NOTICE OF 2022 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF MEMBERS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Annual General Meeting of the Members of The Vancouver Southsiders Soccer Supporters Society (the “Society”) will be a virtual meeting held online on February 6, 2022, at 4:00pm for the following purposes:

1. To receive and consider the report of the Directors, and the financial statements of the Society for the financial year ended December 31, 2021 (copy available for inspection upon request);

2. To waive the appointment of an Auditor for the ensuing year;

3. OR To appoint an Auditor for the ensuing year;

4. To elect Directors for the year; and

5. To conduct such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

DATED effective as of the 23th day of January, 2022


2022 Season: Be Kind, Be Loud.

Happy New Season

Seven hundred thirty-five days have passed since the last time we got a chance to fill the supporters’ sections of BC Place. I hope the post will be shorter to read, it’s been a lot to endure and it’s not over just yet

This season snuck up on many of us, probably because we got stuck checking charts on a daily. (?!) basis.
Our group still managed to squeeze in an AGM in February. It re-elected a board who didn’t have much opportunity to prove themselves in 2021. Yeah, I was in hibernation, we were in hibernation, just like most non-essential things and services in our lives. Hibernate no more. We are back. All of us. Please allow me to (re?)introduce the Southsiders 2022 Executive. We are looking forward to serve and grow our membership, in short: support your support.

  • Peter Czimmermann – President & Secretary
  • Shayne Grimmer – Vice President & Director of Gameday Operations (TIFO/Stadium)
  • Steven Maddess – Treasurer
  • Craig McCulloch – Director of Communications
  • Tony Santos – Director of Membership & Recruitment
  • Dim McNami – Creative Director (Merchandise)
  • Cameron Prior – Director of Events & Away Travel (Partnerships)
  • Greg Petrie – Ombudsperson

The same consistency couldn’t be stated about the Whitecaps executives, as many of them were deservedly put on administrative leave, and there is yet another investigation commissioned – this time by the league – to “find out” how sexual abuse allegations had been handled at Our Club. Despite charges laid, and a recent guilty plea, sadly there have been no public updates from the investigation. Disappointing. The women suffering the abuse and the consequences of mishandled allegations deserve better.
The only comforting thing: knowing those former executives aren’t making any decisions right now.

We seem to be in the capable hands of Herr Schuster. Axel handled this situation amicably so far.

Last year, Vanni managed to spark the team and supporters into something special, and I’m looking forward to sing Stand By Me with all of you today.

Raise your scarves, wave your flags and be heard: Stand and sing with us for the Whitecaps – and for Ukraine.

See you at BC Place, see you in the Southside.

Peter Czimmermann
President

ps A few important notes about the supporters section, especially the general admission (between the 253/254 aisles)

WARM-UP
Dublin Calling from around noon
Pay your bill on time.
March leaves at 1:45 sharp
ON ARRIVAL
Please enter the stadium at Gate G
There will be a small area in the 3rd/4th row of the section reserved for the capo and the drums. Please keep this area clear
One scarf, one seat. Save a seat for your friend or family using their scarf. Please do not abuse the process
BEFORE THE MATCH
Introduce yourself to your neighbours
Please help distribute individual flags
Feel free to ask questions from any of the supporters groups organizing the support in the section
DURING THE MATCH
Don’t be shy: Be active, stand, sing loud, clap, hold your scarf, wave your flag!
Follow the capo
Important: Very Large Flags will be flown during gameplay, they may block your view – they are part of our support, just like the songs we sing. The players love them.
PLEASE NOTE: We are vehemently against, and will not tolerate, violence and bigotry
AFTER THE MATCH
Do not leave your seat until “Stand By Me” is sung.
Please help collect individual flags
We are all in this together!

Cascadia Cup 2021 tiebreaker scenarios

Earlier this year, the representatives of the Cascadia Cup Council confirmed that the Cup would indeed be awarded in 2021 after a balanced schedule that allowed for supporters to attend in person was made available. After five of the qualifying six matches, the winner of the Cup will be determined by the result of the final match between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps on November 7, 2021, with multiple tiebreaker scenarios in play.

Potential results are as follows:

Scenario A: Seattle wins or draws on 11/7: Seattle wins
Scenario B: Vancouver wins by 3 or fewer on 11/7: Seattle wins
Scenario C: Vancouver wins by 4 on 11/7: Vancouver wins
Scenario D: Vancouver wins by 5+ on 11/7: Vancouver wins

Tiebreaker rules for the Cascadia Cup are as follows:

Tiebreaker 1: Greater number of points earned in matches between teams concerned
Tiebreaker 2: Greater goal difference in matches between teams concerned
Tiebreaker 3: Greater number of goals scored in matches between teams concerned

As such, Scenario A is clear: a Seattle victory or draw makes them the winner with the most points.

