BC Soccer & Provincial Cup Changes
Folks, the snow and weather has created havoc across the Province in trying to complete our respective soccer seasons.
While we had it bad here on the Island, the Mainland definitely had it worse.
All Leagues have been involved in discussion since early January to try to stay with planned dates that were established earlier in the year. Leagues were still prepared to follow the schedule up until early March. All Leagues were doing what they could to determine Divisional Winners as well as allocating their Provincial spots to teams. Things were full steam ahead as planned as of March 1.
Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate the last couple weeks. While some Leagues were able to come up with other solutions, others were not.
Some Leagues on the Mainland had already decided to cancel their Cup Finals and others battled to get multiple games a week played. (as we did here)The end result – some Leagues are still not close enough to have decided spots by the April 3 draw date for the Provincial Cup.
BC Soccer hosted an emergency meeting last night that had the Leagues and BC Soccer Competitions Committee try to come up with an option that would better serve the members of BC Soccer.
Here are some key points:
2. All Draws for the Women’s Provincial Cups will take place on Monday April 3rd at the BC Soccer offices.
3. All Draws for the Men’s Provincial Cups will take place on Thursday April 13th at the BC Soccer offices. All teams must be declared to BC Soccer by 9:00am Thursday morning (April 13).
4. All categories of Men’s and Women’s Provincial Cups (except Women’s Classics) will begin play on the April 21 – 23 weekend.
5. May 13/14 – Provincial Cup finals for Women’s A, B, Classics & Men’s A, and U21. The semifinals for the Master’s and Men’s B will also be played this weekend at the same venue (Burnaby Lake West) UNLESS the home team is an Island team, and then this semi-final would be played on Vancouver Island.
6. The finals for the Men’s B and Masters Provincial Cup will be played on the May 27/28 weekend, date and location TBD.
I personally thank all of our VISL members!
Whether it was a player, coach, admin, scheduler or League Executive – I know everybody did their part and more to get through what has been 1 of the worst winters I have seen.
Stay tuned for additional information coming in the next week once more teams have been established in their quest to qualify for the BC Soccer Provincial Championships.