District News

UISA League Cup Play 2019-20

There are 4 competitive tournaments U14-U18  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

There are up to four non-competitive events all Super8 UISA league teams may choose to participate in:
1) Super8 Boys and Girls Jamborees held up to 3X throughout the season
2) Upper Island Pacific Development Jamboree

For more information check out the Cup Play Flow Chart and our Cup Play 101 document.

The Riptide steering committee are pleased to announce our program coaches for 2019-2020:

U14 girls – Shawn Fiddick (head coach), Billy Ternes (assistant coach)

U15/16 girls – Paul Nimmon (head coach), Jerret Dickinson (head coach)

U18 girls – Scott Harris (head coach), Darrin McLeod (head coach), Mike Oldale (assistant coach)

U15 boys – Tony Leach (head coach), Gokhan Acvil (assistant coach)

U16 boys – Bodo Von Shilling (head coach)

U18 boys – Stephen Hall (head coach), Sean Arbour (assistant coach)

The Storm steering committee are pleased to announce our program coaches for 2019-20: 

U14 girls – John Lee (head coach), Marc Paris (assistant coach)

U14 boys – Gunnar Myhrer (head coach), Harold Bond (assistant coach)

U15 girls – Owen David (head coach)

U15 boys – Man-Lok Yeung (head coach)

U16/17 girls – Rob Jakobsen (head coach), Glen Murphy (assistant coach)

U16 boys – Marc Paris (head coach), Michael Brown (assistant coach)

U18 girls – David Reid (head coach), Anup Kang (assistant coach)

U18 boys – Bobbie Taylor (head coach)

  UISA AGM and Quarterly GM May 2019

A  reminder of the Upper Island district general meetings coming up May 25 at the Quality Resort Bayside in Parksville.
12:30 UISA Quarterly General meeting
AGM:board candidates declared to date 

There are three (3) two-year director terms and one (2) one-year director terms up for election.

Three current UISA directors -Kevin Cowie, Carl Neibel and Shawn Fiddick- will stand for re-election.  Kevin Cowie bio – here.  Carl Neibel bio – here.  Shawn Fiddick bio – here.

Any other interested candidates should provide written notice of their intent to stand via email to UpperIslandSoccerOffice@gmail.com.  UISA will then update member clubs with their information.

May 4 and 5 is Mini World Cup weekend!

The Mini-World Cup is an annual Vancouver Island soccer tournament for U8-U11 players from the Island, the Lower Mainland, and across BC.

The Ocenaside Soccer Club is pleased to host this years’ Mini World Cup: May 4th & 5th, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) in Qualicum Beach, BC. Each registered team will represent a specific country, and countries will be organized into geographic regions, with all players from each region wearing the same colour jersey – if your team wins, your points go towards your region, and all age groups are in each region!

In addition to the actual soccer games, the event will also feature opening ceremonies with a Parade of Nations and the Fun Zone!

Get all the info here: https://miniworldcup.ca/

UISA Executive: Call for Board Candidates

UISA is now accepting candidates for its Executive Board for terms commencing in June 2019 (following the UISA Annual General Meeting).
In order for UISA member clubs to evaluate prospective board members, Club Presidents have requested that candidates provide written notice of their intent to stand via email to UpperIslandSoccerOffice@gmail.com.  
Candidate declarations are due by May 1.  
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 May 5.
There are three (3) two-year director terms and two (2) one-year director terms up for election.
Three current UISA directors (Kevin Cowie, Carl Neibel and Shawn Fiddick) will stand for re-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.

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

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.

   Island Team Successes at BC Summer Games

From July 19-22 2018, Cowichan played host the BC Summer Games where Zone 6 (Vancouver Island-Central Coast) fielded one U15 Boys team and one U15 Girls team, with head coaches Riley Murray for Boys and Patrick Ryan for Girls.

On the Boys side, our athletes were part of an extremely competitive pool in the round robin, where their excellent record of one draw and two wins left them tied on points for top spot.  They finished the tourney fourth after a really tough final match against Vancouver Coastal.  

Our Girls finished their round robin with a record of one tie and one win, and went on to play a really strong final match, taking home the first Gold medal for Island girls since 2002!!!

