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BC Soccer introduces Independent Panel members for League1 BC application process

Panel tasked with reviewing new applications and providing recommendations to League1 BC Steering Committee.

June 20th, 2022 – Vancouver BC

As League1 BC enters the final stages of its application process BC Soccer is pleased to introduce the Independent Panel which will be appraising application packages and providing recommendations to the League1 BC Steering Group.

Tracy David is no stranger to soccer in Canada and BC, having coached for 35 years in Canada West and is the current head coach of the University of Victoria Women’s team.  Tracy was only the second woman to be inducted into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame, earning 7 appearances for our national team, and is also a member of the BC Soccer Hall of Fame.

Dino Rossi has been integral to the foundation and growth of League1 Ontario, and was recently appointed President of League1 Canada.  The lifelong Juventus fan helped co-found Milltown FC in 2010, giving him relevant insights into both club and league operations.

Nelson Soh (CPA, CA) is the co-founder of FSQ Consulting, a best-selling author and financial literacy expert. A graduate of UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting, Soh co-authored the best-selling book “Life Literacy”.

“As B.C. is a close-knit soccer community, it’s very important to the vetting process that we have independent, objective perspectives of our applications. We’ve very grateful that Tracy, Dino and Nelson bring their unique viewpoints and observations to ensure that we welcome the right organizations into League1 BC at the appropriate time.”  League1 BC General Manager Sian Bagshawe

The role of the independent review panel is to provide comprehensive and objective feedback on the final submissions for League1 BC expansion.  The applications have also been peer-reviewed by the existing license holders, with a final decision expected from the League1 BC Steering committee by the end of June, with announcements to follow.

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.