APRIL 2018: Please read an update about VIPL for the upcoming season.
What is VIPL?
The Vancouver Island Premier League (VIPL) is the second tier in BC Soccer, below the BC Soccer Premier League (the tier one Vancouver Island team “Wave”) and above Gold level (tier three). VIPL teams start at U14. Read more about the Levels of Play.
VIPL assessments dates and times for the 2018/19 season are posted on our Youth Assessments Schedule. Assessments are run by the Technical Directors of all LISA clubs.
Once teams are determined, players will be informed and team lists will be posted on the Team Formation page.
All VIPL team members pay a surcharge in addition to their normal club registration fees. This fee ranges from $120 to $190. This surcharge covers honorariums and travel fees for coaches and the VIPL jersey.
How is VIPL Structured?
There are generally five VIPL teams in each age division (U14 – U18) on Vancouver Island: three from Lower Island and two from Upper Island (Nanaimo and Comox Valley). Travel is required each season – typically two trips to Comox and two trips to Nanaimo. Teams will play four rounds of games, two at home and two away for a total of 16 league games.
The Regional Model for Lower Island VIPL was introduced in the 2017/18 season, and is structured without Club boundaries. This means the best 48 players from the 10 Lower Island Clubs will make up three teams (North, West and South). Best efforts are made to compose teams with players that live close to one another geographically, but players may be asked to play outside their “region” if needed. This model was introduced on a “go-forward” basis, meaning only players that are born in 2004 or 2005 (U14/U15) will be on teams formed under this model for the 2018/19 season.
For older age-groups, the old team-formation model still applies, where two clubs form one VIPL team. These club combinations are: Bays/Peninsula, Saanich/Prospect Lake and Gorge/Lakehill. There can be some variation depending on the age group.
VIPL players and families are asked to make a commitment to the team by not missing practices and games, wherever possible. Please make an effort to plan vacations with games/cup-play schedules in mind during the season.
Confirmed Coaches (2017/18)
- BU14 VIPL: Head Coach, Vikram Virk
- BU15 VIPL: Head Coach, Justin Bonnieux
- BU16 VIPL: Head Coach, Genc Kolshi
- BU17/18 VIPL: Head Coach, Nick Daniels
- GU14 VIPL: Head Coach, Arbnor Jusufi
- GU15 VIPL: Head Coach, Tairah Bowker
- GU17/18 VIPL: Head Coach, Mark Cottrell
Need more information?
Questions can be sent to Bays Vice President of Youth, John Bentley.