The Okanagan FC PCSL squad are currently full scale into pre season preparations and looking forward to an exciting season of top quality local soccer in The Pacific Coast Soccer League. The team is training twice a week and working hard on all aspects of the game. Pre season strength and conditioning program is being run by Brandon McCallum and HDC Performance, and the players are working hard on improving their fitness. Coaching staff and players are getting to know each other better and the group is beginning to gel properly as a team.
ROSTER…The initial 21 player roster has been set and can be viewed HERE. The squad has been joined by a couple of trialists this week who will be hoping to be added as permanent members. We will also be announcing some new signings soon, as we are joined by players arriving from out of town university programs.
MATCH SCHEDULE…The full season game schedule has been published and can be viewed HERE. The season kicks off with a short trip to Penticton, followed by several other away games. First home game is against Penticton once again on June 9th at The Apple Bowl. June and July are busy months with our home fixtures being played at The Apple Bowl on Saturday afternoons at 4pm or Sundays at noon.
SEASON TICKETS…Are now on sale. Full details for how and where to purchase season tickets can be found HERE. We have an ambitious target of getting 1000 people out to watch our home games at The Apple Bowl. We aim to provide a good local soccer matchday experience which will be fun to come along and be a part of. We are hoping that Kelowna’s soccer community will get behind us and join us for home games, creating an exciting atmosphere in an iconic stadium.
EXHIBITION GAME…Penticton 2-0 Okanagan FC was not the result we were looking for in our first pre season game at Kings Park, Penticton this weekend. However, it was definitely a learning curve for our staff and players and we discovered plenty about our team and our prospects for the season ahead, as well as a little about one of our opponents ! Penticton brought a level of intensity to this game which caught us by surprise a little, and clearly showed their intent to establish an intense local rivalry with us as the season progresses. The game was a somewhat scrappy affair, which threatened to boil over on more than one occasion and the scene has been set for an interesting PCSL season opener back in Penticton in May. For us, the match was largely a training exercise and we look forward to making some adjustments to improve our team in time for our next exhibition match, which will be against TSS Rovers in Richmond on April 27th. We will look forward to giving our friends from Penticton a warm welcome to Kelowna on June 9th !
We were delighted with the quality and depth of local soccer talent that turned out for our PCSL tryouts last week. We have selected a squad of 21 players for the roster and will add further signings over the coming weeks to make a full squad of 26 for the season.
Here is the list of players selected for the final roster from the week of evaluations:
Pre season training starts this week and we are excited for a great year ahead in the Pacific Coast Soccer League.
Thank you to everybody who came out to this week’s PCSL open tryout sessions at UBCO. Here is the list of players invited to attend tonight’s (Thusday March 14th) final session at UBCO at 8.30pm.
Angel Camejo Gonzales
PCSL tryouts are fast approaching and we have been delighted by the response so far from Kelowna’s Men’s soccer community. There are now over 60 players registered for the tryout, which begins on March 11th….we are anticipating a final tryout number of 70-75 players. This is really important for us, because we do not want to just ‘make up the numbers’ in the PCSL, we want to be a truly competitive team right from the start of the season in mid May.
It is not too late to register for tryouts. All of the information and the registration link can be found at https://okanaganfc.com/tryouts/
The league has announced the competing teams for the season ahead. They are KHALSA SPORTING CLUB, KAMLOOPS WOLFPACK, VICTORIA HIGHLANDERS, OKANAGAN FC, VANCOUVER TIGERS, MID ISLE FC, PENTICTON SC and SURREY UTD FC. The eight team division is going to be very strong and we are looking forward to some excellent soccer matches.
Our team’s pre season is set up nicely, with 12 weeks of practise scheduled complete with a strength and conditioning element. We have partnered with Kinetic Evolution, who will be providing a physio at training sessions and home matches. We have exhibition matches set up with Kamloops and Penticton mid way through the pre season program. Finally, we have a trip to the Lower Mainland arranged for the weekend of April 27/28, where we will play exhibitions with TSS Rovers (a USL 2 team) and Khalsa Sporting Club (the current PCSL champions).
We have started getting sponsors stepping up to align themselves with our PCSL team. We were very pleased to announce partnerships with Okanagan Peak Performance and Kinetic Evolution recently. Okanagan Spring have been announced as our partner brewery and several other local companies are in discussions with us on a variety of sponsorships. We have a number of sponsor opportunities still available and anybody interested should contact us.
We are proud to announce another new club partnership, as we continue to grow our club and prepare for an exciting year ahead.
Kinetic Evolution is a sports therapy clinic, located on Gordon Drive, near the highway. They provide specialist solutions for injury prevention, rehabilitation and concussion management.
They will work closely with our PCSL team this year, providing a licensed physiotherapist to work with our players on field at matches and training sessions, and to ensure that players receive first class treatment and advice to ensure maximum recovery and a safe return to play.
Welcome to the team, Kinetic Evolution.