Vancouver Whitecaps FC (women)

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Vancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver Whitecaps FC logo.svg
Full name Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Nickname(s) Whitecaps
Founded 2001
Ground Swangard Stadium
Ground Capacity 5,288
Chairman Bob Lenarduzzi
Manager Hubert Busby Jr.
League USL W-League
2011 2nd, Western Conference
Playoff W-League 4th Place

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC women are a Canadian women's soccer team founded in 2001 and a part of the greater Vancouver Whitecaps FC club. Originally called the Vancouver Breakers in 2001-02, the team was a member of the W-League, the second tier of women's soccer in the United States and Canada. The club was formed as a merger of the Vancouver Angels of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) and Vancouver Lady 86ers teams. In 2002 with the change to one of the current owners, Greg Kerfoot, the Breakers were brought under the name Whitecaps Football Club.[1] Vancouver plays in the Western Conference against the Colorado Force, Colorado Rush, LA Strikers, Pali Blues, Santa Clarita Blue Heat, Seattle Sounders Women and Victoria Highlanders Women.

In 2010 the Whitecaps played their home games at Swangard Stadium in the city of Burnaby, British Columbia, 11 kilometres (7 miles) east of Downtown Vancouver. Starting in 2011, the women play each home game in a different city in British Columbia.[2] The team's colours are blue and white. The club announced that it will not field a team for the 2013 W-League season. They stated it was because a lot of the best players in Canada are going to be playing in the National Women's Soccer League, involving the US Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association, and Mexican Football Federation.[3] The Whitecaps are still fielding an under 18 team, their girls elite program, in the 2013 Pacific Coast Soccer League.

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Head Coach: Hubert Busby Jr.[4]
  • Assistant Coach: Sipho Sibiya
  • Assistant Coach: Rich Fagan
  • Assistant Coach (Goalkeepers): Raegyn Hall
  • Team manager: Diane Voice
  • Team Physician: Dr. Jan Peace
  • Athletic Therapist: Tanya Rank
  • Conditioning Coach: Ceilidh Beck
  • Equipment Manager: Nour Fathy


Former head coaches[edit]



In 2000 the Vancouver Lady 86ers played an exhibition season over the summer along with three other new Pacific Northwest teams: Portland Rain, Spokane Chill and Seattle Sounders Select Women.[10][11] The Portland Rain also played in the PCSL in 2000. The four teams planned to play in the USL's W-League in 2001. The Vancouver Angels of the WPSL was merged with the Vancouver Lady 86ers to form the W-League team, the Vancouver Breakers in 2001.[12]


The first year for the Vancouver Breakers, 2001, was a transition year for the W-League with the advent of the Women's United Soccer Association. A large number of players moved to WUSA, and the Breakers were part of the new group of ladies entering the league with the excitement of WUSA’s formation. Of the four teams with 10+ wins, the 13-0-1 regular season champion Maryland Pride, 12-1-1 Western Conference champion Vancouver Breakers and 10-2-2 Hampton Roads Piranhas reached the playoff semi-finals.

The first day of the W-1 championship series saw some spectacular action from the 9-2-3 Boston Renegades and Vancouver in the semi-finals. The Breakers needed a 104th minute overtime golden goal from Andrea Neil to advance on a 1-0 win over the host Piranhas.

After a two-and-a-half hour thunderstorm delay resulting in the cancellation of the 3rd place game, the final was played at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. When the skies cleared, Boston was revelled in the wet conditions with a goal and an assist from Minna Mustonen in the first 19 minutes resulting in a 2-0 halftime lead. Vancouver’s Tammy Crawford scored just after the restart, but Mustonen proved too much on the night, tallying another goal and assist less than a minute apart. By the 55th minute the score was 5-1.


The second year Vancouver Breakers were again among the contenders for the regular season title of the combined W-1 and W-2 leagues. The championship series was hosted by Vancouver. The Breakers only lost only one regular season match to rival Seattle Sounders Select 4-3 in overtime in the season’s penultimate game.

The Breakers lost in the semi-finals to the Charlotte Lady Eagles 1-1 via 4-5 penalty kicks. Charlotte’s Esther Thompson saved Vancouver’s fifth shot.


Vancouver changed their name to match their brother team, the Whitecaps, and again dominated the Western Conference. However, after another year of absolute dominance in the west, the Vancouver Whitecaps were stunned in their home opener by rival Seattle and were then surprised at home again in the playoffs by the Sounders, falling 3-1 in penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw.

Year League Conference Regular Season Playoffs
2000* WPSL Single Table 4th N / A
2001 USL W-1 Western Conference 1st Lost in Conference Finals
2002 USL W-League Western Conference 1st Lost in Conference Finals
2003 USL W-League Western Conference 1st Lost in Conference Finals
2004 USL W-League Western Conference 1st Champions W-League
2005' USL W-League Western conference 1st Lost in W-League Championship Semifinals (3rd Place)
2006 USL W-League Western Conference 1st Champions W-League
2007 USL W-League Western Conference 3rd Did not qualify
2008 USL W-League Western Conference 2nd Lost in Conference Finals
2009 USL W-League Western Conference 5th Did not qualify
2010 USL W-League Western Conference 1st Lost the W-League Championship game
2011 USL W-League Western Conference 2nd [13] Lost in W-League Championship Semifinals (4th Place)
2012 USL W-League Western Conference 6th DNQ
  • Note: 2000 result is as Vancouver Angels in WPSL. They finished 4th in the eight team league with a 5-4-5 record.[14]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • USL W-League Western Conference Champions 2010
  • USL W-League Champions 2006
  • USL W-League Western Conference Champions 2006
  • USL W-League Western Conference Champions 2005
  • USL W-League Champions 2004
  • USL W-League Western Conference Champions 2004
  • USL W-League Western Conference Champions 2003

Notable players[edit]

Famous Players


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  2. ^ "2011 Women's Schedule". Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Vancouver Whitecaps FC announce W-League team status for 2013 season". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Getting a kick out of communication, Whitecaps women's coach on the tricks of his trade and his influences,, May 12, 2011.
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  6. ^ Douglas, Alan (30 June 2011). "Whitecaps FC women play Canada Day match against provincial rivals Victoria Highlanders FC". Vancovuer Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
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  9. ^ Weber, Marc (19 January 2012). "Symons to lead Caps’ women". The Province. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Stickney, Ron. "2000 News Archive". Seattle Pitch. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Stickney, Ron (21 April 2000). "SEATTLE SOUNDERS SELECT WOMEN'S TEAM LAUNCHED". Seattle Pitch. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
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  13. ^ Whitecaps FC women qualify for W-League Western Conference final,
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