Vancouver Island Premier League
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 take place in March/April each year. Players MUST be registered with Bays before trying out. Dates and times 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.
What days do they play?
All Boys VIPL teams play on Sundays. Girls U14 to U16 play on Saturdays and Girls U17/18 play on Sundays.
All VIPL team members pay a surcharge in addition to their normal club registration fees. The fee for 2020/21 is $250. This surcharge covers honorariums and extra practice time.
How is VIPL structured?
There are generally four to five VIPL teams in each age division (U14 – U18) on Vancouver Island: two to 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 2004/5/6 (U14/U15/U16) will be on teams formed under this model for the 2019/20 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.
- BU14 VIPL: Head Coach, Manny Gomez
- BU15 VIPL: Head Coach, Rich Fast
- BU16 VIPL: Hosted by Saanich Fusion
- GU14 VIPL: Head Coach, Jackie Cunningham
- GU15 VIPL: Head Coach, Jim Buchan
- GU16 VIPL: Head Coach, Nick Daniel
- GU17 VIPL: Head Coach, Vik Virk
- GU18 VIPL: Head Coach, Justin Parish
Need more information?
Questions can be sent to Bays Vice President of Youth, Donovan Walters.