Though the Victoria Highlanders will not compete in the 2020 USL League 2, it has been announced that, to keep the competition strong in what would otherwise be another gap year, the Juan de Fuca Plate will continue with a two-legged exhibition series between Vancouver TSS Rovers (USL League 2) and the Highlanders (PCSL).
With Victoria plotting a move to a potential BC Soccer provincial elite league, the goals of the Juan de Fuca Plate have never been more relevant: to promote fan interest and rivalry in lower-division (high amateur and semi-professional) soccer in the province of British Columbia. The two legs of the 2020 Plate will take place on Sunday, May 3 in Victoria at 2 PM, at the spiritual home of Victoria soccer, Royal Athletic Park. The second leg takes place Sunday, May 10 at 2 PM in Burnaby at Burnaby's nearly-as-storied Swangard Stadium.
Congratulations to the 2019 Juan de Fuca Plate champions, Vancouver TSS Rovers!
Vancouver TSS Rovers are two-time defending champions of the Juan de Fuca Plate after taking the 2018 edition in the first two legs of a three-match series, and defending for 2019 in a stirring match at Victoria's home ground of Centennial Stadium. Victoria was the previous two-time defending champion, though with a heck of a gap year: they won the 2014 Plate and, after two years off, took the first year of the resurrected competition in 2017.
Rules and About the Juan de Fuca Plate
The Juan de Fuca Plate is a supporter-sponsored competition for British Columbian clubs in the United Soccer Leagues League 2 (USL L2), formerly the USL PDL, a semi-professional league with clubs in Canada and the United States.
Founded in 2012 by supporters of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Victoria Highlanders, the Juan de Fuca Plate is meant to spur interest across British Columbia in soccer at the semi-professional level, and to inspire good-natured rivalry between the competing cities. Standings in regular season games between all USL PDL teams in British Columbia count towards the championship. Every year, the winner will receive the Juan de Fuca Plate.
After a two-season hiatus the Juan de Fuca Plate returned for the 2017 USL PDL season. Since 2017 the teams competing have been the Victoria Highlanders and TSS FC/Vancouver TSS Rovers.
The rules of the 2020 Juan de Fuca Plate are:
The winner of the Juan de Fuca Plate is the United Soccer League League 2 (USL L2) team in British Columbia with the best record in the league in games between these teams.
The winner is determined by the following criteria.
- Points in eligible games
- Goal differential in games between the tied teams
- Goals for in games between the tied teams
- Away goals for in eligible games
- Kicks from the penalty mark, if agreed by the participating teams
If all teams involved play the same number of games against each other, all games count in the Plate standings, regardless of the number of games that are home or away. If there are a different number of games between each competing team, the rules will be adjusted as required for a level playing field.
At the end of the match where the winner has been determined, the champion shall be awarded the Juan de Fuca Plate.