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League1BC welcomes Varsity FC as founding License Holder

Point Grey based club becomes the 7th and final organization to join for inaugural 2022 season

Dececember 3, 2021 - Vancouver BC 

The 7th and final club joining League1 British Columbia for its inaugural season is Varsity Football Club. Based in Point Grey on the west side of Vancouver, the club will be playing home matches at the University of British Columbia’s Thunderbird Stadium.

Point Grey’s bustling 10th Avenue has always been the centre of “Varsity life” which used to feature the independent Varsity theatre, and iconic late-night Varsity Grill next door.  The University’s influence has inspired hopeful and positive Varsity traditions through multiple generations of alumni, campus staff and Point Grey residents.  Varsity FC will play in the colours of Chancellor Blue and Daffodil Yellow, inspired by the nearby UBC Botanical Gardens while the crest pays tribute to higher learning with a geometric 3D soccer ball design, on a pennant shaped shield, mimicking the school’s numerous championship banners.  The typeface is a nod to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a leading artist, designer and architect in the Art Nouveau movement which preceded the Art Deco movement.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the founding clubs for League1 BC.  We look forward to competitive matches in a quality, standards-based environment that is designed for developing young soccer players who aspire to challenging themselves at higher levels of the game in this province and in Canada.  Varsity FC will have strong linkage to the UBC soccer programs that are perennially amongst the strongest U Sports soccer programs (men and women) in Canada.  This evolution of BC League 1 provides another platform for players connected to our soccer programs to continue to compete and train on a year-round basis in BC.”

Mike Mosher and Jesse Symons – Head Coaches

“Varsity FC concludes our line-up of clubs joining League1 BC in 2022” says Gabriel Assis, BC Soccer’s Director of Operations. “The organization will represent a vibrant and soccer-enthusiastic community. We look forward to seeing how the strong link to UBC can bring experience and expertise to the organization, culminating with a very competitive team in League1.”

With League1 BC’s founding license holders now officially unveiled, attention can turn towards several key announcements including the introduction of key personnel, and the League’s branding.

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.