History of the VSA
The VSA is steeped in history and tradition, with its’ roots traced to immigrant Europeans who formed Vernons’ first soccer team in 1952. Spanning 5 decades, the sport of soccer is embedded firmly in our community history. This history evolved into a diverse membership of players from all cultures and social backgrounds into what is now proudly known as the VSA.
The following provides a quick ‘snap shot’ about our proud past:
- 1950’s starting a foundation
- 1960’s building a tradition
- 1970’s encouraging evolution
- 1980’s developing a structure
- 1990’s implementing internal infrastructure
By 2004, soccer in Vernon has evolved into a massive network of programs accommodating all ages and abilities. Boys and girls ages 6 through 18 are under the soccer program direction of the North Okanagan Youth Soccer Association (NOYSA).
The North Okanagan Women’s Soccer Association (NOWSA) operates two separate leagues’ for competitive (open age group) and masters (over age 30) women. The 6 team Vernon City League accommodates competitive (open age group) men, while Vernon fields 3 teams in both Okanagan Valley-wide mens’ over 35 and over 45 leagues.