BC Soccer congratulates 7 more organizations for achieving Charter Status

Clubs representing all corners of the Province receive designation despite the current challenges.

Nov 16, 2020 – Vancouver BC

To achieve Charter Status, organizations are asked to complete a series of mandates in the governance, administration, and technical aspects of their operation, with the aim of providing best practices to their members.  In addition to realizing higher standards for players, coaches, referees and parents, BC Soccer offers Charter members additional support and recognition.

Among the Charter criteria, is mandatory criminal record checks for every single coach and team official, along with adherence to Canada Soccer’s Long-Term Player Development stages.  BC Soccer visits each club that opts into the program to help them plan and work toward achieving all the standards outlined.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, BC Soccer would like to officially recognize our newest Charter members:

Squamish Youth Soccer Association

“Achieving the Charter Status is an important milestone for SYSA and we are proud to be the first club in the Sea to Sky corridor to be awarded this level of certification.  The Charter Status shows our members and community that all the hard work we have been doing over the last several years has been recognized by BC Soccer. This provides our players, parents and the community the assurance that SYSA is meeting set standards both on and off the field.” Tim Sjogren, SYSA Club President

Wesburn Football Club

“Since 1949 the Wesburn Community Association has worked tirelessly to provide recreational programs to youth and adults within our Burnaby BC home city.  Today as Wesburn FC we solely focus our efforts in community grass roots soccer and are a proud member of the Burnaby District Youth Soccer Association and BC Soccer.   Achieving Club Charter status truly reflects our passion for the game and our focus and commitment to bringing the best soccer program possible to our community.  It is an honour to be recognized by BC Soccer in our efforts and toward our continued pursuit of excellence under the club charter program” Michael Iallonardo, Wesburn FC President

Twitter: @wesburnfc

Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association

"WLYSA is excited to achieve Charter Status. We always want to provide the best experiences for our community and we will continue to work to meet the charter standards so that our youth are best served both on and off the field." Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association



Kamloops Youth Soccer Association

"KYSA is thrilled to have been awarded Charter status and we look forward to continuing to grow our beautiful game. We are proud of the work that our staff, Board and volunteer coaches have done to earn our Club this distinguished recognition."  Candace Dodson-Willis, KYSA President

Facebook & Instagram - @kysablaze

Comox Valley United Soccer Club

"We at Comox Valley United Soccer Club are extremely proud of attaining BC Charter Status as this not only signifies years of hard work and dedication to the beautiful game, but also demonstrates that we are running programs to the standards set out by our governing body. A very proud moment for us indeed. WE ARE UNITED"

Twitter: @CVUnitedSoccer

New Westminster Soccer Club

"Part of NWSC's strategic plan is to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community members.  As such, it became our priority to acquire this designation as it demonstrates our organizations willingness to strive towards improving our overall standards.  NWSC will continue to meet these requirements and gradually pursue Canada Soccer Club's License to further enhance our environment and participant experience." Niko Marcina, New West SC Director of Coaching

Twitter: @NewWestSC

Kelowna United Football Club

“Kelowna United FC is thrilled to have been awarded the BC Soccer Club Charter, and we would like to thank BC Soccer for their guidance and support throughout the process. We would also like to thank our board members, technical staff and administrative staff for all of their work during the application process, as well as bringing to life the governance, technical and administrative standards on a daily basis. Achieving the standard speaks to the dedication and commitment of our board, technical staff, administrative staff, coaches and volunteers.” Scott Jacobsen, Kelowna United FC President

About BC Soccer

Established in 1907, 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.