Highlanders League Update 2020, 2021 and beyond

by Mark deFrias

The Victoria Highlanders FC 1st team will be participating in the Pacific Coast Soccer League for the upcoming 2020 season as the club prepares for the introduction of a new league in 2021. 

Sanctioning to participate in USL League 2 occurs annually. Sanctioning must be provided and approved by CONCACAF (The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football), as well as the member nations involved; in this case the Canadian Soccer Association and United States Soccer Federation. 

With the changing landscape in Canadian and BC soccer it was unclear and not guaranteed that sanctioning would be provided beyond 2020. The club has made the decision to support BC and Canadian soccer and their plans around Tier 1 (CPL), Tier 2 (Division 2) and Tier 3 (BCL1, L1 Ontario, PLSQ) soccer. 

The Highlanders will operate one program in the PCSL for 2020. We thank Clint Hamilton, Vikes Athletic Director, and the University of Victoria for their support in our reserve program and wish them the best of luck in 2020 and beyond. 

Preparations begin in earnest towards the future plans for Canadian and BC soccer in 2021. We are excited to participate in this all. More details will be announced shortly. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the Park in 2020. 

The Victoria Highlanders Ownership Group.