|To all players, families, staff and fans of Okanagan FC,|
We hope that everybody is well and safe during this unprecedented period of time, as each of us finds a way to navigate a way through the Covid 19 Pandemic. We are all responsible for following all rules and guidelines surrounding physical distancing and responsible behaviour during this time, and if everybody does their part in this we will hopefully start to see signs of a return to normality sooner rather than later. As it relates to soccer activity in BC, the current situation is very clear. BC Soccer, in accordance with a directive from The Canadian Soccer Association, has suspended all soccer activity in The Province.
This relates to matches, practises, events, team building activities…anything that comes under the umbrella of an organised activity which involves groups of people being together. This suspension will remain in place through all of April, for now, and will be reviewed every two weeks. The full details can be viewed at BC Soccer’s website:
This doesn’t mean that players cannot go outside with a ball and have a ‘kickabout’, either on their own or with others from within their own family or physical distancing group…and it has been nice to see exactly that happening on our social media sites. Starting this week, we will be starting a twice weekly Instagram story with a brief instructional video and a challenge. The stories will continue throughout the soccer suspension, and we encourage all of you to give it a try as a way to get some touches of the ball, have some fun, and stay connected. Last week’s Instagram story, although very simple, engaged over 60 players….about half of our club. It was fun to watch, and was great to see all of our players, male and female, junior and senior, getting involved. Watch out for the start of the series today and give it a try !
As it relates to Okanagan FC, and our plan to resume all operations when restrictions are lifted….our intention is a full return to normality at the earliest possible time.
Like all businesses, we have taken measures to protect ourselves as best we can so that we can return to ‘business as usual’ and provide our players with the same high quality soccer programs that were in place before all of this started. In some respects, as a privately owned youth soccer club which is not part of a larger entity…like a league, for example… we are able to be very flexible with our programs, with the duration of our programs, and with the start and finish dates of our programs.
OFC Junior Academy: Our Spring season was only one week in when we were closed down, and will restart at the earliest possible date with seven weeks left of the program. The venue will be outdoors at Immaculata Regional High School, and the schedule will be the same or very similar…possibly with a slightly later start time.
OFC Goalkeeper Academy, Supplementary Training and OFC Ladies Academy: Our Spring season had not yet begun when we were closed down, so will restart at the earliest possible date with the full 4 weeks left of the program. Sessions will remain on Fridays, and will be outdoors at Immaculata Regional High School.
OFC Development Teams and Youth Teams: These programs were also only one week old when we were closed down, so will therefore restart at the earliest possible date with 17 weeks left of the program. Practise sessions will take place outdoors at Immaculata Regional High School and we are currently working on a schedule for all teams that will give everybody a three times weekly program that will include a strength and conditioning element, as well as a regular supply of full scale inter squad matches. As far as competitive matches go, we will be aiming to provide each of our teams 15-20 matches during the playing phase. We may have to delay building and announcing this playing schedule until we see what the lifting of restrictions looks like. It is very possible that this could be a gradual process, and our matches could well be a series of local, single games…rather than immediately returning to a normal cycle of travelling to The Lower Mainland for major tournaments.
OFC Senior Teams: These are in a slightly different situation, as they do belong to a league and, as such, are governed by the action of the league as to how and when they can restart.
Men’s PCSL team: The Pacific Coast Soccer League have not yet cancelled the season, scheduled to begin on May 9th. The league meets next week to discuss all options, including staging a compressed version of the league later on into the Summer…which we would be very supportive of. The soccer shut down literally happened on the eve of our PCSL tryout, and we were very disappointed to not be able to form the team. However, we remain hopeful that we are going to see some form of senior PCSL soccer action at some point this year. To players who wanted to participate with our PCSL team this year…we suggest that you keep yourself fit and be ready to form a fully competitive team at short notice. We will keep you posted.
Stay safe everyone, and hope to see you soon.
We are very happy to announce our partnership in 2020 with Joma. The Spanish sportswear manufacturer will be the kit supplier for all of our Development Teams, Youth Teams, Senior Teams and Academy Programs.
In addition to this, Joma will operate an online store…which is now open…where players, parents, coaches and supporters can purchase Okanagan FC branded merchandise. Click HERE to visit the store and check out the many new items, now available.
We are delighted to partner our senior PCSL team again with Okanagan Spring Brewery for the 2020 season. The league has been expanded, our squad has been improved, and we are super excited to get the season underway. Home matches will be at The Apple Bowl once again, with some great soccer sure to be on display. Look for the Okanagan Spring Beer tent to enjoy an ice cold 1516 #OKTimes. We hope that the entire Okanagan soccer community will come out and support us in our push for the playoffs. Keep your eye on our website http://www.okanaganfc.com for full match schedule, coming soon.
Tryout registration for our 2020 Men’s PCSL team is now open. ALL players wishing to attend the open tryouts on March 18th and 19th must register HERE.
There will be a second week of tryouts, sessions on March 25th and 26th. Pre season training will begin in April, with the playing season running from May until the end of July. There are no player fees for our PCSL team, but all players will be expected to commit to the full program which will include twice a week training and minimum 14 matches.
Okanagan FC announces participation in a new and expanded Pacific Coast Soccer League in 2020. Pre season preparations are already well underway, and last years squad are working hard on Winter fitness training. Tryouts for 2020 will be held in March.