Welcome to the home of Upper Island Soccer
The Upper Island Soccer Association provides administrative services to eight clubs situated on central Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. Our territory extends south to School District #68 (Nanaimo, Ladysmith), west to School District #70 (Alberni Valley), east to School District #69 (Parksville-Qualicum), north to School Districts #71 (Comox Valley) and SD#72 (Campbell River) and includes School District #47 (Powell River) on the mainland.
For links to our member clubs, please visit the “Members” tab on the “About UISA” menu
UISA AGM 2020
In light of the COVID 19 restrictions, the 2020 Upper Island Annual General Meeting will be pushed back from our “usual” May date to Saturday June 6, 2020 in hopes of being able to meet in person by that time.
PLAN A if Provincial Health Authority and BC Soccer restrictions allow: AGM at CVUSC clubhouse in Courtenay Sat June 6 at 11 AM, Quarterly General Meeting focussed on planning proposals to follow at 12:30.
PLAN B if in-person meetings are still not possible: AGM via remote link (Webex or Zoom) Sat June 6 at 11AM, General Meeting postponed until we can meet in person for a full discussion of ideas
Call for Board Candidates
UISA is now accepting candidates for its Executive Board for terms commencing in June 2020 (following the UISA Annual General Meeting).
In order for UISA member clubs to evaluate prospective board members, candidates should provide written notice of their intent to stand via email to UpperIslandSoccerOffice@gmail.com.
Candidate declarations are due by May 30.
Candidates are encouraged to provide a brief summary outlining their soccer experience/knowledge, governance experience, and skills and attributes relevant to a board position.
UISA will then update member clubs with the information gathered from all declared candidates by June 1.
There are four (4) two-year director terms director terms up for election.
UISA encourages all candidates to honour this request from our member clubs. Please note though, that an individual may still declare their candidacy from the floor at the Annual General Meeting.
COVID-19: May 13 update
We know that many of you are hoping to get back to the soccer pitch soon, and we are happy to say that BC Soccer has been working with both the Provincial Health authorities and Canada Soccer on return to play.
Safety of our athletes, coaches and families is very important to us. We are committed to following the guidance of our public health authorities and BC Soccer throughout the return to play process. Click here for the latest communication from BC Soccer on COVID-19.
At this time, Canada Soccer and BC Soccer have suspended all sanctioned activity by their clubs, leagues and districts. Sanctioned activity includes all competitions, training, practices, matches, coach and referee education and team building activities.
Locally, Mini World Cup on May 23/24 2020 has been cancelled. Provincially, BC Soccer has cancelled their Youth A and B Cup competitions scheduled for July.
Please note that once we enter the Return to Play phase, that BC Soccer insurance (like all sport insurance) will not cover the risk of contagion -see notice here
In the meantime, there are a number of online soccer resources and opportunities now available for players and families:
For our youth players – BC Soccer has made a catalogue of simple demonstrations that everyone can use to sharpen their touch for when play returns and improve their skills, and has posted a physical training plan for U15 and up: https://www.bcsoccer.net/skill-development-activities
For our qualified graduating players: BC Soccer scholarship applications are now open until May 31 https://www.bcsoccer.net/awards-scholarships
For youth and adults ready to help out with coaching! – the theory portion of BC Soccer’s Active Start, Fundamentals, Learn to Train and Soccer for Life courses is now available online free of charge https://www.bcsoccer.net/news/post/bc-soccer-unveils-on-line-classroom-theory-modules-for-canada-soccers-community-coaching-courses
Get a head start now, and be certified quickly once we return to play by completing just the practical on field portion of the courses at that time.
For our referees: BC Soccer is offering the referee refresher course online! Login to RefCentre, and select the tab called “2020 Outdoor Refresher” to access the online Clinic.
As the COVID-19 situation is ever-evolving, we anticipate ongoing decision-making meetings through the next months, and we will remain in contact with clubs and team officials as we move through the process. We ask for your patience as we work through these difficult times, and we send out a big heartfelt thank you to all our soccer parents and volunteers who are working on the front lines of this pandemic for the benefit of us all.
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out to UpperIslandSoccerOffice@gmail.com, or contact a UISA board member through the contact forms available on this website.
For now, stay home and stay safe everyone – we wish you and your family well
2019-2020 Pacific Development Cup
The 2019-20 UISA league U15B competed the biggest Pacific Development Cup playdown series in the four year history of this district Cup, with 9 teams competing in the home/away format playdown rounds.
On March 1, Pacific Development Cup finals matches were held in Nanaimo, Comox Valey, and Powell River. Congratulations to the NUFC U15G-2 (Quarnstrom) team, the NUFC U15B-1 (Roden) team, the Alberni Valley U18G Athletics and the U18B Powell River Panthers, who all took home one of our beautiful PDC trophies !
