League1 British Columbia

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League1 British Columbia
League1 BC logo.png
Organising bodyBC Soccer Association
FoundedOctober 5, 2021; 14 months ago (2021-10-05)
First season2022
CountryCanada
ConfederationCONCACAF
Number of teams8
Level on pyramid3
Domestic cup(s)Canadian Championship (men)
Interprovincial Championship (women)
Current championsTSS FC Rovers (men)
Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Elite (women)
(2022)
Current Juan de Fuca PlateVarsity FC
(2022)
Most championshipsTSS FC Rovers (1, men)
Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Elite (1, women)
Most Juan de Fuca PlatesVarsity FC (1)
Websiteleague1bc.ca
Current: 2022 League1 British Columbia season

League1 British Columbia (L1BC) is a semi-professional men's and women's soccer league in British Columbia, Canada, which began play in May 2022. The league is sanctioned by the Canadian Soccer Association and the BC Soccer Association as a pro-am league in the Canadian soccer league system. The league is a member of League1 Canada.

L1BC operates at the same level as League1 Ontario and the Première ligue de soccer du Québec. The semi-professional league was created to fill in the gap between the top amateur leagues in the province, such as the Pacific Coast Soccer League, Fraser Valley Soccer League, Vancouver Island Soccer League and Vancouver Metro Soccer League, with the professional top tier Canadian Premier League.[1][2] The league winner qualifies for the national Canadian Championship for the following year.

History[edit]

BC Soccer originally looked into the possibility of starting a "Regional Tier 3" league in their 2016 Strategic Plan,[3] with the goal of beginning in 2018 with eight teams.[4] However, nothing came to fruition due to insufficient interest from clubs.[5][6] In June 2019, they announced their intention to begin play in 2021 with at least six clubs.[7] Teams would need to commit for three years minimum and field teams in both the male and female divisions.[5] The proposed league would be open to professional clubs fielding reserve sides, provided they are not branded with "Reserves" or "U-23" in their team name.[8][9]

In January 2021, the league was rumoured to be launching later that year with six or eight teams, including a development team from the Major League Soccer club Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[10] On October 5, 2021, the league was officially announced by BC Soccer to begin play in May 2022.[11][12] The inaugural league began on May 22, with the Championship Final occurring on August 1 (British Columbia Day), with seven clubs participating in the first season.[13][14] It was announced that with the creation of the league, the Juan de Fuca Plate, which was previously awarded to the top BC-based Premier Development League team in head-to-head matches, would now be awarded to the League1 BC club that accrued the greatest number of points across both the men’s and women’s divisions in an aggregate table.[15][16] In addition, a cedar trophy was created to be awarded to both the men's and women's division champions.[17] In November 2022, it was confirmed that the league winner would qualify for the following season's Canadian Championship, the national cup tournament.[18]

Competition format[edit]

The L1BC regular season lasts approximately two months, from late May to late July. Teams play each other team home and away for a total of 12 matches in 2022. The regular season champion and runner-up advance to a single match final where the winner is crowned finals champion.

Yearly results[edit]

League1 BC trophy winners
Season Teams Men's division Women's division Juan de Fuca Plate
Regular season
League winners
Playoffs
Cup winners
Regular season
League winners
Playoffs
Cup winners
2022 7 Varsity FC TSS Rovers FC Varsity FC Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Elite Varsity FC

Current clubs[edit]

Eight teams are members of the league, of which five are based in Greater Vancouver, two in Vancouver Island, and one in the province's interior. All teams compete in both the men's and women's divisions of the league.[19]

Team City Stadium First Season
Altitude FC North Vancouver Kinsmen Field South 2022
Harbourside FC Nanaimo Nanaimo District Secondary School 2023
Rivers FC Kamloops Hillside Stadium 2022
TSS Rovers FC Burnaby Swangard Stadium 2022
Unity FC Langley Chase Office Field 2022
Varsity FC UBC Campus[a] Thunderbird Stadium 2022
Victoria Highlanders FC Victoria Centennial Stadium 2022
Whitecaps FC UBC Campus[a] Ken Woods Field
(National Soccer Development Centre)
2022
  1. ^ a b Based on the campus of the University of British Columbia. The campus is part of the unincorporated Metro Vancouver Electoral Area A and is located just west of the City of Vancouver proper.
Location of teams for the 2022 League1 BC season.
Dot-yellow.svg Current teams Blue pog.svg See Vancouver inset
Vancouver area clubs
Dot-yellow.svg Current teams

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doyle, Jeff (April 15, 2020). "The future of the BC soccer pyramid". Away From the Numbers.
  2. ^ Gray, Shawn (March 8, 2017). "BC Regional Tier 3: March Update". Northern Starting XI.
  3. ^ Gray, Shawn (January 17, 2017). "BC Soccer RT3: New Division-3 coming to BC". Northern Starting XI.
  4. ^ Gray, Shawn (April 4, 2017). "BCRT3: Where do BC's PDL teams stand?". Northern Starting XI.
  5. ^ a b Notenboom, Rob (January 21, 2020). "League 1 BC Approaching Critical Moment". Northern Starting XI.
  6. ^ "BC Soccer Provides Update on Proposed Regional Tier 3 League". British Columbia Soccer Association. June 27, 2019.
  7. ^ Jacques, John (June 29, 2019). "What We Know About BC's Proposed New League So Far". Northern Tribune.
  8. ^ "League One British Columbia (L1BC)" (PDF). BC Soccer. British Columbia Soccer Association. June 27, 2019.
  9. ^ Rupert, Alex (February 23, 2021). "L'avènement d'une nouvelle ligue : La BC League 1" [The advent of a new league: The BC League 1]. Culture Soccer (in French).
  10. ^ Jacques, John (January 30, 2021). "Is League1 BC Starting This Year?". Northern Tribune.
  11. ^ "BC Soccer officially launches League1 British Columbia". BC Soccer. October 5, 2021.
  12. ^ Jacques, John (October 5, 2021). "League1 BC Officially Announced, Launching Next Year". Northern Tribune.
  13. ^ @League1BC (February 11, 2022). "100 DAY COUNTDOWN! League1BC kicks off its inaugural season on May 22, 2022!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Jacques, John (October 6, 2021). "Six Big Things To Know About League1 BC". Northern Tribune.
  15. ^ "About the Juan de Fuca Plate". Juan de Fuca Plate. Retrieved July 10, 2022.
  16. ^ Steiner, Ben (July 9, 2022). "L1BC Weekend Preview and Power Rankings". 49 Sport.
  17. ^ "League1 BC presented by HALL unveils trophies for August 1st Finals". BC Soccer. July 27, 2022.
  18. ^ Jacques, John (November 3, 2022). "League1 BC Announced As New Entrant In Canadian Championship". Northern Tribune.
  19. ^ "League1 BC". League1 British Columbia.

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