History Of Our Soccer Club
Vancouver United Football Club (VanU) was founded in 2011 as a result of joining three long-standing west side Vancouver clubs - Dunbar Soccer Association, Kerrisdale Soccer Society, and Point Grey Soccer Association. The founding clubs go back to the late 1950’s, and VanU inherited from these clubs a long tradition of strongly engaged players and teams, community involvement, supportive families, and a large number of volunteers.
VanU is one of the largest soccer clubs in the Lower Mainland with over 3000 boys and girls from the ages of three to 17 playing at the U4 to U18 levels. The club also hosts teams for women and men playing in their respective adult leagues. While most of the players are from the west side of Vancouver, there are many players from throughout the Vancouver area.
Where We Play
Practices and home games use artificial turf fields at UBC, Jericho, South Memorial, Trillium, and Point Grey and UHill Secondary Schools; grass and all-weather fields at numerous local elementary schools; and various grass Vancouver Park Board fields.
VanU has over 600 volunteers as team coaches and managers, activity coordinators, and Board members who help to ensure our players and families have a positive and memorable experience in the soccer community.
The club has different programs for the various age groups:
ACTIVE START (U4-U8)
Vancouver United FC's philosophy for the Active Start Program is to develop PASSION FOR THE GAME and LOVE OF THE BALL. This program is based on the Canadian Soccer Association Long Term Player Development Pathway. The focus is on fun, physical literacy (learning fundamental movement skills), and soccer skill development. This is a parent-engagement program, so parents actively participate in all aspects.
At this level, players transition into a new format, playing 6-aside on slightly larger fields compared to Active Start. There is one practice during the week and a game on the weekend.
Divisional soccer includes the U11 to U18 age groups. The U11–U12 teams play 8-aside games on half fields, and the U13–U18 play 11-aside on full fields. Formal tiering starts for Divisional teams based on a structured evaluation process for those players wanting to play at a more competitive level. Whereas the Active Start and House games are all in-house played in the local community. Divisional teams play at least half of their games beyond the local fields.
The VanU Academy is the core of our club's training and development, providing a wide range of support to club players, teams, coaches and referees. Support includes programs geared to competitive players and teams; pro-coaching support to teams; spring/summer camps for all levels of play; and volunteer and referee training and development programs.
Club Branding and Logo
Vancouver United FC's identity was based on a brand visioning process in 2011/12 and a strategic planning process developed in 2016/17. The initial brand visioning process engaged a wide spectrum of participants representing the founding clubs of Dunbar Soccer Association, Kerrisdale Soccer Society, and Point Grey Soccer Association. This process identified the fundamental qualities and directions of the new club. The subsequent strategic planning process engaged the membership at the time to move the club further in clarifying, defining and implementing Vancouver United FC’s beliefs and deliverables. Learn more about the strategic planning process.
Club Mantra - GAME. CLUB. COMMUNITY
This mantra reflects the club’s desire that players of all ages, experience, and talent have an opportunity to play the GAME; the CLUB is seen to be strong and vibrant, with the players and families having a positive experience; and the club will work with and within the COMMUNITY in various ways to make a positive contribution.
Game – To create the best soccer experience in British Columbia by adopting best practices in player, coach and referee development programs across all youth and adult age categories, skill levels and gender.
Club – To achieve club sustainability, growth and excellence through efficient, effective and inspired leadership and management.
Community – To make a difference in soccer and in our community be engaging member families and our volunteers through outreach, collaboration with other clubs, and partnerships and promotions with like-minded individuals and organizations.
The inclusion of a bridge in the club’s logo reflects the large membership spanning not only the original core neighbourhoods of Dunbar, Kerrisdale and Point Grey, but also encompasses other areas of Vancouver from where our players reside - including Kitsilano, Fairview Slopes, Granville Island, the West Broadway corridor, other parts of residential Vancouver, and into the downtown Vancouver communities.
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