November 20, 2020
Attention: BC Soccer Full/Associate Members and Affiliated Soccer Clubs
From: BC Soccer
Re: Updated Clarification - Provincial Health Authority Announcement from November 19, 2020
Dear Full/Associate Members and Affiliated Clubs,
The BC Health Authority and specifically Dr. Henry, announced added Health Orders on November 19,
2020. We are still awaiting further clarification from ViaSport, the body that provides direction to the
sport sector in BC and is the link between the BC Health Authority and the BC Sport Sector. However,
based on the information on the BC Government website, specific to “Athletic Activities” located HERE,
BC Soccer is advising the following for sanctioned soccer activity in BC:
- The Order is effective until December 7, 2020 at midnight.
- The Order applies to all regions of the Province.
- Indoor and Outdoor soccer can occur under the current BC Soccer Phase 2 Guidelines (where
soccer has been since the cohort model was introduced) with the following added restrictions:
o No spectators are permitted.
o Player travel (and refereeing assignments) must be limited to stay within each
city/municipality. In the case where there is a city and municipality or two or more
municipalities in the same area, we consider them combined as one (i.e. Township of
Langley and City of Langley are considered one). For clarity, this means player travel
(and referee assignments) to, from, and between cities/municipalities can not occur.
Location is based on the individual’s primary residence. The only player exemption is
noted on the BC Government website.
NOTE: soccer decision making occurs at all jurisdiction levels; be it player/parent, team, club, district,
league, provincial, and at the national level. Provincially, soccer in BC can continue to occur under BC
Soccer’s Phase 2 Guidelines (with the above temporary restrictions). Importantly, decisions at the team,
club, district, and/or league levels also impact soccer. Field and facility owner decisions, such as
municipalities, also affect soccer activity/delivery, with the ultimate decision-maker being the
player/parent/participant and their choice to participate.
We will continue to liaise with ViaSport and when we receive further clarification and updates, we will
share with the members and affiliated clubs accordingly.

 

 

November 19, 2020
Attention: BC Soccer Full/Associate Members and Affiliated Soccer Clubs
From: BC Soccer
Re: Provincial Health Authority Announcement from November 19, 2020
Dear Full/Associate Members and Affiliated Clubs,
The BC Health Authority and specifically Dr. Henry, announced added health Orders on November 19,
2020. We have been in contact with ViaSport, the body that provides direction to the sport sector in BC
and is the link between the BC Health Authority and the BC Sport Sector. ViaSport has confirmed they
are currently working to provide clarity regarding the recent announcement.
BC Soccer’s current understanding of the new Orders, which apply to all members and sanctioned soccer
activity, are the following:
- It is effective until December 7, 2020 at midnight.
- It applies to all regions of the Province.
- Indoor soccer can only occur under BC Soccer’s Phase 1 Guidelines.
o No spectators are permitted.
- Outdoor soccer (based on the Order):
o Can occur under the current BC Soccer Phase 2 Guidelines (where soccer has been since
the cohort model was introduced) with the following added restrictions:
▪ No spectators are permitted.
▪ Player/team travel (and refereeing assignments) must be limited.*
*Importantly: Dr. Henry used language referencing “community” and “region”. We are seeking
clarification from ViaSport on the definition of community and/or region so we can apply it
appropriately for sanctioned soccer. ViaSport advised us today at 4:50 pm that they are awaiting
clarification on this from the Health Authority.
CLICK HERE for additional information from the BC Government on “Athletic Activities”.
NOTE: soccer decision making occurs at all jurisdiction levels; be it player/parent, team, club, district,
league, provincial, and at the national level. Provincially, soccer in BC can continue to occur under BC
Soccer’s Phase 2 Guidelines (with the above temporary restrictions in place). Importantly, decisions at
the team, club, district, and/or league levels also impact soccer. Field and facility owner decisions, such as municipalities, also affect soccer activity/delivery, with the ultimate decision-maker being the
player/parent/participant and their choice to participate.
As we have continued to do since March 2020, we will provide updates and information as and when
appropriate as we collectively work through the seemingly everchanging situation.

