Outdoor Soccer Registration will open on February 1

Please watch for program details released next week.

New Administrator

Dear CWSC Members,

CWSC wishes to inform you that Cassandra Keough has decided to leave the Club to pursue other professional interests. Cassandra has served as our administrator and registrar and has been with us for almost four years and will be greatly missed for all that she has done for the club during her time with us.  She will be continuing with her duties to support the current season, including the collection of registration and academy fees, and any issues our teams may need support for, in regards to the CMSA league. Cassandra can be reached at Cassandra@calgarywestsoccer.com until February 25th.

We are extremely happy to announce that Shannon Hunter, our current Uniform Coordinator, has agreed to take on the role of administrator.
We are confident that Shannon will continue to provide the members
with the level of customer care the Club endeavors to achieve.
Shannon will be taking over the admin@calgarywestsoccer.com email. All
questions about outdoor registration should be directed to Shannon.
Shannon will be working hard to get everything together for the outdoor season and going forward.  We hope you will join us in welcoming her to her new position and be patient as she learns the ropes.

As our Club continues to grow, we have found that a division of tasks between administration and registration will be of benefit to our members. Thus we will also be looking to fill the role of Registrar to support Shannon in the near future.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Janice Walker

UPDATE - CWSC Teams going to Brazil! 

Silent Auction

January 31st@ Schanks Sports Grill, North

Only FOUR days left to purchase your TICKETS!

Ticket Sales Extended to January 26th!!!

At the end of March, Teams Spirit and Arsenal, alongside coaches Mary Liao, Henry Haeusler, Juan Manuel Martinez Alonso, Chris McKaig, and Andre Reis will be traveling to Brazil to participate in the 2015 GoCup, a 7v7 tournament sponsored by the Brazilian Soccer Federation.  While in Brazil, they will also be participating in a Futsal training program in Rio de Janeiro, conducted by professional youth academies.    

Team Spirit, Arsenal, and Roma, will be co-hosting a Silent Auction Fundraising event on Saturday, January 31st, at Schanks Sports Grill, North, starting at 7pm.  There will be a variety of different games to play, a Silent Auction (with some fantastic items to bid on), 50/50, and much more.

Tickets are only $10 each; this price covers admission and a light appetizer, with $5 going back to the Soccer teams. It’s a Game Night! Flames vs. Oilers and UFC 183 Silva vs. Diaz, with Happy Hour prices until 8pm!

Tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out! 

Unable to find a babysitter? No worries… Kids are welcome at Schanks until 9pm, but must be accompanied by a parent.  So bring your family and friends, play some games and help support our teams!

If you would like to provide support and purchase tickets, or if you or someone you know may be interested in donating items to the Silent Auction, please contact Brigitte Matshes @ brigittematshes@ghbca.com by January 26th.   

Note: If you don’t have a ticket, doesn’t mean you can’t show up and support the teams.  The General Public will be welcomed and encouraged to participate in all of the scheduled games and activities. 

Feel free to invite your friends and make it a Social Event… SPREAD THE WORD!!! 

A friendly reminder to us all

Grace Moore heads for Brazil and the Danone Cup!!!

Grace Moore heads for Brazil and the Danone Cup.



Grace at YYC with the other two players from Calgary.



Team Freedom wishing Grace good luck on fond farewell.



Calgary player Grace Moore Freedom U14 girls is on her way to play in Sao Paulo in the Danone Cup (also known as the U12 world cup).


Grace left on Friday 7th for Vancouver to meet up with her teammates. Team Canada is attending a 4 day training camp at Simon Fraser University. On Sunday and Monday they will play exhibition game vs two local Vancouver teams, before heading for Brazil Tuesday 11th and eventually arriving in Sao Paulo on Wednesday 12th.


On Thursday 13th the team has a training session. The following day they play three group games VS France (The holders) USA and Ukraine. If they qualify from the group they will then play on Saturday 15th in the round of 16, 8 and 4.


On Sunday 16th all 32 teams will get to play at the Arena Corinthians, with the final being the last game of the day. After the final all the teams head for a party to close a fantastic soccer experience for all the players.


If anybody would like to follow Grace and team Canada on Facebook, search for the “Sao Paulo 2014 – Team Canada”  link, it’s updated every day.

Academy Schedules now posted

Academy schedules are now posted for November 2014. Please go to our academy page.

Henry Haeusler talks about the HPSL and elite soccer models on CTV Primetime


Congratulations to Grace Moore- Heading to Danone Cup in Montreal

Congratulations to CWSC's Grace Moore who plays for CWSC GU12 Tier 1 Freedom.

Please read the article here http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Local+trio+aiming+realize+soccer+dreams+Danone+Nations/9948522/story.html



Congratulations to Ethan Keen

The ASA Provincial U13 South Boys team roster has just been announced. Congratulations to Ethan Keen U12B CWSC Palmeiras who made the team as a year younger player (2002) on a 2001 team.

We wish Ethan well as he embarks on his training schedule with the team.


CWSC's Position on the proposed Alberta High Performance Soccer League (AHPSL)

Calgary West Soccer Club, in discussion with a number of other mid-size clus in calgary, has submitted a position paper to CMSA on the proposed Alberta High Performance Soccer Lague (AHPSL). 

