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Schedule announced for inaugural League Champions Cup

December 11, 2013 02:07 PM
 
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The matchups and schedules have been announced for the first annual League Champions Cup, a competition between the Under-13 through Under-16 boys and girls champions from Washington Youth Soccer’s Regional Club League (RCL) and B.C. Soccer’s Premier League (BCSPL).  The two leagues represent the highest level of league play offered in both Washington and British Columbia, and is the latest in a collaboration to promote soccer in both areas that dates back to the 1950s.  The champions from each league will meet Dec. 14-15 at Woodinville Sports Fields in Woodinville, Wash.
 
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.
 
2013 League Champions Cup Schedule
 
    Washington Youth Soccer RCL BC Soccer SPL Date Time Field
Boys Under-13 Seattle United Copa 00 Mountain United FC Dec. 14 11:00 AM 1
  Under-14 Crossfire Premier 99 James Surrey United SC Dec. 14 1:00 PM 1
  Under-15 Eastside FC 98 Red Coquitlam Metro-Ford Dec. 15 11:00 AM 1
  Under-16 Seattle United Copa 97 Surrey United SC Dec. 15 1:00 PM 1
             
Girls Under-13 Crossfire Premier 00 Reynolds Mountain United FC Dec. 14 11:00 AM 2
  Under-14 Crossfire Premier 99 ECNL Coastal FC Dec. 14 1:00 PM 2
  Under-15 PAC Northwest 98 Maroon* Mountain United FC Dec. 15 11:00 AM 2
  Under-16 Spokane Shadow 97* Coastal FC Dec. 15 1:00 PM 2
* RCL champion unavailable due to scheduling conflict 
 
"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.
 
For more information on the League Champions Cup, contact Mike Anderson at Mike@WashingtonYouthSoccer.org or (253) 944-1606.
 

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