The EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League kicks off its 2017 fall season of play this weekend. With 90 teams across 12 divisions of play, the growth and maturity of the league over the last 6 years has come to fruition in many ways during the 2017 season, and all clubs are excited to get back on the field after a summer break.
With a record number of U18 graduates in June heading off to universities across North America, and a new intake group of 2005 born players starting play at the BCSPL’s intake festival this weekend, excitement over the league’s development initiatives at all age groups continues to grow.
In June 2017, 124 graduating players moved onto post-secondary playing opportunities at USports, NCAA, CCAA and NAIA programs. The Canada West division of USports, Canada’s top tier of university sport, was the biggest recipient with 72 BCSPL players heading to the Western Canadian conference.
The U13 intake division, with 2005 born players taking their first steps into the high performance league pathway, is always an exciting age group for the clubs and players themselves. The BCSPL operates an intake festival weekend to kick off play, with this coming weekend’s festival hosted by Mountain United FC at Inter-River Park in North Vancouver. All teams will play 4 games over the weekend in a festival style format with development and learning at its core. Games will be 50 minutes in length, and after this weekend, teams begin regular league exhibition play into November.
The BCSPL League Cup, presented by Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop, is the foundation of the fall season for the U13 through U17 age groups. All teams play a round robin format within their age group, culminating in quarterfinals, semifinals and a finals weekend. The cup final weekend will be hosted by Coastal FC on the November 18-19 weekend, at South Surrey Athletic Park.
Another exciting venture into a fully representative provincial league is the addition of new host cities for games. Thompson Okanagan FC, already having played their games in Kelowna and Vernon, has now ventured on a regular basis to host league games in Kamloops. The September 16-17 and 23-24 weekends will see a full slate of BCSPL games at McArthur Island Park in Kamloops. Not to be left behind, Vancouver Island Wave will be hosting their first BCSPL games in Nanaimo, hosting 4 Mountain United teams there on the September 23-24 weekend.
The fall dates of play are:
Sept 9/10 - First league games, plus the U13 intake festival hosted by Mountain United FC
Sept 30/Oct 1
Nov 4/5 - League Cup Quarterfinals
Nov 11/12 - League Cup Semifinals
Nov 18/19 - League Cup Finals, hosted by Coastal FC
About the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League
The EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League was designed to create a high performance level of competition in a standards-based environment while supporting player development at the Provincial, Collegiate, Professional and National team level. It simplifies scouting of top young players, provides an elevated level of competition and increases the chance for players fulfilling their potential and creates a dynamic new commercial property at the pinnacle of youth soccer in BC.
For further information about the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League, please visit www.bcspl.ca