Washington Youth Soccer and BC Soccer Premier League are pleased to announce the inaugural Northwest League Champions Cup competition to be held Dec. 14-15, 2013 at Kasch Park in Everett, Wash. Champions of the Washington Youth Soccer Regional Club League (RCL)
and the BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL)
in the Under-13 through Under-16 Boys and Girls divisions will compete for additional development opportunities, as well as the Northwest League Champions Cup. The champions will have their name etched in the trophy and claim the prize until the next annual event.
The Washington Youth Soccer RCL is comprised of the top 19 youth soccer clubs in the state and provides the highest level of league play and player development available in Washington. Likewise, the BCSPL has eight member clubs as part of a broad-based plan for player development in British Columbia, and is part of a comprehensive approach to improve player development in Canada.
"Bringing together the champions of each of our leagues makes a statement about our commitment to the highest level of competition for our teams," said Washington Youth Soccer Competitive Programs Advisor, Todd Lincoln. "BC Premier has a robust program and we’re excited to bring our RCL champions together for an annual event that recognizes the region’s best youth teams. We’re excited about what the future holds for this program."
Teams in Washington and British Columbia have participated in exchange competitions dating back to the 1950s, and similar competitions have been the impetus for the growth and development of soccer in the Pacific Northwest. Washington and British Columbia continue to produce some of the top soccer players and teams in the world, and Canada will host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with matches taking place in Vancouver, B.C.
"Our BCSPL clubs, along with BC Soccer providing technical support, have been working hard to create development initiatives within our league platform. Giving our BCSPL League Cup Champions the opportunity to compete against top U.S. competition is a nice finale to our 2013 season," commented Matt Holbrook, General Manager of the BCSPL.
About Washington Youth Soccer
Washington Youth Soccer is the largest youth soccer organization in Washington. Washington Youth Soccer is the state's affiliate for US Youth Soccer, which is the largest sports organization in the United States and the most populous member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the United States. Washington Youth Soccer is the sixth largest membership in the nation; our organization represents over 115,000 players (ages 4-19) and their families, 15,000 coaches on 12,000 teams and 6,500 referees in the state of Washington. Washington Youth Soccer’s mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of the State of Washington's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition. To learn more visit WashingtonYouthSoccer.org
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About the BC Soccer Premier League
The EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League was designed by BC Soccer, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and soccer community representatives, to create a new high performance level of competition and support player development at the provincial, professional and national team level. It will simplify scouting of top young players, provide an elevated level of competition and increase the chance for players fulfilling their potential and creates a dynamic new commercial property at the pinnacle of youth soccer in BC.
Eight founding franchises were announced in February 2011, with the first full season of competition that began in February 2012 and continues through November each year. It features male and female divisions at the U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, and U-18 levels, equating to approximately 1,500 players. For more information on the league: www.bcsoccerpremierleague.net