With one match to go the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23s lead the Victoria Highlanders on goal differential in the 2013 Juan de Fuca Plate. The winner will be decided Friday, June 28, 2013 at Thunderbird Stadium on the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands near Vancouver.
If the Whitecaps U-23s win or draw, Vancouver will retain the Juan de Fuca Plate for the second consecutive year. However, a Victoria Highlanders win will be enough to give Victoria their first ever championship.
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 2013 USL PDL season, teams competing for the Juan de Fuca Plate will be the Victoria Highlanders and the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency U-23 team. The first game of the 2013 Juan de Fuca Plate will take place May 17, 2013 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia. The first Juan de Fuca Plate match was on May 13, 2012 at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, British Columbia between the Whitecaps U-23s and the Highlanders. The Plate was first awarded July 11 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia to the victorious team, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23s.
The rules of the 2013 Juan de Fuca Plate are:
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.
In the News
Victoria Times-Colonist, "Whitecaps true test for Highlanders" by Cleve Dheensaw, May 16, 2013.
Maple Leaf Forever!, "Juan De Fuca Plate Act Two, Scene One: British Columbia’s Supporters Soccer Championship" by Benjamin Massey, May 17, 2013