BC Soccer announces League1 BC logo and launch of national initiative ahead of 2022 season

Logo release part of a wider collaboration between League1 Ontario, Première Ligue de Soccer du Québec (PLSQ) and League 1 BC under the support of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) and Canadian Soccer Business (CSB)  

March 31st, 2022 - Vancouver BC 

With just over 50 days until kick-off, League1 BC is excited to see its official logo and the announcement of an exciting national initiative in collaboration with Canadian Soccer Business (CSB), Soccer Quebec and Ontario Soccer.

The League1 Canada national alliance helps unify and elevate the sport of soccer at the Pro-Am level in Canada. Working together, the three partner leagues want alignment on the sporting pathway for Canadian men and women to develop and transition to the professional level. The benefits include sharing of best practices while respecting the unique realities that exist in each province. In the first instance, alignment in league logos demonstrates commitment for 2022, both League1 BC and League1 Ontario will have aligned logos with PLSQ transitioning in 2023. 

League1 BC’s logo exemplifies the vision for the league with the red vertical dash denoting the grassroots, where communities thrive, and local talent is built in the Canadian soccer Pyramid. Above, The North Star, a guiding beacon that shines and connects League1 to the top level of soccer in Canada.  And overlaying the North Star, an arrow, illustrating where footballers rise.

From League1 BC, and through the wider collaboration, players will have the opportunity to begin their ascent within a better-defined pathway at this level of play into professional leagues in addition to identification toward National Team programs.  The logo also supports League1 BC’s three pillars: community, standards and opportunity, all while honoring BC’s provincial colours that are aligned to BC Soccer. 

League1 BC’s alliance with League1 Ontario and PLSQ in Quebec, forms “League1 Canada”, with the goal of developing future opportunities both through competition, collaboration, and potential commercial opportunities.  

“We are pleased to be working with and having collaboration between League1 BC, League1 Ontario and PLSQ via League1 Canada. We only see this as an added benefit to support BC players, coaches, officials, and administrators as we work to better align competition structures across the country.”, said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director.

You’ll find the full League1 Canada Nationwide release here.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.

About League1 BC

League1 BC is an adult open age Pro-Am Soccer League operated by BC Soccer. Established in 2021, the league is intended to bridge the gap between youth and professional soccer, targeting the “Training to Compete” stage within Long-term Player Development (LTPD). The League will engage communities across British Columbia providing standard-based competition and training environments for female and male players, coaches, and match officials. League1 BC serves as a key platform of development into further opportunities within the game.

About BC Soccer

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.