About the Coastal Cup
The annual Coastal Cup is one of British Columbia’s most prestigious youth soccer events, and the BC Coastal Soccer League will be managing the competition. The BCCSL will manage the draw, scheduling, communications and overall operations of the competition while BC Soccer will retain jurisdiction over the rules, regulations, format and judicial matters.
The Coastal Cup has a long and rich history in BC, with teams from across the lower mainland competing in this month-long competition. Boys and girls teams from the U13-U18 age categories compete with the winning teams going on to represent their age category and district at the BC Soccer Provincial Championships.
SPECIAL NOTE: All Coastal Cup games (play-ins, R16, quarters, semis, finals) need a winner - and all games tied after regulation time are required to play extra time before penalty kicks)
February 21 : Random draw for play-in matches
February 25–27 : Play-in matches
February 28 : Draw for main draw games (Deadline for scores to be reported is Feb 28 @ noon)
March 4–6 : Coastal Cup Round of 16, Coastal B Cup Boys U13 Round of 32
March 11–13 : Coastal B Cup Boys U13 Round of 16
April 1–3 : Coastal Cup Quarterfinals (8)
April 8–10 : Coastal Cup Semifinals (4)
April 23–24 : Coastal Cup Final (2)
For the 2021-22 season, the BCCSL board has revised the Coastal Cup qualifying and playoff format, and also refined the BCCSL’s League Championship that took place over the last couple seasons, now formally called the ‘League Cup’ to mirror the ‘Coastal Cup’ and ‘Provincial Cup’ monikers. The reasons and rationale behind these changes are:
- The BCCSL manages the Coastal Cup competition, and without the Island’s inclusion this year, we had an opportunity to further enhance the competition. This was done by creating a better connection to league play, along with removing the previous qualifying spots from district playoffs creating less confusion overall.
- The last couple of seasons, the old League Championship format of round robin groups was often compromised by weather issues and field closures in January and early February. Creating a competition that connected league standings to a cup playoff format made more sense from a flow through perspective.
HIGHLIGHTS OF CHANGES TO COASTAL A AND B CUP QUALIFYING
- For this season, these age groups fit into A and B Cup, and these are the groups that are playing for Provincial A or B Cup qualifying:
- U13 Div 1 and U14–U18 Metro — Coastal Cup (A) / Provincial Cup (A)
- U13 Div 2 and U14–U18 Div 1 — Coastal Cup (B) / Provincial Cup (B)
- For U13 Div 1, and all U14–U18 Metro divisions, ALL standings will be based on points per game (PPG) from the beginning of league play in September through to the end of the season with the last scheduled weekend of league games being on the February 25–27 weekend.
- For all U13 Div 2, and U14–U18 Div 1 teams, ALL standings will be based on points per game (PPG) from the October 15-17 weekend through to the end of the season. Starting the standings after Thanksgiving for these age groups was necessary due to the number of divisions that had teams move in/out due to the re-tiering process. If a team was moved DOWN at the Christmas winter break into a new division, they will enter that division with their old point totals. For example, a team dropping to a lower division due to having no wins, would enter their new division with the same 0 points. They would not receive the average point totals of the new group due to cup seeding implications. A team moved UP at the Christmas break will receive the average points of the new division. This will mean that they would NOT parachute in with the highest points totals, so this was the fair way to place them mid-table in the new group.
- Using PPG means if teams end up playing less/more games than others due to byes or field closures in winter, all teams can still be ranked in final standings by comparing to others with a different number of games played using PPG which will determine the maximum of 16 teams that qualify for A or B Cup.
- A team may permit up to three BC Soccer registered players to bring their roster up to the number of players on the team's affiliation form for the current season, or up to a maximum of 16, whichever is lower. However, teams may not permit players to replace players under suspension.
- All divisions will have pre-set dates:
- Round of 16 on March 4–6
- Quarterfinals (8) on April 1–3
- Semifinals (4) on April 8–10
- Coastal Cup Final (2) on April 23–24
- In each division, the top 4 teams will be seeded, with a draw to fill the spots overall
- Teams qualifying for the Provincial Cup will be:
- Coastal Cup Gold (winner)
- Coastal Cup Silver (finalist)
- Coastal Cup Bronze (winner of the 3rd place game between losing semi-finalists) - this spot is provided if a host berth is not allotted from BC Soccer
- If there is a 4th Provincial Cup spot awarded to the BCCSL, this will come via:
- 4th placed team from Coastal Cup playoffs (loser in bronze medal game)
- League Champion from BCCSL end of season standings (if already not qualified)
- This overall plan includes the removal of District Cup as a qualifying entry to Coastal Cup. Districts can still operate their own District Cup outside of this new Coastal Cup/BCCSL competition structure.
- There will be no challenges between divisions. A team that enters a level of play, unless re-tiered by the league based on results, will play in the Coastal Cup in their division.