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BCSPL and BC Soccer announce a change in league operational structure

BCSPL and BC Soccer announce a change in the league’s operational structure

December 20, 2018 Vancouver, BC - BC Soccer and the BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) are excited to announce a new operational model that will help streamline its strategic direction.

The BCSPL was formed in 2011 to support the development pathway in BC by establishing a standards-based environment focused on player, coach and referee development. The BCSPL provides an important link between competitive levels, BC Soccer’s Provincial Program, Whitecaps FC youth programming, University, Semi-pro and Professional levels.  Upon formation, a board of governors was established to oversee the eight founding members (franchise clubs). 

As of Spring 2019, BC Soccer will undertake the league’s day-to-day operations.  BC Soccer President, Kjeld Brodsgaard says administering the league in house will help the association efficiently align with anticipated future initiatives from Canada Soccer:

“The BCSPL is the highest level of youth play in our province and an important piece within our development pathway. As we work more closely with Canada Soccer, it just makes sense for us to handle the day to day operation of the league.” 

BCSPL President, Alex Barnetson says everyone associated with the league is committed to long term growth and excellence:

“As we continue raising the standards of youth play and work more closely with BC Soccer and Canada Soccer in this regard, it was a natural progression, which was supported by the eight (8) founding franchise clubs.”

BC Soccer Executive Director, Jason Elligott noted that with the recent partnership between U-Sports and the Canadian Premier League, there has never been more opportunities for graduating BCSPL players:

“We are excited for the future of the BCSPL as we work more closely with Canada Soccer to align programming across the country which can only benefit the players, coaches, and referees in BC.”

The personnel currently supporting the league will continue in their roles and work directly with BC Soccer.In the near term, there are no current plans to increase the number of franchise clubs within the league. 

For more information on the BCSPL please visit www.bcspl.ca

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.