Vince Greco

It is a busy time of year for soccer, not just on the Island with the arrival of Pacific FC, but also across the province as amateur teams enter the final stages of BC Soccer’s Provincial Cup.

There is no doubt that all the major Leagues in the province can be stepping stones to getting on the Pacific FC roster. This is a reality now.

This weekend will feature all the amateur teams that have progressed through their individual Cup tournaments.

What does that mean for VISL and all Island teams? They now have opportunities to get to the finals which are slated to be on the May 11/12 weekend at Merle Logan turf fields in Nanaimo.

Progression-wise, this has probably been our best year in many – since 2008, when the Island teams won all three provincial cups at the same time.

While the VISL has some teams entering quarterfinals, and semifinals this weekend – it sure did not start out well.

Overall, the Island suffered many losses early, but have persevered, and some are in a position to play in the final if they are successful this weekend.

Here is what we have in store for the Men’s component:
Cowichan FC Division 1 of VISL competing in the Provincial Open A Cup. They will face CCB LFC United of VMSL. (Vancouver Metro Soccer League)
Sunday, May 5/2019 – at Sherman Rd Turf in Duncan, with a 12:00 PM Kickoff.
                                                    Semifinals
Gorge Us-Guys Division 3 of VISL competing in the Provincial B Keith Millar Cup. They are facing Graduates FC of RASA (Richmond Adult Soccer Association)
Saturday, May 4/2019 – at Hampton Park in Saanich, with a kickoff time of 4:00 PM
This is a rescheduled match from last week as several ferries were cancelled because of wind.
                                                 Quarter Final
Cowichan 49ers Masters of VISL competing in the Masters A Deryl Hughes Cup. They face PCOV of VMSL. (Portuguese Club of Vancouver)
Saturday, May 4/2019 – at Sherman Rd Turf in Cowichan, with a 4:00 PM kickoff.
                                                    Semifinals
Cordova Bay Red Barn Bobcats Masters of VISL competing in the Masters B Cup. They face West Van Flying Horses of VMSL.
Sunday, May 5/2019 – at Lochside Turf in Cordova Bay, with a 4:00 PM kickoff.
                                                   Semifinals
Prospect Lake Lakers Div U21 of VISL competing in the Doug Day Cup. They face West Van FC of VMSL.
Saturday, May 4/2019 – at Ambleside on the Mainland, at a 3:00 PM kickoff
                                                  Semifinals
Castaways FC Div U21 of VISL competing in the Doug Day Cup. They face Faly Academy of VMSL.
Sunday, May 5/2019 – at Finlayson Turf in Victoria, with a 3:00 PM kickoff.
                                                  Semifinals
“This is a great opportunity to support grassroots football. Let’s see how far these teams can do. Best of luck, hope to see soccer fans at Westhills Stadium on Wednesday night for the Pacific FC match vs Valour FC, then at your local park this weekend,” Vince Greco.