James Neilsen

Over 200 players descended upon Vancouver Island and the University of Victoria for the final stop of the Canadian Premier League’s (CPL) Got Game Open Trials on Nov. 5. By day’s end, the group of aspiring pros were narrowed down to 57, who will return for Tuesday’s second and final day. 


Trialists from across the globe were put through a number of physical evaluations and small-sided games in front of the league’s coaching staff that included Pacific FC assistant coach James Merriman. CPL staff and several local coaches from the island’s soccer community were also on hand to make sure the day-long event went off without a hitch.

“It’s been an impressive turnout and the energy today has been great,” said Merriman. “It’s nice to just have players here on the field in Victoria as well as connecting the soccer community—we have a great group of volunteer coaches from the area that have come to give their time. That’s been a big part of today and a big reason it’s been a success.”

The Open Trial action will carry into Tuesday, with select players participating in afternoon 11v11 scrimmages at the University of Victoria’s Field 2. The returning group will have a second day to show their skills to CPL coaching staff, with hopes of catching the eye of one of the seven CPL clubs.

A full list of Tuesday’s shortlisted players can be found HERE. 


Founded in 2018, Pacific Football Club is bringing professional football to Vancouver Island. Playing out of a renovated, 6000-seat Westhills Stadium in Langford, the club will provide an outlet for Canadian youth to realize their dreams of playing at the professional level. Fans will be able to enjoy the thrilling, fast-paced sporting atmosphere associated with the sport when the Canadian Premier League season kicks off in April, 2019.

Pacific FC is accepting membership deposits ahead of the CPL’s inaugural season. Visit PacificFootball.Club for more information and CanPL.ca for the latest CPL news.