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Inaugural 'World Football Day' Celebration

BC Soccer hosted Newcomers to Canada for an evening celebrating inclusion and soccer! The inaugural 'World Football Day' declared by the United Nations, was a fantastic opportunity for newcomers to Canada to experience professional soccer as the Vancouver Whitecaps FC faced off against Inter Miami CF.

The generosity of BMO provided the group with an opportunity to participate and witness Canada's sporting landscape in style. Attendees took in the match at the highest level, providing the opportunity to celebrate being Newcomers to Canada, further enhancing the experience!

On behalf of BC Soccer and BMO, thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating soccer, community, and inclusion. Your joy and enthusiasm made the first-ever 'World Football Day' a special occasion.

BC Soccer looks forward to many more opportunities with the intention of connecting communities through sport. Thank you to our Partners, Attendees and affiliated clubs for making this possible.

Club Spotlight: Welcoming Newcomers to Canada

Three clubs were recognized, Guildford AC, Albion FC, and Island Tuskers for their ongoing efforts in supporting and welcoming Newcomers to Canada

The club supports the following initiatives for newcomers in Canada, ensuring everyone can play the sport. The Club supports newcomers to Canada through:

  • Sponsorship program for Players through Club members, sponsors, and local businesses, while also providing fee assistance and sponsorship opportunities for newcomers.
  • Covers fees for shin pads, and soccer boots. Waives fees for newcomers who may not be able to afford to play soccer.

The Club believes that all programming should be accessible to all of those wanting to participate, including those new to Canada! The Club supports newcomers to Canada through:

  • Working with assigned sponsors or care workers when needed and introducing newcomers to the club and teams.
  • Covers fees when funding is not the full value of the programming or is not available.

The Club provides support to newcomers to Canada through various initiatives aimed at easing their transition and integration. The Club supports newcomers to Canada through:

  • Hosts workshops focused on navigating the job market and assisting with ease of access to essential services, like healthcare and education.
  • Organizes social events to help newcomers build community connections. Offers cultural exchange programs to promote understanding and integration into Canadian society.

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.