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Posted 10/5/2017 Ref # 6331

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hello MWSL players, coaches, team managers, fans:

The MWSL, one of the largest female soccer organizations in the country, is inviting all teams to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. 

We encourage all of our members to get involved, become an impact player for the cause.  If your team would like to show their support through October by wearing pink jerseys and/or accessories during your games the league is supportive and applauds your efforts.  

The league will ease up on rules regarding under garment and colouring of accessories providing that no safety issues are created, teams are mindful that jerseys must be numbered and colours distinguishable between teams.  If there are any issues, questions, conflicts or confusion about uniforms, league rules will apply unless the teams agree otherwise on game day.   Any issues or disagreements will be decided by the centre official on the day and we ask that you all respect their decision.

We encourage pink game balls, pink warm up/sideline pinnies, banners, wearing pink accessories such as pink sweat, hair and arm bands, pink pro wrap, pink boots or shoelaces, pink gloves and tape.  If it’s pink, find a way to display it on the field or sideline.

Please share your photos so we can add them to our Facebook and Instagram page.

The MWSL will contribute three $50 prizes towards your efforts to raise money for Breast Cancer research.  For a chance to win, send in your best PINK post-game photo.  Including game officials in pink and your fans donned in pink in photos will enhance your chance for a prize.

Show your PINK spirit through October!

Yours in pink, 


Posted 9/20/2017 Ref # 6329

MWSL And Whitecaps FC

Hi ’Caps Fans,


For 12 days only, get 12% off Whitecaps FC 2018 season tickets!

You can become a ’Caps Club Member, and be a part of the best sporting atmosphere in Vancouver, for less. With our monthly payment plan, starting at $39/month*, you can see the ’Caps compete match after match, season after season. Heads up, this offer is only valid from September 14 to September 25!


’Caps Club Membership Benefits:


Get all 17 MLS matches plus Canadian Championship matches

47% savings over single match tickets

Monthly and annual payment plans

Auto-renewal system for all Members allows you to cheer season after season, worry free

Members get 15% off ’Caps jerseys, clothing and gear

Exclusive prizes and experiences through our loyalty rewards program

So much more…

To secure your season tickets for 2018, contact Hugh Hamilton at (604) 484-7866, or visit

Everyone that purchases the Whitecaps Season tickets through Hugh Hamilton will receive from MWSL - 2 tickets to the upcoming Canada vs USA Women's Game, November 9, 2017

*From $39.11 per month (including taxes and stadium fees) for 12 months beginning September 2017. Subject to annual $10 processing fee per account.

Posted 8/26/2017 Ref # 6267

2017-2018 Referee Increase Notice

To all MWSL Teams:

This is further to our notice sent out to all team contacts on July 27th regarding the possibility of a referee fee increase for the 2017-18 season.  

In order for the MWSL to continue to attract officials for our games we have made a decision to raise referee fees only in the Premier and Selects Divisions at this time.  Beginning September 2017 referee fees for Premier & Selects Divisions will increase to $80 for centre and $40 for ARs (game total $160.00).

Fees will not change this season for Div. 1 -5 and Classics but may be increased for the 2018-19 season.

Thank-you for your understanding.

Posted 8/26/2017 Ref # 6266


Dear Metro Women’s Soccer League 

The most fierce rivalry in women’s sport returns to Vancouver as Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team faces USA on Thursday, November 9th, 2017, at BC Place.  

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 the discount code, you get access to the best seats in the house in all price categories.  

Category 1: $37.50 + Fees (regular price: $50.00 + Fees) 

Category 2: $26.25 + Fees (regular price: $35.00 + Fees) 

Category 3: $15.00 + Fees (regular price: $20.00 + fees) 

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 – . 

For complete ticket and match information visit  

We look forward to seeing you at BC Place on November 9th as we watch the most fierce rivalry in women’s sport.  


Posted 8/21/2017 Ref # 6265

Risk Management



a)     All BC Soccer directors and every volunteer or employee of BC Soccer or an affiliated BC Soccer organization, age 19 and over, who at any time could be expected in the performance of their duties to:


ii)            be entrusted with performing financial duties;

iii)           be responsible for book keeping or bank account(s) or any other monetary duties;


must have on file the results of a Criminal Record Check completed within the last 36 months.


b)     All BC Soccer directors and every volunteer or employee of BC Soccer or an affiliated BC Soccer organization, age 19 and over, who at any time could be expected in the performance of their duties to:


i)                 be with any vulnerable person


must have on file the results of a Vulnerable Sector Check completed within the last 36 months.


c)      If a director, volunteer, or employee of BC Soccer, or an affiliated BC Soccer organization, is charged with or convicted of an offence, per the Criminal Records Review Act (RSBC 1996), within 36 months of their last criminal record check on file, that person must promptly report the charge or conviction to the organization(s) with which they volunteer or are employed by. The organization must promptly request the charged or convicted person obtain a new criminal record check including a vulnerable sector check (if applicable) and determine, within timelines specified by the organization, if that person is suitable to continue carrying out his or her duties.  

Posted 8/9/2017 Ref # 6263

MWSL 2017/2018 Fall Player Registration

Coaches and Managers: Player Registration for winter 2017/18 opens on Wednesday August 9, 2017.

*RGSA members please disregard and have players register on the RGSA website*

Players may click on the Player Registration link and register using the key code provided at the end of this email. Also included in this email is your login and password for your ADMIN LOGIN access. 

The cost for registering a player is $50.00. Online payment and e-transfer payment is available.  Please keep in mind that we have gone to a cashless office for safety reasons.  We still accept cheques.

 ID Cards – We will be rolling out a new ID card process for this winter season, teams that played spring will be familiar with the new process.  The ID cards will be downloaded from your team page onto your phone or tablet for viewing by the referee at the field. The download will include all paid player ID’s along with the coach ID’s. You will be able to download the ID cards once the schedule is complete and the player has paid the registration fee.

To download the ID cards, you will need to log in with your coach/manager login,

click on team pages,

go to the schedule on your team page and on the far right beside the Match Reports (MR) and Rosters you will see Cards. 

Click on cards to download.

The first card that will come up in the download will include the scheduled game details.  The cards will need to be downloaded for each game.  Should any of your players receive a Red Card the ID card will appear still but will have Red Card stamped across it until the game suspensions are completed.

Two printed copies of the MWSL Roster/Team lists are still required for the referee when requested prior to the match commencing along with the ID card download.

Players can play for 6 days after they register online with their email confirmation and picture ID.  If not paid by the 7th day your registration may be cancelled and you may face fines if you choose to play.  Unpaid players are not insured.


I suggest you copy and paste the following instructions to send to your players:

Player Registration Player registration for Fall/Winter soccer is open. Use your Fall login and Password and click Player registration at If you can't remember your password use the forgot password function on the player registration page. Once you have logged in, fill out the online form. You must first enter in the key code. (Please provide your players the key code included) If you are new to the league or do not have a photo uploaded on your profile then add an ID photo when the form prompts you.

The photo is for your ID card so head shots are required with no sunglasses or hats or group photos. If you played last year the uploaded photo will carry over to this year’s card. Change the photo if you are wearing a hat or sunglasses, or the photo is too small and not appropriate for an ID card. No group photos. Click finished when you have completed the form.

 New teams to the league have been placed in the Divisions we had room in, and I am still working on some adjustments in some of the divisions so there may still be some changes.

 As per the rules we do follow a promotion relegation system so if you are in a new division that is why.

Looking forward to the beginning of a new season! Please be sure to check our website regularly for updates.

Thank you,

Jo-Dee Stanley

MWSL League Manager

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).