The TSS Elite Development Program is a full-time 11-month program that spans from April to March. A select number of players are chosen to participate on one of 3 teams: the U18 Girls Elite Red, U18 Girls Elite Black, and the U18 Boys Elite. Players will train 3 times per week and compete in adult leagues such as the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL), MWSL (Metro Women’s Soccer League), and the VMSL (Vancouver Metro Soccer League).
For a number of years both players and parents have encouraged TSS Academy to run full-time teams. The political climate surrounding youth soccer in this province has always made that a difficult undertaking. However, over the last few years, TSS Academy has embarked on a program for older youth players to compete in the adult leagues. Because the adult leagues are borderless and have no age restrictions, they provided the right opportunity for TSS to offer full-time programming for advanced players. More importantly, the adult soccer leagues in BC are progressive enough to welcome any professionally soccer organization.
In the spring of 2011, TSS launched its first full-time program with the 94-born girls, known as U19 Girls Elite. The players competed in the PCSL Reserve league in the spring/summer, followed by the MWSL Premier division in the fall/winter. The program was a big success. The players enjoyed a positive soccer experience and grew immensely as players as they were forced to compete against strong adult teams. TSS Academy's continued adherence to style of play also allowed the players to advance their technical skills, as well as their understanding of the game. By the end of the inaugural season, every single player was offered spots on University teams.
In 2012, TSS Academy launched 2 more full-time programs, the U18 Girls Elite Red and the U18 Boys Elite. The U18 Girls Elite Red acts as a development environment to the U18 Girls Elite Black. They compete in the PCSL Reserve League, followed by the MWSL U21 division in the fall/winter. The program is comprised predominantly of grade 10 and 11 players. The U18 Boys Elite competes in the PCSL Men's Reserve division during the spring/summer, followed by the VMSL U21 division in the fall/winter.
Once players are selected between December and February, they continue to train once a week at the academy. Come April, the team of players is assembled and training begins in preparation for their spring/summer phase (Phase 1). Some Elite teams attend tournaments during this phase while other teams compete in the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL). The players train 3 times per week plus one game a week.
At the end of the spring/season season in late July, the players take a break for a month and returning to training in late August for pre-season. In September, the teams play in the upper levels of either the Metro Women's Soccer League (MWSL) or the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL). The players train 3 times per week plus one game a week. The spring/summer season is what TSS refers to as Phase 2 of the program. This is a very challenging phase of the program as the players phase their strongest opposition. However, it's an excellent opportunity to advance their game and prepare for a higher level of play.