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Posted 3/17/2017 Ref # 6210

Female Referee Comments

We asked the ladies who officiate with MWSL for some of their thoughts.  Here is a taste of what they had to say:

 What do you enjoy most about being a Referee?

The challenge of making quick decisions about fairness and safety while running and being part of the games. 

Staying involved with the beautiful game after injuries forced me to hang up the (playing) cleats! 

Making mistakes is natural but to learn from them is rewarding and a great feeling within.  At the end of the day you get paid to exercise; life doesn’t get any better than that!!

Knowing how hard it is to be a referee, helps me as a player to show more respect for the referee and appreciate the high performing referees.

Being able to give back to the soccer community that has impacted me greatly as I played soccer all my youth.

I enjoy seeing women young and older still playing the great game they love. 

As a student, it is really great that I’m able to pick up games when it works for me.

• Reffing also gives me a chance to be outside participating in a sport that I love while making a bit of money on the side!

Every time I show up, I remind myself to be honoured to call myself a referee and I enjoy and accept the challenge to be fully engaged, work as hard as possible and be fair and respectful. 

Posted 3/3/2017 Ref # 6209

MWSL Spring 2017 Team Registration

Spring 2017 Team Registration

Team Registration is open - March 4th, 2017 and will end March 31st, 2017. 

Spring Team Fees

$150 Returning Spring team that played fall

$200 New Spring Team or Returning Spring only team

$100 New Team Bond to MWSL

$25 Player registration if player did not play fall soccer or is playing on a second team

$15 Player registration for players who played Fall 2016/17

League information

Spring League starts May 1, 2017. There are 8 scheduled games in spring league with no games played May long weekend, May 219th-22nd. The team registration will open March 4nd, 2017 and will end March 31, 2017. 

If you are going to register a team for Spring 2017 you must make sure you are going to have enough players to field a team for the 8 games that your team will be scheduled to play. We do not reschedule games in our spring league but default rules still apply. Please see schedule of fines for default info.

Games are scheduled Monday to Friday. New and existing Teams must obtain a field between Monday and Friday evening after 7pm.

We have Divisions 1 through 4, Premier, Selects and Classics and possibly an over 40’s division if we get enough interest in the Spring League.

Classics - Teams that played in the Classics Premier and Classics Division 1 are asked to go into the open divisions again this year as the classics spring division that is offered is made up of classics division 2 and 3 and we want to keep the competition in that division fair.  Should I receive enough interest in a classics spring division for Classics Premier and Division 1 and the travel time for week day games is reasonable for teams we can look at adding that division.

If you are interested in the Over 40’s division please email me at so I can see how many teams we have interested.  We need 6 teams to make this happen.

Teams must be registered by Friday March 31, 2017 and payment must be received in the League office by Tuesday April 4, 2017. Please note our payment methods.

·         Mail in a cheque to 6501 Sprott St. Burnaby, BC V5B 3B8. (Please include your team name and fine description on the cheque).

·         Credit Card Online

·         E-transfer your payment to (Question: What is the best sport in the world? Answer: Soccer). If you choose this option please reply to this email identifying the date the transfer was completed.

·         Phone in with a credit card payment during office hours.

If your team has a special request for a field, division or home game day you must put that on your registration in order to have your request considered. The league will do our best to accommodate requests but we cannot guarantee anything. Please do not email requests in after you register, it must be on your registration.

Important dates to remember:

March 31st - Midnight-Deadline Team Registration is OVER

April 4nd -Team Fees Due

April 4th - Player Registration is online

April 4th - Drop day, any team that drops after this date will not get their team registration fees back.

Thank you,


Jo-Dee Stanley                                 ;              

MWSL League Manager   

Posted 2/22/2017 Ref # 6208

MWSL Entry Level Referee Clinic



The Metro Women’s Soccer League and the BC Soccer Association are hosting an Entry Level Referees Clinic. 

In an effort to encourage more members of the MWSL to explore refereeing, we are offering a women's Entry Level clinic in hopes of drawing those curious to refereeing to a weekend that will offer a terrific opportunity to expand their involvement in “the beautiful game”. This clinic is geared toward adult women; it will offer an opportunity for those who wish to learn about the laws of the game and officiating a space to explore this area of soccer.

The goal of this three-day clinic is to provide the appropriate tools to each individual in order to progress as a referee. This is achieved through experienced referee instructors, video clips and discussion. The course involves  theoretical (classroom) and practical (on field) training.

