If they can see plan they believe in, they will push to levels they have never gone to before.

Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Head Coach, Women's National Team

Women’s Excel Program

Canada Soccer’s Women's EXCEL Program is a fully aligned advanced player development system that presents an exciting vision and a clear pathway for Canada's elite players and staff. It offers our most talented players a world-class experience befitting a soccer program that has its sights set on FIFA World Cup and Olympic Podiums.

The EXCEL system is supported by a fully integrated team of experts across Technical, Sports Science, Sports Medicine & Mental corners that are committed to evolving and enhancing player and staff development to ensure a seamless aligned player experience from the U15 age to the Women’s National Team.

The EXCEL program brings together the most talented U-15 to U-18 inside Regional EXCEL centres. A two-tiered Talent Identification system with EXCEL Super Centers in British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec supported by smaller localized Regional EXCEL Centres positioned across the country ensures that more players receive more higher quality development hours through a research-based curriculum.

The Regional EXCEL centres are a collaboration between Canada Soccer and the provincial and territorial Member Associations, to create an infrastructure of youth specialist coaching, sports science, and the latest mentaland physical training programs.

The National EXCEL program brings together the most promising youth players from the U-15 –U-20 age groups, to compete in youth competitions across CONCACAF & FIFA. A culture of growth and excellence is created through detailed and aligned 4 corner planning with the aim to progress players into professional environments and into our Women’s National Team after gaining these valuable International Tournament experiences.

The EXCEL program continues to unite and strengthen the ways that we identify and develop our most promising young athletes from across Canada to help drive elite women’s soccer forward.

Excel Program Roles

Women's Excel Program Director & Women's National Team Head Coach

  • Responsible for overall program management and direction
  • Leads the implementation of the National EXCEL system and infrastructure.
  • Liaison with senior Canada Soccer management and Board of Directors
  • Leads collaboration with key program partners.

Women's Excel U-15-U-23 Program Director

  • Lead and coordinate the National EXCEL & Regional EXCEL Strategy.
  • Responsible for the planification, implementation, development of U15-U23 EXCEL curriculum and the EXCELeration Program.
  • Lead the support to the Super REX Centres and REX Centres with regular communication and Coach Education, Talent ID and Support visits
  • Assist in scouting duties nationally and internationally in order to identify and monitor designated players and opponents

Women's U-20 & U-17 National Team Head Coach

  • Women's U-20 & U-17 Youth National Team Head Coach
  • Lead scouting and oversight of BC’s Super REX center with Women’s EXCEL U-15 –U-23 Director. Assist with scouting and oversight for Quebec and Ontario’s Super REX centers
  • Lead the development and delivery of U-17and U-20 National EXCEL curriculum and programming including CONCACAF & World Cup tournaments
  • Link the Regional Excel Pathway to the National Excel Pathway through effective Talent Identification and Monitoring Processes

Women’s National Excel Goalkeeping Manager

  • Lead and manage senior National Teams’ goalkeeping programs
  • Develop & maintain youth National EXCEL curriculum & programming
  • Lead and manage National EXCEL goalkeeping program staff coaches, responsible for goalkeeping delivery in SREX & NEX

Women's Excel Ontario Rex Manager

  • Oversee, Lead and Manage the Ontario Regional EXCEL Program
  • Leads Player identification and monitoring process for intake into Ontario Regional EXCEL program
  • Support the delivery of National EXCEL U-15-U-20 and EXCELerationprograms where required

Ontario Rex Super Centre Technical Assistant & National Excel Goalkeeper Manager U13-u18

  • Lead and Assist the Technical and Tactical On-Field and Off-Field delivery of the Women’s Regional EXCEL National Curriculum
  • Oversee and Manage the Ontario Regional EXCEL Goalkeeper Curriculum
  • Develop, Educate and Deliver U-14-U-18 Women’s EXCEL Goalkeeper Curriculum

Technical Support

  • Women’s National Team EXCEL Program Science Lead
  • Women’s National Team EXCEL Program Science REX/NEX
  • Women’s National Team EXCEL Program Medical Lead
  • Women’s National Team EXCEL Program Mental Performance Lead
  • Women’s National Team EXCEL Program Mental & Culture Manager


  • Women’s National Team Program Manager
  • Women’s National EXCEL Program Event & Equipment Manager
  • Women’s National EXCEL Program Coordinator