Congratulations to all our Upper Island players who competed:
Boys – Sam Borrie, Menoa Brennan, Spencer Brown, Nolan Chow, Thomas Greze-Kozuki, Victor Le, Evan Louden, Tristan Plater, Logan Williams, Cameron Basara
Girls –  Anabella Charley, Abby Duncan, Jami Hartwich, Courtney Ingram, Olivia Jean, Aleeya Middleton, Keelin Nixon, Julia Noon, Sydney Sunderland, Danika Vogels

On June 9, 2018 BC Soccer honoured one Upper Island player and one Upper Island Coach at their awards luncheon

Sarah Zuccaro, an accomplished student and a member of the U18G Storm team, who also played with VI Wave, Harbour City FC, Whitecaps Academy and BC Summer Games as she grew up,  won the TD scholarship.  Congratulations Sarah – we are proud of you!   Wishing you all the best as you head off to varsity soccer at university!

Coach Ash Mohtadi was recognized with  a BC Soccer Award of Merit. 

Congratulations Ash- well deserved!

Ash served for many years as the VP of Development at the Comox Valley United Soccer Club, where he was responsible for many of their great programming initiatives.  He established a Bambinos program that brought U4 and U5 players into the cub for fun-focussed sessions with their parents at the pitch, a program that is still going strong 15 years later.  Ash also ran the District Development Centre at CVUSC. So many local families have happy memories of Ash at DDC!  Ash has been an enthusiastic and positive coach for all these years too, whose commitment to coaching goes well beyond supporting his own family’s interest:  a highly-certified coach himself, he has become a BC Soccer learning facilitator and now provides grassroots coaching courses in the Comox Valley.  Ash also continues to contribute to our youth as part of the Riptide technical team, and to women’s soccer as the assistant coach of the Vancouver Island University women’s team.

UISA Special Event - Club Governance Seminar with Paul Varian

Upper Island Soccer was excited to host a Club Governance Seminar with Paul Varian, a leading expert on sport governance (with deep roots in soccer) on Saturday April 21 2018.
Paul Varian also worked with the UISA board on strategic planning all day Saturday, and then conduct a session especially for our clubs on Saturday evening, aimed at club leadership to help them understand the core role of their Board of Directors as it pertains to the running of their clubs. His presentation included: The pyramid of club excellence, What goes wrong with soccer club Boards?, What is governance and why is it important?,  An overview of the role of the Board and duties of Board members.
Upper Island is so pleased to have Paul visit our district!

Nanaimo Soccer History recognized in BC “Stop of Interest” Sign

A  British Columbia “Stop of Interest” sign in Deverill Square Park commemorating Nanaimo soccer history was unveiled on December 18.

The story of Harry Manson, whose traditional name Xul’si’malt means “One Who Left His Mark,” tells of the early relationship between First Nations and European settlers on the east coast of Vancouver Island, and shows us how that relationship has grown over time.

Mr. Manson was a Snuneymuxw soccer player who competed in the late 1800s & early 1900s. Over the past 2 years, Harry has been recognized for his outstanding achievements on the soccer pitch and his exemplary outlook on life by being inducted into the following 4 sports halls of fame:

2014 – The Soccer Hall of Fame, in Vaughan, Ontario
2015 – Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, in Calgary, Alberta
2015 – The Nanaimo Museum Sports Hall of Fame, in Nanaimo, British Columbia
2016 – The BC Sports Hall of Fame, in Vancouver, British Columbia

Deverill Square was the field where, on November 12, 1892, the first-ever Aboriginal versus non-Aboriginal soccer match in British Columbia was played. Thus, 2017 marks the 125th anniversary of this historic match, in which Harry Manson played.

See more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz9_upfCZN4 and https://www.cheknews.ca/snuneymuxw-soccer-star-honoured-a-century-after-his-death-399394/

Also covered in print in the Salish Sea Sentinel: https://issuu.com/salishseasentinel/docs/salish_sea_sentinel_february_2018_w

Men's CCAA Nationals in Nanaimo Nov 8-12, 2017

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Men’s National finals will be hosted by Vancouver Island University Mariners this fall, from November 8-12 at Merle Logan field in Nanaimo.  Come out and support the Mariners!

