January 31, 2023 – Vancouver, BC
Presented by Hall, League1 BC reveals schedule framework for the 2023 season, including a new playoff format.
Building on the success of the inaugural season, League1 BC’s second season will bring a new club and a new playoff format! The 2023 regular season is a single table format with eight clubs playing each other once Home and once Away. With the addition of Harbourside FC the number of regular season matches has increased from 12 in 2022 to 14. The doubleheader format of Women’s and Men’s matches remain in place for all regular season match days again this season which provides fans with a terrific opportunity to witness the pipeline of talent and fully support the clubs.
The 2023 season kicks off on Saturday, April 29th and concludes on Sunday, July 23rd. The introduction of a new playoff format will bring added excitement to the regular season with the top four teams in each division making the Semi-Finals on July 28th or 29th in a Final Four format – 1st Place hosts 4th Place, 2nd Place hosts 3rd Place. The Semi-Final winners will play in the 2023 League1 BC Championship Finals over the BC Day long weekend at a neutral venue hosted by League1 BC.
The Regular Season Champion in the Men’s Division will be League1 BC’s representative into the Canadian Championship in 2024 while the regular season Champion in the Women’s Division will be League1 BC’s representative at the Women’s Inter-Provincial Championships.
The league will release its complete schedule the week of February 13th.
SAFE SPORT STATEMENT: BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.
ABOUT LEAGUE1 BC: League1 BC is an adult open age Pro-Am Soccer League operated by BC Soccer. Established in 2021, the league is intended to bridge the gap between youth and professional soccer, targeting the “Training to Compete” stage within Long-term Player Development (LTPD). The League will engage communities across British Columbia providing standard-based competition and training environments for female and male players, coaches, and match officials. League1 BC serves as a key platform of development into further opportunities within the game.
ABOUT BC SOCCER: Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators, and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.