VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
New Bayern signing Alphonso Davies arrives in Munich – DW
The Canadian international Alphonso Davies has taken part in his first training session with Bayern. The winger came from Major League Soccer, where he spent the past three seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Portland Timbers vs. Sporting KC | 2018 Conference Championship Preview – MLS
The Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City will take the first step towards deciding decide how the West is won – and who goes to the 2018 MLS Cup – with the first leg of the Conference Championship taking place at Providence Park on Sunday.
Sporting KC Vs Portland Timbers: Strength on strength – MLS Multiplex
Sporting KC face the Portland Timbers on Sunday evening. The two teams will be evenly matched as their relative strengths will face off with one another.
Atlanta United vs. NY Red Bulls | 2018 Conference Championship Preview – MLS
They were the two best teams during the regular season and their toe-to-toe battle for the Supporters’ Shield wasn’t decided until Decision Day presented by AT&T. Now, the New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United will meet in the Eastern Conference Championship with the winner advancing to, and hosting, the 2018 MLS Cup.
How international friendlies impacted MLS Eastern Conference final – SBI
The Atlanta United-New York Red Bulls Eastern Conference Final has the potential to be one of the most exciting MLS playoff series ever, but Tuesday’s international action did its best to stifle the thrill.
Toronto FC set to sign former Galaxy midfielder Juninho? – Tip of the Tower
Brazilian midfielder Juninho is reportedly in Southern Ontario to undergo a physical with Toronto FC, as they aim to recover from a poor 2018 season.
Evan Bush finishes top of Audi Player Index for goalies – Montreal Impact
Evan Bush was excellent for the Montreal Impact over the course of the 34-game regular season, starting every game for the Bleu-blanc-noir and leading the league in saves. The Impact’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 set a few personal records along the way, including 10 clean sheets, good for third in the league.
LAFC acquires Eddie Segura from Atletico Huila on a six-month loan – LA Times
The Los Angeles Football Club has acquired Eddie Segura, a 21-year-old center back, from Colombian club Atletico Huila on a six-month loan, the MLS team announced Wednesday.
Scott Brown ‘still a key player for Celtic’ insists Brendan Rodgers – The Scotsman
Following interest from Australian club Western Melbourne, the former Scotland captain has now been linked with MLS duo Sporting Kansas City and Minnesota United for a lucrative and life-changing move.
Six MLS academy products named to Concacaf Under-20 Championship Best XI – MLS
Make that two victories for the USA over Mexico in the recently concluded 2018 Concacaf Under-20 championship: 2-0 on the field and 8-3 when it comes to Best XI selections.
BC SOCCER NEWS
B.C. Boys AA Soccer 2018: Grade 11 Titans grow up fast to make Langley Fundamental’s repeat feat complete – Varsity Letters
Back in 2017, Jacob Sol was the underclassman whose heroics helped his older teammates put a gold-medal finish on their schoolboy soccer careers. Exactly a year ago, as a Grade 11 talent on a team filled with seniors, his brace, which included the game winner, lifted the Langley Fundamental Titans to a 3-1 win over Victoria’s St. Michaels University School Blue Jags in the B.C. senior boys high school AA championship final at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.
Stars shine silver at AA soccer provincials – Tri City News
The Archbishop Carney Stars finished second in the BC Secondary Schools Soccer Association AA provincial final at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West.
Four Academy Centre players selected for trip to Real Madrid after HPP Combine – Whitecaps FC
Another successful Whitecaps FC High Potential Player (HPP) Combine wrapped up at Fortius Sport & Health and the National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC), as the ‘Caps welcomed top prospects from the club’s cross-country regional and provincial academy centre network.
VISL Division 1 Week 11 Matches – BC Soccer Web
The past weekend made the division a little tighter, pretty sure there could be a little bit of drama for this weekend as well.
FVSL Premier League Week 11 Review (PDF File) – FVSL
All the action from the FVSL Premier League in Week 11.
Powell River Villa plays to first draw of season – Powell River Peak
Club’s hold on first place still solid with two games remaining before holiday break.
