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December 1st, 2023

BC Soccer Announces Acquisition of League1 BC by Canadian Soccer Business

BC Soccer announces transfer of League1 BC operations from BC Soccer, to Canadian Soccer Business (CSB), effective immediately.

BC Soccer launched League1 BC in October 2021 and play commenced in 2022. The league serves as a stepping stone between the youth and the professional game for players across British Columbia and Canada, with an emphasis on development while supporting the pathway in BC to help develop the next generation.

“The Division III Pro-Am level is a key part of the pathway to the professional game in Canada, and we are grateful to BC Soccer for the work that went into making this acquisition a reality,” said Mark Noonan, CEO, Canadian Soccer Business. 

League1 BC will remain part of League1 Canada, a national alliance launched in March 2022 by Canadian Soccer Business in partnership with BC Soccer, Soccer Québec, and Ontario Soccer. The League1 BC Women’s Champion will continue to compete in the League1 Canada Women’s Inter-Provincial Championships, and the League1 BC Men’s Champion will continue to earn a place in the Canadian Championship.  League1 BC becomes the second Division III Pro-Am league owned and operated by CSB, following its acquisition of League1 Ontario from Ontario Soccer in November 2018. As part of the acquisition, CSB will now oversee the daily management of League1 BC.

“We are proud to have developed and introduced League1 BC into the soccer landscape of British Columbia and Canada,” said Jason Elligott, Executive Director, BC Soccer. “Introducing this level of play helped fill a gap in the pathway. We are thankful for the support CSB provided BC Soccer as the league was introduced and we will continue to be here to support the league as the operations shift out of the BC Soccer offices.”

Over the two years of operations by BC Soccer, League1 BC and affiliated clubs were successful in creating a platform for development into the professional game. The league introduced new opportunities in British Columbia, ranging from new competitive environments, commercial partnerships, and general increase of interest for soccer. League1 BC will continue to be designated standards-based and obtain Associate Membership with BC Soccer for sanctioning of matches in British Columbia.

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.