Long Term Player Development

Prospect Lake Soccer Club is proud to model the Canada Soccer Pathway.

The Canada Soccer Pathway is formed by three streams of play: recreational, competitive and EXCEL, the high performance arm of Canada’s soccer landscape. It identifies the environments a player should look for, train and compete in, in order to progress from the local club to Canada’s National Teams. The information contained below contains information on each stage as Prospect Lake Soccer Club’s involvement in these programs. For more information, please visit LTPD on BC Soccer’s website.

Our technical director will work with players and parents to ensure players are placed in a division that best suits their skills and abilities.

The First Three LPD stages

The first three LTPD stages, which guide development up to age 12, are built around small-sided games. There are no league standings for these age groups; the focus is on learning and fun.

Stage 1

Little Kickers House Program

U5-U6, Girls and Boys

Gives the youngest players the opportunity to develop basic movement skills like running, jumping, landing, kicking, throwing, and catching in a fun setting built around informal play and positive reinforcement. The focus here is FUN.

Players are placed on Co-ed teams consisting of 6-8 players with 2 volunteer coaches per team.

Season runs mid-September to mid-March on Saturday mornings. Includes instruction from our technical team, Tim-bits team shirt, socks, season-end celebration with medals and treats.

Stage 2

Junior Program
Phase I

U7-U10 Girls and Boys

Allows children to develop their movement ABCs— agility, balance, coordination, and speed—and learn the basics of the game while emphasizing fun, cooperation, and maximum time on the ball. Practices once a week.

Season runs mid-September to mid-March with practices once a week and home games every Saturday morning.

Although subject to change, girls practice on Wednesdays and Boys on Thursdays.

Stage 3

Junior Program
Phase II

U11-U13 Girls and Boys

This “golden age of learning,” when children become less self-centered and are more able to reflect on their actions and learn from mistakes, provides an optimal window for further development of skills. The focus is on learning by doing, building a larger repertoire of soccer movements and teaching the basic principles of play in a fun and challenging environment.

Season run mid-September to mid-March with practices twice a week and games on Saturday mornings, both home and away.

Although subject to change, girls practice on Mondays and Wednesdays and Boys on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Progressing into Competition

As children move into adolescence, official league standings are introduced and the game becomes more competitive, with more emphasis on strategy and tactics. With a steady increase in training time over the next three LTPD stages (4-6), a move to larger-sided games and year-round play, the most advanced players are given opportunities for further development with the Canada Soccer Pathway’s EXCEL program. 

Prospect Lake Soccer Club pools with Peninsula Soccer Club for Gold teams in these levels. Those selected to play gold will practice at home and at Blue Heron field in Sidney, usually alternating weeks between the two.

Due to the pandemic, all club assessments for Gold teams will be done some time between mid-August and the first week of September. More information will be made available as the situation unfolds and dates are finalized for these age groups.

Stage 4

U14-U15 Girls and Boys

The onset of the adolescent growth spurt for most kids during this stage is an ideal time for endurance training. Players are also introduced to concepts like mental preparation, goal setting, and coping with winning and losing while learning more advanced soccer skills, including position-specific techniques.

Season runs from September to mid-March with practices twice a week with home and away games on Saturdays. Continued cup play into the Spring and Summer for some teams.

Stage 5

U16-U18 Girls and Boys

Players are now working to hone their soccer skills under a variety of competitive conditions in an 11 v 11 game format that mirrors adult play. Along with the continued refinement of advanced techniques, players work to develop their tactical awareness, discipline and mental toughness.

Season runs from September to mid-March with practices twice a week and games on Saturdays or Sundays, both home and away. Continued cup play into the Spring and Summer for some teams.

Stage 6

U18+

With most of their soccer skills now fully established, the focus for EXCEL players at the National Team, semi-professional and professional levels shifts to performing at their best. They work on adapting strategies quickly to suit changing demands, establishing a pre-training and pre-match routine, and maintaining optimal physical and psychological fitness.

With no boundaries, Prospect Lake Soccer Club runs several Adult teams. Reach out to the Mens or Womens Coordinator for additional information.

Stage 7

Any age Female and Male
“SOCCER FOR HEALTH & GRASSROOTS GROWTH”

At any stage in the LTPD model, players may choose to play soccer as a purely recreational activity regardless of their level of ability or disability. Soccer can be enjoyed as an integral part of any personal lifelong wellness plan. Adult players can also become active in the coaching and administration of the sport. The recruitment and retention of players, coaches, referees and administrators is key to the ongoing development of both grassroots and elite soccer in Canada through the LTPD model.

