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BC Soccer aiming to launch "Regional Tier 3 League"

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1 hour ago, Gopherbashi said:

The article lists it as "League 1 BC"

Tragic.

Let's copy the Ontario league with a boring corporate name instead of taking an existing name with a history that goes back over a century. One that includes cup competitions including where a BC team beating a team in Los Angeles for a unique international trophy.

 

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Looks like there's still a very short, May-July, season. They do mention there will also be a Cup competition, which is a nice addition.

When you look at the two other D3 leagues, PLSQ runs May - September (October if you include the Cup), and L1O runs May-August, plus playoffs into September. That would make this an exceptionally short season for a D3.

I do find it interesting that they make special mention of FIFA wanting to move away from teams playing across borders. Can't help but feel that line is part of the fall-out from the Fury, and meant as a part of a push for the Highlanders & Rovers. Explicitly linking in the Canadian Championship was a good touch as well.

I'll have to dig into the documents more to find the differences between this proposal and the previous one for BCRT3.

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Another interesting line from the document:

Further, CSB by their full acquisition of League One Ontario, has publicly demonstrated the importance they place on the layers below CPL environments. The decision to purchase Ontario’s tier 3 league was inspired by the need to provide OPDL (Ontario’s BCSPL equivalent) with a connective pathway to the Canadian Premier League, in the country’s most populated province with the largest player pool. Based on discussions with, Canadian Soccer Business, we understand their strategy is to have similar arrangements across Canada, which bodes well for BC Soccer as we work to establish our BC League 1. 

So...

  1. Launch the league
  2. Make it functional and viable
  3. Sell it to CPL

 

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42 minutes ago, Kent said:

Still waiting to hear PLSQ moving under the CPL/CSB umbrella. Maybe they'll do that after the CPL expands into Quebec.

Is there a reason for PLSQ to do so?  (Not being a dick, I just don't have a good sense of the positives vs negatives)

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5 hours ago, Gopherbashi said:

Is there a reason for PLSQ to do so?  (Not being a dick, I just don't have a good sense of the positives vs negatives)

I don't either to be completely honest. One thing I would think is coverage on onesoccer eventually (but I haven't seen any L1O stuff listed on there yet) but mainly I see it as an eye to the future where we have a more unified pyramid system. Also potentially a financial safety net, but perhaps that is best left for CPL in the near future anyways.

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Interesting about the 3-year commitment to USL D2 if TSS Rovers and Victoria Highlanders don't play in this new league in 2020. Queue several pages of speculation about whether Ottawa Fury signed a 3 year commitment last year when they turned down the CPL.

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50 minutes ago, Kent said:

Interesting about the 3-year commitment to USL D2 if TSS Rovers and Victoria Highlanders don't play in this new league in 2020. Queue several pages of speculation about whether Ottawa Fury signed a 3 year commitment last year when they turned down the CPL.

Yeah, that kinda means now or never. I hope they go now.

If they aren't paying players and teams already play in the PDL or PCSL, this could easily come together for 2020.

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RUMOUR: the only thing holding up this league starting in 2020 is a commitment from the CSA of a spot in the Voyageurs Cup.

OPINION (mine): this should be a slam-dunk but who knows with the CSA taking their own sweet time.

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16 hours ago, ted said:

RUMOUR: the only thing holding up this league starting in 2020 is a commitment from the CSA of a spot in the Voyageurs Cup.

OPINION (mine): this should be a slam-dunk but who knows with the CSA taking their own sweet time.

That's some good news. Last I had heard, they were pushing it another year to 2021, but if things have changed that's great news.

I'm guessing they need Highlanders & TSS Rovers to get to their minimum number of teams for a 2020 launch, and they had openly stated they were only interested if a V-Cup spot would be available. Hopefully the CSA can provide the necessary assurances sooner rather than later.

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2 hours ago, Rintaran said:

I'm guessing they need Highlanders & TSS Rovers to get to their minimum number of teams for a 2020 launch...

More than minimum numbers, if the two existing clubs at that level won't switch, the whole enterprise becomes suspect.

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7 minutes ago, ted said:

More than minimum numbers, if the two existing clubs at that level won't switch, the whole enterprise becomes suspect.

PCSL part deux!

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