Levels of Play

League Play

There are four (4) “tiers” or levels of soccer competition in BC and Upper Island Soccer offers players the ability to compete in and move between tiers to play at the level of soccer that best suits them.

Tier 1 - BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL)

– For the “elite” player
Players from both Upper Island (UISA) and Lower Island (LISA) are eligible to play in this league and are chosen through an evaluation process.

Ages: U13 to U18.
Administered by: LISA
Registration through: LISA.
Season: Calendar – January 1 to December 31
Travel required: Province-wide. Games played primarily in the lower Mainland, with some in the Victoria area and the Interior.
BC Soccer Competitions: Premier Cup
Website: Please visit LISA website or BC Premier League website for more information.

Tier II - Vancouver Island Premier League (VIPL)

An Island-based “premier” league which operates in four age groups U14, U15, U16 and U18 (which includes U17 players) for boys and girls. Upper Island will field two (2) regionally-based teams in each age group and gender, with an optional 2 more teams in the U18 age group. Typically, a total of 16 teams, eight girls and eight boys. Players from all eight Upper Island local home clubs are eligible to play in this league, and are chosen through an regional evaluation process.

UISA teams are:
” Riptide” – primarily for all Campbell River, Comox Valley, North Island and Powell River players
“Storm” – primarily for all Alberni Valley, Gabriola, Ladysmith, Nanaimo and Parksville/ Qualicum players.

Ages: U14 to U18.
Administration: through UISA for Upper Island and LISA for Lower Island
Registration: through Local Home Club, with additional VIPL fees paid directly to UISA
Season: Coastal – August 1 to July 31
Travel required: Island-wide. Games played in the Victoria area and Upper Island communities; Campbell River, the Comox Valley, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Qualicum/Parksville.
BC Soccer Competitions: A-Cup
Website: www.leaguelineup.com/VIPL or click here

Tier III - UISA League

Rep Soccer League often referred to as Select, Developmental or B-Cup League. (The Lower Island equivalent is Gold). All eight Upper Island local home clubs are eligible to submit teams to compete in this league. Players are chosen through an evaluation process within their own club.

Ages: U12 to U18.
Administration: Upper Island Soccer Association
Registration: through Local Home Club
Season: Coastal – August 1 to July 31
Travel required: District-wide. Games played in Upper Island communities; Campbell River, the Comox Valley, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Qualicum/Parksville, Port Alberni and Powell River.
BC Soccer Competitions: B-Cup
Website: uisa.ca or click here

Tier IV - House Soccer

Recreational soccer for children ages 3 and up, which focuses on fun, teaching skills and instilling the love of the “beautiful game” to create life-long participants. Each of the Upper Island local home clubs run their own programs. Nanaimo, Oceanside, Gabriola and Mid-Isle participate in an informal regional house league for their older youth players. (The Lower Island equivalent is Silver or Bronze.)

Ages: 3 to 18
Administration: Local Home Clubs. ¬†For a listing of Clubs, please see “Members” tab in the “About UISA” menu
Registration: through Home Club
Season: Coastal – August 1 to July 31
Travel required: No travel in “Pony” leagues or divisions for young children, some travel between Campbell River and the Comox Valley, or¬†between Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Gabriola and Qualicum/Parksville for older youth in those communities.
BC Soccer Competitions: none
Websites: please see “Members” tab on the “About UISA” menu