Ninety one top adult soccer teams prepare for long Provincial Cup runs

Vancouver, BC – Teams from all over BC will be kicking off the first round of Provincial Cup play this weekend at parks all over the lower mainland and Vancouver Island hoping to take the first step towards the finals on May 11th. The draws have been made, the schedule for the first round has been set, and now the real competition starts!

The highly competitive Provincial Cup competition involves over 2000 players from 10 leagues across BC. Play officially begins on Friday night with some very interesting match ups. In the Masters division at Ambleside the 2011 champions and 2012 runner ups, West Van FC look to make it back to the finals as they open up against Coastal FC Peace Arch out of the FVSL. While in the Men’s Premier division, perennial VMSL powerhouse ICST Pegasus kick off against Estrella de Chile. Estrella de Chile, newcomers to Provincials will be looking to make a name for their club in this game, as well as in the U21 competition where there club mates face off against Rino’s Vancouver on Sunday.

“The BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup draws are the beginning of an exciting journey for teams.” said Kjeld Brodsgaard, Chair of the BC Soccer Adult Competitions Committee. “It sets the stage for possibly the most exciting weekend of adult amateur soccer in the province, the first rounds of Provincial Cup. Due to the open nature of the draw and the travel involved for some teams you tend to see some very close games, and some big upsets.”

Nine time winners of the Provincial Women’s A Cup, Surrey United went on to win silver at the Canadian National Club Championships last year, and will open this year with a bye in the first round; something they are getting used to. They will be busy preparing to host their second round opponents from the island, the winner of the first round all island clash between the Saanich Fusion, and the Victoria Athletics. The 2012 silver medal winners, Columbus FC will look to battle their way back to the finals as they open up against MWSL rivals, Westside FC in the first round on Saturday.

Back in the Master’s division, the 2012 Champions and Gold medal winners at the Canadian Western Master’s Championships, Westside FC had some tough luck at the draw and will start their title defense with a tough road game against the Powell River Villa out of the VISL on Sunday afternoon.

In the men’s U21 division in what should be a very entertaining clash between two island teams, Gorge FC will try and upset the top seeded VISL team, the Mid Island Highlanders. The defending champion Port Moody Lordco Gunners hoping to repeat will kick off against the Richmond TSS Olympics out of the VMSL.

In the Leeta Sokalski Cup (Women’s B) the defending champions, the NSGSC Impact from the MWSL have earned a bye in the first round and will play Gorge FC in the second round, as they also achieved a bye through the draw. Meanwhile the lone entry from the Mid Island Women’s Soccer league, the Outlaws, will play host to the RGSA Red Devils from the MWSL. The Red Devils will have a long way to go Sunday morning to play at the Outlaws home park in Campbell River.

In the Keith Millar Cup (Men’s B), the defending champions NVFC Campobasso were promoted in VMSL league play this year and could not make it back to the Provincial Championships. Therefore the favourite has to be their opponents in the finals last year, the Surrey FC Coyotes from the FVSL. The Coyotes take on newcomers to the competition from the Richmond Senior Soccer League, the FC DSBH Kelevra.

Cup games will take place across the Province commencing on April 12/13/14, in a single knockout competition. This culminates at Westhills Stadium and Goudy field in Victoria BC as all 8 categories will have the finals on May 11th hosted by the Vancouver Island Soccer League and the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association.

In the Men’s and Women’s Premier (A) Cup divisions, teams will not only strive for Provincial Cup glory, but they will also go on to the Club National Championships in Halifax Nova Scotia from October 9-14th. While the Masters and Classics champions will move on to the Western Championships in Quebec and Saskatchewan respectively.

Full details of the draws, the schedules and the results are available HERE

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada's foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

For information about BC Soccer Provincial Championships, please contact:

Dan Turvill
Competitions Coordinator
604-299-6401 ext 2353

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