|Full name||Pacific Football Club|
|Founded||June 1, 2018|
|Owner||SixFive Sports & Entertainment|
|League||Canadian Premier League|
Pacific Football Club is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Greater Victoria, British Columbia. The club will compete in the Canadian Premier League's inaugural 2019 season and play its home games at Westhills Stadium located in Langford.
On May 5, 2018, an unknown location known as Port City was one of four groups accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership. Former professional player Rob Friend, who grew up in British Columbia, was pictured as a representative of the region. On June 1, the Canadian Premier League granted the Port City ownership group a club in Vancouver Island.
Pacific FC was officially unveiled on July 20 as the seventh team to join the Canadian Premier League. As well as confirming its place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed its crest, colours and branding. Former Denmark international Michael Silberbauer was announced as the first head coach on August 20.
The club will play their home games at Westhills Stadium. The city of Langford planned to increase the capacity from 1,718 to 8,000, but a utility pole located on the north side of the stadium has prevented any upgrades on that side. By extending the existing south stand and adding seating behind both goals as well as new standing room on the north side, the capacity will be increased to 6,000 for the 2019 season.
Crest and colours
The club's branding is designed to represent of Vancouver Island. The team's crest is the shape of a douglas fir, a tree native to Vancouver Island, split into two segments, with the right side forming the shape of the island. The tree is bordered by the ocean and includes a single chevron to represent a wave of the ocean and a 'V' that can stand for Victoria, victory and Vancouver Island.
The secondary logo is a roundel with a trident, meant to represent the strength and courage of the island, as well as the weather attributed to the Pacific Ocean. The logo also includes the motto of the coat of arms of the city of Victoria, which is the Latin phrase Semper Liber, which translates to "Forever Free".
The official club colours are starfish purple, lagoon blue, and lighthouse white. They are used to signify the starfish native to the Pacific Northwest region, the Pacific ocean and the iconic lighthouses seen across Vancouver Island.
The first supporters group to show support for a Vancouver Island team to join the Canadian Premier League was the Lake Side Buoys, an existing group who followed the Victoria Highlanders of USL League Two.
Players and staff
- As of January 15, 2019
- As of August 20, 2018
|Chief executive officer||Rob Friend|
|Head coach||Michael Silberbauer|
|Assistant coach||Jamie Merriman|
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