PCSL sets course for 2006 season
December 10 - A twelve team men's division and a nine team women's division were provisionally confirmed for the 2006 season at the PCSL AGM held in Surrey, BC today. The men's division will operate two sub-divisions with an interlocking schedule and the women will play a flat schedule. The league welcomes aboard the FK Pacific men from Seattle, the Vancouver Thunderbirds women and the returning Surrey United women and is looking forward to the entry of an Abbotsford Mariners women's team as well. After a change of ownership the former Skagit Rapids will be playing as the PSSA Rapids. Kamloops City men and women will no longer be playing in the PCSL. The league also bids farewell to the Hibernian and Caledonian women who have merged with the Seattle Sounders W-League club.

PCSL Director Bill Gillespie to receive BCSA
Award of Merit

December 8 - Long time PCSL director Bill Gillespie will be honoured by the soccer community for his outstanding service and dedication with a BC Soccer Association Award of Merit at the association's awards banquet in January.
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Former UBC Alumni players help UTEP to
NCAA Division I Tournament

Sophomore MF Cara Nordin. Photo courtesy UTEPDecember 6 - PCSL fan Steven Fast has drawn to our attention that two Canadian women helped the University of el Paso Texas to the second round of the 2005 NCAA Division I tournament in November. The UTEP team included Canadians Cara Nordin who scored in the team's final game at the tournament and keeper Brittany Popoff. Nordin played for the UBC Alumni before being invited to UTEP.
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Christine Sinclair and the Portland Pilots win NCAA Title With A 4-0 Win Over UCLA
Christine Sinclair.  Photo: portlandpilots.comDecember 4 - The No. 1 Portland Pilots are the 2005 NCAA National Champions after a dominating 4-0 win against the No. 4 UCLA Bruins in the College Cup Final at Aggie Soccer Stadium on Sunday. Senior striker Christine Sinclair scored twice giving her 39 goals this season for a new NCAA single-season record.
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Canada-USA to Kickoff 2006 in San Diego
Dwayne deRosario. Photo: CSADecember 1 - Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) have agreed to a friendly between Canada’s Men’s National Team and the US Men’s National Team. The match will take place on January 22, 2006 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego.
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British Columbia and Washington State join
forces to fight passport rule

November 29 - Washington state and British Columbia are objecting to a U.S. proposal to require passport checks at border crossings. Ken Oplinger, head of the Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry said: “I don’t know that requiring soccer moms to have passports will make us safer,” he said, noting that all of the 19 terrorists involved in the Sept. 11 attacks had passports.
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Victoria United seeking coach and manager
Victoria United will be accepting applications, beginning in January, 2006, for the positions of Coach and Manager of its Senior Team for the 2006 Season. The team plays in the highly competitive Pacific Coast Soccer League, with teams in Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Penticton, Kelowna, Bellingham and Seattle. The League operates in May, June and July. These are volunteer positions. Address application to:
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Canadians key in leading schools to berth in
NCAA women's soccer final four

November 25 - Goalkeeper Erin McLeod of Vancouver came up big in the second half to lead her Penn State University Nittany Lions to a 2-1 victory Friday over the Santa Clara Broncos in a quarter-final match of the NCAA women's soccer tournament. Four of the Canadian national team's top players were featured in two of the other three quarter-final matches.
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Soccer Cup Quandary
November - 21 - Don Brown is playing soccer trophy detective these days. The 73-year-old North Vancouver resident has an impressive sterling-silver trophy in his possession, but he's trying to piece together the fractured history of the cup.
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Clan Women Fall 1-0 in NAIA Semi-Finals
November 21 - The Simon Fraser University Clan women’s soccer team’s run at the NAIA National Championships has come to an end, as the team fell 1-0 to Lee (Tenn.) in the NAIA Semi-Finals. The Clan outshot Lee 11-9 in the game, including two shots that bounced off the crossbar.
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British Columbia sweeps nationals
November 18 - In addition to BC universities winning the men's and women's CIS nationals, BC colleges also took gold at the Canadian Colleges' Athletic Association nationals. Douglas College won the men's gold and Langara the women's gold. The Langara squad includes several Tri-Cities Xtreme regulars: Stacey Lewis, Sarah Manson, Ashley Yeamans and Kristen Vander Paw. Congratulations to all concerned.

Soccer and your Body
Articles about common health and injury problems encountered by soccer players prepared for the PCSL by physiotherapist Marc R. Rizzardo of Metrotown Orthopedic & Sports Physiotherapy Clinic.
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