The University of Winnipeg Wesmen soccer teams will play in the Canada West Conference next season. The Wesmen will play at the CIS level — the most competitive level for university sports — after a unanimous decision by the Canada West Athletic Directors at a meeting in Calgary this week.
For the past two years, the Wesmen soccer program has been playing in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Association, where both the men’s and women’s teams won league championships the past two years.
“The decision to accept our soccer players as competitors against the best teams in Canada builds on the reputation for excellence that exists within our athletic program,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, president and vice-chancellor. “In the coming months we begin building a state-of-the-art indoor soccer Field House and Wellness complex on our campus that will enhance the sport experience for our athletes, expand intramural sports for all our students, and offer inner city youth new opportunities for recreation and development of their talents.”
The Wesmen soccer teams will begin competing in Canada West by September 2012.