BC Soccer's Diversity Working Group Releases Women In Soccer - A Conversation


Vancouver BC, April 10, 2014 – BC Soccer’s Diversity Working Group (DWG) has released Women In Soccer -A Conversation which is a summary of findings and recommendations from conversations with women and girls in the BC Soccer Community. 

The Diversity Working Group was formed with the intent of exploring all issues of diversity within the sport of soccer with a focus on the membership of the BC Soccer Association.

“We are very grateful that the women of soccer in BC have given freely of their time to collect their perceptions, compile their recommendations and present these to the soccer community as a whole in this excellent report,” said Roger Barnes, President of BC Soccer

The main goals of the BC Soccer’s DWG are to engage the broad soccer community to solicit and gather input regarding challenges and solutions to enhancing diversity in the game of soccer, create priority action items and goals to enhance diversity in the game of soccer through community input and develop a proposed action plan to be presented to BC Soccer board for implementation. Through this process the DWG will continue to engage the community to revise the action plan and address other issues or challenges relating to diversity and the game of soccer.

"The mandate of BC Soccer to enrich the experiences of women and girls in soccer was strongly embraced by the members of the Diversity Working Group,” said Shannon Pederson, BC Soccer Board of Director and Chair of the Diversity Working Group. “There is a disparity in gender unique opportunities and equity at all levels of participation, and this is a continuing challenge in the soccer community.  The DWG set out to capture the voices of our membership and bring their concerns, challenges and their vision for the future of soccer in this province to light."

Women In Soccer – A Conversation was created to capture the voice of the BC Soccer membership and report on the DWG community engagement sessions, which took place across the province.  During the sessions three key questions regarding the issues of diversity and women in soccer were covered:

  • Does gender diversity matter?
  • What are the challenges for female participation at every level of the game?
  • What are the solutions for more female participation at every level?

BC Soccer’s Working Diversity Group has implemented other great initiatives including an all women’s referee symposium which helps train and develop female referees. The DWG has also been developing relationships with local clubs and universities to collaborate on diversity specific programs and to help increase female referee, coach, and player participation.

For more information on BC Soccer’s Working Diversity Group Please CLICK HERE

To read the Women in Soccer - A Conversation document please CLICK HERE

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada’s foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.


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