Langley United Soccer Association technical director Mark Parker came to Township council Monday to lobby for increased access to municipal artificial turf fields.

Turf wars in Township

Pair of local soccer leagues make a pitch to council for field access

The fighting by Langley-area youth soccer leagues over access to playing fields drew some critical comments from Langley Township council, Monday, Oct. 27.

Langley United Soccer Association (LUSA) technical director Mark Parker had come to council to argue for more playing time, taking several swipes at rival Langley FC (LFC) in the process.

Parker told Township council it’s time the municipality took a “re-look” at the way it parcels out access to playing fields.

A 33-page written brief filed with council by LUSA complains the current field allocation system allows teams with a majority of non-Langley players to claim turf time and permits teams to under-use sought-after artificial turf fields.

Among other things, the brief complains that the smaller LFC will be entitled to claim more turf time because it has just added 173 players, as a result of the recent decision by the  British Columbia Soccer Association (BCSA) to merge the Fraser Valley FC into LFC.

“The majority of those players are not Langley residents,” Parker told council.

The written brief also gives more details about the 16-week suspension of LUSA president Dave Kasper by the BCSA, saying eight weeks of the suspension was “for calling an Aldergrove Youth Soccer Association FV board member a name during a board meeting and repeating the word in an email to [Township] Parks and Rec staff” and five weeks were for behaviour not “in the best interest of the game” that included what the BCSA board called “continuously filing frivolous complaints to the TOL [Township] regarding operations of LFC and their misuse of fields.”

Councillor Charlie Fox said the fighting isn’t good for the kids on the teams.

“I don’t like what’s happening to soccer in this Township,” Fox told Parker.

Other members of council expressed similar concerns during the afternoon session of council earlier the same day.

Councillor Kim Richter said Township staff should investigate the matter and prepare a report.

“There’s something going on here,” Richter said.

Councillor Steve Ferguson said staff have been trying to “referee” the disputes.

“There have been challenges, I’ll say … between the two soccer associations,” Ferguson said.

The LUSA presentation came one week after the LFC went to council to report the merger with the Fraser Valley FC.

An Oct. 17 press release issued by the BCSA said Fraser Valley FC had experienced “significant challenges in accessing field assignments” and had asked the BCSA board for help.

Langley FC Soccer Club president Rob Jandric said the former all-girls club has grown to more than 1,300 — 360 boys and 664 girls plus about 300 players in Langley FC’s men’s and women’s programs.

LUSA, in its written submission to council, said it has 2,300 registered youth players.

— with files from Gary Ahuja

Just Posted

VIDEO: Langley singer shares special country music honour with her late grandma

Karen Lee Batten, co-host of the BCCMA awards Sunday, was presented with two accolades.

Fort Langley paddlers push together for world gold in China

Canada’s mixed, women’s and men’s crews go undefeated in 21 races at 200m, 500m and 2000m distances

Former Langley roadbuilder faces fraud sentencing

A judge will weigh the fate of Matthew Brooks, who pleaded guilty to a $6 million fraud.

VIDEO: Fire in Langley Township

Multiple units respond to report of residential blaze in Walnut Grove

‘Angels’ help save life of Langley senior

Wilf Driedger believes he wouldn’t be here today if not for the quick action of two strangers

VIDEO: Country musicians pay tribute to Vegas shooting victim

Jordan McIldoon’s family attended BCCMA’s awards ceremony Sunday, where the country fan was honoured.

B.C. NDP convention set for Victoria

Premier, federal leader Jagmeet Singh to add energy

Silver Creek farm search expands north

RCMP were seen collecting evidence three kilometres north of the farm where human remains were found

Development cost charges could triple in parts of Metro Vancouver under new proposal

Utilities commission chair says rates aren’t keeping up with growth

Ferries re-routed due to fluid spill at Nanaimo’s Duke Point

At least one sailing from Tsawwassen to Duke Point was redirected to Departure Bay

Star calendar of events

Events and activities upcoming in the Aldergrove-Fraser Valley area

Good spirit in youth soccer

Aldergrove Youth and Langley United U11 Girls

ABC wins defensive juggernaut to improve to .500 on the season

Aldergrove Basketball Club’s Junior Boys won a defensive gem 35-31 against Abbotsford McGeez

Chilliwack homeless camp dismantled on Monday

Mostly co-operative group emerged from the woods with possessions and dispersed

Most Read