Our History

OUR HISTORY:

Back in 1998/99, there were ever increasing fees being imposed by the OSA, on all of its' members, to finance the construction of the OSA Soccer Centre in Vaughn. It was and still is, of course, only easily accessible to the greater Toronto clubs, yet players from all districts of Ontario were expected to pay for it. It reached the point in 2000, when EMSA members felt that enough was enough, and many of the house league clubs could no longer justify the cost of OSA membership. This was a disaster completely of the OSA's own making, through inadequate planning for the costs of the Soccer Centre and of the OSA's equally flawed automated registration program of that time.

EMSA registration levels had dramatically increased from 1995 thru 1999, due entirely to the efforts of the EMSA Council at that time. In 2000 there was another fee increase imposed by the OSA that "broke the camel's back". Many of the clubs that had been convinced to join EMSA/OSA over the previous 5 years, asked the question: "what are we getting for this continual fee increase"? These clubs were doing just fine before they joined EMSA/OSA, thus what were they, as house leagues, getting in return from the OSA, in their opinion -- NOTHING. They were not interested to pay for a Soccer Centre they could not use. At the 2000 EMSA AGM, there was a mutiny of sorts, many clubs decided that they could no longer justify to the parents of Mini & Youth house league players, the ever increasing fees. This was the start of the "soccer revolution". All of the hard work to secure new membership for EMSA over the previous 5 years was destroyed and the Western Counties Soccer Association (WCSA) was born. There is no secret that the EMSA executive of 2000 did chair the inaugural meeting of WCSA and some of its' members served on the first board. WCSA began to replace the EMSA executive with members from within it's own group of clubs by 2001. WCSA amicably, shared office space with EMSA until late 2007, at which time WCSA moved to avoid OSA scrutiny of its' members. As the OSA and several competitive leagues were regularly using the shared office boardroom for meetings and as WCSA wished no harm to come to EMSA or its' members for 'guilt by association', we moved.

The clubs within Western Counties will not return to the EMSA/OSA fold, they see no benefit. The services provided by WCSA are offered at reasonable cost and adequate for their recreational programs. The insurance coverage provided is equivalent if not superior to that of the OSA. The registration structure is affordable and convenient to even the most remote community program, resources are shared among the members and not paid to high-priced program administrators. Many of the larger clubs have since divided their Competitive and Recreational programs into two separate incorporated entities, each with separate executives to shield them from repercussions from the OSA dictators, who would surely attempt to fine them or create road blocks for their competitive teams. WCSA is not against competitive soccer and members are encouraged to have teams/players showing exceptional skills to move up into the EMSA programs, in order to keep the FUN in soccer for the rest of the players. Overly skilled players present an unfair advantage to house league players.

WCSA started out in that first year of 2000, with 30 clubs registering a total of approximately 12,750 players. We have steadily increased in size annually, a sign of much dissatisfaction with the lack of OSA offerings for community soccer programs. Over the years, some members have left, only to return the following season. As of this writing, there are 48 member clubs, many of whom have NEVER been affiliated to EMSA/OSA, registering annually, between 18,000 to 20,000 players.