Rivers FC is a Canadian semi-professional soccer club based in Kamloops, British Columbia that will play in League1 British Columbia starting in 2022.

Rivers FC
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Full nameRivers Football Club
Founded2021
StadiumHillside Stadium
Head CoachJohn Antulov
LeagueLeague1 British Columbia
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The club was officially unveiled on November 5, 2021, as an inaugural license holder for the first season of the new semi-professional League1 British Columbia in 2022.[1] The club's name is derived from the North Thompson River and South Thompson River which converge in Kamloops.[2] The club will field teams in both the male and female divisions,[3][4] and the team is affiliated with Thompson Rivers University, announcing that the head coaches of the men's and women's Thompson Rivers WolfPack teams will serve as the head coaches for the Rivers male and female teams.[5][6][7] The team is expected to serve as a good recruiting tool for the university, as well as to keep the school's players playing in the offseason.[8] The club is expected to use both the TRU's Hillside Stadium and McArthur Island Park as its home field.[9] The club's budget is expected to be approximately $150,000 annually to operate the team, the majority of which will be spent on travel costs.[10] In December, they announced a relationship with youth club Thompson Okanagan FC to develop their player pathway.[11][12]

PersonnelEdit

Name Position
  Keith Liddiard General Manager
  John Antulov Men's Head Coach
  Mark Pennington Women's Head Coach

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "League1BC welcomes Rivers FC as founding License Holder". BC Soccer Association. November 5, 2021.
  2. ^ Chisholm, Sydney (November 5, 2021). "Kamloops' new soccer team". Castanet.
  3. ^ Jacques, John (November 5, 2021). "Kamloops Lands League1 BC Team With Rivers FC". Northern Tribune.
  4. ^ Walton, Dan (November 7, 2021). "Kamloops will have a team in new semi-pro soccer league, tryouts begin early 2022". Infotel.
  5. ^ Hastings, Marty (November 5, 2021). "Kamloops-based Rivers FC introduced as one of seven League1 BC soccer clubs". Kamloops This Week.
  6. ^ Fraser, James (November 17, 2021). "New Kamloops soccer franchise with close ties to TRU launches". The Omega.
  7. ^ Kieper, John Luke (November 5, 2021). "'Rivers FC' newest sports team to arrive in Kamloops". Kamloops Now.
  8. ^ Klassen, Chad (November 5, 2021). "Rivers FC newest Kamloops sports team to begin play next summer". CFJC-TV.
  9. ^ Kaisar, Victor (November 5, 2021). "Kamloops-based Rivers FC to be part of new semi-pro soccer league starting next spring". Radio NL.
  10. ^ Fox, Karen L. (November 5, 2021). "Rivers FC's new sports team in Kamloops to start playing next summer". Sports E Port.
  11. ^ "Rivers FC Establishes Working Relationship With TOFC". Thompson Okanagan FC. December 14, 2021.
  12. ^ Jacques, John (December 16, 2021). "Rivers FC Forms 'Interior Link' With TOFC". Northern Tribune.