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BC Soccer Prepares for the Canada Soccer Future Club License Program

BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program Standard 2 and Standard 3 will not currently be released as previously scheduled in 2017 and 2018 as BC Soccer supports Canada Soccer’s new club licensing program

Vancouver BC, Canada – BC Soccer is committed to supporting Canada Soccer and the national direction as outlined in Canada Soccer’s Strategic Plan. As part of this support, BC Soccer has been providing input and feedback to the documentation regarding a National Club License Program. The feedback has been based on the learnings gained from the development, release, and implementation of the BC Soccer Club Charter Program. National Club Licensing Program timelines have not been confirmed, however based on Canada Soccer moving in the direction, BC Soccer will not be introducing BC Soccer Club Charter Standard 2 and 3 as previously scheduled in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Canada Soccer has commended BC Soccer for the work that has been completed over the last 18 months on the development and implementation of BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program. Canada Soccer has confirmed to BC Soccer that BC Soccer Club Charter Standard 1 clubs will be positioning accordingly within the new Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program once released. Thus, Canada Soccer wants all BC Clubs to become BC Soccer Club Charter Standard 1 clubs.

“We are excited to support Canada Soccer as they work toward a nationwide Club Licensing Program,” said Chris Cerroni, BC Soccer Director of Soccer Development.  “Over the past few months we have worked with Canada Soccer to help ensure that Standard 1 Clubs within BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program will be recognized appropriately within the Canada Soccer program (once released). Further, we look forward to continuing to work with and support all BC clubs as they strive for Standard 1.”

“BC based clubs have dedicated a lot of time, effort and resource to participate in the BC Soccer Club Charter Program and this commitment will no doubt be extremely valuable in helping them with any aspirations regarding their involvement in Canada Soccer’s Program,” said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director.

BC Soccer is supportive of Canada Soccer helping to create standards across the entire nation and looks forward to supporting BC clubs to reach the standards and levels within the program as it is introduced across the country. The next step for is for clubs to provide feedback on the program.

For more information on BC Soccer’s Club Charter Program please contact Paul Turner, BC Soccer Grassroots Development Officer at paulturner@bcsoccer.net

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  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.  

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to active, health and involved lifestyle

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