Good luck to all our former youth players in the competition!  

Link to schedule and more info here

BC Soccer Award of Merit for Upper Island Coach Mike Oldale

UISA is pleased to announce that Mike Oldale received an Award of Merit from BC Soccer at their AGM in Burnaby on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Congratulations Mike!

Mike grew up in Powell River in a soccer family and began his coaching his eldest daughter Victoria’s house soccer team in 2004 in the Comox Valley.  Since then, he has been involved in soccer – non-stop! – as a coach, volunteer, and recreational player. Mike coached both his daughters through their youth soccer years with CVUSC and Riptide.  When he wasn’t coaching his own kids, he was coaching other youth in Spring League soccer, at the DDC, and on the 2014 U18G Riptide team.  To highlight his dedication: for two consecutive years he was on the field seven days a week coaching.   Mike does an outstanding job of creating an accepting and supportive environment for his players, and they credit him with being a great role model in soccer and in life.  His passion for soccer is not only on the field; both CVUSC (where he served as Equipment Manager) and the Upper Island Soccer Association (where he was an integral member of the group involved in the creation of the VIPL, and a founding member of the Riptide Steering committee) have benefited from Mike’s dedication, strong work ethic and humour.

“Mike has an incredible passion for the game of soccer. He is passionate not only about coaching, but about improving the leagues and the organization that we play within.” – Darrin McLeod, Past Chair of Upper Island Soccer Association and the VIPL Riptide Steering Committee.

Call for UISA league team declarations for 2017-18

All teams U12 to U18 wishing to play in the UISA League (Tier 3/Select/Rep League) in 2017-18 must declare their intentions through their Club Administrator or Club President, to the UISA Executive Director (at UpperIslandSoccerOffice@gmail.com) by Friday June 30, 2017.

For 2017-18, UISA will offer a mixed-age Super 8 division for U12s and U13s where teams are pooled based on ability, and U14-U18 divisions playing 11 –aside. (Note – team age division is determined by the oldest player on the team)

Clubs will be expected to confirm UISA league teams at the August 26, 2017 UISA GM.

Download all the team declaration info here


Your hosts at CVUSC came up with a fun new format for this final Jamboree, mixing players at the start of the day, and playing mini-games and soccer challenges. 


The unique format of this jamboree was that Players and Coaches from one community team were divided into balanced teams with players and coaches from other communities.  Our goal for the following season is that these players return to their Club excited to compete against their new friends in a fun, friendly, but still very competitive environment.

Thanks for filling out the Jamboree feedback survey!

BC Soccer Award of Merit for UISA Director Sean Arbour


UISA is pleased to announce that district Vice Chair Sean Arbour received an Award of Merit from BC Soccer at their AGM in Burnaby on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  Provincial Awards of Merit recognize individuals who make outstanding contributions to soccer, during a period of ten or more years, as a player, manager, coach, official, or administrator at the club/league or district level.

Congratulations, Sean – well deserved!

Sean Arbour has been an outstanding contributor to Youth Soccer in the Upper Island for many years; a true champion of community sport for all in the Upper Island. A father of four, all of whom are soccer kids, Sean has coached at all ages as his children grew up in the soccer system. Sean and his family are members of Campbell River Youth Soccer, where Sean has played a leading role since 1998. Sean has also applied his considerable talents to the Upper Island District as a member of the UISA Executive Board, most recently as Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer. In the district, Sean was a co-founder of the Vancouver Island Premier League and has played a leading role in establishing and running the UISA Riptide regional teams that allow players from Campbell River, Comox Valley, Powell River and Port Hardy a chance to compete at the Provincial A-cup level.
Sean dedicates an amazing amount of time to youth soccer, but it is his personal qualities and approach that make him an outstanding leader. For Sean, it is all about the kids. He is a model of honesty, integrity and resourcefulness, a truly proactive and caring people person. Sean gets things done – quickly and well. He is a patient man, with a great ability to see the big picture. He brings his calm, cool, collected and wise voice on problems, programs and direction to all his soccer jobs.