Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) is set to play host to 11 B.C. Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) games on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at McArthur Island.
The matches feature Thompson-Okanagan FC (TOFC) teams taking on Mountain United FC in various age groups ranging from U13 to U17, boys and girls.
Mountain United FC draws the majority of its players from Burnaby and North Vancouver.
TOFC is the lone interior franchise in the BCSPL. The other seven franchise holders are Coquitlam Metro Ford SC, Preston GM Fraser Valley Premier, Mountain United FC, Coastal FC, Surrey United, Vancouver Island FC and Fusion FC.
There are currently 31 Kamloops players on TOFC team rosters.
TOFC match hosting duties are shared amongst districts in the Thompson-Okanagan region when and where possible.
“Here’s another opportunity for our players to see what it takes to play at the highest level of youth soccer in the province,” says KYSA Executive Director, Keith Liddiard. “It’ll give those players who may be interested in trying out for TOFC teams in the future –– and their parents –– a chance to gauge the caliber and see if they might fit.
“It’s a huge undertaking for players in Kamloops given the travel involved and time commitment, but it can be a rewarding experience playing at such a high standard and it could be a pathway to even higher competitive exposure at the provincial, college and university levels and beyond,” Liddiard said. “The quality of coaching in the BCSPL is top notch and the league is very well scouted.
“Twelve-year-old Will Calne, a Kamloops boy, is a perfect example,” he added. “Will was recently invited to join the Vancouver Whitecaps’ full-time residency program in Vancouver."
In June of last year, the TOFU U13 Girls defeated Coastal FC, 3-1, to earn the club’s first-ever girls’ Provincial Premier Cup championship in TOFC history.
Saturday, Oct. 1:
Under-13 Boys (intakes) McArthur Island 4 1:00 pm
Under-13 Boys McArthur Island 2 1:00 pm
Under-14 Boys McArthur Island 1 1:00 pm
Under-15 Boys McArthur Island 2 3:00 pm
Under-17 Boys McArthur Island 1 3:00 pm
Sunday, Oct. 2:
Under-13 Girls (intakes) McArthur Island 1 1:00 pm
Under-17 Girls McArthur Island 2 1:00 pm
Under-14 Girls McArthur Island 4 1:00 pm
Under-13 Girls McArthur Island 1 3:00 pm
Under-15 Girls McArthur Island 2 3:00 pm
Under-16 Girls McArthur Island 3 3:00 pm
The KYSA will be playing host to another round of TOFC games on the weekend of October 15/16. Details on those matches will be sent closer to the dates.