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

2020-2021 Storm player evaluations

Player assessments for the 2020-21 Storm teams are coming up very soon! – starting March 6 for U14s (players born in 2007, or players born in 2008 with a recommendation).  All U15, U16 and U17/18 sessions will be held in April.  
Click here for our Introduction to VIPL document
U14 players (born 2007): Open evaluations Friday March 6 and Tuesday March 10.  Possible third evaluation session Tuesday March 31  by invitation only.  Online signup link here. Underage players will need to submit a recommendation from their club technical director/technical lead with their online form.
March 6 – Second Artificial turf
5:30 – 7:00 PM Boys, with a brief parent meeting on the sidelines as the session starts
7:00 – 8:30 PM Girls, with a brief parent meeting on the sidelines as the session starts
March 10 – Nanaimo District Secondary School turf
6:00 – 7:15 PM Girls
7:15- 8:30 PM Boys
U15 and U16 players (born 2006 and 2005): Open evaluations Friday April 3 and Sunday April 5. Online signup link here.   
April 3 – Second Artificial turf
5:30 – 7:00 PM Boys, with a brief parent meeting on the sidelines as the session starts
7:00 – 8:30 PM Girls, with a brief parent meeting on the sidelines as the session starts
April 5 – Second Artificial turf
10:00 – 11:30 AM Girls
11:30 – 1:00 PM Boys
U17 and U18 players (born 2004 and 2003): Open evaluations Friday April 17 and Sunday April 24. Online signup link here.   
April 17 – Second Artificial turf
5:30 – 7:00 PM Boys
7:00 – 8:30 PM Girls
April 24 – Second Artificial turf
5:30 – 7:00 PM Girls
7:00 – 8:30 PM Boys
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 Feb 22/23 

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 playdown brackets for Boys and Girls

Congratulations to all our district B-cup reps, who will be kicking off against Lower Island this weekend to see who will advance to Provincial Finals in July!

Good Luck to Powell River U14G Thunder, Campbell River U15B Thunder, Nanaimo United U15G-2, Mid-Isle U16G Mariners, Mid-Ise U18B Mariners and Alberni Valley U18G Athletics in your games!

Remember- all district reps will also advance to the Coastal B-Cup quarter finals on April 18/19.

2019-2020 UISA District Pacific Development Cup – Finals March 1

The 2019-20 UISA league U15B competed the biggest Pacific Development Cup playdown series in the four year history of this Cup, with 9 teams competing in the home/away format playdown rounds. 

Feb update: Playdown winners in U15B, U18B and U18G have been determined!

All three divisions will be joined by U15G in the Pacific Development Cup finals on March 1, 2020 with the winners of the single-elimination match taking 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.

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 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.

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