News

BCSPL expands for 2022 with the addition of Nanaimo United Football Club

Mid-Island club will become the 13th organization to join the league after obtaining Canada Soccer’s National Youth Club Licence.

September 15, 2021 - Nanaimo BC / Vancouver BC

With today's announcement by Canada Soccer of the new National Youth Club License Holders, Nanaimo United has been confirmed as the latest entrant into the BC Soccer Premier League.  BC Soccer’s Board of Directors formally approved league expansion at its meeting on Saturday June 26th.  Nanaimo United now has a year to start preparations for a gradual entry into the league. 

"It is really positive to see Nanaimo United FC committing to the standards of the CSA National Youth Club License. Making them eligible to participate within the BCSPL in the fall of 2022 at the U13 age group for both male and female programming. We look forward to welcoming them to the BCSPL becoming the 13th member of the league.” - Chris Cerroni, BC Soccer Director of Soccer Development.

"We are beyond proud that Nanaimo United FC is the newest member of the BC Soccer Premier League. For years there have been aspirations that this opportunity could come to the region, and we are delighted that it has now been realized. Bringing standards-based performance soccer to the Upper Island and being part of the Canada Soccer Player pathway is very exciting for players, coaches, and community alike and we look forward to partnering with other regional clubs to create the best BCSPL program possible" -Daragh Fitzgerald, Nanaimo United’s Technical Lead

Nanaimo United will commence participation in September of 2022 with U13 male and female teams. 

About the BC Soccer Premier League

The BCSPL is currently comprised of 12 organizations, operating at the highest level of competition for youth players in the U13-U18 age groups.  The league, operated in cooperation with BC Soccer and Canada Soccer, is designed to support development for players coaches and referees, competing in 2 phases (spring and fall). Organizations wishing to join in this league must hold a Canada Soccer National Youth Club License and be approved entry by the BC Soccer Board of Directors.

About BC Soccer

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.