BC Soccer News, Weekend, February 22-24, 2019


Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 Depth Chart -PreseasonEighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps have their roster set and one preseason match remaining. We look at the depth chart heading into the 2019 season.

In 1979, the Soccer Bowl was won by a club some 20 miles north of the border between the USA and Canada, as a team managed by a former Blackpool goalkeeper and featuring no less than nine aged players from Britain, with varying degrees of celebrity, became the NASL’s top dogs. It was the year that the NASL doffed its cap to Vancouver.

CONCACAF Champions League: Atlanta stumbles in loss; Sporting KC beats TolucaESPN
MLS Cup champions Atlanta United lost 3-1 against Costa Rican side Herediano in the first leg of CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 action on Thursday evening.

2019 Concacaf Champions League BracketMLS
The latest bracket for the 2019 Concacaf Champions League.

LAFC signs 3 new players ahead of 2019 seasonPro Soccer USA
LAFC signed three additional players to its 2019 roster Thursday — goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu, defender Lamar Batista and forward Adrien Perez.

Liga MX presidents interested in ‘North American league’ with MLSSN
Liga MX presidents are considering the possibility of forming a joint competition with Major League Soccer in the future, with Santos Laguna president Alejandro Irarragorri openly calling for a “North American League.”

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VISL Division 1 & Jackson Cup listingsBC Soccer Web
We are very happy to get back on the field this weekend, the snow has taken its toll on the entire Island. Besides division 1 league games being postponed, the opening round of the Sir John Jackson Cup was also postponed this past weekend.

Powell River Villa begins play for venerable trophy Powell River Peak
Powell River Villa SC begins its quest for the Vancouver Island Soccer League Jackson Cup on Saturday, February 23.

Retention Deficit – BC Soccer Shares 2018 Retention Survey SummaryBCSA
Within the last 10 years or so, national youth registration in soccer has been gradually trending downward particularly amongst females. This despite the fact, that Soccer is still the largest team sport in Canada by some margin.

Longtime South Surrey soccer volunteer rememberedSurrey Now Leader
Charlie Evans spent decades lending a hand in the local soccer community.

Power Soccer in BC SportAbility BC
We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in physical activity. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Penticton, and are still looking to expand. We are always looking for more athletes, officials, volunteers, and sponsors. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pacific FC now accepting memberships for 2019 Canadian Premier League seasonPacific 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 RefereeBCSA
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 SyndicationBC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.


Canadian Premier League schedule to drop next weekSportsnet
We’re just over two months away from the launch of the new Canadian Premier League, and we still don’t have a full schedule.

Maritime and Japanese trialists wow Wanderers, earn contracts with clubHFX Wanderers
HFX Wanderers FC have swooped to sign two surprise players who emerged as standout performers at the CPL tryouts last fall.

Valour FC Still Await their Marquee SigningNorthern Starting XI
With 12 players signed over the last 3 months, Valour FC’s squad is beginning to take shape, as Rob Gale constructs not just a team, but a football club that will be very involved and representative of its community.

Feds set to develop code of conduct for sport in CanadaSurrey Now Leader
The code of conduct is aimed at protecting athletes from abuse and harassment at all levels.

Regina’s John Schepers to enter Canada Soccer Hall of FameLeader Post
Regina’s John Schepers is to be inducted into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame on March 24.


It’s not OK to lose … Ottawa Fury FC decides pay for play a better motivatorOttawa Sun
Julian de Guzman saw it as a player, a coach, then as Ottawa Fury FC’s general manager – players putting it into cruise control, too satisfied with guaranteed paydays.

Turner Leads Two New Additions for BirminghamUSL
Tulsa Roughnecks FC announced on Wednesday it had signed two new defenders for the 2019 USL Championship season, with Frantzly Zephirin and Anthony Legendre joining Head Coach Michael Nsien’s squad. The signings are pending league and federation approval.

Indy Eleven stadium deal now would require team cash and MLS buy-in up front Indy Star
A proposal to fund a $150 million, 22,000-seat soccer stadium moved forward Thursday — but with some hefty strings attached.

