLYSA 2015 Registration

*Please Note – Registration and Fee payment will be required prior to the start of play in the Spring of 2015*

Future Stars


WLYSA Future Star’s development program formerly for the U9 and U10 segment will be expanding int the U11 division this season.Future Stars is designed for kids who want more field time. The inclusive program will allow our players to advance their performance. It is not only for players who display ability but for every player who has a willingness and desire to improve.Future Stars is an inclusive program in which no cuts are made. It is a program to help all U11 WLYSA players begin to realize their full potential. The focus will still be on fun as well as developing life-long athletes who are passionate about soccer. Practices will be run by a coaching team and will be mainly co-ed; gender-specific teams will be made for games and tournaments. The U11 FS players will have the opportunity to play in CYSL (Cariboo Youth Soccer League) games as well as out-of-town tournaments if they wish.

Registration includes a full training kit (jersey, shorts, and socks), 12 weeks of extra training, and possibly some games. The Future Stars Program begins in May and runs until September.

Registration for the Future Stars program will be accepted up until April 17 2015

2015 BC Soccer Scholarship

BC Soccer is proud to award scholarships every year to players and referees proceeding on to post-secondary education. The Scholarships are presented at a special Scholarship Celebration at a Whitecaps FC match in June/July each year. Applications must be signed off by your Youth District Soccer Association Chairperson or Adult League President. The completed application can either be forwarded to BC Soccer by the Youth District/Adult League or the individual who is applying for the scholarship application.

For the 2015 Scholarship Application form click on the link BC Soccer 2015 Scholarship Application

Applications must be received by the British Columbia Soccer Association Office by March 31st.

Referee Clinics

Entry Level Referee Clinic
April 10/11/12 2015 at TRU
The Entry Level Referee Clinic is the entry point into 11 a-side soccer. Once an individual is successful in passing this clinic they will be classified as a Youth Referee (if they are 14 or 15 years old) or a District Referee  (if they are 16 years old or older).

The goal of this three day clinic is to ensure that individuals who pass are capable to be either a Referee or an Assistant Referee in 11 a-side soccer. This is done with experienced referee instructors who use video educational material and practical on field sessions. The topics covered include, but are not limited to the Laws of the Game, Positioning, Signals, Administration of the game, and Pre-Match Preparation & Match Reporting. Successful individuals have their first year’s registration free.

Referee Refresher Clinic
April 12 2015 at TRU

The Canadian Soccer Association and the British Columbia Soccer Association requires all referees to attend a Referee Refresher Clinic annually and register with the BC Soccer office in order to maintain their active status.

Referee Refresher Clinics are designed to update all Registered Referees in British Columbia with any Laws of the Game changes and interpretations. The clinic content of the refresher is developed by the Referee Education Program and launched in August of each year.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity and there will be a Fitness test at all Refresher Clinics

Pre-requisite: Must currently be a BC Soccer Registered Official
Clinic Length: 3 hours.
Clinic Fee: FREE (once you have attended a Refresher Clinic you must re-register as a BC Soccer Referee, which is to be done annually.  For more information on this proecess, including timings to register / re-register – please visit BC Soccer’s Referee Annual Registration page)

Contact Rob at the WLYSA office 250-392-1103 or e-mail admin@wlysa.com to register or for more information on these clinics

European Football School (EFS) returns for a 12th year

Saibo Talic is returning to Williams Lake with his European Football School (EFS) – July 13th to 17th 2015. Participants aged 7 to 19 are encouraged to sign up for this fun,fast paced soccer camp designed to give player’s the tools to advance their soccer skills and increase individual and team performance.

To download a registration brochure click on the link EFS-WL-July-2015.pdf

For more information please contact Paula Freeman at 250-267-1079 or by e-mail p.freeman22@yahoo.ca

Whitecaps FC launch Cariboo Prospects Academy

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the Northern Academy Centre has expanded to include a Cariboo Prospects Academy that will act as a satellite program to the main Academy Centre in Prince George.

The Cariboo Prospects Academy is being launched in partnership with Quesnel Youth Soccer Association (QYSA) , Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association (WLYSA) and 100 Mile House & District Soccer Association (OMHSA). The Prince George Prospects Academy continues to be run in partnership with Prince George Youth Soccer Association (PGYSA).

“After establishing the Prince George Prospects program more than a year ago, the goal was to eventually link in other key Northern satellite areas and associations,” said Whitecaps FC director of soccer development Dan Lenarduzzi. “The next natural step was to move into the Cariboo region and set up this satellite program. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with QYSA, WLYSA, and OHMSA to further grow the game for local players in Northern BC.”

Training sessions at the Cariboo Prospects Academy will be delivered by Whitecaps FC Northern Academy associate head coaches Ross Holtom and Sonny Pawar. All selected players follow the official Whitecaps FC training curriculum. Selected Cariboo Academy players will have an opportunity to train with the Prince George Prospects and the Vancouver Academy programs. The Cariboo Prospects Academy will also receive a visit from Whitecaps FC Vancouver-based coaching staff.

Participation in the Cariboo Prospects Academy is by invite only. All players must go through an evaluation process to be selected. The inaugural evaluations will take place on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the QYSA Indoor Facility. The evaluation is free, however players must register online to be eligible. Register now at http://www.whitecapsfc.com/youth/programs/academies/cariboo-prospects-academy

The program will be for motivated and advanced boys and girls from U-10 to U-18 and will run over a 10-month period in three phases: Winter, Spring, and Fall. The Winter Phase will launch the program with 10 sessions from January 10 through April. Sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons at the QYSA Indoor Facility.

Whitecaps FC Academy Centres are a network of regional training hubs linked through key staff, curriculum, and standards that provide professional supplemental club training for serious, motivated players. Whitecaps FC now have a network of seven primary academy centre locations, including the Northern Academy Centre, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, Kamloops, the Kootenays, and the Saskatchewan Academy Centre – the first such centre outside of British Columbia.

For more information on the Cariboo Prospects Academy, visit whitecapsfc.com/cariboo or contact Ross Holtom at rholtom@whitecapsfc.com or 250.981.4401, or Sonny Pawar at spawar@whitecapsfc.com or 250.649.5856.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015

the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 is coming to BC and tickets for Stadium Passports, Stadium Half Passes and tickets to the final match in Vancouver are on sale today.

BC Soccer wishes to ensure that all member of the soccer community across the provinces have the opportunity to be part of this incredible event and so we encourage you share the attached communication/newsletter with your member groups and soccer clubs. There are some great groups ticket and cash back incentives available to groups and affiliated clubs

Vancouver is host to nine FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 matches including the FINALS and the ticket window is now open. Purchase Stadium Passports, Stadium Half Passes and tickets to the final match in Vancouver! Group ticket incentives including up to 7.5% cash back are also available as are Youth program incentives which include the ability to be a ball girl or to walk out the tunnel with some of the greatest female soccer players on the planet.

Please click on the link below which outlines all the ticket information that you need. For questions regarding group ticket sales or incentives please contact:

Alix Davidson
Community Outreach Coordinator l Coordinatrice des initiatives locales
M + 1 604.354.6882
T + 1 604.699.2225 ext. 4904
E alix.davidson@fwwc2015.ca
W FIFA.com/Canada2015 l Vancouver.fwwc2015.ca