Calgary Foothills Women’s F.C. To Take Field in 2017
Calgary Foothills Women’s F.C. is set to bring amateur women’s soccer to the region as the club joins the UWS for the 2017 season. Calgary Foothills adds to its organization that consists of a competitive youth club and U23 PDL Team.
UWS Soccer News: United Women’s Soccer (UWS) has announced Calgary Foothills Women’s F.C. as the amateur league’s latest expansion club set to compete in West Conference for the Summer 2017 season. The club will play at the highest league level of any female team in Canada and will provide elite soccer development and training to women players in the region.
This initiative is part of the Foothills F.C. goal to provide Calgary players high level opportunity, which has been illustrated by the FC Calgary Foothills Men’s U23 PDL team who were the division and conference champions in 2016.
“We are excited to have Calgary join UWS,” said League Director Joe Ferrara, Jr. “In all my years as an administrator, I have seen many business plans and none have been more impressive than the one submitted by Foothills F.C. With its PDL men’s side, the organization has demonstrated that it is a professional operation on and off the field. Calgary Foothills will have the same positive impact on women’s soccer in North America.”
Foothills WFC will be led by head coach Troye Flannery. Coach Flannery previously led youth teams to National gold medals and coached the Calgary Storm Player Development League (PDL) team. He also assisted the Mariners PDL team in Abbotsford and is currently the head coach of the University of Calgary women’s soccer team. Coach Flannery is employed by Calgary Foothills Youth Club as the Girls Technical Director.
“Bringing this high-level of female soccer to Calgary has been a long journey that I am very pleased is moving forward,” said Flannery. “We wanted a standards based spring/summer league that will allow our players to maximize their development. An extension enabling motivated young adult female players to continue their development and training for post-secondary teams during the summer months as well as for professional and other opportunities. We have found this in the UWS and could not be more excited – we are ready to endear our supporters with an incredible Summer 2017.”
Foothills WFC will be supported by the Calgary Foothills Youth Club, which has a developed youth program that includes back-to-back Canadian National Championship titles in their 2001 and 2002 girls groups. Foothills Youth Club also has Canadian international players Mya Jones and Sarah Kinzner.
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