Other programs

Prospect Lake Soccer Club runs other programs throughout the year to keep kids active and in soccer. Programs are always changing, depending on need and want. Updates will be placed on the home page and emails sent to our membership. Not a member yet? Contact us.

Spring
Skillz N’ Soccer

For boys and girls U5 to U10

This is program is a hit for enthusiastic players to stay motivated after the regular season ends — it is open to all players in this age range.

Players will be assigned to balanced teams and coached by the technical team. Training involves warm-ups, footwork, drills, instructional small-sided games as well as free-play games.

For more information, reach out to our Technical Director Ben Hooks: technical@plsc.org

Spring
League Academy

For boys and girls U7 to U14

This program in run in conjunction United Spring League. Players train on Sunday mornings, with a focus on individual technical development and play games mid-week through United Spring League.

This is a 10-week program that runs from mid-April to the end of June, excluding long weekends.

Registration is required through both programs, although you will be playing for a PLSC team.

For more information, contact or Technical Director Ben Hooks: technical@plsc.org

Summer Camps

Summer camps are run one week in July and one in August with a focus on the FUNdamentals of soccer. Each day will focus on a specific skill, whether it be passing, dribbling, shooting, ball control, player movement off the ball. There will be technical skill drills based on these areas as well as small sided games that are focused on fine tuning these specific skill sets.

A full-day option is available for boys and girls aged 6 to 11, with a half day for available for boys and girls aged 5 to 11, both include a free PLSC t-shirt.

The full-day option includes an afternoon swim, departing for Commonwealth Pool around 2 p.m. each day.

Watch for details on this program.

Cup Play

Gold U14-U18

All teams can declare into B Cup by Dec 1
Random draw, play begins late Jan

Winner of B Cup plays Upper Island

Winner becomses Island Rep on Coast B Cup and B Cup Provincials

Runner-up enters Coastal B Cup and if wins attends B Cup Provincials

League winner & LISA B Cup Rep ineligible for gold District Cup

What is Coastal B Cup?
Single elimination competition in April vs mainland Teir III teams

What is B Cup Provincials?
BC Soccer Provincial Tournament in July vs other Teir III regional winners

Gold league winner plays in Island Invitational. Single game vs Upper Island team (April).

Silver U14-U18

Participate in LISA Cup

Participate in Silver District Cup

Promoted Silver Winner play in Gold District Cup

What is LISA Cup?
Combined competition, random draw, single elimination played throughout the season with finals in Feb.

What is District Cup?
Separate competition for gold, silver and bronze, random draw, single elimination, played at the end of the season once league winner determined.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How old does my child have to be to play soccer?

Our youngest players are 4 years old or U5 and start with our Little Kickers Program on Saturday mornings. Program details are above this section.

  • When is the registration period?

Early registration for the fall season usually opens in March or April at a discounted rate until July. We like to plan the season so we appreciate early registration. The regular registration period runs from August to mid-September.

  • Travel Program FAQ

Players travelling to Salt Spring Island travel for free. PLSC has subsidies to travel for BC Soccer recognized tournaments. Details and forms are on The Club page

  • How can I register my child?

When registration for one of our programs is open, there is a link on our home page and club news. Club Members are also emailed when programs begin. Not in our system yet? Contact Us

  • What paperwork do I need to register my child to play soccer?

We do require a copy of the players birth certificate but we only need this the first time they register with us.

  • What is included in the registration fee?

With the exception of Little Kickers, who receive a Tim-Bits shirt and socks, our players receive a club jersey (which has to be returned at the end of the season) along with socks each year. Every second year, players receive Umbro shorts. Each player is assessed and placed on a team and continues to receive technical direction based on their level of play.

Registration Prices & Important Dates:

Fees for the 2021-22 Season will be posted soon. Other details provided on regular season schedules are posted for informational purposes only.

Little Kickers House Program, U5 & U6

$195

Junior Program, U7 to U10

$305 (Early Bird Registration: $255)

Cup Play, U14 to U18

$325 (Early Bird Registration: $275)

Early Registration Period:

to June 30 (with discounted registration)

Regular Registration Period:

May to mid-September

Late Registration Period:

end of September to beginning of November

Club Uniforms & Equipment:

Little Kickers are provided with a team t-shirt and socks; all other players are provided with a team jersey and socks and are provided Umbro shorts every 2nd fall season. This is organized with your coach or team manager.

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