After a 7 month long season that begins in September, the Cup Finals weekend for the Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) is upon us!
The weekend will showcase four Cup Finals from different divisions of competition, with two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday, all at Royal Athletic Park.
Tickets are $5, and kids 12 and under get in free!
Sunday, March 25th
The marquee match is the Sir John Jackson Cup, competed for by teams in Divisions 1 and 2 of the VISL. The Jackson Cup has been a prize for over 100 years, having been first awarded in 1915, meaning the winner of this match can undoubtedly be considered the top VISL team on Vancouver Island. Kick off is slated for 2:30pm on Sunday, with Div 1 Gorge FC battling Div 1 Lakehill FC for island glory.
The Tony Grover Masters Cup will be battled for on Sunday as well, with Cowichan 49ers taking on Gorge FC Backfit. “Masters” soccer is the over-35 league for the VISL – but don’t be fooled – the quality of gameplay is still very high. Many players in the league occupied Division 1 and 2 roster spots in their hay day.
Saturday, March 24th
Saturday sees the George Pearkes Challenge Cup final kick off at 12pm, a competition where teams from Division 3 and 4 of the VISL compete for glory as Vancouver Island’s best lower division soccer team. This year’s edition will see Div 3 Gorge Us-Guys battle the Div 3 Saanich Fusion Bandits.
A second Saturday match scheduled for 2:30pm will showcase the youthful exuberance and athleticism of U-21 soccer, as the George Smith U21 Cup is up for grabs. The U21 features quality soccer, and many players from the system will go on to play in the top VISL divisions. Don’t miss Cowichan battle it out against Vic West.
We’ll see you at the pitch!
- Where: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Street.
- When: Saturday, March 24th and Sunday, March 25th.
- Tickets: $5, kids 12 and under are free.