Category: Club News

FREE Coffee & Hot Chocolate at Nov 19 Development Session!

Pacific Football Club is a brand new Canadian professional soccer club based on Vancouver Island, in Langford, BC. The club will compete in the Canadian Premier League’s inaugural 2019 season, and play its home games at Westhills Stadium.

Pacific Football Club is the only professional sports team on Vancouver Island, and they are proud to represent the WHOLE Island. With that in mind, they have reached out to us, and would like to work with the Mid Isle Soccer Club!

PACIFIC FC COACHES TO VISIT MID-ISLE SOCCER CLUB on MONDAY, NOV 19th.

Pacific FC Coaches will attend both the 5:30 and the 6:45 sessions of our Monday Development Night on November 19th. During the first (5:30-6:30) session, the PFC coaches will work with one or two groups of our young players. The Merriman coaches on our Club Technical Team will cover coaching the other groups on the field, so that all of our Pony and Girl Power Coaches can watch the PFC session and chat with the PFC coaches.

At 6:30, the PFC Coaches will hold a brief information and Q&A session, talking to players, parents and coaches about the franchise and the upcoming Canadian Premier League, which kicks off in 2019. We will have some Tim Hortons coffee and hot chocolate at this time. We would like any coaches from the later (6:45) session to arrive early and attend this “halftime” session as well.

During the later (6:45) Monday time slot, the PFC coaches will run a session with our U16-18 Tier 3 Boys team – again, at this session, Bill Merriman and our Club Technical Team will handle the other groups on the field, so that our Club Coaches can watch the PFC session.

This is a very exciting opportunity for our Club, and for our Coaches to see how a professional team runs a training session. James Merriman (Bill’s son) is the Assistant Coach of the new Pacific FC franchise, and will be spearheading the session at Forrest Field. Jamie has been coaching with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC organization for the past few years; before that he was an Assistant Coach with Simon Fraser University, as well as three seasons coaching on the Island at VIU. In his time coaching collegiately, the two programs combined to win four conference titles, made two NCAA Final Four appearances, and won a CCAA national championship, compiling an overall record of 64W-11L-9D.

It’s an exciting time for soccer on Vancouver Island, and Pacific FC wants the Mid-Isle Soccer Club to be a part of it!

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New Website for House League Schedules

Nanaimo United FC (formerly HFCF) has changed its website and, accordingly, the website where the regional house schedules are posted.

Please go to https://nanaimounitedfc.powerupsports.com/index.php?page=LOGIN and bookmark that page for all your House Team scheduling needs.

GO MID-ISLE BLUE ARMY!!

Mid-Isle Girls to Play for Provincial Collegiate Gold

The Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners women’s soccer team has captured first place in the Provincial regular-season standings, and will play in the Gold Medal Provincial Championship game this coming Saturday, October 27th at Capilano College in Burnaby.

The VIU team – undefeated since September 23rd with 4 wins and 2 draws in their last six games – features five players from Ladysmith who started their athletic careers with the Mid-Isle Soccer Club: Karen Battie, Shea Battie, Georgia Nicholls, and Haven Bouma, as well as Olivia Mazurenko, who was just named Female Soccer Athlete of the Week in the PACWEST conference.

The Gold Medal game starts at Noon on Saturday. Fans can watch the games online, plus get stories, schedules, summaries and more on the official Championship page HERE.

Congratulations to the team on their great season, and GOOD LUCK from Mid-Isle Soccer on Saturday’s game!

Division 1 Mariners Men’s Team Schedule Released

The Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) is an amateur adult league with six competitive divisions. It features promotion and relegation, with the strongest teams in each division moving up to a higher division each year, replacing the lowest teams in those divisions. Teams new to the League start in Division 3, which is where the Mid-Isle Mariners Men’s team began their quest two seasons ago. That year Bill Merriman’s team went undefeated in the League and was promoted to Division 2.

Last season, the team excelled again and this season has been promoted to Division 1, the highest level of amateur soccer on Vancouver Island. They will play their home games at Forrest Field in Ladysmith on Saturday afternoons and evenings.

Mid-Isle Division 1 Men’s Team Home Schedule, 2018-19:

  • Saturday, September 15
  • Saturday, September 29
  • Saturday, October 13
  • Saturday, October 27
  • Saturday, November 10
  • Saturday, November 24
  • Saturday, December 8
  • Saturday, January 26

Under-21 Men’s Team Ready for the Season

The Under-21 Mid-Isle Mariners men’s team also plays in the VISL. Players in this division must be 20 years of age or younger. Our U21 Mariners have had a very successful history in the VISL, winning League and Cup trophies in several seasons since the team was founded in 2012. Many past players have gone on to successful college and professional careers. The U21s play their home games at Forrest Field on Sunday evenings.

U21 Men’s Team Home Schedule, 2018-19:

  • Sunday, September 16
  • Sunday, September 23
  • Sunday, October 7
  • Sunday, November 4
  • Sunday, November 18
  • Sunday, November 25
  • Sunday, December 2
  • Sunday, January 20