BC SOCCER’S RETURN TO PLAY PLAN – Phase 2 – Originally released August 24, 2020.
Updated October 14, 2020
TIMELINES, RECOMMENDATIONS, AND GUIDELINES FOR MEMBERS AND AFFILIATED CLUBS,
ADMINISTRATORS, COACHES AND ANYONE ORGANIZING SOCCER ACTIVITIES
Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 1 commenced June 2 with on-field activity occurring earliest June 12.
Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 2 commenced on August 24, 2020 with on-field contact in training and
game activity within the cohort model and geographical restrictions. This progression aligned with the
BC health authorities and ViaSport’s move to the “Progressively Loosen” phase within in the Sport
Activity Chart.
BC Soccer would like to extend its thanks to the members and affiliated clubs that completed the Return
to Play Phase 2 Survey conducted between June 18 and June 22, 2020; the information gathered from
the survey combined with wider good practice information from across the Canadian and BC sport
sector, supported the development of the recommendations and guidelines released on August 24,
2020.
Since August 24, 2020, members and affiliated clubs have worked hard to offer responsible soccer
activity under the Phase 2 guidelines and recommendations and BC Soccer thanks and congratulate you
all on this.
Via Sport has acknowledged that soccer has taken a responsible approach to our collective return, which
is positive. Along those lines, we are pleased to share with the members and affiliated clubs these
updated (highlighted in green) Phase 2 recommendations and guidelines for members, affiliated clubs,
administrators, coaches and anyone organizing soccer related activity under the umbrella of BC Soccer
(i.e. sanctioned soccer activity).
As noted in the Phase 1 Plan and original Phase 2 Plan, the situation continues to evolve and may differ
by area, therefore, we must all continue to follow the guidance from the BC health authorities along
with the requirement for all members and affiliated clubs to do the same. We also understand that each
municipality has potentially different restrictions and limitations for on-field bookings and activity,
therefore, we advise everyone to work with your local city/municipalities to adhere to any appropriate
requirements to ensure you are providing a safe environment for all participants.
The information in this document is current to October 14, 2020 and aligns with ViaSport’s Return to
Sport Guidelines for B.C.
Below are the working timelines, guidelines, measures, and precautions to support the continued
responsible phased-in return to play for soccer.

WORKING TIMELINE
The following overarching timelines have not changed from the original Phase 2 guidelines and
recommendations released on August 24, 2020. These timelines are ONLY able to be implemented if the
BC health authorities and Via Sport continue to keep the restrictions where they are while hopefully
soften them more over time as we are collectively able to get back to more normal soccer activity.
- Earliest June 12, 2020 – Return to Modified Training (Phase 1 for soccer)
- Earliest September 7, 2020* – Return to Modified Games and/or Competition Structure within
identified Soccer Cohorts (Phase 2 for soccer)
- TBA – Return to Regular Type Training & Games/Competition Structure (Phase 3 for soccer)
*More detail on dates and activity is provided under the section titled “Organizing Soccer Activity”
below, which is where the update (highlighted in green) has occurred.
Note: Phase 2 for soccer is in the “Progressively Loosening” phase in ViaSport’s Sport Activity Chart on
page 30 of their Return to Sport Guidelines for B.C. The chart also provides added information on what
may be allow over time.
ORGANIZING SOCCER ACTIVITY
- The activity must always comply with the distancing measures and recommendations, along
with any gathering restrictions issued by the BC health authorities, including the arrival and
departure of players (except for family members or persons residing in the same household).
o As of document date – 6 feet between people is still suggested, however gatherings of
50 people or less is still required (for soccer, unless otherwise stated by the
municipality/city, this is 50 people per a regular 11 v 11 full-size soccer field).
- Clearly communicate and mark (in consultation with municipality/city/facility owner) player
drop-off and pick-up protocol for arrival and departure.
- Introducing limited player contact in training is allowed as of August 24, 2020.
o Limited contact is defined as players being able to come together and have involuntary
contact (i.e. challenging for the ball, etc.).
o For clarity, contact in training and in gameplay is allowed within the cohort model as
defined below.
- Games, for both youth and adult, may be considered as of September 7, 2020 with the following
required modification:
o Limit your activities to smaller groups by having identified “Soccer Cohorts” of a
maximum of 50 unique participants or up to four (4) teams.
• A “Soccer Cohort” is defined as a closed, smaller group of no more than 50
individuals or up to four (4) teams who participate in soccer activity and remain
together for the duration of a phase. The intent is to try to keep the interaction
to the same cohort and group of people.

