Neely to connect youth and senior teams at CPL champions Pacific FC
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On the Move
Neely to connect youth and senior teams at CPL champions Pacific FC
by Jonathan Rest

Pacific FC, the reigning Canadian Premier League champions, have appointed Stuart Neely as their new Technical Director of Football.

It’s an all-encompassing role. The role itself is key to ensuring that the standards and the expectations of the first team runs through all the programmes attached to Pacific FC. That’s an important piece to it because it’s not like your typical youth club that has a youth academy and a senior team.
Stuart Neely
Technical Director of Football, Pacific FC

Neely (pictured) is highly experienced within Canadian soccer, having spent time with Ontario Soccer, Manitoba Soccer Association, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Toronto FC and the University of British Columbia.

 

He has also coached in Belgium, England and New Zealand, and has spent the last three years as Soccer Canada’s Manager of Coach Education.

 

At Pacific FC, Neely will be tasked with the development of players at all levels.

 

He said: “How the role was worded – Technical Director of Football – that really caught my eye. It’s an unusual way of saying it, it’s not just your traditional Technical Director. Immediately it gave me a sense of differentness and uniqueness.

 

“It’s an all-encompassing role. The role itself is key to ensuring that the standards and the expectations of the first team runs through all the programmes attached to Pacific FC. That’s an important piece to it because it’s not like your typical youth club that has a youth academy and a senior team. That was part of the attraction for myself, that’s part of my background.”

 

The CPL, which will enter its fourth season this year, has a unique recruitment model, in that the league has a centralised international player pool, which contains around 50 players aged 23 and under at any one time. 

 

The league then works with the individual clubs to work out their squad needs and sign international players, with the CPL's Director of Football Oliver Gage having explained the programme to TransferRoom in October 2021.

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