Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club Soccer for life!
Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club (CMFSC) is one of the province’s largest and most successful community sports organizations - offering both recreational and elite soccer programs to over 3,500 youth and adult players. BC Soccer and the Vancouver Whitecaps recognized CMFSC’s record and standing as a premier club when we were awarded one of eight (8) BC Soccer Premier League franchises earlier this year. The club operates under the stewardship of a volunteer Board of Directors, paid administrative and technical resources and takes great pride in the high professional and business ethics under which it operates as a community-based non-profit.
CMFSC was formed through the merger of two very successful local soccer clubs – the Metro-Ford Soccer Club and Coquitlam City Soccer Association. The two clubs started working together in the 2005-2006 season and merged officially in 2007/2008. The Metro-Ford Soccer Club was founded in 1984 and prior to the merger had won an astounding 22 Provincial Cups in 18 years of existence from 1984 – 2004. The Coquitlam City Soccer Association was also founded around 1984 and brought scale in terms of numbers of boys and girls registered, as well as strength in both organizational and financial terms. The club boasts an incredible record in developing players, many who have gone on to represent our Province and Country, or compete collegiately or professionally. Our showing at both the Provincial and National Championships continues to demonstrate that Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC is serious about the development of our players and coaches and is striving to put a top level product on the field. Countless local high school graduates have gone on to pursue playing careers at college and university in both Canada and the US.
Our club is committed to excellence and is guided by the following principles and philosophies:
- Soccer for All, Soccer for Life and enjoyment of the game
- Gender equity
- “Player centric, development focus supported by comprehensive, high quality technical programs
- Fair play and values of sportsmanship, leadership and personal development
- Player, coach, officials and volunteer development
- Promotion of the game and growth in participation of the sport
- Community relationships with neighboring soccer clubs and other sports organizations within the Tri-Cities
- Partnership with the City of Coquitlam and Vancouver Whitecaps hosting events for both
- Fostering strong working relationships with the business community to build community support and create financial opportunities
We pride ourselves in developing a player’s full potential and passion for “the beautiful game”. Our philosophy is “Soccer for Life” and our intent is to develop future soccer fans and community volunteers. The club operates under the leadership of a dedicated, volunteer Board and the stewardship of Technical Director Sara Maglio (ex-Whitecap and National Team member), whom herself, along with numerous other club members, played their youth soccer in Coquitlam and have returned to “give back” to the community, the club and the game.
Over 700 adult volunteers are involved with the organization as administrators, coaches or managers and are the backbone of the organization. The club invests in education for these volunteers; providing subsidized certification training to approximately 65 volunteer coaches per year. In addition, approximately 150 officials, primarily youths, are involved with the club and again provided with certification programs developing their leadership potential and offering respectable hourly stipends.
Annually, the club organizes two significant tournaments, which attract teams from throughout BC, Alberta and Washington State on Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day weekends, supporting business and commerce in the Tri-Cities and providing exposure to what the Tri-Cities has to offer visitors. In addition, the Domenic Mobilio Friendship Tournament attracts some 2,000+ players from 4 -12 years old every spring in a celebration of soccer and sportsmanship.
CMFSC was one of the first youth sports organizations to develop a naming rights sponsorship agreement with longtime supporter Metro-Ford Motors. This model has been replicated twice recently by clubs in the region – Abbotsford and Maple Ridge. CMFSC continues to invest in partnership relationships with the likes of the John B Pub, Me-n-Ed's, Tim Hortons and Soccer Express.