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

2018-2019 B-Cup playdowns

Upper Island district B-cup playdowns finally begin Feb 17 (if the weather allows)!  – with matches for U17G and U18B, U15G, U18G and U15B.
District playdown winners will face Lower Island on either the Feb 23/24 weekend or the March 9/10 weekend to compete for the Island berth at Provincial finals in July AND will advance to the quarter-final round of the Coastal Cup on April 13/14.
Club cup guidelines for 2019 – here
Click here for Boys brackets.
Click here for Girls brackets.
Or, check out the tournament page for your division:

2019-2020 Riptide intake player evaluations 


We are starting off assessments for 2019-20 very soon! beginning with the Riptide intake group (2006-born players, or 2007-born players with a recommendation) on February 2nd and a second date TBD.  A third session maybe added if needed.  All other age groups will have assessments in April/May – more info to follow closer to the date.

Click here for our Introduction to VIPL document

Here’s all the details:

U14 players (born 2006): Assessments Saturday February 2nd at Woodcote in Courtenay and second date TBD at the end of Feb/beginning of March.    Girls assessments 10 – 11:30 AM.   Boys asssessments noon – 1:30 PM.  Parent meeting at same time as second assessment session. Possible third evaluation session 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.

Click here for the U14 session info outline.

Click here for the Riptide 10 month program information document.

Click here for our Riptide VIPL fees information document

 UISA district Pacific Development Cup Competition 2018-2019

The playdown rounds for Upper Island Pacific Development Cup  for 2018-2019 are now complete and we have determined which teams will be competing for one of our beautiful district cups at the finals on March 3.
Check the brackets to see all our results to date!
Click here for Boys brackets with results to date.
Click here for Girls brackets with results to date.
Or, check out the tournament page for your division:

Dealing with Severe Weather in UISA league

Please follow the UISA severe weather protocol – get in touch with your opposing team ahead of game day if severe weather is predicted and have a plan in place to:

1) check the home clubs’ posted field status to monitor field closures (links to all club websites on the Members page under the About UISA menu);

2) do an early morning check Sunday (before your opposing team leaves home) for standing water or snow on the fields if needed;

3) monitor the Environment Canada website for updates to their Wind/Storm warnings or Special Weather Statements, and

4) check for interruptions to the Powell River ferry service if appropriate.

Remember, the severe weather protocol allows for cancellations on game day, not on spec.

Upper Island Super8 Rule Reminder – Offsides

There has been some confusion on the pitch recently about offsides at Super 8.  Here’s the rule: Offsides conform to FIFA rules, with the exception of only occurring in the attacking third. A line (the retreat line) may be marked as a dotted line, flags or single cones on the touch line.  When an offside offence occurs, the referee awards an indirect free kick to be taken from the position of the offending player when the ball was last played to him by one of his team-mates.  A player in an offside position may be penalised before playing or touching the ball, if, in the opinion of the referee, no other team-mate in an onside position has the opportunity to play the ball.

Complete Rules doc for UISA league Super8 here.

Super8 best practices doc here

Reminder: Upper Island “Best Fans Ever” Goal for 2018-19

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

FYI – BC Soccer has recently shared their concerns about sideline conduct, especially towards referees, with all our clubs- click here to see their letter.

Introduction to UISA league cup play 2018-19

U14-U18 teams: 11-aside UISA league teams may choose to participate in 
1) BC Soccer Provincial B-Cup Tournament
2) Lower Mainland Coastal B-Cup Tournament
3) Upper and Lower Island Inter-District Island Invitational Tournament
4) Upper Island District Pacific Development Cup 
Super8 teams: 8-aside UISA league teams may choose to participate in
1) Super8 Boys and Girls Jamborees held throughout the season (non-competitive)
2) Upper Island Pacific Development Jamboree (non-competitive)
For more information, check out the Cup Play Flow Chart and Cup Play 101 documents

UISA League Important Dates 2018-2019

December 2 – last weekend of regular league games for all 11-aside divisions before Winter Break
December 9 – Super8 Girls Jamboree at Arbutus Meadows
December 9 – Super8 Boys Jamboree at Alberni Valley
December 9 and 16 – Make-up games (as needed)

January 2019
January 13 – League play resumes after Winter Break
January 15 – B-Cup rosters due. BC Soccer transfer deadline
January 20 – U14B, U15B, U15G Pacific Development Cup playdowns, plus league matches
January 27 – Possible UISA B-Cup playdowns (quarter-finals), plus league matches

February 3 – Super8 Boys Jamboree at Arbutus Meadows
February 3 – Super8 Girls Jamboree at Nanaimo United FC
February 3 – UISA B-Cup playdowns (semi-finals), plus league matches
February 11– UISA B-cup playdown finals, plus league matches
February 18 – Cup makeup games (as needed), plus league matches
February 23 and 24 – B-cup Island finals (vs Lower Island)
U15, U17 Host, U14, U16, U18 Away. Be prepared to play either day

March 3 – Pacific Development Cup finals, plus league matches
March 10 – Boys and Girls Super8 year-end Jamborees at Nanaimo United (season end!)

March 10 –PDC and B-cup makeup weekend as needed and last day of 11-aside regular league play

Note: Monday March 11 – Tuesday April 2 – UISA spring breaks

Coastal B-Cup (for teams who qualify) – be prepared to play Saturday or Sunday
Quarter-finals – April 13 and 14
Semi-finals – April 27 and 28
Finals – May 4 and 5

B Cup Provincial finals (for teams who qualify)
Thursday, July 4 – Sunday July 7, 2019 – Girls in Burnaby and Boys in Prince George

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

NOTE: **** Home team listed first****