Burnaby FC Joins League1 BC for 2024 Season
League1 BC announced Wednesday that it will continue to boast a eight-team table in the 2024 season as Burnaby Football Club was revealed as the newest member of the provincial semi-pro league.
Following Nautsa’mawt FC’s unceremonious departure from the league after they renounced their club license, it was unsure whether the league would return with eight clubs for the rapidly-approaching season.
Burnaby FC now fills this void left by Nautsa’mawt, bringing with it a rich footballing history which includes the likes of Christine Sinclair and Julia Grosso.
Speaking via a press release, League1 BC expansion committee Chair Chris Keem said the following:
“We are very excited that League1 BC is expanding in the Burnaby area with Burnaby Football Club. They have ambitions to win trophies with the overarching goal of providing a semi-professional platform for players.”
Burnaby FC formed last year as an amalgamation of five existing local youth and amateur adult clubs, Cliff Avenue United FC, Mountain United FC, Wesburn FC, Burnaby Girls SC, and Burnaby District Metro Soccer. In their short existence, the club has already seen success at the youth level with their U-17 boy’s and girl’s rosters winning Gold at the Toyota National Championships.
President of Burnaby FC, Guido Titotto spoke via the press release about the importance this license acquisition had in regard to the development of their players.
“Joining League1 BC provides our players with a continuous pathway across all levels of player development in our province,” he said. “We cannot wait to provide them with League1 BC opportunities.”
Burnaby FC enter their inaugural season at the semi-pro level in 2024, with kick-off set for sometime in the spring of this year. Their entry into the league represents the second time an expansion team has joined L1BC, following only Nanaimo’s Harbourside FC, who began operations prior to the 2023 L1BC season.