Canada Soccer announces National Club Licensing Program

Vancouver BC, July 31, 2018 - BC Soccer is committed to supporting Canada Soccer and the national direction as outlined in Canada Soccer’s Strategic Plan. Over the past 18 months BC Soccer have worked closely with Canada Soccer’s development department in the creation of the recently announced Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program.

Canada Soccer’s Club Licensing Program categories four levels of recognition book-ended with Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer and National Youth Club Licensing designations. In order to obtain the Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer designation, all clubs across the country must be in good standing with their respective governing bodies, thus must be in compliance with the appropriate jurisdiction requirements such as bylaws, rules, regulations, etc. As well as meeting the specific Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer criteria.

Canada Soccer have confirmed that good standing in BC refers to clubs meeting and receiving BC Soccer’s Club Charter Standard 1 designation as this program ensure compliance with the provincial requirements to be in good standing.

“We are really pleased to announce the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program and would like to thank BC Soccer staff for their support in helping shape the program and making it accessible to the BC Soccer membership through their Club Charter Program.” said Jason de Vos, Director of Soccer Development, Canada Soccer.

“BC Soccer is aligned with Canada Soccer and are pleased to have worked closely with their development staff to ensure the National Program integrates well with the structure and programming currently in place here, which is all designed to best support BC Clubs.” said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director.

“What has been put in place allows for the current 16 BC Soccer Charter Program standard 1 clubs to proceed immediately to work towards obtaining the Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer. We are also encouraging the 50+ opted in clubs to continue to work towards the Club Charter standard 1 status if they wish to obtain the Standards for Quality designation”, said Chris Cerroni, BC Soccer Director of Soccer Development.

For more information on the BC Soccer Club Charter Program please CLICK HERE

BC Soccer Club Charter Program, contact Paul Turner, BC Soccer Development Officer at

For more information on Canada Soccer's Club Licensing Program please CLICK HERE

Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program, contact Dave Nutt, Manager of Development – Operations, Canada Soccer at

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.