By Ali Baggott, Vikes Communications

The University of Victoria is pleased to announce that the U SPORTS Women’s Soccer National Championship will return to Centennial Stadium in Victoria on Nov. 7-10, 2019.  UVic earned the right to host the championship through a competitive bidding process managed by U SPORTS, the national governing body for University Sports in Canada.  The success of this championship bid follows UVic recently hosting the Canadian University men’s rugby 15s in November 2018, the U SPORTS cross country championships in November 2017, the U SPORTS women’s basketball championship in March 2016 and the U SPORTS women’s rugby championship in November 2015.

This will be the fourth time the women’s soccer national championship has come to the Ring Road campus with its most recent being in 2012 when Vikes head coach Tracy David‘s squad won a bronze medal. The women’s soccer championship was also previously hosted in 1998 and 2006 in Victoria.

“We are extremely excited to be hosting the 2019 U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championships at the University of Victoria,” said David, who will be coaching in her 34th season in 2019. “We will be welcoming the best women’s soccer teams from across Canada to UVIC.  It will be a tremendous opportunity for our local soccer community to experience the highest quality of women’s soccer.”

Vikes Athletics and the greater Victoria community have an outstanding track record for hosting university, national and international sporting events. With a thriving soccer community, strong corporate and municipal support, and the University of Victoria’s reputation for hosting exceptional U SPORTS events, the Vikes are uniquely positioned to offer an incredible championship experience which showcases U SPORTS women’s soccer to the highest standards.

“We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional national championship experiences for the participating student-athletes and their programs while driving our national brand to new levels,” said Clint Hamilton, Director of Vikes Athletics and President, Canada West. “We have hosted many National and International calibre soccer and rugby events in the stadium, and it is fully equipped to provide an outstanding experience for spectators and participants alike.”

As part of the championship legacy, the four-day tournament will also involve engagement with alumni and have opportunities for coach, official, youth leadership and community development much like the She Kicks campaign run in parallel with the 2012 championship.

The top eight teams will travel to Victoria for the Nov. 7-10 competition with the Vikes guaranteed a host berth. The Vikes have competed at the national Final 8 just eight times in program history winning one gold, two silvers and one bronze in that time.