VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC and BMO – the Bank of Soccer in Canada – announced on Tuesday a new multi-year agreement that will see BMO become the official presenting partner of the nationwide Whitecaps FC Academy System.
BMO is proud to support soccer in Canada, from grassroots, to local neighbourhoods and communities, to the professional level. Close to 500 youth teams across Canada are supported by BMO.
“BMO has been a proud supporter of soccer in Canada for more than a decade – from the local level to partnering with three Major League Soccer teams,” said Michael E. Bonner, regional president, B.C & Yukon, personal & business banking “We’ve renewed our Vancouver Whitecaps FC partnership for a long-term agreement and believe in the growth of the sport by now being the presenting partner of the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System.”
The partnership includes all Whitecaps FC academy programs from coast-to-coast, with BMO featured on regional academy centre apparel. Additionally, BMO will present a content series, It Starts with a Goal, that will showcase up and coming players from across the academy system.
The Whitecaps FC regional academy centre network was first launched in the Lower Mainland in 2012, with programs later expanding throughout British Columbia. Each program is led by professionally licensed coaches and linked through key staff, curriculum, and standards. Today, there are 24 regional hubs spread throughout the country from Vancouver Island to Prince Edward Island. Approximately 3,500 youth participate in Whitecaps FC academy programs across Canada.
“BMO have been a fantastic partner, dating back to our days before we joined MLS,” said Rachel Lewis, Whitecaps FC chief operating officer. “Their commitment to the growth of soccer in Canada is phenomenal. We’re excited to continue to work together to support the dreams of our youth and build a strong soccer community as we eagerly move towards the 2026 FIFA World Cup on home soil.”