Canadian Soccer Business and BC Soccer Commit to Collaboration


Developing and Supporting Soccer in BC

BC Soccer and Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) are excited to announce their commitment to collaborate on both development and commercial aspects of soccer operations. The move creates a recognized connection between the two organizations, along with the Canadian Premier League (CPL) with its seven professional clubs across Canada including BC’s own Pacific FC.  

The collaboration agreement is designed to work towards a common goal of growing the game of soccer in British Columbia in all its forms with a focus on supporting development initiates for players, coaches, referees, and administrators while also allowing for commercial cooperation and partnerships.

CSB and specifically the CPL are focused on supporting player development to ensure future success for the league. Therefore, an important component will be the support services CSB and CPL can provide within BC Soccer environments to maximize player professional opportunities, along with potential coaching and other educational offerings.

“The development of players, coaches, referees and administrators is a top priority, with the intent of elevating the game at all levels in Canada, said David Clanachan, Commissioner, Canadian Premier League.  “Establishing this partnership in British Columbia is a major step forward to achieving this aim.”

BC Soccer Executive Director Jason Elligott says, “CSB and the CPL have established a much needed Canadian Professional Soccer League for Canada, making this partnership and easy step for us and we look forward to working together to build and even stronger soccer system here in BC.”

Starting in Spring 2019 this arrangement allows the two organizations to pool resources and work more closely together to facilitate the continuing development and growth of soccer in British Columbia. This model provides a solid framework for other provinces to follow and supports future opportunities for players to further develop their skills and potentially find future success in the professional game in Canada.

“All parties recognize the advantage to working together to significantly enhance the existing soccer development being implemented in BC,” said Josh Simpson, President, Pacific FC. “This partnership brings clarity to the development for young soccer players on the island in a way that has never existed up until this point."

About Canadian Soccer Business
Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) represents a suite of top-tier national assets that are core to the sport of soccer in Canada. This includes representation for all corporate partnerships and media rights (broadcast and distribution) related to Canada Soccer’s core assets including its national teams, along with all rights associated with the Canadian Premier League – Canada’s professional men’s soccer league set to debut coast-to-coast in April 2019.

About the Canadian Premier League
Canadian Premier League (CPL) is Canada’s professional men’s soccer league set to debut on April 27, 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, the CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that will bring professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast. 

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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 sports 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 an active, healthy and involved lifestyle.