Canada Soccer is proud to announce Bell as the founding partner for Canada’s Women’s National EXCEL Program – the six-year structure for developing female players U-14 to U-20 who demonstrate the highest level of ability in preparation for their contribution to Canada’s Women’s National Team.

“Canada’s Women’s National EXCEL Program brings the best together with the best, it is therefore exciting for us to know that it can rely on a tremendous partner like Bell to fuel its growth and development,” said Canada Soccer General Secretary Peter Montopoli.

“With John Herdman’s vision for the program, and the support of our partners across the country, we are building a women’s player development pathway that will ensure consistent, world-class performances by our National Teams.”

As founding partner of the Women’s National EXCEL Program, Bell’s support will ensure Canada’s top athletes get access to world leading resources across the program’s four pillars of development – physical, technical/tactical, mental and social/emotional. This new approach will unite and strengthen the ways we identify and develop our most promising young athletes from across the country.

“Bell is proud of its commitment to Canada’s women’s soccer,” said Loring Phinney, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Bell. “As we lead up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be hosted here in Canada next summer, our support of the Women’s National EXCEL Program will make Canada’s National Teams stronger and more competitive and will help develop the future women soccer stars of tomorrow.”

“The guiding principle of Canada’s Women’s EXCEL philosophy is a constant drive to achieve the highest international standards, where the Women’s National EXCEL Program aims to develop more Sinclairs, more often – by design, not by chance,” added John Herdman, Canada’s Women’s National Team Head Coach and Women’s EXCEL Program Director. “The Women’s National EXCEL Program, with the support of Bell, allows the most talented players to train with each other while giving them access to the best youth talent specialists in Canada.”

Canada’s Women’s EXCEL Program provides a clear and continuous pathway built across four main delivery mechanisms: the Women’s Regional EXCEL Centres; the Women’s National EXCEL Program, presented by Bell; the EXCELeration stream and a network of EXCEL recommended schools.

“Consistent world-class performance on the highest stage is reliant on a development system that everybody in soccer believes in and contributes to,” added Herdman.

In line with the strategic priorities unveiled this past January, Canada Soccer formally introduced the Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program to the media and public on 3 June at the Canada Soccer Pathway unveil. The event marked Canada Soccer’s reaffirmed commitment to investing in technical leadership to encourage a fruitful growth of the beautiful game in Canada.