YOUTH WINTER JAMBOREE – Urban Soccer Centre
he new indoor Urban Soccer Centre is hosting a 5v5 & 3v3 rotation tournament! Play two 5-A-Side games and two 3-A-Side games in 2 hours! Open to all Girls and Boys team from U6 through U15.
BC Soccer hosts its second Technical Director Diploma Course – BCSA
Registration is now open for the BC Soccer Technical Director Diploma held at the FORTIUS Sport & Health Complex in Burnaby February 22-23, 2019.
Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League season – Pacific FC
Join Vancouver Island’s new CPL club! Become a Member of Pacific Football Club for first access seat selection and tickets.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
Whether you are an experienced referee new to British Columbia or if you are new to the discipline of refereeing BC Soccer Assoc. has a clinic and a pathway for you. The minimum age to become a referee is 12 years old (small sided) and 14 years old (11-a-side). Please enjoy the short video showcasing some Referee programs that BC Soccer offers and continue below for more on how to become a referee in BC!
Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC – UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
Do you have Achilles pain? Interested in free Physiotherapy? If yes, join our clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS), a form of acupuncture therapy, in treating Achilles tendon pain.
The BC Soccer Web Guide to Empire Field – BC Soccer Web
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is the lofty and formal name given to Vancouver’s newest addition to the soccer scene. Yet, anyone who’s ever kicked or carried both kinds of footballs around these parts knows the place by heart.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
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CANADA SOCCER NEWS
Canada set sights on Quarter-final at Uruguay 2018 after final group stage match – CSA
Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team have taken second place in Group D at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 after falling 5:0 to Spain in their final group stage match.
Canada blanked by Spain at U-17 World Cup – TSN
Canada stumbled Wednesday at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, thumped 5-0 by Spain in a battle for top spot in Group D.
Canada routed by Spain, but hard to assess what this game really meant – the11.ca
There are many, many excuses on offer for the Canadian team after the team closed its group stage of the U-17 Women’s World Cup with a 5-0 loss to Spain.
USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Rising FC’s Drogba Confirms Retirement – USL
Legendary striker Didier Drogba confirmed on Wednesday he had called time on his playing career, with the 2018 USL Cup that saw his Phoenix Rising FC side square off against eventual champion Louisville City FC earlier this month serving as the official swansong to his remarkable run as a player.
Davis, DelPiccolo Lead Returning Group for LouCity – USL
Two-time defending USL Cup champion Louisville City FC announced on Wednesday that 14 players were set to return to the club for the 2019 USL Championship season, including nine players that include captain Paolo DelPiccolo, George Davis IV, Luke Spencer and Greg Ranjitsingh that featured in both the club’s championship squads.
Monarchs Acquire Blake, Exercise Seven Contract Options – USL
Real Monarchs SLC announced season-ending roster moves on Wednesday, including the acquisition of midfielder Jack Blake from the Tampa Bay Rowdies following the conclusion of the loan agreement that sent the English midfielder to the Monarchs during the 2018 USL Championship season.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
W-League Week 3 Review – The Equalizer
We look at the highlights from the Westfield W-League in Australia for Week 3 and Yuki Nagasato, the Chicago Red Stars loanee and 2011 Women’s World Cup winner with Japan, talks about her role on the field as she made her Westfield W-League debut this past weekend with the Brisbane Roar.
Jerry Zanelli, WPSL founder and women’s soccer pioneer, dies – WPSL
Jerry Zanelli, a pioneer in women’s soccer and founder of the Women’s Premier Soccer League, died in his Sacramento home on Wednesday night. He was 80.
WU17 EURO elite round draw made – UEFA
Holders Spain will meet former champions Poland, Sweden and Slovakia after the elite round draw was made.
WU19 EURO elite round draw made – UEFA
Holders Spain will face the Republic of Ireland, Hungary and Serbia after the elite round draw was made.
UK football league reduces injury pay for women – Euronews
Several of England’s leading soccer clubs have slashed the benefits offered to women players, and are providing them with far less protection than their male counterparts, contracts signed by players and clubs show.
