2023 February Update

Southsiders and fellow supporters,

It has been a busy month, and we are thrilled to finally kick off the 2023 season. Let’s get started!

First and foremost I’d like to thank you all who signed up for volunteering. Our first corps of volunteers meetup up was a great evening and I’m looking forward to our ongoing discussions. If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer, it’s never too late, you can always fill out this form https://forms.gle/tVfjZRzEsmi2nMcV9 or email secretary@vancouversouthsiders.ca

The executive board also had a meeting. Since there were multiple applicants to fill the vacant board position, we conducted comprehensive interviews and after much deliberation, the board appointed Sarah Petrie as the 5th Member at Large with the title Director of Ticketing. While Dim McNami extended his portfolio to cover Communications. See the breakdown of responsibilities and the various emails you can reach the board herehttps://vancouversouthsiders.ca/page/contactus

That covers the formal business, let’s have some fun!

First Kick is tomorrow, and if you missed our kick-off event, where both Axel and Vanni expressed how are eagerly awaiting to showcase the new team. Follow our social media for details about pre-game festivities and the March to The Match. https://links.southsiders.ca

Soccer is about passion and we are a group that thrives on passion. When the team is struggling we lift their spirits. When they win we celebrate our victory in the stands until our players have left the pitch. Let’s show our support for them and each other as we kick off another season.

Are you ready?

See you all at BC Place

Cheers,
Peter

2023 January Update

Greetings Fellow Southsiders,

As we are all awaiting an action packed Whitecaps FC season, I’d like to give you an update of a very eventful 2 weeks.

Our group held our very first hybrid Annual General Meeting on January 15. The members attending in person and over zoom, elected an executive board for the 2023 season. We had 7 nominees contested for the 5 Members at Large director positions. The following executive board had been elected as follows:

  • Greg Petrie, Ombudsperson
  • Steve Maddess, Club Treasurer
  • Peter Czimmermann, Club Secretary & President
  • Shayne Grimmer, Member At Large – Director of Game Day operations & VP
  • Craig McCulloch, Member At Large – Director of Communications
  • Dim McNami, Member At Large – Creative Director
  • Tony Santos, Member At Large – Director of Membership and Recruitment
  • Leanne Theiss, Member At Large – Director of Events and Partnerships

I’d like to thank our outgoing executive Cameron Prior for his service on the board in the past years. While he won’t be serving on the executive board, he’s already been appointed as the chair of our Charitable Works Committee and also volunteered to help in other areas, such as events and ticketing.

Unfortunately, Craig McCulloch tendered his resignation from the Director of Communication position for personal reasons. In the name of the whole membership, I’d like to thank Craig for his immense contributions to our group in the past years.

This leaves a vacant seat on the executive board as well as a major gap in the responsibilities covered by current executives. As per current bylaws, the executive board can appoint any members in good standing to serve as a director. Regardless of the formal and legal processes necessary to fill the vacant seat, we need members to step up and cover these responsibilities. e.g. running individual social media presence and informing the membership via newsletter, website or social media. This can be interim coverage and or permanent with the supervision of the appointed or elected communications director.

If you are interested in helping out either as a board member or a volunteer, please fill out this form https://forms.gle/tVfjZRzEsmi2nMcV9 or email secretary@vancouversouthsiders.ca
Board member applications close on Feb 5th at midnight.

We have a few other things already in motion:

  • Southsiders Season Kick-Off party February 19th
  • GA home tickets & Cascadia Away tickets sales
  • Hotel & Hotel+Flight discounts for away matches

2023 Membership is now open for renewal and new sign ups!

https://vancouversouthsiders.ca

NOTICE OF 2023 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 held as a hybrid meeting, in person at Dublin Calling Pub (900 Granville St, Vancouver, BC) with an option to attend online on January 15, 2023, at 2:00pm 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, 2022 (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 29th day of December, 2022


Cascadia Cup Council Joint Statement on 2023 Cascadia Cup and MLS Schedule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cascadia supporters groups announce 2023 Cascadia Cup rules, call for balanced schedule

[Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; and Vancouver, BC; December 27, 2022] 

The supporters groups from the three Cascadia MLS clubs have agreed on rules for the Cascadia Cup after MLS announced an unbalanced schedule in 2023.

The Emerald City Supporters, Vancouver Southsiders and Timbers Army have agreed that all matches will count towards the Cascadia Cup, even though the new unbalanced MLS schedule means each team will play a different number of home games against their Cascadia rivals this season.

“We all agreed that we are going to count every match. This format will be one that all supporters will find easiest to follow,” says Fernando Machicado, Timbers Army spokesperson.

Portland Timbers will host both Vancouver Whitecaps twice and Seattle Sounders once, Vancouver will see Portland once and Seattle twice at home, and Seattle will host Portland twice and Vancouver once. Despite the imbalance, the three supporters groups agreed to count all matches equally in order to keep the 2023 Cascadia Cup format simple.

“Ultimately, the Cascadia Cup is by the supporters, for the supporters, and we realized this was the best decision for the 2023 season,” says Tom Biro, co-president, Emerald City Supporters. “While we can appreciate MLS needing to make different scheduling decisions due to expansion, it’s pretty obvious the league recognizes where to generate the most attention each season.”

The Cascadia Cup will be awarded to the team with the most points after all matches have been played or when there is a clear winner. In the event of a tie, the Cup will be awarded to the team with the best goal difference. Should the MLS schedule remain unbalanced in 2024, the Emerald City Supporters, Vancouver Southsiders and Timbers Army insist that it should allow for a balanced distribution of the home and away matches amongst the Cascadia clubs.

“Scheduling all Cascadia Cup matches to be played on a Saturday is a positive adjustment” says Peter Czimmermann, president of the Vancouver Southsiders. “It is imperative that traveling to rivalry games is as accessible as possible for all supporters”

Background:

The Cascadia Cup was created in 2004 by supporters groups of the three Cascadia teams, and is awarded annually to the best team in the Cascadia region. Seattle  has won it seven times, and Vancouver has won it six times, and current Cascadia Cup holder Portland has won it five times.

2023 Cascadia Cup schedule:

With the unbalanced 2023 MLS schedule, each team has 3 home and 3 away matches, two home games and one away against one Cascadia Cup rival and one home/two away against the other:

  • April 8: Vancouver Whitecaps v. Portland Timbers
  • April 15: Portland Timbers v. Seattle Sounders
  • May 13: Portland Timbers v. Vancouver Whitecaps
  • May 20: Vancouver Whitecaps v. Seattle Sounders
  • June 3: Seattle Sounders v. Portland Timbers
  • July 8: Vancouver Whitecaps v. Seattle Sounders
  • August 26: Portland Timbers v. Vancouver Whitecaps
  • September 2: Seattle Sounders v. Portland Timbers
  • October 7: Seattle Sounders v. Vancouver Whitecaps

(Home team is listed first)

Full Cascadia Cup criteria:

  1. Greater number of points earned in matches between the teams concerned
  2. Greater goal difference in matches between the teams concerned
  3. Greater number of goals scored in matches between the teams concerned
  4. Reapply first three criteria if two or more teams are still tied
  5. Greater goal difference in all cup matches
  6. Greater number of goals scored in all cup matches
  7. Smaller number of disciplinary points in all cup matches (yellow = 1 point, red = 2 points)

About the Cascadia Cup Council
The Cascadia Cup Council is a recognized not-for-profit entrusted with the management of the Cascadia Cup. The Council is made up of one representative from each of the three founding Cascadia Cup supporters groups, the Emerald City Supporters, Timbers Army, and Vancouver Southsiders.

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!

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


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.