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BC Soccer wishes good luck to all participants ahead of Coastal season kick-off

Opening weekend sees a return of soccer activity in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.

September 9, 2022 – Vancouver BC

Whether you play youth or adult soccer, or provide coaching, refereeing or volunteer support, this time of year brings excitement and anticipation to the soccer community and the many clubs and organizations that deliver the game.

Some of the best memories we have include getting new uniforms, travelling to different communities with team-mates, and gathering afterwards at a favourite post-match establishment.  There are many upcoming sanctioned fall tournaments scheduled this year. You can find the full list here

As in previous years, we encourage everyone to play hard, but respect both opponents and especially referees.  Like many sports, soccer has experienced a drastic decline in new and returning referees, and one of the most common reasons given, is the abuse they receive during matches.

Please remember, that young referees are no different than players.  They are learning and honing their craft, often times in games that don’t count in any standings, and where scores aren’t even recorded. 

BC Soccer would also like to thank and acknowledge all the hard-working people who make weekends like this one possible.  Like Referees, without volunteers, the game would not happen.

We sincerely hope that no matter where you find yourself this weekend, the soccer experience is positive and FUN!

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 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.