 The topics covered include:

· Laws of the Game                            · Positioning                                        · Signals                                             

· Administration of the game             · Preparation & Match Reporting


Course details:

Friday, April 7             6:00 – 10:00

Saturday, April 8         9:00 – 4:00

Sunday, April 9            9:00 – 2:00

Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West

Instructors:      Michelle Pye, FIFA Referee, MWSL Head Referee, BCSA Instructor

Tim Blaine,  BCSA District Referee, Assessor / Instructor, MWSL Referee Allocator

Cost: $125 (+$4.25 processing fee)


To register, go to:

• under Referee tab, go to Register / Host a clinic

• Select Entry Level Referee Clinics                          

• Select Schedule of Clinics and Registration

• Search by Club / District (Metro Women)             

• click Register

• enter code  mwslsoccer     Complete registration details and pay


Please do not hesitate to contact either Tim or Michelle with any questions regarding the clinic.  Hope to see you there!

Tim at              Michelle at


Posted 2/21/2017 Ref # 6207

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of longtime MWSL referee, Giuseppe "Joe" Ciresi. 
January 11, 1950-February 18, 2017.
Joe was a provincial instructor, assessor and referee in the MWSL for over 20 years. He was a true supporter of the women's game at all levels. His positive Energy and infectious smile will most definitely be missed. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family at this time.

Funeral mass
Thurs Feb 23rd, 11am at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 555 Slocan St in
Vancouver (about 1-2 blocks south of Hastings St).

Posted 11/24/2016 Ref # 6206

Soccer Express Extreme Xmas Sale

Posted 11/2/2016 Ref # 6204

Canada vs. Mexico

Dear Metro Women’s Soccer League

Canada’s Women’s National Team will play at home for the first time since capturing bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics when they take on Mexico in an international friendly in Vancouver on February 4th, 2017 at BC Place (Kickoff 2pm PT).

Canada Soccer is pleased to once again offer Metro Women’s Soccer League a special group discount of 25% off regularly priced tickets for the match!

To access this special offer, simply visit the official Ticketmaster event page ( and enter code MWSL. With tickets expected to sell fast, an allocation of inventory has been placed on exclusive hold for the MWSL offer. With the discount, tickets start at just $15.00, plus applicable Ticketmaster service fees.


The offer will go live on Wednesday, November 2nd at 10am PT as part of the exclusive presale window.

As Ticketmaster places a limit of nine (9) tickets per online transaction, if your club or team wishes to purchase a block of 10 or more tickets to sit together, simply complete the group ticket order form to request your tickets –

#CANWNT Back-to-Back Celebration T-Shirt

Fans purchasing tickets to the Canada v Mexico match will have the opportunity to pick-up a celebration t-shirt as part of their ticket order. Available in women’s, men’s and youth sizing, the shirt represents a terrific addition to your match day apparel.

For complete ticket and match information visit

We look forward to seeing you at BC Place on February 4th as we celebrate Canada Soccer's Bronze Medal Heroes!

Posted 5/25/2016 Ref # 6132

MWSL 2016/2017 Fall Team Registration

Fall 2016/17 Team Registration

Team Registration Opens May 26, 2016 and closes on June 26th, 2016

(Team registration is earlier this year so we have a bit more time between team registration and player registration to put the groups together).

Fall Team Fees

·         $350 Returning team from fall 2015/16 season or 2016 spring season

·         $350 New Team + Performance Bond

·         $100 Performance Bond (All new teams joining the League must pay a refundable bond)

·         $40 player registration if player

·         $5 ID card

 All Players will require a new ID card this season.

*NSGSC and RGSA teams please register on your club sites and disregard the following instructions*

To register go to and click on register and fill out the 2016/17 winter team registration online form.  Please make sure all of your contact info is correct.

Payment Options:


·         Mail in a cheque to 6501 Sprott St. Burnaby, BC V5B 3B8.

o   Please include your team name and fine description on the cheque.

·         E-transfer your payment to (Question: What is the best sport in the world? Answer: Soccer).

o   If you choose this option please reply to this email identifying the date the transfer was completed.

·         Phone in with a credit card payment during office hours.

Your Team Registration will be complete when Payment is made and all outstanding fees and fines from the previous year have been paid.

Promotion and Relegation:


·         Promotion and relegation goes by last year’s standings so if your team was first or last in their group be prepared to be move. Teams that have been promoted or relegated have been contacted.

