Organization of Distinction - Vancouver Columbus FC

2013 Vancouver Columbus FC 1Vancouver Columbus is one of the most successful men's amateur clubs in Canada having appeared in six national finals and won the Canadian championship a record four times since the club's formation. The club was founded by Father Joseph Scanagatta in 1953 as the "Sacred Heart" soccer team, with the goal of providing a team for Italian immigrants who settled in the east side of Vancouver. By 1957, the name had changed to Columbus and was under the guidance of Peter Mainairdi. Columbus became a dominate force on the field during this time and played many of their games at the iconic Callister Park in Vancouver. In 1985, Vancouver Columbus entered the newly formed semiprofessional Pacific Rim Soccer League and quickly became League and Cup Champions as well as National Finalists. Throughout the club's history, Vancouver Columbus has hoisted the Challenge Trophy as national champions in 1964, 1969, 1977 and 1978 and were semifinalists in 1968 and 2007. Columbus have also won the Provincial Cup, the championship of British Columbia, an unbelivable six times, and been champions of the Pacific Coast League seven
times. Since being formed 60 years ago Columbus has produced more players than any other amateur club in Canada to our country's national and Olympic teams. Victoria Columbus holds the distinction of producing more players that have been inducted into The Soccer Hall of Fame, than from any other club across Canada.