Capital United Football Club and the West Ottawa Soccer Club enter into club affiliation agreement for 2014, expanding their football collaboration
Ottawa, ON April 21st, 2014: Capital United FC (Cap U) and the West Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC) announced today that they have entered into an official club affiliation agreement for the 2014 season, while also establishing other collaborative avenues to enhance their player and coaching development efforts within both organizations in 2014 and beyond.
The Club Affiliation Agreement is a mechanism put forth by both Clubs’ district governing body – the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association (EODSA) – to allow for some controlled player movement between Clubs in a way that provides enhanced development opportunities for talented players.
In this particular context, it sees players eligible to play with the WOSC 2000 L3 Girls’ team also be called upon to partake in Cap U’s 2000 U14 Girls’ team competing this season in the Ontario Youth Soccer League (OYSL). In the eyes of the leadership groups of both Clubs, this is only the first of numerous opportunities that are being explored to create a continued pathway for graduating (female) players from youth to senior levels.
Through shared scouting efforts, another prominent example of mutually beneficial and reciprocal player development activity - this time with Cap U players participating in a WOSC program - came earlier this year with a handful of players registering with WOSC’s new Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) U13 Boys’ team, which will kick off their inaugural season this May.
“We are elated to have been able to include some of these outstanding Cap U athletes in our Boys OPDL squad,” opined WOSC Boy’s Head Coach David Hannah. “You can tell that they have enjoyed an excellent level of development in their years with Cap U and will, definitely, be assets to our team during a challenging first season.”
Beyond these tangible examples of player movement for the 2014 season, both Clubs are confident that the real partnership magic will unfold, when both Clubs’ technical leaders come together to form an expanded football brain trust.
With highly acclaimed Ottawa Soccer leaders Traian Mateas and Raz El-Asmar on Cap U’s side, and former Canadian International Kristina Kiss and Scottish League Champion David Hannah with WOSC, decades of experience and a great success track record will come together to inspire the many coaches and players within both Clubs to strive for new levels of excellence.
“In all my years of involvement in soccer, I have always looked up to Traian and Raz as two of the best coaches around, both rich in football expertise, while also being true gentlemen of the game,” stated WOSC President Brian Mason. “The undeniable success of Cap U over the last 15 years is inextricably linked with their names and WOSC is delighted to work hand-in-hand with such football visionaries.”
While Raz El-Asmar, who is also the head coach of the Carleton University Women’s Team, will ensure that Cap U’s programs, especially with a view to their various OYSL teams this season, will remain as strong as ever, Traian Mateas will apply his coaching excellence to start building the partnership bridge between WOSC and Cap U and building a complete player development pathway covering the critical golden years of learning from U8-U12 in an academy setting before players transition into the U13+ OPDL age groups.
Mr. Mateas played at the professional club level in Timisoara in Romania in the 70s, before embarking on his Canadian football journey in 1982. During the last 30 years, he has been coaching successfully at the Club, District, Provincial, and collegiate level, as well as running the “Soccer by Mateas School of Excellence”, while also assisting the Ontario Soccer Association as an instructor. While staying closely involved with Cap U going forward, Mateas will be the head coach of the WOSC and Cap U 2002 U12 Boys’ teams respectively, preparing the players for the ascent to OPDL in 2015.
Just as importantly and to work with and through the great group of representative coaches at both Clubs, Mr. Mateas will also pass on his extensive football knowledge in a mentoring capacity to coaches, especially at the U8-U12 levels. He will support WOSC icon and Technical Director Kristina Kiss, herself an OSA Learning Facilitator, and David Hannah, WOSC Club Head Coach in pooling and passing on their expertise for the benefit of all involved.
“It is a joy to work with innovative football minds like Kristina and David to give the talented players under our care vastly enhanced development opportunities,” stated Mateas. “The football landscape is changing dramatically and partnering in new ways, while putting the player first, will be the recipe for our sustainable long-term success,” he added.
“For years, we had positive relations with WOSC and now the time seemed right to take our collaboration to a new level,” said Cap U President Kumar Saha. “Empowering our technical minds to put the right Long Term Player Development (LTPD) framework in place for our players and also pass that knowledge on in a coaching education setting to our up-and-coming coaches will, indeed, be a critical success factor for us.”
With WOSC and Cap U teaming up, people involved in both clubs will get the best of both worlds from access to quality programing, quality coaching, and quality competitive opportunities in a way that they would not have had before. A comprehensive long-term plan is currently being developed by both Clubs to make this an impactful change that will stand the test of time.
Raz El-Asmar & Bjorn Osieck
About the West Ottawa Soccer Club
The West Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC) was founded in 2010 and is now the largest soccer club in the Ottawa area, and the second largest club in the country. The Club is the result of a merger of a number of soccer clubs in the west end of Ottawa and continues to grow.
The WOSC delivers a full suite of soccer programs from very young children to adults. A variety of league and player development programs are offered to meet all levels of ability and interest. The Club is a leader in Long Term Player Development.
The Club is professionally managed with a growing full time and part-time staff. The WOSC is governed by a volunteer board of directors and relies on an extensive network of volunteers to deliver its programs.
About Capital United
Capital United is an international soccer family with a good portion of our coaches and members from parts of the world that share a passion for the beautiful game. Our small club is dedicated to the sport, year round, and some even say 24-7. Most of our coaches still actively play. We provide a unique environment where children, youth, and even adults can develop the skills, technique and passion required to play the game well. We provide high quality coaching so that players develop and enjoy soccer to the best of their abilities.
We have had an international outlook since our inception in 1999, as a result of the international character of our membership. Our Club is committed to providing our members the international exchange opportunities that are critical to developing an in-depth understanding of the game and to pushing themselves to the highest levels of the game. The FC in our name (‘Football Club’, which is world football) is used internationally. It pays tribute to our international roots and the partnerships we have developed through our International Program.