Henry Haeusler will be on CBC Radio, the Eye Opener on June 6th to discuss our position.

Henry has also been quoted in the article in the Metro News which can be viewed at:


Please read an excerpt of our position following and download the full document to read the details of our position. 

If you miss the radio inteview, you can find the interview later in the day, at http://www.cbc.ca/eyeopener/

Calgary West Soccer Club’s Position Paper on the Proposed Alberta High Performance Soccer League (AHPSL) Structure

Although we believe that the objectives and core principles of the proposed AHPSL can be beneficial to the soccer community in Calgary and Alberta, including a continuous pathway for players, coaches and referees, raising standards in competition, CWSC has 3 primary concerns about the proposed model, specifically:

  •      the investment of "HPSL franchises" in 3 clubs in the city  
  •      the age group framework which starts at U13
  •      the prohibitive cost   

We recognize the purported principles, objectives and benefits of the AHPSL as part of the Alberta Soccer Vision -TO CREATE "A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE GAME, PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL PLAYERS TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL”. 

We agree that the stated vision of the AHPSL can benefit our players. However, we believe that the AHPSL, as currently proposed, will result in number of serious negative impacts on the soccer environment, and subsequent development of players in Calgary.

This is a summary of our position:

 - Just so that there is no misunderstanding, CWSC is not against the AHPSL. We feel that the AHPSL is a step in the right direction to support player developing to the highest national and international level.

- However, the current model of the HPSL that ASA is supporting, will not support the player development goal, in the way they purport.

-If we want to have greater success with our national team programs, then it is not just about adding another structure.

-The current understanding of ASA is that if we start earlier with select teams and high level competition, players will develop to a higher level. This is actually contrary to its own  CSA/ASA Long Term Player Development model.

- There is no guarantee that this model will produce players at the elite level. Where is the research which shows that successful soccer/football countries have similar models. My experience shows in fact it is opposite. Elite players are developed in normal domestic leagues which provide a suitable level of competition but where players play on unbalanced teams and get challenged more to develop their individual skills and understanding of the game.

- it is questionable that the HPSL will even provide the level of competition that domestic city leagues can provide. The ASA model proposes interlocking games against Saskatchewan teams. We are not certain that this will provide the quality of competition needed to produce elite players.

- ASA and CMSA ignore the need to create more competitive domestic city leagues and that we have to start there in order to provide a larger pool of players that can reach the desired level. In other words, we have to start first with our programs in the city and examine how our league structures impact on player development. CWSC feels that the current CMSA league structure provides numerous examples of how our players are not being developed to their potential. If we think that we can simply superimpose a top level league on top of a domestic league which already hinders player development, we will not achieve the results we want.

- In summary, if we think that we just put in place a structure/league to get better players, then we do not understand player development. Instead we have to change how we develop players. We need a modern philosophy of how to play the game, which includes the way to develop players. Right now we put too much importance in the early physical presence. We select players who can run through and win the ball, and the game unfairly, through physicality. Here we teach players to run through the players by using force. This is not a successful way to play soccer and Canada will never be able to compete against the best or even the middle teams in the world if we continue to think that this is the way we develop players.

- In general, our coaches, even the top level paid coaches in the city, do not have an idea of how to teach/educate the game the right way.  We sacrifice player development for early team success.

- And our officiating supports that style of play and we do not protect skilled, smaller players who can really try to play the game.

- The HPSL that ASA proposes will exacerbate all of these incorrect approaches to player development.

Our main concerns:

- ASA wants to start the League with U13, This is too early based on the LTPD model and international experience. There are issues not just with player development, but also the balance between academic, mental, physical and social factors for players of a young age.

- Prohibitive cost over the long term associated with travel/game schedule is shouldered by individual players/families and is not sustainable. It will also limit players without the financial resources from participating.

- Club Franchise model - which would facilitate the movement of  players at a very early age to move only to the franchise clubs. This would mean that the medium size clubs will lose their better players and they will not be able to sustain their programs financially and competitively. This will cannibalize the league and there will only be a city league of the 3 franchise clubs at the higher level, and arguably, at the lower levels as well, and at the earliest ages. If you really look at how competition supports player development, it is clear that a league of only super teams does not support the development of as large a pool of players as possible, which is critical to develop the elite teams at the age where it is appropriate, when winning and team success are important. There is also a question about what happens to the "late bloomers" who are bypassed at an early age by the select process.

- the coach education level proposed by the ASA AHPSL model, does not match the needs of player development to the top level. For coaches to be able to support elite player development, we need coaches that have a much higher level of certification. We need a professional culture developed in Canada for coaches which requires much higher education processes. If we think a coach which has no professional background, no university backed education certification, no refresher process to keep up with updated research/education pedagogy, can develop players to the top level, we are mistaken.

The main elements of a revised/appropriate HPSL that we are proposing includes:

- start at U16 and U17.
- the domestic league structure must be revised to support player development from the youngest ages
- create a fair environment that all clubs in the city can participate in player development and contribute players to the league. This includes the establishment of a neutral district coordinating body to provide technical leadership for the Calgary district.
- invest the costs of the league in members clubs, with an appropriate cost sharing arrangement with players, which does not prohibit participation of players and clubs which do not have the financial resources. And also attract provincial, federal and corporate sponsorship to get behind the development of Canadian soccer.