·         When registering your team please select the division that you were in last season and the system will move you into the correct division.

Rules and Regulations:

Please read the operating rules entirely including rescheduling and game default rules. The operating rules can be found under About Us on the website.

Drop Day Deadline:


·         Any team that withdraws its registration after June 28th will forfeit both its team registration fee and its performance bond to the league. Cut-off for submission to withdraw will be 11:59 pm, last day to withdraw.  No exceptions will be made for submissions after this cut-off.  Teams submitting to withdraw prior to the last day to cut-off will receive a full refund of both team fee and performance bond.

Late Team Registration:

Teams must be registered by Monday, June 26th and payment must be received in the League office by July 2nd.  If teams are not registered by June 26th a $100 late fee will be charged to any new or returning team who wish to register after that date.




·         Games are mainly scheduled Friday to Sunday with majority of games Saturday/Sunday. New and existing teams must obtain a field on Friday, Saturday (no games after 6pm on Saturdays) or Sunday.

·         There are no games on Thanksgiving weekend.

·         Dec 15th is the last day for teams to notify Leslie at  that you can’t field a team for the February Family day weekend.

·         Games will be scheduled on the November 11th weekend.

·         If your team has a special request for a field or home game day you must put that on your registration in order to have your request considered. The league will do our best to accommodate requests but we cannot guarantee anything. Please do not email requests in after you register, it must be on your registration.     


Dates to remember:


·         Fall season will start on Friday Sept. 8th, 2016. *All teams will be expected to field a team by this date*

·         Individual player registrations will begin on August 1st, I will send an email when it is posted that will include your team key code and instructions.

·         Dec 15th is the last day for teams to notify Leslie the scheduler that you can’t field a team for the February Family day weekend.

·         November 11th weekend there will be games scheduled.              


 Once all teams have registered the league will review the teams that have registered and the groups will be made.  The groups and schedule will be posted online when it is completed, a few weeks into August.         

Thank you, 

Jo-Dee Stanley

MWSL League Manager



Posted 5/25/2016 Ref # 6131

Classics Meeting Minutes March 2016

Meeting Minutes

Classics Meeting

March 7th, 2016

Follow up meeting 4 topics for discussion:

1. Promotion and Relegation – Decision starting Fall 2017 there will be promotion for Classics Div 3, and Classics Div 2.  There will be relegation for Classics Div 1 and Classics Div 2.

2. Crossover Play – Decision to have top half of Classics Div 1 Play bottom half of Classics Premier and to reach out to the Selects A and B to see if there is an interest in having crossover play between these divisions and the top half of the Classics Premier division. Games would be considered exhibition games with respect to the standings. Score would be kept but not impact Promotion and relegation.

3. Over 40’s – Decision to form a Spring over 40’s division for Spring Season 2017.  Poco Cougars will be entering a team.  Admin to send out requests to all Classics to see if we can facilitate a competitively balanced and geographically balanced division and if the interest is there to look at keeping this division going in the fall.

4. Encouraging Teams to go to the Classics division – Ongoing work with Admin to ensure we get teams to sign up for classics



Posted 12/14/2015 Ref # 6127

Canadian MNT vs Mexico Discount Tickets

Just released Upper Bowl Tickets!

Special discounted tickets just for MWSL! 25% OFF!

We have secured a "group discount" for MWSL Members in sections 436 and 437 exclusively for MWSL.

Tickets on sale now and prices will be in effect until all tickets are sold. (Limited availability don't miss out!)

Category 2:  $30.00 + applicable fees

Category 3: $18.75 + applicable fees 

To purchase click link:

Enter discount code: MWSL

To purchase 10+ tickets refer to the group ticket program at

Posted 8/17/2015 Ref # 6114

Press Release - New Vice President for MWSL

Press Release

Burnaby, B.C. August 17, 2015: Metro Women’s Soccer League is excited to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Holwill to Vice President of the Board of Directors.

We are pleased to announce that Jacqueline Holwill was voted in unanimously by our Board of Directors to the role of Vice President.  She takes this role on effective August 17, 2015. 

Laurie Robertson, President of MWSL states “We are excited to have Jacqueline take on this new role.  Her years of business experience partnered with her previous experience on the Board will be an asset to our organization.” 

About the MWSL 

The MWSL organization represents over 6500 members in the Lower Mainland; from West Vancouver to Chilliwack; who play soccer year round.

Our mission to develop the game of soccer inspiring women to life-long active and inclusive team play.