For Scenario B (Vancouver wins on 11/7 by 3 or fewer), all 3 teams will be even on 6 points, therefore the goal difference tie-breaker would be calculated among all three teams. If Vancouver wins by 3, GD would be Seattle +2, Vancouver 0, Portland -2, resulting in Seattle named the victor.

For Scenario C (Vancouver wins by 4 on 11/7), all 3 teams will be even on 6 points, the goal difference tie-breaker would be calculated among all three teams yielding a further tie as Seattle and Vancouver will both be +1 (Portland -2). Therefore only Seattle and Vancouver would be considered in the next tiebreaker, with Vancouver’s victory on 11/7 being +4, giving Vancouver the Cup.

For Scenario D (Vancouver wins by 5 or more on 11/7), GD is among all teams, with Seattle at 0, Vancouver at +2, and Portland at -2, resulting in Vancouver securing the Cup.

We hope this clarifies any questions or concerns about the awarding of the 2021 Cascadia Cup.

The Cascadia Cup is back for 2021

At long last, the representatives of the Cascadia Cup Council have determined that due to the relaxation of pandemic-related fan restrictions at matches, combined with the opportunity to create a balanced Cup schedule, the Cascadia Cup will have a 2021 champion. The Emerald City Supporters, Timbers Army, and Vancouver Southsiders have discussed all possible options, and the schedule will include:

  • 8/15 Seattle @ Portland
  • 8/29 Portland @ Seattle
  • 9/10 Portland @ Vancouver
  • 10/9 Vancouver @ Seattle
  • 10/20 Vancouver @ Portland
  • 11/7 Sounders @ Vancouver

Should future matches be postponed or see significant changes regarding attendance of supporters, the Cascadia Cup Council may amend this plan, but we are hopeful that the Cup will be awarded this year as intended. 

Cascadia Cup 2021

Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, BC, April 16, 2021 — As the 2021 MLS season begins, representatives of the Cascadia Cup Council are still working through the details on how to award the 2021 Cascadia Cup, given pandemic restrictions in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver.

At this time, many MLS teams (including Seattle and Portland) are not allocating tickets to away supporters or promoting away travel, and Vancouver will, at least temporarily, play “home” games at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT with no fans in attendance.

The Emerald City Supporters, Timbers Army, and Vancouver Southsiders continue to evaluate options on how to properly award the supporter-owned and -driven Cup using the most fair methodology, and expect to make an updated announcement in, or before, July 2021.

2021 Membership

For those who wish to renew their 2021 membership, you can do so now for $30 plus online transaction fees where applicable.

The membership package and other renewal options will be finalized at the next Southsiders Board meeting on May 6th, 2021.

Please note: there is currently no merchandise attached to this $30 registration fee and the Board is considering other 2020-2021 membership transfers due to the current situation. 

New members for 2021 will get the existing 2020 scarf. 
Click here  for more information. 

2021 Southsiders Executive

Many thanks to all who participated in the 2021 Annual General Meeting on April 11th – the first to be done online.

The following are your 2021 Executive:

Peter Czimmermann – President & Secretary 
Shayne Grimmer- Vice President & Director of Gameday Operations (TIFO/Stadium)
Steve Maddess – Treasurer
Craig McCulloch – Director of Communications  
Tony Santos – Director of Membership & Recruitment 
Dim McNami – Creative Director (Merchandise)
Cameron Prior – Director of Events & Away Travel (Partnerships)
Greg Petrie – Ombudsman 

NOTICE OF 2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF MEMBERS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Annual General Meeting of the Members of The Vancouver Southsiders Soccer Supporters Society (the “Society”) will be a virtual meeting held online on April 11, 2021, at 4:00pm for the following purposes:

1. To receive and consider the report of the Directors, and the financial statements of the Society for the financial year ended December 31, 2020 (copy available for inspection upon request);

2. To waive the appointment of an Auditor for the ensuing year;

3. OR To appoint an Auditor for the ensuing year;

4. To elect Directors for the year; and

5. To conduct such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

DATED effective as of the 28th day of March, 2021

Let them play


Major League Soccer, the message from the supporters is simple:

Let them play.

Supporters’ statement

Cascadia Cup update

Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, BC, June 22, 2020 — Shortly after the formal announcement of the “MLS is Back Tournament,” representatives of the Cascadia Cup Council unanimously agreed that matches played behind closed doors, including any future matches played in MLS stadiums where supporters are not present, will not count towards Cascadia Cup Standings in 2020. In order to continue the supporter-owned, supporter-driven Cascadia Cup’s tradition of competitive balance, each club must complete both home and away matches against each of the other clubs, and the 2020 season will be measured in the same manner as any prior season where all three teams were in the same league. As always, the Cascadia Cup Council and the supporter groups it represents stand with the MLSPA.