Soccer in British Columbia
Soccer in BC
Within the confines of Canada, Soccer in British Columbia and especially the Lower Mainland and
South-Central Vancouver Island has a unique soccer season. This is due to the unique weather that has been
decscribed as the
"West Coast Temperate Rain Forest".
It rains most of the winter months of November to March and
it rairly snows.
In this habitat, Soccer in British Columbia is an all-year-round sport.
The major competitive season is the winter months.
This is from September to March.
The main play-off time is February to July for basically all age groups from youth to senior soccer.
Adult summer recreational soccer, tournaments including
Beach Soccer is played from June-September.
This offers great opportunities and challenges to players and coaches alike as the season is just finishing or
winding down while others across Canada are ready to peak.
For the more advanced and competitive coaches go to a
YPI model and try and create a periodization table.
Try and insert your macro/micro phases and you will see the challenges that face the teams that have to go to
national championships that can usually occur between August to October.
Wow how do you peak in the traditional Off-season?
Soccer in British Columbia also has a rich summer tradition.
Most of these warm summer days are spent in a variety of
Multi-cultural and ethnically inspired leagues.
There are also an ever growing list of summer camps with
each "soccer Star" and "super coach" hoping to capture a
unique market by offering their special brand of training.
As of 2006 many clubs in specific areas began discussions
on forming higher performance teams. These teams would stay together over the summer and become touring teams.
Those groups of parents and players who did not sign up for
other seasonal sports activities would be encouraged to
play all-year-round. From these beginnings arose a few
clubs who would merge to become super clubs and thus
have more membership clout to gain access to more fields
This aspect has been growing as more players were
steadily registering over 20 years and soccer as a sport
still ranks number one (#1) in volume of participants.
This volume however does not translate in Canada having
a higher world ranking according to FIFA.
Some of these issues are discussed within the pages
of this web-site.
By 2009, some areas had mega-clubs of over 4000
registered players. This also meant more finances to
hire fulltime coaching and administrative staff.
Coupled with multiple sponsorships and heightened
registration fees some clubs could afford over 12 paid
fulltime and part-time staff, mainly coaches.
In 2011 BC Soccer Associaition launched the
High Performance League under the development
name; BC Premier Development League (check link below)
This allowed the best players to come out of a larger
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Youth competitive standings
Competitve Mens League (VMSL)
Fraser Valley (League)
Boys District Soccer
Girls Soccer District
BC Premier League;
Jean Bosco soccer
European Football School (Saibo Talic)
Bowen Island FC;
Coquitlam Metro Ford;
North Coquitlam United
North Shore Girls
South Burnaby Metro
Whistler Soccer Club;
Britsh Columbia Soccer Association
To find out more indepth information about Soccer
Canadian Soccer Association