Congratulations to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on entering a team in the United Soccer Leagues Professional Division for the 2015 season. Unfortunately, the Whitecaps have announced that, as part of this new entry, their USL PDL team is to be discontinued, leaving the Victoria Highlanders as the only USL PDL team in British Columbia and no two British Columbian clubs facing off anywhere in the North American professional pyramid.
The future of the Juan de Fuca Plate, until there are again multiple British Columbian teams facing off in MLS, the NASL, USL Pro, USL PDL, or some other equivalent level, is therefore up in the air. However, we are optimistic British Columbian clubs and fans can come together to keep the Juan de Fuca Plate a vibrant, growing, and exciting part of the provincial soccer scene for 2015 and years beyond.
Many thanks to the Vancouver Whitecaps players and staff for being supporters of the Juan de Fuca Plate for three thrilling seasons.
Congratulations to the 2014 Juan de Fuca Plate champions, Victoria Highlanders FC.
Rules and About the Juan de Fuca Plate
The Juan de Fuca Plate is a supporter-sponsored competition for British Columbian clubs in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (USL PDL), a semi-professional league with clubs in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean.
Founded in 2012 by supporters of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Victoria Highlanders, the Juan de Fuca Plate is meant to spur interest across British Columbia in soccer at the semi-professional level, and to inspire good-natured rivalry between the competing cities. Standings in regular season games between all USL PDL teams in British Columbia count towards the championship. Every year, the winner will receive the Juan de Fuca Plate.
For the 2014 USL PDL season, teams competing for the Juan de Fuca Plate were the Victoria Highlanders and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 team in a two-legged tie. The first game of the 2014 Juan de Fuca Plate took place Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, British Columbia, with Victoria winning 3-2. The final leg was Friday, May 27 at the University of British Columbia's Thunderbird Stadium, which Victoria won 5-4 to take their first Juan de Fuca Plate. The Plate was first awarded July 11, 2012 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia to the victorious team, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23s. Vancouver defended their first championship June 28, 2013 at Thunderbird Stadium.
The rules of the 2014 Juan de Fuca Plate were:
The winner of the Juan de Fuca Plate is the United Soccer League Premier Development League (USL PDL) team in British Columbia with the best record in the league in games between these teams.
The winner is determined by the following criteria.
- Points in eligible games
- Goal differential in games between the tied teams
- Goals for in games between the tied teams
- Away goals for in eligible games
If all teams involved play the same number of games against each other, all games count in the Plate standings, regardless of the number of games that are home or away. If there are a different number of games between each competing team, the rules will be adjusted as required for a level playing field.
At the end of the match where the winner has been determined, the champion shall be awarded the Juan de Fuca Plate.