Surrey United Firefighters

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Surrey United Firefighters
Full name Surrey United Firefighters
Founded 2008
Stadium Cloverdale Athletic Park
Chairman Bill Osborne
Manager Niall Thompson
League Vancouver Metro Soccer League
Website Club home page

Surrey United Firefighters is a Canadian soccer team based in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. The club was founded as part of a merger in 2008 and have played in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League since 2010.[1]


The current team was formed in 2008 as a result of a merger between Surrey United and Vancouver Firefighters.[1]

Surrey United[edit]

Surrey United was one of the largest soccer clubs in the province with 1700 youth and mini players, and ten men's and three women's adult teams in 2011.

Founded in 1983, Surrey United Men's Soccer Club was an adult club consisting of two teams that played in the Fraser Valley Soccer League until 1998. They established a dynasty as league champions of the Premier Division in 1992 and four consecutive Premier and First Division (reserve) Championships, two President Cup wins, a Pakenham Cup win and in 1998 lost 2–1 in extra-time in the final of the British Columbia Provincial Soccer Championship for the Province Cup.[2]

In 1994 the adult club merged with a youth club and the name Surrey United Soccer Club included a full youth system as well as adult teams.[2]

In 1996 they put a summer team in the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid that played until 2009.[3]

In 1998 the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) and Fraser Valley Soccer League (FVSL) allowed the club an expansion franchise directly into the top division of the VMSL. Part of the reason was to prevent VMSL teams from recruiting players from Surrey playing in the FVSL.[2] Subsequent clubs have not been allowed expansion franchises and the clubs have merged with VMSL clubs or broken up.

Currently they have a BCSPL franchise at the highest level of youth soccer and the following adult teams:[4]

  • Metro Men Premier
  • Metro Men Div 1 CAT
  • Metro Men Div 2 CAT
  • Metro Men Masters


  • Metro Women Premier
  • Metro Women Div 1

Vancouver Firefighters[edit]

The Vancouver Firefighters were founded in the 1950s after the second world war.

In 1962 the Vancouver Firefighters defeated a Mexican national select team at Wrigley Field, Chicago to win the J. F. Kennedy Trophy.[3][5] They were runners-up in 1965 and won it again in 1966.

The Firefighters were Canadian National Challenge Cup four times, in 1965, 1973, 1983 and 1990.[6][7]

They were Province Cup champions 1961-3, 1965, 1967, 1973, 1983, 1990, and 1998.[6]

In 2008 the premier division team merged with Surrey United and the masters or O35 team merged with the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club.[8]

Surrey United Firefighters[edit]

The Surrey United Firefighters were winners of the 2009/2010 Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division.[9]


Head coach
Assistant coach
  • Martin Foden


The team plays its home matches at Cloverdale Athletic Park, which had been Surrey United's home from 1999. The team's colors are red, black and white.


Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Canada Cup
1999 4 PCSL 2nd Did not qualify
2000 4 PCSL 8th Did not qualify
2001 4 PCSL 5th Did not qualify
2002 4 PCSL 8th Did not qualify
2003 4 PCSL 6th Did not qualify
2004 4 PCSL 8th Did not qualify
2005 4 PCSL 4th, South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2006 4 PCSL 10th Did not qualify
2007 4 PCSL 8th Did not qualify
2008 4 PCSL 2nd Did not qualify
2009 4 PCSL


Surrey United[edit]

See also external links.

  • Sheila Anderson Memorial (Challenge) Cup
    • Winners (1): 2001
  • J. F. Kennedy Trophy
    • Winners (1):1999

Vancouver Firefighters[edit]

Surrey United Firefighters[edit]

Head coaches[edit]


Average attendance[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Crunch time for Surrey United". CanWest MediaWorks Publications. January 30, 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ a b "STANDINGS – Premier Men – 2000 to 2009". Pacific Coast Soccer League. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Firefighters Douse Mexico Before 6,800". Los Angeles Times. May 31, 1962. p. B7. The Vancouver Firefighters utilized a powerful defense coupled with brilliant shooting by left winger Louie Trischuk to defeat a Mexico national team 2–1 before 6,800 fans Wednesday at Wrigley Field 
  6. ^ a b "2010 Inductees". Vaughan, Ontario: The Soccer Hall of Fame & Museum. Retrieved 2 July 2010.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "soccerhalloffame" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  7. ^ "CUPS, TROPHIES & WINNERS". Pacific Coast Soccer League. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "2009/2010 Table". Vancouver Metro Soccer League. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 

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