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November 4th, 2023

Exciting Insights at the Women Professional Soccer Workshop

The second workshop at BC Soccrs AGM weekend brought two remarkable women to the forefront, Diana Matheson and Stephanie Labbé, each sharing their unique perspectives and visions for the future of soccer in British Columbia and Canada. Diana Matheson ignited discussions with her presentation on "Project 8" and the aspirations for growing a domestic league. Her passion and dedication shone through as she outlined a path toward establishing an independent league that can truly harness the potential of local talent.

"We have the players for a domestic league, an independent league. We've seen the remarkable growth of our men's league in just 5 years, and there's no doubt we can harness that same energy, bring in net new investors, and create an independent league that will elevate women's soccer to new heights." - Diana Matheson

Stephanie Labbé emphasized the significance of developing local players and the pivotal role it plays in supporting women in sports. Her insights shed light on the importance of fostering talent at the grassroots level and ensuring that women have equal opportunities to excel in the world of soccer.

"Community relations are at the heart of the women's game. Traditionally, we've had closer grassroots ties, which significantly impact the fans and partner engagement. It's these deep connections that make women's soccer more than just a sport – it's a movement, a collective effort, and a source of inspiration for all." - Stephanie Labbé

These engaging workshops left attendees with a renewed sense of purpose and direction, instilling the belief that the future of soccer in British Columbia is brighter than ever. As we continue to build on the foundation laid out during the AGM, the combined efforts of Diana Matheson, Stephanie Labbé, and the entire BC Soccer community promise to bring about remarkable changes for the sport in the province.

BC Soccer Association

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.

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.