11/14/2012 8:21 AM
The start of the regular season may be six months away, but that doesn’t mean that plans for the upcoming season aren’t already being discussed. In fact this past Saturday (November 10th) the PCSL held their Annual General Meeting in Surrey B.C. Some notable changes will be taking place come May 2013, as well as some announcements regarding next year‘s tournaments. In order to keep everyone up to date, we have compiled a summary of the meeting below.
Comings and Goings:
Joining the PCSL this year will be two new teams from British Columbia. Based out of Burnaby, the Chilean founded “Estrella De Chile” look to bring an international flavor to the league. They currently sit atop the VMSL (Vancouver Metro Soccer League), so keep an eye on them to make waves this season. Joining them will be a side from Kamloops, there is sure to be more information on them coming soon.
As for teams leaving the league, it may come as a surprise to hear that arguably Bellingham’s most bitter rival, Poco City has been removed from the league for undisclosed reasons. The team was one of two Coquitlam based sides to make it to the Challenge Cup semi finals last year and would eventually put an end to Bellingham’s championship hopes after an action packed 4-3 war.
These changes now bring the number of teams to an even 10, which will result in a balanced 18 match schedule.
This season’s Kennedy Cup will be held in last year’s Challenge Cup host city, Chilliwack, B.C. The Kennedy Cup was held in Bellingham last year where the Hammers finished a disappointing last place, getting beat by eventual champions “Marathon” out of Oregon, as well as Mt. Vernon, WA’s “San Carlos” in a closely contested third place game at Orca Field. Bellingham will look to redeem themselves this coming June. We will let you know an exact date as soon as it’s available.
The league championship, Challenge Cup will be held in Coquitlam this year. As stated above, Bellingham put up quite the fight in last year’s semi finals, but wound up falling short to Poco City. The Vancouver Thunderbirds will look to defend their title this season after edging out Poco City in last year’s final.
The PCSL will also be forming an All Star Team this season with the goal of playing an international friendly in B.C. each year.
Bellingham United FC will be getting more mid-week road matches this season and their home matches will continue to be held on Sunday’s at 3pm, following the tradition of last year.
There will be no new roster rules for 2013, the only real notable rule change is that the home team must change their strip when there is a color conflict.
I know it seems like way too long to wait, but you can mark May 4th on your calendars as the start of next year’s PCSL season which will run from then to July 28th. Don’t worry though, there are sure to be some great preseason matches announced very soon.
-Brandon Enyeart, Bellingham United FC Insider