New Players!

Hello CWSC Members,

As we prepare for the new season I know some of you are excited to get going which includes getting your U12 and up players their ID cards. At this time of the process we are not yet ready for Players to go down to the CMSA office to get their ID cards so please hold off on doing this until I send out an email to you all! I hate to see anyone going down and having to be turned away.

If your player is new to the CMSA competitive program and you have not yet mailed or emailed me a copy of their proof of age please do this ASAP. This can be a copy of their Birth Certificate, Passport or Alberta Health Card. You can either scan and email this to me or take a picture of it with a smartphone and send in by email as an attachement.

Thanks so much


Calgary West Soccer Club

CWSC Indoor 2014-2015 Evaluation Schedule

 September 20-21st    
1st Evaluation    
Date Age Time
Sept. 20 BoysU16 10:30 - 12pm
Sept. 20 GirlsU16 12 - 1:30pm
Sept. 20 BoysU12 1:30 - 3pm
Sept. 20 BU18/GU18 and GU10 Sol team 3 - 4:30pm
Sept. 21 BoysU10 9 - 10:30am
Sept. 21 GirlsU10 10:30 - 12pm
Sept. 21 GirlsU12 12  - 1:30pm
Sept. 21 BU14 and BU12 Sampdoria team 1:30 - 3pm
Sept.21 GirlsU14 3 - 4:30pm
2nd Evalutaion: Sept 25-28th    
Sept. 25 GirlsU12 6 - 7:30pm
Sept. 26 GirlsU10 6 - 7:30pm
Sept. 27 BoysU18/GirlsU18 11:30am - 1pm
Sept. 27 BoysU12 1:00 - 3:00pm
Sept. 27 GirlsU16 3pm - 4:30pm
Sept. 28 BoysU10 9 - 10:30am
Sept. 28 BoysU14 10:30 - 12pm
Sept. 28 GirlsU14 12 - 1:30pm
Sept. 28 BoysU16 1:30 - 3pm
Sept. 28 B/G U14 - U18 9 - 10:30am
Sept. 28 B/G U12 10:30 - 12pm
Sept. 28 B/G U10 1:30 - 3pm


All Sessions are held Outdoors at the Randlands DQ fields located at Range Way and Ranchero Drive N.W

CWSC Indoor Registration is OPEN. Please register before August 31st to avoid late fees

Hello CWSC Members,

I hope you all had a great Summer. So hard to believe it's nearly over and we are now all getting ready for back to school!!!

Just a friendly reminder that the CMSA Indoor 2014/2015 Registration is now OPEN!! The deadline to register without a late fee is August 31st. Please get your registrations in before Monday to avoid the late fees.

Registration is done by clicking on the Member login link located at the top of our website and logging in to your member profile. (Please note that when we switch over to a new season it will always ask you to renew your community membership. If you have a valid community membership you can choose this from the drop down menu by clicking on the Renew tab)

Please do let me know if you have any questions @

Thanks so much and I hope you all have a great long weekend! :)

Germany is the new World Champion in Soccer – A commentary on player development

On July, 13th 2014 Germany won in Brazil the FIFA World Cup 2014, for the fourth time in the history of the world championships. Germany is by far one of the most successful countries in world soccer, having reached, in the last four world cups the semifinals. In 2002 Germany lost the final against Brazil, won bronze in 2006 and in 2010, and crowned themselves this year as the world champion in Brazil against Argentina.

Although people in the Club feel that because I was born in Germany, I only support the German team. This is not actually true. It is more important to support national programs which show a consistent and continuous pathway of development to bring as many young players to the level they can play.  I would have been happy to see Spain repeat its past successes.

However, as we have seen from this very unpredictable World Cup, soccer is changing all of the time, at a rapid pace. National programs have to adapt and look for successful strategies to beat their competitors.

The current success of the German program is based on decisions that were made by the German Soccer Federation (DFB) in 2000, after the dismal showing of the national team in the Euro 2000, where they finished at the bottom of their group.  The DFB, the ‘Bundesliga’ and the Clubs decided that the development of more technically proficient homegrown players would be in everyone's best interests. This led to the creation of academies right across the top two divisions.

As the director of sport of the club 1.FC Union Berlin, a professional club in the second ‘Bundesliga’, I was part of the decision making in 2002 to make it mandatory for the second ‘Bundesliga’ to build a youth academy at every club.

However, if we believe that the reason for Germany’s success is only about the structure of the German system with high performance academies attached to and operated by the 36 professional clubs of the first and second ‘Bundesliga’ we only know ‘half of the truth’.

The success of the German National Team program is based on the soccer culture that Germany developed over decades, the understanding of how to play the game in a smart and efficient way, the knowledge of how to develop players - to find, identify and promote talented players to the top international level, the certification and development of coaches to the highest level, with experienced coaches for the professional and high performance youth level, as well as the development of the officials that can support player development.