Pac Dev Cup info doc for 2019-20 here.
2020-2021 Riptide player evaluations
Click here for an explanation of the Riptide evaluation process
2020-2021 Storm player evaluations
2019-2020 Island B-cup Finals Results
Well Done to Powell River U14G Thunder, Campbell River U15B Thunder, Nanaimo United U15G-2, Mid-Isle U16G Mariners, and Alberni Valley U18G Athletics in your games representing our district against Lower Island on Feb 22 and 23!
HUGE Congratulations to the U18B Mid Isle Mariners, who will advance to the Provincial B-cup finals in July!!
Results for all B-Cup Island Final matches here
Remember- all district reps will also advance to the Coastal B-Cup quarter finals on April 18/19.
District playdowns recap: The Upper Island B-cup draws for 2020 were done at our Nov 23 General Meeting in Nanaimo, and in-district playdown competitions were held on February 2 and 9.
Two UISA volunteers recognized by BC Soccer
On November 2, 2019 BC Soccer recognized two deserving members of the Upper Island soccer community at their Awards Luncheon
Jason Bradley was named Youth Coach of the Year
Jason has been a U18 girls rep coach in Nanaimo for many years. He doesn’t have a kid on the team, he just coaches because he loves sharing his love for the game with others. He has coached teams that have been really strong, and teams that have struggled, but he is always proud of his teams no matter what! He is compassionate, inspiring, and a dedicated soccer coach. He has the best sense of humor and fosters very caring and trusting relationships with his players. His teams always have so much fun while learning and working hard. Jason makes the game of soccer fun to learn and practice!!
Coach and former UISA Director Carl Neibel received a BC Soccer Award of Merit
Carl has an incredible soccer volunteer history – he has done everything coaching wise, from club coach to VIPL coach to men’s coach. Carl was one of the founding members of the NYSA DDC academy program and has helped run the Oceanside academy the last few years as well. Carl served on the Nanaimo club board for several years where he held positions from Pony Coordinator to Vice President, before moving on to the district board at UISA where he was the technical advisor and Storm steering committee chair. He has now moved on to the VISL board this year. Carl is also a member of the BC Soccer grass roots committee. Carl is a man who inspires others to coach and get involved board wise. He is always the first to step up and help out!
UISA Board Vacancy
An opening has come up on the UISA Executive board. Upper Island is hoping to fill the spot (until the next AGM in May 2020) with a dedicated soccer volunteer with governance experience. Please contact Executive Director Christine Carson if you are interested in the position.
Reminder: Upper Island “Best Fans Ever” Goal
No Coaching From The Sidelines
UISA League Important Dates 2019-2020
January 26 – 11-aside Pacific Development Cup playdowns for U15B only, plus league matches
January 12 – League play resumes after Winter Break – all other divisions
January 15 – BC Soccer transfer deadline
January 19 – UISA B-Cup playdowns for U15B if needed, plus league matches
January 26 – UISA B-Cup playdowns (quarter-finals), plus league matches
February 2 – UISA B-Cup playdowns (semi-finals), plus league matches
February 9– UISA B-cup playdown finals, plus league matches
February 16 – Cup makeup games (as needed), plus league matches
February 22 and 23 –League matches or B-cup Island finals (vs Lower Island)
U15, U17 Host, U14, U16, U18 Away. Be prepared to play either day
March 1 – Pacific Development Cup finals, plus league matches
March 8 – Boys and Girls Super8 year-end Jamborees: Boys in Campbell River, Girls in Comox Valley
March 8 –PDC and B-cup makeup weekend as needed and last day of 11-aside regular league play
Note: Friday March 13 – Monday March 30 – UISA spring breaks
Cup Dates for 11-aside teams–
Island Invitational (for teams who qualify) – April 4 or 5 in Campbell River
Coastal B-Cup (for teams who qualify) – be prepared to play Saturday or Sunday
- Quarter-finals – April 18 and 19
- Semi-finals – April 25 and 26
- Finals – May 2 and 3
B Cup Provincial finals (for teams who qualify)
Boys in Kamloops July 9-12, Girls in Vernon July 2-5
LTPD is designed to:
1. Promote lifelong enjoyment of physical activity.
2. Provide a structured player development pathway.
3. Describe best practices for elite player development.
4. Create long-term excellence.
|Age||Duration||Ball Size||Overtime if needed|
|Under 18||2 halves of 45 minutes each||5||2 halves of 15 minutes each|
|Under 17||2 halves of 45 minutes each||5||2 halves of 15 minutes each|
|Under 16||2 halves of 40 minutes each||5||2 halves of 10 minutes each|
|Under 15||2 halves of 40 minutes each||5||2 halves of 10 minutes each|
|Under 14||2 halves of 35 minutes each||5||2 halves of 10 minutes each|
|Super8||2 halves of 35 minutes each||4||Not applicable|