League1 BC Season Preview: What you need to know

Girls Elite L1BC champs 2023

League1 BC is back!

It was a banner 2023 season last year. Whitecaps FC are the defending champions for both the men's and women's divisions. They also combined to win the Juan de Fuca Plate, awarded annually to the club with the most combined points between their men's and women's sides. To top things off, the women took home national honours as League1 Canada Inter-Provincial champions.

Boys L1BC champions

Now they're back to defend their titles, starting on Sunday, April 28 at Thunderbird Stadium (12 p.m. and 3 p.m. PT).

Here are a few important details.


The 'Caps are represented in League1 BC by both the male and female side of the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System - the Whitecaps FC MLS Academy in the men's division, and the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Academy in the women's division.

The 'Caps will play their home matches at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium. 

The other six teams in the league are:

  • Altitude FC (North Vancouver - Kinsmen Field)
  • Burnaby FC (Burnaby - Burnaby Lake Sports Complex)
  • Harbourside FC (Nanaimo - Q’unq’inuqwstuxw Stadium)
  • TSS Rovers (Burnaby - Swangard Stadium)
  • Rivers FC (Kamloops - McArthur Island Sports Complex)
  • Unity FC (Surrey - Cloverdale Athletic Park)

Keep up to date and learn more about League1 BC at league1bc.ca.


L1BC schedule 2024


Tickets for Whitecaps FC home matches at Thunderbird Stadium are $5 and can be purchased online through Universe HERE.

Whitecaps FC MLS season members get in free, as does anyone 18 years of age or under.


There are a few prizes up for grabs.

League1 BC championship
In both divisions, the top four teams at the end of the regular season will battle it out in a playoff tournament for the 2024 League1 BC Finals crown.

Juan de Fuca Plate
Created by supporters, the Juan de Fuca Plate is awarded annually to the club with the most combined points between their men's and women's sides. Whitecaps FC are current holders of the plate after claiming the title in 2023. Learn more about the plate at juandefucaplate.ca.

League1 Canada Inter-Provincial Championship
The winners of the 2024 L1BC Women’s Division regular season will win a berth in this year’s Inter-Provincial Championship in Ontario. As noted, the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Academy are defending League1 Canada Inter-Provincial champs.

TELUS Canadian Championship
The regular season champion on the men's side qualifies for the 2025 TELUS Canadian Championship. Unfortunately the 'Caps L1BC side are not eligible, as the Whitecaps FC MLS first team - the two-time defending Canadian champs - already represent the club in the tournament.


All Whitecaps FC home matches will be streamed on the League1 BC YouTube channel through SportsCanada TV.

There is also a Match of the Week, which is available both on YouTube and on TELUS Optik TV channel 1993.


Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Academy





Whitecaps FC BMO MLS Academy





*Academy graduate playing collegiately