Calgary Granted Approval For UWS Expansion
Foothills F.C. brings Canada’s highest level of women’s soccer to Calgary
United Women’s Soccer (UWS) is excited to announce that Calgary Foothills Women’s F.C. will be competing in the West Conference for the Summer 2017 season.
The team will be playing at the highest league level of any female team in Canada and will provide elite soccer development & training to the female players in the region. This initiative is part of the Foothills F.C. mandate to provide Calgary players further high level opportunity as has been illustrated by the Foothills Men’s PDL team which were the division and conference champions in 2016.
The franchise has been approved by UWS and sanctioned by Alberta Soccer, Canada Soccer Association (CSA) and the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF).
“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 coached youth teams to National gold medals, coached the Calgary Storm Player Development League (PDL) team, 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 strong 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. The UWS provides a club pathway for all women of Calgary to follow past their youth academy programs.
For more information, go to the team’s official website at www.foothillsfc.ca