Vancouver, B.C. – The Western Canada Soccer Showcase (WCSS), recognized by college coaches across North America as the top girls-only Showcase in the country, is back for its sixth edition this upcoming Easter Weekend, March 29-31, 2013, at Burnaby Lake West, in Burnaby, British Columbia.
With a full slate of top club teams, as well as the Alberta Provincial Teams, scheduled to play; top schools such as 2010 NCAA Champion Notre Dame on the roster of programs confirmed to have representatives at the event; and Olympic Bronze Medalist and Canadian National Teamer Carmelina Moscato scheduled as the keynote speaker, this year looks like it will be the best edition yet.
“We take pride every year in putting together a quality experience for the players that allows every girl at the event to have a legitimate chance of getting seen by all the schools,” says Ciara McCormack, WCSS director and founder. “Education on how the process works is an important component of getting a college scholarship, so again this year we have an emphasis on that, to give players at our event an edge over others, in understanding how to be successful in the recruiting process.”
In addition of a large number of first class schools and teams already committed to attend, the WCSS will be accompanied by other events for the first time, including a Thursday night Charity Gala to benefit the girlsCAN Foundation, an international women’s soccer symposium hosted by Our Game Magazine, and the FISU World University Games team training camp.
The girlsCAN Foundation Charity Gala will be held on Thursday, March 28, from 8:00-11:30pm at the Hilton Metrotown, and will include appearances by Canadian Olympians, live music, and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the girlsCAN Foundation, which is currently sponsoring five players from Nigeria to attend the WCSS pending visa clearance.
For the women’s soccer symposium, a panel of speakers will talk throughout Friday, March 29 at the Hilton Metrotown. Eli Landsem, Norway’s National Team coach from 2009-2012, is among those presenting.
“I am very excited at the opportunity to come to Vancouver to speak at this event,” says Landsem. “I look forward to sharing my perspectives on the women’s game from Norway and Europe.”
Other speakers will include Randy Waldrum, Notre Dame and US U23 Head Coach; Maureen Mmadu, Nigeria’s most capped international player; Lisa Cole, Head Coach of the Boston Breakers in the new women’s pro league NWSL; and Andrea Neil, one of Canada’s most heralded female players who spent time on staff with the Canadian National Team and now is the head coach at UBC. Following their presentations, lecturers will be answering questions on the topic of “Developing the Women’s Game.”
From March 27-March 31, the FISU World University Games team will hold their training camp at the WCSS venue, giving high school players an opportunity to watch the top Canadian university team players at work. University of Alberta Head Coach Liz Jepsen will be training the squad of players from across Canada, who are hoping to be picked for the 2013 World University Games that will be held in Kazan, Russia. “I enjoy coming to this event every year,” says Jepsen, “I thought in having the FISU training at the WCSS, it would be a good opportunity to allow the high school players to see first hand what the top university level that they are aspiring to looks like.”