General Information


The Central Okanagan Youth Soccer Association (COYSA) is the District that covers the Central Okanagan between Peachland and Oyama for your players as defined by our governing body, the BC Soccer Association (BCSA).

In 2017 we had just over 4,700 players participating in our outdoor soccer programs and over 1,000 that participated in our indoor soccer program.

We have 6 Clubs within our District, each handling their own registrations.  Players register in the Club that is in the area they live in with the exception players participating in our Kelowna United Football Club.  Kelowna United is our rep Club and evaluations for their teams are held each year and are open to players in all our Clubs.  Kelowna United is the technical arm of COYSA and provides coach workshops and courses as well as various player camps and academies.  All Club websites and contact information are on the main page of our website as well as under the Contacts tab.

For the 5 House Clubs, teams play against teams from the 5 different areas of town:  Westside, Rutland, Mission, Lake Country and Kelowna.  Registration is traditionally held in December/January with teh season running from mid April when the fields open until the end of June, taking the summer off, returning after the Labor Day weekend to finish either the weekend before Thanksgiving (U7-10) or the weekend after Thanksgiving (U11-18).

Due to the limited indoor field time that we are allocated, our indoor program can only hold 1,000 players.  The indoor season runs from near the end of October until just before Spring Break, taking time off during the Christmas holidays.  Registration is traditionally held in mid August.  Families print off the registration form and drop it off at the COYSA office.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:  In January 2018 a change has been brought forward where there is a possibility of International Students playing in our league.  The entire document is found HERE - please specifically look towards the bottom of page 5 where it says as copied below.  The form that needs to be completed and submitted with the documentation is found HERE (please note there is a $100 fee apparently charged for this - not by COYSA).

*NEW* Minors who are Exchange Students

Typically exchange students are ineligible to apply for an ITC because they must have at least one parent in Canada with them; however the FIFA Players Status Committee may, on a case-by-case basis, review an application to grant approval to request a minor exchange student’s ITC, providing one of the following very specific circumstances apply and the club the minor player intends on registering with has no professional team, is strictly amateur, and has no financial, legal, or de facto links to a professional club:

NOTE: even if the following circumstances apply, there is no guarantee that FIFA will grant approval

  1. The duration of the player’s academic study abroad program and the duration of the player’s envisaged club registration is less than a year; or
  2. The duration of the player’s academic study abroad program is longer than a year, but the player is turning 18 in less than a year; or
  1. The duration of the player’s academic study abroad program is longer than a year, but there is less than a year of the program

If applying to the FIFA Players Status Committee, all of the mandatory documentation listed below must be included with the application:

 Proof of Birth (Birth Certificate) of the player;

  1. Proof of identity and nationality of the player (passport);
  2. Proof of identity and nationality of the player’s parents (parents’ passports);
  3. Documentation of the Exchange Program (name, purpose, funding, duration, ) provided by the exchange program;
  4. Registration form for the exchange program (as completed by the parents and the minor player);
  5. Confirmation of the players return to his home country (signed declaration by the parents or the exchange program that the minor player will return to his home country upon completion of the exchange program);
  6. Documentation of academic education;
  7. Confirmation of player’s participation from academic institute in home country;
  8. Documentation of accommodation and care;
  9. Status of new club and duration of registration;
  10. Status of player with former club;
  11. Authorization of host parents; and
  12. Parental authorization

This process can take anywhere from two to six weeks to receive a decision (or longer, depending on the complexity of the case). Please note that provisional ITCs cannot be issued for the player during this application process. The FIFA Players Status Committee may also request additional documentation to what is listed above.

  PLEASE BE ADVISED:

-       Provisional Certificates for ITC applications of minors are only provided in cases where the player will be registering strictly as an amateur with an amateur club with no legal, financial or de facto links to a professional club.

  • CSA DOES NOT communicate directly with District Associations, Clubs, players, or parents regarding ITC applications, questions, or status checks; they only communicate with the provincial body (BC Soccer).

 

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