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

COVID-19: April 6 update

The Upper Island Soccer Association has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic developments in BC and Canada.

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 this situation.  Click here for the latest communication from BC Soccer on COVID-19.

At this time, BC Soccer has 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, Island Invitational finals on April 5 2020 and Mini World Cup on May 23/24 2020 have both been cancelled.  Assessments for 2020/21 Storm and Riptide teams (and for Victoria-based VIPL teams) have been postponed, with new dates TBD once we get the all-clear to return to soccer.   Likewise, Riptide Spring Academy will be postponed until we are allowed to return to the pitch, and fees for this program will be pro-rated appropriately once the start date is known.

We have heard from Coastal A- and B-cup organizers that these competitions will be cancelled.  However they do allow that if there is a return to play date set by May 15, the Coastal Cup may be able to offer an amended competition.  The BC Games Society has announced that unfortunately the 2020 Summer Games would be cancelled, and that the host community of Maple Ridge would be awarded the 2024 Summer Games instead.

As this situation is ever-evolving, we anticipate ongoing decision-making meetings through the next month at least, 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 !

For more details, see the playdown brackets for Boys and Girls

Pac Dev Cup info doc for 2019-20 here.

2020-2021 Riptide player evaluations

Player assessments for the 2020-21 Riptide teams got underway for U14s (players born in 2007) in Feb and March, and will resume for the all age groups once we get the all-clear to return to soccer activities.
Click here for our Introduction to VIPL document
HERE’S ALL THE DETAILS: 
U14 players (born 2007): Evaluations are ongoing! – remaining sessions below
Online signup link here.
Date TBD – additional session if needed, by invitation only – field TBA
Click here for our intake program outline document

U15, U16, U17 and U18 NEW players (born 2006 – 2003):
Evaluation dates TBD once we return to soccer activities,  Fields TBA.
Online signup link here.
Note – All returning players born 2003-2006 must use the Declaration of Intent link sent to them previously.  
New coaches interested in coaching for U14 Riptide can apply online – click here.
 
Click here for our Riptide U14/15 VIPL fees information document.
Click here for our Riptide U16-18 VIPL fees information document.

Click here for an explanation of the Riptide evaluation process

Any questions, please ask us! at upperislandriptide@gmail.com

2020-2021 Storm player evaluations

 
Player assessments for the 2020-21 Storm teams are  underway– starting in March for U14s (players born in 2007, or players born in 2008 with a recommendation) and continuing for all age groups once we get the all-clear to return to soccer activities.
Click here for our Introduction to VIPL document
 
HERE’S ALL THE DETAILS: 
U14 players (born 2007): Open evaluations were held Friday March 6 and Tuesday March 10.  Online signup link here. Underage players will need to submit a recommendation from their club technical director/technical lead with their online form.
One more evaluation date TBD once we return to soccer activities,  field TBA.

  

U15 players (born 2006):
Open evaluation date TBD once we return to soccer activities,  field TBA.   
Online signup link here.

U16 players (born 2005): 
Open evaluation date TBD once we return to soccer activities,  field TBA. 
Online signup link here.  

U17 and U18 players (born 2004 and 2003):
Open evaluation date TBD once we return to soccer activities,  field TBA.
Online signup link here.

New coaches interested in coaching for Storm can also apply online – click here.
 
Click here for our Storm VIPL fees information document

Click here for an explanation of the Storm evaluation process

Any questions, please ask us! at StormSteeringCommittee@gmail.com

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.

See the completed District playdown brackets for Boys and Girls

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

A reminder for all our soccer families of our “Best Fans Ever” Goal for all our teams this season, no matter what age or what level of soccer:

No Coaching From The Sidelines

UISA League Important Dates 2019-2020

January 2019

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

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

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.

Game Durations

NOTE: Game duration is determined by the oldest age group in a mixed-age match

 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