BC Soccer Enhancing Adult Soccer in British Columbia with Regional Tier Three League

One of BC Soccer’s Strategic Plan objectives is to introduce a professionally administered adult amateur soccer league by 2019.  Over the past 18 months, a committee has been gathering information, feedback and researching other similar leagues/environments, within Canada and Washington, who offer a semi-professional level of play.

BC Soccer is pleased to be able to now introduce the next stage of these developments presenting an open call for applications to individuals and/or organizations to apply for a Franchise Holder License in such a league.

Pending the establishment of multiple franchises, the next stage will prepare to usher in the new BC Soccer Regional Tier 3 League (RT3 League).  The RT3 League is positioned within the BC Soccer Recognized Pathway as an amateur league run professionally. It is a platform for adult soccer within the LTPD stage 6 of ‘Training to Win’ designed to be in a standards-based high performance environment for potential professional and national team players. Its purpose is also to create a league that will support and assist with the transition from youth to adult soccer. Although this current initiative is for male players only, it embraces the potential of expansion to a female league in the future.

An application process has been created for individuals and/or organizations who are interested in being a part of this initiative by becoming a Franchise Holder within the BC Soccer RT3 League. The league is projected to kick-off in the spring of 2018 with the guiding principles that:

  • Support Canada Soccer’s “Player First Mentality” and Long Term Development Strategy
  • Work in harmony with existing adult and high performance youth league structures
  • Provide an elevated level of competition for adult High Performance players in British Columbia
  • Advocate an enhanced standards-based soccer environment

All interested entities are required to first submit an online pre-application intent to apply for a Franchise Holder License.  A Selection Committee will vet successful applicants who will then be asked to provide further evidence of their commitment, ability and sustainability to obtain a License through a documentation and interview processes surrounding various core criteria.

For more information about this initiative please read the RT3 Information Package and the RT3 Operations Manual and Technical Standards reference documents.



For general inquiries about the new BC Soccer RT3 League initiative please contact

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  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.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to active, health and involved lifestyle.