The Belgian national program similarly had to overhaul its whole youth development program. In 1998, Michel Sablon a member of the Belgian coaching staff at Italia 90, saw that there was “no unified vision on youth”, and sat with 30 federation coaches, to discuss a radical change in approach. Tapping into philosophies and training methods in the national setups in Netherlands and France, as well as at clubs such as Ajax and Barcelona, he sought to produce a totally different type of player.

He also commissioned the University of Louvain to carry out an extensive study on youth football in Belgium, which involved filming 1,500 matches across different age groups. The university’s results showed that young boys and girls playing at under-eight and under-nine touched the ball only twice in half an hour. One of the other main findings in the university research was that there was far too much emphasis on winning and not enough on development.  A joint initiative with the government saw eight Topsport schools introduced between 1998 and 2002, with the aim of providing the most talented boys and girls, aged between 14 and 18, with additional training during the normal curriculum to increase their chances of reaching the top.

Belgium’s emergence as one of the strongest nations in world football has exceeded all expectations. A country with a population of only 11m, with just 34 professional clubs competing across two leagues developed to produce what people call the ‘golden generation of players’; a team which in this World Cup, made it to the quarter finals as the ‘dark horses’ to win the championship. Book makers rated them fifth behind hosts Brazil, Argentina, Germany and defending champions Spain. This put them ahead of past winners, finalists and bigger sides, including England, France, Italy, Portugal, Netherland and Uruguay.

I invite you to read the following articles to see how Germany and Belgium developed their national programs through a unified youth development program.

There are common themes which are crucial to any proper youth development program.

The first is to not focus on winning and standings at an early age. The focus must be on individual skills development, not team success.

The article “How a Soccer Star is Made” describes how in the US, team success is considered to be the main measure of development.  

How the U.S. develops its most promising young players is not just different from what the Netherlands and most elite soccer nations do — on fundamental levels, it is diametrically opposed. Americans like to put together teams, even at the Pee Wee level, that are meant to win. The best soccer-playing nations build individual players, ones with superior technical skills who later come together on teams the U.S. struggles to beat. In a way, it is a reversal of type. Americans tend to think of Europeans as collectivists and themselves as individualists. But in sports, it is the opposite. The Europeans build up the assets of individual players. Americans under develop the individual, although most of the volunteers who coach at the youngest level would not be cognizant of that.

The second is to allow players to play freely without choreographing their play.

“We felt that we had to develop dribbling skills, we said at the heart of our vision was 1v1, the duel. We said when a boy or girl wants to start playing football, you must offer first the dribble, let them play freely.”


The third is to focus on achieving the highest proficiency of skill development, which can only be attained through repetition, repetition, repetition.

Gregory van der Wiel’s description of the detail-oriented routine at De Toekomst (Ajax’s Academy) struck me as dead on: “You do things again and again and again, then you repeat it some more times.”

The fourth relates to Canadas tendency to focus on elite teams too early. CWSC has been very vocal in articulating opposition to the High Performance Soccer League, proposed by ASA to start in 2015, at the age of U13. If you follow the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, it is clear that this early selection process is not the means to develop players. Selection is an entirely different affair than identification.

We start to select players to try out for elite teams far too quickly. Beyond the proposed HPSL, the current ASA program, for instance, already starts select teams at U13, narrowing the pool of players to 1 or 2 teams in the province. Instead of identifying players with potential and training a large pool of players, we de-select potential talent and destroy their dreams before we even know that their potential is.

Importantly, we also select players at this early age which can use their size and weight to gain an advantage. In “How Germany went from Bust to Boom on the Talent Production Line”, it is shown how Germany has changed its focus from big physical players, to those with technique.

 "In the past there were a lot of big players. But look at our players now," Dutt says. "You realise that an important thing for a football player is technique and then the height of the player, ordinarily, will be small. [Diego] Maradona, [Andrés] Iniesta, Xavi – all little players. In the defence we think we need big players. Mats Hummels is big but he is very good with the ball. In 1982 Mats Hummels wouldn't have played in defence, he would have played at No10. In the 1970s, [Franz] Beckenbauer was playing football and [Hans-Georg] Schwarzenbeck was running after the English players – if he got the ball he gave it to Beckenbauer and the job was done. But now Schwarzenbeck is Hummels, and Hummels plays like Beckenbauer and Schwarzenbeck."


“The Belgian Blueprint that gave Birth to a Golden Generation” demonstrates the importance of creating intelligent, skilled defenders.

“You have to know that tackling is forbidden in Anderlecht. You can only anticipate or intercept, till they come to Under-21 team, in the second team of Anderlecht,” Kindermans says. “Our main motivation is we want to create technically skilled football players. If our centre-backs try to provide a solution by tackling and putting the ball out, I don’t like it. I want to educate as good as possible: ‘When do I have to anticipate? When do I have to drop off?’ I want to create intelligent players, not butchers.”

If Canada wants to improve at the international level, we must start with the grassroots, by teaching players to be proficient in 1v1 offensively and defensively, and to not, by virtue of a league structure and philosophy of the game, which selects players to play in a league where standings and results are key, then advantages larger, physical players at an early age.  Our officiating must support this philosophy.  We must protect the smaller, skilled players, who cannot develop if they are constantly being butchered.

