Our Football: The on-field portion of GCF will be a focus on individual technical ability and attacking style soccer through purposeful possession play. Players will constantly find themselves in uncomfortable situations, including playing different positions, using both feet, playing on both sides of the ball (offense and defense), physical fitness and competition. The philosophy of the program is a small player to coach ratio, especially in technical sessions for correction purposes, ideally one coach to six players. GCF believes that there can never be too much attention given to growing players. They will also be given the tools to think critically about their own game and learn not only from playing, but watching and analyzing themselves and others. GCF is player process driven and not team results driven. GCF believes that success is measured by each player reaching their full potential through focusing on the process, not the end result. With that, every player will receive an evaluation of their progress and suggestions to improve and grow.
Our players: girlsCAN Football is a female-specific soccer program created to empower and develop players in a positive and competitive environment. The goal of the program is to use soccer as a medium to instill a passion for sport, the knowledge of how to be a good teammate, a love of competition with integrity, and a hunger to pursue excellence in all areas of their lives. girlsCAN Football aims to use the game to leave a legacy; to teach life values that will produce leaders, team players, believers and confident, passionate people.
Our coaches: girlsCAN Football aims to create an environment where coaches are given a platform to contribute, learn, inspire and be inspired. With current and former professional female players in the highest positions of the company, the staff possess an immense enthusiasm for teaching, growing and giving back to the game that they hope to pass on to the next generation of players and coaches.
Our community: Another major goal of the girlsCAN program is to see what is called the ‘full cycle’. As players grow older in our program, they’ll have the opportunity to coach, mentor and support younger players. They become role models themselves as they now embody the values the program represents. The ‘full cycle’ culminates in our quest to attain the ultimate goal: to contribute to the women’s soccer world evolving into a better place to work, play and develop for everyone.
Our parents: One of the missions of GCF is to educate and inform parents on the process their player is going through and what they can expect as their child progresses in the game. The parent plays a major role in the development of their child both on and off the field and GCF believes that a specific understanding of this process will enhance their experience. The parent is expected to represent the values and guiding principles of GCF at all times. The relationship between the GCF staff and parent is based on a trust that the program will have the player’s best interest as its primary guidance tool.
Our primary goal through our programs is to promote excellence in personal values, such as appreciation, determination, respect and teamwork, as we know through experience that refining these habits will translate to success on the field, and most importantly, in life. As female players involved in the game at the highest level in the world, working with the some of the most recognized names in the women’s game, we are constantly on the cutting edge of the tools necessary, technically, tactically, mentally and physically to reach the top level. As players and people, we shoot for excellence in all that we do. We demand the same for our female players, and aim to provide a positive, fun and encouraging environment for them, led by role models that have walked the same path and reached the highest levels, and know what it takes to get there. Our goal is always to be the leading resource and provide the top development programs for female players around the world. Through our programs we aim to give back, both with knowledge and financial resources, to provide a reality, whereby young female players can live our motto of “anything is possible” and have a world of opportunities in existence where those dreams truly can become a reality.
2002: (March) girlsCAN Soccer Development starts in North Vancouver, BC as Ciara McCormack and Trina Wright organize the first Meet the Stars event with players on the Canadian National Team and the Whitecaps Women’s team.
2002: The first girlsCAN Soccer program kicks off with 26 girls in North Vancouver, complete with an armband program that promotes a value each session.
2002: girlsCAN Soccer is led by Head Coach Ros Hicks, and runs programs for teams in North Vancouver, and ten-week clinics in the fall, winter and spring, building on the armband principle. This continues for over 5 years.
2004: Canadian National Team member Randee Hermus joins girlsCAN Soccer on a full-time basis and together, McCormack and Hermus approach Canadian National Team players and other top players on putting together an inspirational calendar for young female players.
2005: McCormack and Hermus make the calendar for the second and final year, and are featured in various media outlets around the Lower Mainland promoting it.
2005: girlsCAN Soccer runs its first clinic outside of BC, as Hermus leads a group of Canadian National Team players to coach and inspire young female players in Edmonton.
2006: girlsCAN Soccer hosts clinics around Vancouver featuring Canadian National Team players who are in Residency Camp preparing for the World Cup.
2007: girlsCAN Soccer continues to run camps and clinics for female players around BC and Edmonton. For the first time they start to go to areas outside of the Vancouver area and have a chance to run camps in small towns such as Quesnel, BC, and Upper Island, BC, exposing the players in those community to top level female role models.
2007: Hermus departs from girlsCAN Soccer in order to focus on the 2007 World Cup and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
2008: McCormack founds the first-ever Western Canada Soccer Showcase, the first time a professionally-run, large scale, girls-only college showcase is run in Canada. Going into its sixth year in 2013, the Showcase continues to be the premier college showcase event for girls in Canada.
2009: girlsCAN Soccer continues to run a large girls summer camp in North Vancouver, for its 7th year in a row, as its only activity in addition to the Showcase.
2011: girlsCAN changes its name from girlsCAN Soccer Development to girlsCAN Football and launches its Connecticut program out of United Athletic Centers in Stratford, CT, hosting two US Women’s National Team players, Amy LePeilbet (2011 World Cup) and Leslie Osborne (2007 World Cup), and draws over 300 female players to the facility. girlsCAN Football begins launching eight-week skills clinics, as its staff consists of the majority of the top female players to ever come out of Connecticut, including Tiffany Weimer, Manya Makoski and Alyssa Naeher, who have an impressive list of accomplishments between them including a two-time NCAA Hermann Trophy runner up, and Big Ten goal-scoring record (Weimer), U19 World Cup winner and starter (Makoski in 2002) and a U20 World Cup and Golden Glove winner as top goalkeeper (Naeher).
2012: girlsCAN Football launches its Summer Elite program for the first time, a program focused on players who are serious about developing, and sends teams to their first tournaments. After a massive amount of success with their players on and off the girls, girlsCAN Football decides to launch a winter program in the Winter of 2013, for players again aged U9-U14.
2013: girlsCAN launches its first year round programming in Connecticut; a U9-U14 Junior Academy and U15-U16 Senior Academy