ABOUT THE BC SOCCER WEB
Serving the soccer community since 1996
What is The BC Soccer Web all about?
The BC Soccer Web seeks to offer an eclectic mix of current local, national and international soccer news, views and information from a British Columbia perspective as well as links to a wide variety of soccer resources with a British Columbia focus.
We strive to cover all aspects of the beautiful game, from competitive youth soccer, especially as it pertains to coaching and development of young athletes in preparation for the adult game, through the senior amateur competitive game including college and university soccer, to the highest levels of professional soccer both local and international. Relevant news, reports, opinion pieces, letters to the editor, event announcements and other submissions to the BC Soccer Web are always welcome and will be published in whole or in part at the editor's discretion.
The BC Soccer Web is supported solely through advertising. All advertising on this website is done in conjunction with the Soccer Ads BC with the sole exception of the Classifieds service which is offered free by the BC Soccer Web to the local amateur non-commercial soccer community. Please visit the Classifieds or Advertising pages for more information.
Is The BC Soccer Web a part of the British Columbia Soccer Association?
No! The BC Soccer Web has no connection or affiliation with the British Columbia Soccer Association (BC Soccer) or any other organisation except Soccer Ads BC, our advertising cooperative. The British Columbia Soccer Association (BC Soccer) official web site can be found at www.bcsoccer.net. The British Columbia Soccer Association only began calling itself BC Soccer (rather than the BCSA) in 2009.
Then who owns The BC Soccer Web?
The BC Soccer Web was the brainchild of soccer enthusiast Martin Rose. Martin started the site in 1996 and continued as sole owner and editor until November 2005 when ownership and operation was assumed by Richard Howes. Martin also served as a Director, Secretary and League Scheduler for the Vancouver Metro Soccer League and as a Director of the British Columbia Soccer Association.
Richard Howes came on board as a volunteer at the beginning when, as a frequent visitor to the site he could see that Martin needed some technical and graphic design help although Martin quickly developed the skills necessary. Richard also took on the project of creating the original Vancouver 86ers fan page hosted by The BC Soccer Web. This eventually evolved into the first official Vancouver 86ers (now Whitecaps FC) web site which Richard continued to maintain on a volunteer basis at the request of the club for a number of years. Richard also designed, built and maintained the original BC Soccer Web hosted sites for the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL), Metro Women's Soccer League (MWSL), Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL), Mid Island Soccer league (MISL), Fraser Valley Soccer League (FVSL) and Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL). Whilst all of these organisations eventually assumed responsibility for their own websites, Richard continues webmaster for the PCSL until 2014.
Alan Douglas was the main Lower Mainland correspondent for and a prolific contributor to the BC Soccer Web until his mostly volunteer role of Media Relations and later Statistician for the Vancouver 86ers and later the Vancouver Whitecaps FC consumed what time he had to devote to soccer.
We are always looking for community contributions from all around the province and further afield. Don't be shy. If you have a soccer story or would like to express your opinion about something soccer related, tell us about it. Click here to contact us.
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