Soccer associations re-evaluate programs

The two Island soccer associations have re-evaluated their programs in the wake of BC Soccer’s creation of the EA Sports – BC Soccer Premier League, otherwise known as Tier I or HPL, in order to help players reach their full potential.

The league will field teams in U13, U14, U15, U16 and U17/18 combined for both boys and girls this fall. Evaluations for Upper Island players took place Sunday in Nanaimo.

The Lower and Upper Island Soccer associations have created a Tier II select league dubbed the Vancouver Island Premier League, the purpose of which is to offer skilled players an opportunity to maximize their development in a highly-competitive environment. The league will also serve as a second tier to the Premier League, affording players an opportunity to be recognized and possibly play at the provincial level.

The VIPL will be phased in for the 2011/12 season for U14 and U15 boys and girls, with full implementation the following season for all age groups. It will be comprised of two Upper Island regional teams and four Lower Island teams. The Upper Island portion of this league will be administered by UISA.

Coaching applications are due by Sunday, May 15. Player evaluations will be completed by May 27.

There will not be UVI Metro/Select teams in either the U13 or U14 age groups for the 2011/12 season. The goal of regional teams in the VIPL is to replace Metro/Select as the Tier II competitive league for Upper Island players.

Upper Island will continue to support the Rep/Development League with inter-club play. These players have an opportunity to possibly play at the VIPL or BCSPL level.  UISA will also seek opportunities to be involved with Lower Island teams. It will operate the league in all age groups, from U12 to U18 boys and girls.

Provincial Cup championships will continue at all three levels.

The overall goal of the new format is to ensure programs adhere to guiding principles of providing attainable and accessible programs for youth.

Check the UISA website and with your club for further information.