Vancouver Island Premier League (VIPL) is a BC Soccer-sanctioned, Island-based competitive league comprised of teams from both Upper Island Soccer Association (UISA) and Lower Island Soccer Association (LISA). It is the second tier of four recognized by the BC Soccer League Play Pathway. VIPL is equivalent to Metro/Select on the Mainland and teams compete provincially at the “A” Cup level.
Tier I = BCSPL (BC Soccer Premier League) – Also called HPL
Tier II = VIPL (Vancouver Island Premier League)
Tier III = UISA Development League – Also called Gold, Rep, or Select
Tier IV = House – also called Club or Silver/Bronze
VIPL age divisions: Boys and Girls – U14, U15, U16 and U18.
*U17 age players attend evaluations with the U18s – if there is a large enough cohort, U17 teams may be fielded. Otherwise, U17s and U18s will play together on the U18 teams.
UISA fields VIPL teams from two regions – North and South. Riptide teams, from the North region, are made up of players from Campbell River Youth Soccer, Comox Valley United Soccer, Powell River Youth Soccer and Port Hardy Youth Soccer. Storm teams, from the South region, are made up of players from Alberni Valley Youth Soccer, Gabriola Youth Soccer, Mid-Isle Youth Soccer, Nanaimo Youth Soccer and Oceanside Youth Soccer.
*Historically, UISA fields two teams for each age division and gender: one Riptide team and one Storm team.
*LISA historically will field three to five franchise-based teams for each age division and gender.
Teams play weekly in the VIPL League from September to February with standings used to determine the League Champion. Girls U14-16 play Saturdays; Boys U14-18 and Girls U18 play Sundays. Cup play takes place in February and March. The winner of the VIPL Cup play earns the Island Berth to both Coastal “A” Cup in April/May and Provincial “A” Cup in July.
*Riptide U14-U16 players participate in a 10 month program that includes the spring academy.
Travel -Travel is only required on Vancouver Island. Games are scheduled in Island communities from Campbell River to Victoria (excluding Powell River).
*Travel off the Island only if your team chooses to attend a tournament or for VIPL playdown winners attending Coastal/Provincial cup
Coaches must apply and are chosen by a regionally-based committee. All coaches are volunteers.
To continue our ongoing commitment to coach and player development, both the Riptide and Storm franchises operate under the direction of a professional Technical Director.
Evaluation information can be found on the UISA Website Home page and players are required to pre-register online.
Players who wish to “play-up” are welcome to register with a letter of recommendation from their club Technical Director. UISA adheres to BC Soccer’s Playing Up Policy, which can be found on the BC Soccer website.
U14 team rosters will be announced by end of March; U15- U18 team rosters will be announced by June.
Player Registration and Fees
There are no boundaries or transfers required for UISA VIPL players; they can play for either Riptide or Storm regardless of the home club affiliation. However, all players must also register with their home club. A home club is determined by where one resides. UISA’s eight clubs and boundaries are located on the UISA website, under the “Members” tab in the “About UISA” menu on the Welcome Page. Non-registered players are not permitted to practice or play until registration with their home club is complete.
All players are required to pay their home club’s registration fees prior to the their respective deadlines. Please consult your home club for exact costs and dates. In addition, players are required to pay VIPL league fees directly to UISA. A VIPL fees document with a detailed breakdown of the VIPL league fee is provided to everyone before evaluations.
Please note: Extra costs for travel, team equipment, etc. may be incurred – to be determined by individual teams and coaching staff.
Code of Conduct
Players, Parents, and Coaches are required to read and sign the Code of Conduct form prior to the start of league play in September.
UISA website: uisa.ca
VIPL website: http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=vipl
Riptide website: https://www.riptidesoccer.ca/
Storm website: http://storm.uisa.ca/
BC Soccer: https://www.bcsoccer.net/home
The Riptide Steering Committee is an advisory and operational committee of the Upper Island Soccer Association (UISA)
- The committee shall be chaired by a UISA director
- Each club in the North Region (Campbell River, Comox Valley, Powell River and Port Hardy/North Island) shall appoint one representative from their membership to be a voting member of the committee. The representative may come from the club membership, and does not necessarily have to be a club board director.
- The UISA Board in consultation with the Riptide Steering Committee Chair may appoint an advisor(s) or Staff Liaison (maximum 3) to the committee, who shall participate as a non-voting members of the Committee.
The goal of the Riptide Steering Committee is to oversee the operations of the Riptide program. The Committee will advise the UISA executive and VIPL Committee with respect to the oversight of the Riptide program.