Players in the Youth League range in age from 11 years (U12) to 17 years (U18). Teams compete in inter-club play in the Lower Island district throughout the season, and are tiered into VIPL, Gold, Silver and Bronze depending on assessment criteria and registration timing.

Pre-season

Prior to the start of the season, player try-outs/assessments and coach selections are conducted. Assessments for Youth teams typically occur in April/May. Coach selection for Youth teams happens in conjunction with assignment of players to teams. Read our FAQs about Youth League assessments.

Format

Teams are tiered based on skill level and competitiveness into: VIPL, Gold, Silver and Bronze. U12 teams play 8-a-side and U13-U18 teams play 11-a-side. All teams play under full FIFA/BCSA rules for regular season and cup matches.

Typically there are 1-2 practices during the week, then a match on Saturday or Sunday (depending on the team). Gold and VIPL teams may have additional soccer training requirements, depending on the coach.

Player Development

With U12 being such an important transition year, Bays provides free additional training to all U12 players. Sessions are led by our Technical Staff, with team coaches in attendance so that materials and concepts have the best chance of being instilled into their regular training sessions.

Cup Play

Youth teams participate in one or more knock-out format competitions with all teams in the Lower Island Soccer Association. See the Youth Cup Play page for more information.

End of Season Celebration

The Youth League season formally closes with the annual End-of-Season Celebration to recognize specific players, coaches, match officials and volunteers for their efforts and achievements over the past season. Coaches may optionally also take this opportunity to present awards to teams given as part of District, Region or Provincial play.

Contact

For questions about the Youth League, please email vpyouth@baysunited.ca.

Youth League Links