Manitoba BMO Academy
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the MSA – Manitoba Soccer Association, have partnered on a Whitecaps Manitoba BMO Academy centre, providing local young talent a pathway to professional soccer, scholarships, and the Canadian national teams. Based out of Winnipeg and run by MSA staff, Whitecaps FC provide program curriculum and development supported by staff visits and oversite by Academy Centre Director, Marinos Papageorgopoulos.
Local pathway programs include the U9 to U12 Prospects, and a full-time U13 to U17 Boys MLS Prospects, and Girls Elite REX Prospects. BMO Academy players earn opportunities to showcase their talent at Player ID events including the HPP (High Potential Player) program, which can lead to full-time funded places at the Boys MLS Academy and Girls Elite REX programs in Vancouver. Recent BMO Academy successes include Bayern Munich hero Alphonso Davies and PSG star Jordyn Huitema.
Click here to visit the Manitoba Soccer Association website for more information about Whitecaps Manitoba BMO Academy centre partnered programs.
Whitecaps FC Administration – email@example.com or 1.855.932.1932
It starts with a goal
Whitecaps FC and BMO share a commitment to developing soccer talent across the country. With World Cup 2026 fast approaching, the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System helps provide a foundation for Canada’s soccer future.
> BMO ACADEMY CENTRES
Provincial Centres are in many cases in partnership with provincial soccer associations. Players identified here have a pathway to the Whitecaps Boys Residency and Girls Elite REX programs in Vancouver. BC Centres are part of the local pathway and provide players with an opportunity to support selection to the BCSPL (BC Soccer Premier League), as well as the Whitecaps Prospects, and full time academies. All centres are supported by the Whitecaps Caps to College program.
> PRE-BOYS MLS ACADEMY AND PRE-GIRLS ELITE
Prior to entering the Boys MLS Academy and Girls Elite REX teams, players can also be selected into the Full time and funded Whitecaps FC Pre-MLS Academy and Whitecaps FC Pre-Girls Elite program. Players at U-14 players train four times per week with regular competitive matches against select competition which also includes tournament travel. In addition a part-time U-13 program includes select players remaining with their BCSPL club, and training with Whitecaps FC once per week.
> WHITECAPS FC BOYS MLS ACADEMY
A full-time, fully funded player development program. The Academy is designed to maximize a player’s potential on and off the field through a “soccer lifestyle” philosophy linking technical, personal development and education. The program includes over 65 players with the Academy housing U-15, U-17 and U-19 teams that play in the new MLS Elite Youth Development League.
The Academy continues to develop top young talent from across Canada at the club’s new Whitecaps FC National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) which opened in 2017. In the past year, five players from the Academy ranks have signed MLS contracts with the Whitecaps FC first team, with Academy graduate Alphonso Davies making an MLS record transfer to perennial German Bundesliga
> WHITECAPS FC GIRLS ELITE REX
Whitecaps FC, BC Soccer, and Canada Soccer have partnered together to deliver a Super REX (Regional EXCEL) Centre, which brings together top female prospects from across Canada to attend school, train, and play together on a daily basis.
This Super Rex program is one of only three in Canada – (BC, Ontario and Quebec) welcoming the very best U-14 to U-18 high performance female players on a pathway to national team and scholastic opportunities.
Across Canada the Whitecaps FC identify and select players by working together with Canada Soccer, and through official partnerships with the provincial associations of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. Recent Academy graduate Jordyn Huitema is a key member of the Canadian national team and has recently signed with French Division 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.
> WHITECAPS CAPS TO COLLEGE
College and university scholarship opportunities are one of the goals of the BMO Academy System. Players have support from Whitecaps head coaching staff and college transition experts to prepare for the best opportunity to play in college and university.
Off Field the program is Led by Whitecaps Manager of Collegiate Transition, Ryan Clark who works towards supporting and executing player scholarship strategies.
> WHITECAPS BMO ACADEMY CENTRE HPP (High Potential Prospects)
Recognizing the need to connect players across the academy network beyond training, the Whitecaps HPP program provides some exciting network opportunities, incentives and recruitment for identified players while training in their respective academy locations.
- Influence and identify HPP’s across BC
- Specialized training and event opportunities in Vancouver.
- Training and competing with Whitecaps FC Academy centre teams at selected tournaments.
- Scouting opportunities and placement with partnered BCSPL clubs.
- Influence and identify HPP’s across Canada
- Player identification events for entry into Whitecaps FC Boys MLS Academy and Girls Elite REX Programs
U13 and U14 – (2007 & 2006)
- November – Select teams invited from each BMO provincial academy centre
- February – Small group of players may return February for further assessment
- April – Smaller group of players come back in April for further assessment
- May – Final selections
U15 and U16 – potential U17 and U18
- March break – Team combine
- Players identified – either stay for another week or come back in April
- May – Final selections
Professional: Players aspire to reach and play for the Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer (MLS)
Development Squad: An extension of the First Team, bridging the club’s top academy prospects and MLS roster
BMO Academy Centres: A coast-to-coast network of Centres and staff identify young talent and provide a gateway to professional soccer, scholarships, and national teams programs, including a pathway to Vancouver with the Boys MLS Academy and the Girls Elite REX program
Camps / Tournaments / Clinics: Events and camps provide opportunities to be developed and identified