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November 3rd, 2022

League1 BC Granted entry into the Canadian Championship

League1 BC Teams will challenge the top Canadian Clubs for the Voyageurs Cup and a chance to compete in the CONCACAF Champions League

Following an inaugural season filled with tremendous club and individual performances on the field, League1 BC is honoured to be included in the Canadian Championship starting in 2023 alongside the two other League1 Canada representatives from League1 Ontario and PLSQ, the nine CPL clubs and three Canadian MLS clubs.

Gabriel Assis, BC Soccer Director of Soccer Operations and Chair of League1 BC Steering Group stated “We are thrilled to have our teams eligible for the Canadian Championship! The strategic vision for our league is to bridge the gap between the amateur and professional levels of the game. With teams from League1 BC Men’s division now eligible to enter the Canadian Championship, the pathway is solidified, adding more opportunities for players, a key component of the league.”

League1 BC General Manager, Sian Bagshawe, believes the inclusion of a League1 BC club in the competition continues to enhance the opportunities available to BC-based clubs and players. “The Canadian Championship is Canada Soccer’s highest domestic men’s professional soccer competition and the inclusion of a League1 BC club in the annual competition provides a platform for clubs and players to continue to showcase themselves against the very best in the country.”

The League1 BC’s representative in the 2023 Canadian Championship will be the League1 BC Men’s Finals Winners, TSS Rovers. The Club competed in the Finals against a formidable Varsity FC side and were victorious in a shootout at the end of a 1-1 tie in regulation time. The Richmond, BC-based club finished the 2022 regular season in second place in the 7-team Men’s division with a record of 5 Wins, 2 Losses and 5 Draws.

TSS Rovers will be the inaugural representative for League1 BC in the competition, scheduled to kick-off April 2023.

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.

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.