Fifth, we must also overhaul our coach education system if we wish to develop players to the highest international standards. Coaches must understand player development as the first and foremost goal of any program, or league. “How Germany went from Bust to Boom on the Talent Production Line” describes:

The incredible depth of Germany's coaching resources, as well as the DFB's close relationship with Bundesliga clubs, helps to make the programme. According to Uefa, Germany has 28,400 (England 1,759) coaches with the B licence, 5,500 (895) with the A licence and 1,070 (115) with the Pro licence, the highest qualification. It is little wonder that Ashworth said last month that there will be no quick fix for English football. The country that invented the game has forgotten that we need people to teach it.


CWSC benefits from the experience and the knowledge of the ‘German’ way to develop players

At CWSC we have always benefited from the experience of our Head Coaches  - Nigel, Morgan, German, Renato, Jordan, Lorenzo and Coach Hene, who all share a belief in developing the individual player.

My experience will build on our programs and additionally benefit from the German way of player development. I grew up as a player and later as a coach in this system. The education I received at a special university for high performance sport, providing me with the highest UEFA Pro License, the experiences as a player and a coach in more than 50 years together (more than 35 years as a coach) give me the confidence that CWSC has always, and will continue to strengthen our player development program, and our coach education.

CWSC is committed to player development first and will not jeopardize the development of our players to their best possible level by focusing and organizing team success at all cost.

There is no club in Calgary that can offer a better program for player development than CWSC. Team success in younger ages doesn’t say anything about a good program. Doing the right thing in the right time is more important than having success with a team.

I am leaving to Germany to participate in the end of July at International Trainer Kongress, which ‘showcases’ the newest developments in soccer, presented by the best players and teams during the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. I have invited Mary Liao to come with me to Germany to gain a firsthand understanding of why Germany is the most successful soccer nation in history. We will have the opportunity to review the ‘secret’ of the methods the German Soccer Association employed to prepare and to analyze the FIFA World Cup 2014. We will look at how Germany has set up high performance academies in professional soccer clubs - including how they select players, at what age they start with players and when they start to play more competitive games. In short, how they organize player development. We want to prepare the future of our club.

Parents and players can trust CWSC and its staff that we know what to do. Everything starts with trust! Parents can lean back and enjoy their kids’ development and improvement. We are guiding our players through their stages of development with a proven program and all the support they need to develop to their desired level of play. If we have players with the potential to reach the top international level we will help them to make it possible. We promise this!

Starting in August, we will offer High Performance Academy ‘Performance Camps’. In these camps we want to give our players the opportunity to train like the players in Germany in this age, challenging and oriented to develop perfection.

Soon we will detail the principles of high performance youth development and define the standards for our players in different age groups.

I would like to invite all of our players interested in this program and coaches to start the journey to reach the best possible level.

I wish for our teams that qualified for Provincials “Good Luck” and all of our players and coaches at the end of their season, a relaxing summer holiday. See you soon on the soccer field!

Henry Haeusler

Technical Director

Calgary West Soccer Club

UEFA and DFB Pro-Coaching License FL 001805

Phone: 403.200-4261

Grace Moore going to Brazil!

Alberta Players to represent Canada in Brazil for 2014 Danone Nation's Cup

(June 24, 2014) It has been a long three years since Western Canada has had bragging rights over Eastern Canada at the Danone Nation's Cup national final. With a trip to Brazil on the line for the Danone Nation's Cup, the time finally came for Western Canada to prevail.


Five Alberta Players - Grace Moore (Calgary West SC), Gausu Dukuly (Edmonton Strikers), Gianmarco Plenzik (Calgary Blizzard), Ivan HIrankunda (Edmonton Strikers) and Owen Antoniuk (Calgary Blizzard) were part of the Western Canada team who won the national final of the Danone Nation's Cup this past weekend in Montreal at the Stade Saputo and will now embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity in November to play in the Danone Nation's Cup in Brazil.

The five Alberta players joined six other players from BC and will be reunited for a 3 day camp in Quebec just before departure to Brazil in November.

The players, who will have the privilege of representing Canada in this U12 international competition, will measure themselves against some of the world’s best national soccer teams from 32 participating countries. During last year’s world final held in London, England, the Canadian team came home with an impressive 14th place finish.

 "All of our players put everything they've got into this match, proving their unwavering commitment to excel and give their very best," says DNC Canada Head Coach Dean Howie. "The Danone Nations Cup is a major event for these kids who want to live out their passion to the fullest. What's more, these young athletes from the Western team will have an opportunity to play where the top professionals have played. This is an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives," he adds.

 Again this year, Zinedine Zidane will be the ambassador of this international event. The tournament dates for the final will be confirmed at a later date.

Congratulations once again to Grace, Guasu, Gianmarco, Ivan and Owen on this outstanding achievement and savour the moments in Brazil!

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



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

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.

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