Provincial Cup Season Kicks Off with the Adult Draw on April 2nd

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March 29, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Teams from all over BC will be hoping for some good fortune next Tuesday as they are drawn out of the 90 year old Provincial Cup trophy and find out their first round opponents in the 2013 Adult Provincial Cup competition.

Almost 2000 players from over 90 teams and 10 adult male and female soccer leagues will be waiting excitedly for details of who they will face when the BC Soccer Adult Provincial Cup draws take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Victoria. This year’s Provincial Cup Finals will be hosted by the Vancouver Island Soccer League and Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association respectively, on May 11th 2013 and take place at Bear Mountain Stadium, Victoria.

The Draw will be held in Victoria this year, as the finals are hosted on Vancouver Island. Vince Greco, chair of the Local Organizing Committee said, “The Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) & Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association (LIWSA) are proud to host BC Soccer’s 2013 Adult Provincial Cup Finals. This year’s Finals will no doubt have some excitement. We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday May 11 at Westhills & Goudy Stadiums and we wish all teams the best of luck in the highly anticipated Cup Draw on Tuesday April 2nd at the Strathcona Hotel”.

Draws will be made for the following competitions: Women’s B Cup, Men’s B Cup, Men’s U21, Men’s Masters, Women’s A Cup, and Men’s A Cup. In addition, Championship games for Women’s U21 and Women’s Classics will also be announced.

Cup games will take place across the Province commencing on April 13/14 2013,with winning teams eventually going forward to represent British Columbia in the Canadian Club National Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 9th to 14th October, 2013.

“The Provincial Cup competition showcases the best the province has to offer in adult soccer as it brings together the top teams from all major leagues in British Columbia ranging from U21 to Over 35’s and which that feature many former professional and national team players to the top amateurs in A Cup. It has often been stated that it is tougher to win the BC Adult Provincial championships than to win a medal at the Canadian Club Championships,” said Kjeld Brodsgaard, First VP BC Soccer and Chair of the Adult Competitions Committee.

Teams qualify for the Provincial Cup in a variety of ways. Some make it through by winning their league, others by winning their respective year end league cup and some by where they finish in their league standings. The number of berths each league is awarded in each competition is determined on a yearly basis by the Adult Competitions Committee. At the Provincial Cup Draw, all of the qualifying teams from each league are pulled one at a time, randomly, out of a “hat”. This then determines each of the first round match ups in this single elimination style tournament. In some competitions, teams are seeded based on their finish in their respective leagues. This ensures them at least one home game in the competition.

Representatives from participating clubs, leagues, and districts will attend the open draws along with representatives from the BC Soccer Board of Directors, its Competition Committee, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and several local Victoria Soccer personalities including Dave Dew and Tracy David.

The leagues taking part in Provincial Cup in 2013 are:

Women’s

1) Metro Women’s Soccer League – www.mwsl.com

2) Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association – www.liwsa.com

3) Mid Island Women’s Soccer League

4) Pacific Coast Soccer League – http://www.pcsl.org/

Men’s

1) Vancouver Metro Soccer League – http://www.vmslsoccer.com/

2) Fraser Valley Soccer League – http://www.fraservalleysoccer.com/index.php

3) Vancouver Island Soccer League – http://www.visl.org/

4) Burnaby Men’s Soccer League – http://www.bmsasoccer.com/

5) Richmond Senior Soccer League – http://www.richmondseniorsoccer.com/

6) Pacific Coast Soccer League – http://www.pcsl.org/

7) North Shore Coaches League – http://www.nscl.ca/

The 2012 Provincial Cup finals were very successfully hosted by the Metro Women’s Soccer League at Burnaby Lake West Sports Complex. Surrey United Soccer Club had a banner year on the day including the Surrey United women winning their 9th consecutive Provincial Cup title before going on to win a silver medal at the Club National Championships. Joining their female counterparts at Nationals, and earning a 5th place finish in the tournament were the Surrey United Firefighters who earned an exciting 3-2 win over the Delta United Hurricanes in the Men’s Provincial A Cup final. Rounding out the day for Surrey United, their over 35 women’s team won the Classics Cup. Other winners from the day included the North Van FC Campobasso (Men’s B Cup), the Port Moody Gunners (Men’s U21), Westside FC (Masters), Dasmesh United (Women’s U21) and the North Shore girls SC Impact (Women’s B Cup).

The 2013 draw will take place Tuesday, April 2nd, 10:30am, in the Maple Room at Strathcona Hotel, Victoria BC. http://www.strathconahotel.com/

BC Soccer will be tweeting (@1BCSoccer) highlights of the draw live from the venue and full details of the draws will be made available on Tuesday afternoon, April 2nd at www.bcsoccer.net

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada’s foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

www.bcsoccer.net 

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