Kickers hope USL League One presents opportunity for breakthroughTimes-Dispatch
Lying somewhere near the intersection of having no expectations and wanting to win it all, the prospects for the Richmond Kickers’ upcoming season differed depending on who was asked Thursday as the Kickers hosted media day at City Stadium.


NWSL announces full 2019 scheduleNWSL
The National Women’s Soccer League released the full 2019 regular season schedule on Thursday. For the third-straight year all nine teams will play a 24-game regular season schedule, with 12 home games and 12 away games.

Five dates to circle on the 2019 NWSL scheduleThe Equalizer
At long last, the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League schedule is out. Here are five dates to circle as you full our your summer social calendar.

The NWSL’s partnership with A+E is over. Now what?The Equalizer
NWSL president Amanda Duffy called the move a “win-win” in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, but it’s impossible not to be alarmed by the abrupt end to a partnership which was, only two years ago, celebrated as an innovative step forward for the league and, perhaps, a potential model for niche sports media rights deals.

Late bloomer Zerboni eyes the Women’s World CupNBC Sports
McCall Zerboni is so dedicated to her soccer career that she once hawked random products to beachgoers in Southern California to make ends meet.

Manchester City’s Demi Stokes eyes glory in familiar Continental Cup finalThe Guardian
Left-back is confident her side can exact revenge on Arsenal in repeat of last year’s League Cup showpiece.

Man City’s Tessa Wullaert: ‘There are no professional women’s clubs in Belgium – I had to make a choice to leave everything’The Telegraph
Before she became Belgium’s all-time leading goalscorer and received a gold-plated pair of her own boots – the manufacturing process is documented in an oddly soothing Instagram video – Manchester City’s Tessa Wullaert was giving guided tours around Leuven, a city 17 miles from Brussels, counting heads and praying nobody would get lost and jeopardise the grand finale to her bachelor’s diploma in tourism.

Afghan Popal defiantly battles a global issue facing women players Inside World Football
The former head of women’s football in Afghanistan says she would be killed if she ever returned to the country for lifting the lid on the abuse of women players.


European Soccer Weekend: What to watch in main competitionsLondon Free Press
Manchester City will look to secure the first of a possible four trophies this season when Pep Guardiola’s team meet Chelsea in the English League Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players for 2 transfer windowsSportsnet
Chelsea was banned by FIFA on Friday from signing players until the 2020 off-season transfer window for breaching rules covering youngsters.

Europa League last 16 draw: Chelsea, Arsenal avoid big boysNBC Sports
Both Chelsea and Arsenal were handed favorable draws in the last 16 draw of the Europa League on Friday.

Having held Barcelona in midweek, Olympique Lyonnais head to in-form Monaco in Ligue 1 Conforama on Sunday evening.

The ‘spectacular’ correlation of money and performance in European footballInside World Football
The first round of Champions League knock-out fixtures once again re- inforced the dominance of Europe’s Big 5 leagues with 14 out of the 16 teams qualified coming from those leagues.

Scottish soccer leaders hold talks over fan misbehaviourLondon Free Press
Scottish soccer leaders have met with government officials to discuss ways to eradicate misbehaviour by fans after a series of incidents at matches this season.

IFAB set to clarify ‘handball’ definition next weekInside World Football
Football’s rule-making body will clarify rules on handball next week by bringing in new wording to reduce “grey areas”, the body’s technical director David Elleray has confirmed.

Gazprom executive takes over Russian soccer federationCanada.com
A Russian state energy executive took over as president of the country’s soccer federation on Friday. Alexander Dyukov, who is chairman and CEO of Gazprom oil subsidiary Gazprom Neft, was elected unopposed as Russian Football Union president.

If you’re shocked by Man United’s involvement with the Saudi royal family, you’ve come to the wrong sportYahoo Sports
Would Manchester United add the Saudi royal family to its portfolio? Apparently so, even after Bin Salman was likely outed as a man who would order the murder of a critic, rather than the reformer he had painstakingly portrayed himself as. And United is hardly alone. Soccer’s absence of scruples is as old as the sport itself. Its moral compass was dropped and broken irreparably just as soon as the rules of the game had been codified.

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