Women’s team fed sandwiches at gala while men enjoy three-course meal – CNN
Upon hearing that training had been canceled on the day of the gala, the women had wrongly assumed they were also being invited to the anniversary celebrations. “They were not there as guests, only to work,” Prime News journalist Christian Keller told CNN Sport. “They had no dinner, only sandwiches.”
FIFA Technical Study Group report highlights progress of women’s football – FIFA
With the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 set to kick off in France in less than 200 days’ time, FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) has reported on the consistent improvements being made in the women’s game in their analysis of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018, which is now available here on FIFA.com.
The Equalizer at Soccerex USA 2018: A successful week discussing the women’s game – The Equalizer
Among the topics discussed were the commercial opportunities around the 2019 Women’s World Cup, with Duffy noting the opportunities for the NWSL to activate sponsors around the event and Karina LeBlanc discussing the opportunities that players have with such a large-scale platform that only comes around every four years.
WORLD SOCCER NEWS
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe – City News
Three teams are unbeaten after the opening 12 games of an English top-flight campaign for the first time in 130 years. One of them could struggle to maintain that record this weekend.
River Plate hold Copa Libertadores advantage with Buenos Aires on edge – The Guardian
The first leg with Boca Juniors ended 2-2 with River’s manager now set to make an intriguing choice of goalkeeper.
Diego Costa in scoring slump before Atletico hosts Barcelona – Yahoo Sports
With his imposing frame, aggressive attitude and talent for scoring difficult goals, Diego Costa has rightfully earned his reputation as a terror for defenders.
Neymar & Kylian Mbappe could return for Paris St-Germain v Liverpool – BBC Sport
Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel says it is “possible” Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will be fit to face Liverpool in Wednesday’s home Champions League group fixture.
VIEIRA HOPING NICE CAN GET FIRING AGAINST LILLE – Ligue 1
OGC Nice coach Patrick Vieira will hope his team can use the attacking style he hopes to instill in them to see off faltering LOSC Lille on Sunday and maintain their upward trajectory.
Liverpool lock up Mane with new deal through 2023 – NBC Sports
Sadio Mane has committed his long-term future to Liverpool by signing a new five-year contract that’ll keep him at the club through the summer of 2023.
N’Golo Kante signs new 5-year deal at Chelsea – Yahoo Sports
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has signed a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, the Premier League club announced on Friday.
Mourinho slams Man United’s young players – NBC Sports
Jose Mourinho has hit out at the lack of “character and personality” of Manchester United’s players.
Quotas: Premier League rejects FA’s Brexit proposal on foreign players – Inside World Football
The Premier League is opposing a post-Brexit proposal by the English Football Association limiting the number of non-homegrown players clubs can include in their senior squads.
The UAE is trampling human rights. Man City must finally speak out – The Guardian
The jailing of British academic Matthew Hedges is an abuse the club can’t ignore. It’s time to pressure Sheikh Mansour.
Beijing Guoan owner Sinobo Group builds in Europe with Slavia Prague stake – Inside World Football
Czech first division club SK Slavia Prague have sold a majority stake to China’s Sinobo Group, in a link that will see them work on a variety of initiatives with Sinobo’s Chinese Super League club Beijing Sinobo Guoan.
Rules panel aims to let goalkeepers move more at penalties – City News
World soccer’s rule-making panel says it wants to give goalkeepers more freedom to move when facing a penalty.
Colombia tries quashing tensions at migrant camp with soccer – Star Phoenix
Colombian officials are hoping to quash tensions at a Venezuelan migrant camp with a game both the new arrivals and their hosts share a passion for: soccer.
‘I’m probably deemed a weirdo’: Russell Martin, the footballer who joined the Green party – The Guardian
Walsall’s defender on telling teammates to turn off the tap, being vegan and how clubs could be more socially conscious.
The 2018/19 Guide to Soccer on TV in Canada (and online) – BC Soccer Web
Finding your match on TV or online in Canada has become more difficult in recent years. League broadcast rights change hands, new online services pop up, and some leagues and channels vanish from our screens altogether. Fear not! BC Soccer Web has got you covered! We’ve made our way through the web of cable channels and online services available so you can watch the matches you want.