▪ It is understood that if four (4) teams is used, the number of individuals
within the cohort may go above the 50 limit (for example, four teams
with rosters of 18 players) BUT it must be kept to four teams.
• Coaches may be counted outside of the 50 individuals if they are able to
maintain physical distancing at all times (parents as well).
• Each cohort can be comprised of multiple teams in order to form a mini
league/game play between teams within the cohort.
• Cohorts should be made up of individuals/teams of similar age and ability.
• Keep players together in designated groups and make sure that each group
avoids mixing with other groups as much as possible.
• If cohort participants (or teams) need to be adjusted, a 2-week break between
activities is required.
• If using referees, it is recommended if possible, to assign a referee(s) to a
specific cohort and avoid having that individual assigned to multiple cohorts.
o No throw-ins, kick-ins only. Handled as an indirect free kick.
• CLICK HERE for Kick-ins clarifications and consideration.
o Player/Participants are to avoid spitting and nose clearing.
• If a player/participant does spit or clear their nose, the coach is required to
substitute the player as quickly as possible. The player must sit on the sideline
for a minimum of 15% of the total game duration. (For example, the match
duration is 50 minutes per the BC Soccer Small Sided Soccer Development
Manual, the substituted player would need to sit for 7.5 minutes).
• CLICK HERE for Spitting and Nose Clearing clarification.
o Players and team personnel on the sidelines must adhere to 6 feet distances per the BC
health authorities.
- To respect the BC health authorities’ guidance on limited travel:
o As of September 7, 2020 – Youth Game Activity may be expanded beyond solely inClub/organization activity to include within Youth District Geographical boundaries
and/or neighbouring Youth District Geographical boundaries while adhering to the
Soccer Cohorts requirement.
o As of October 30, 2020 – Youth Game Activity may be expanded beyond the Youth
District Geographical boundaries and/or neighbouring Youth District Geographical
boundaries to the following regional boundaries while adhering to the Soccer Cohorts
requirement and being responsible (to limit travel as best as possible) in all league/game
scheduling.
▪ Kootenays
▪ Lower Mainland
▪ North
▪ Thompson Okanagan
▪ Vancouver Island

o As of September 7, 2020 – Adult Game Activity may be expanded beyond solely inClub/organization to include within the Adult League Member while adhering to the
Soccer Cohorts requirement.
o CLICK HERE for Drop Ball clarification.
- The date that regular game and competition formats outside of cohorts may be considered is
still TBA.
- Continue to:
o Limit the number of team staff (coaches, managers, etc.) that are on-field, noting the
requirement to have a specific number of coaches to lead the environment, while
adhering to the Rule of Two and “Soccer Cohorts”.
o Consider the comfort level of all your volunteer coaches under the current situation.
Perhaps, in the first instance, limit sessions being led by a select core group of coaches.
o Include the daily requirement for any and all staff/coaches and participants to verbally
confirm they are not experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19.
o Make sure to stagger training/game times between different groups to create a buffer
between sessions and avoid an overlap of players on the field.
o Limit all occasions for gatherings.
o Communicate all hygiene measures in advance to all your players.
o Provide your employees with any protective items required by the BC health authorities
and ensure that each member of your staff washes their hands regularly.
o Limit participation to those able to adhere to any restrictions in place.
o Ensure all participants are being registered per the normal process under BC Soccer.
o Facilitate registration online (no cash).
o Ask parents and guardians to provide written consent for players U18 and younger
authorizing them to participate in soccer activity.
o Keep a record of participants that are participating and when, so that you can contact
them if needed, for example, if an infected person is identified.
o Adhere to ViaSport’s Emergency Response and Outbreak Plan (appended to this
document).
- If any organization is looking to operate referee specific training, these guidelines must be
adhered to.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING
- The activity must always comply with the distancing measures and recommendations, along
with any gathering restrictions issued by the BC health authorities, including the arrival and
departure of players (except for family members or persons residing in the same household).
o As of document date – 6 feet between people is still suggested, however gatherings of
50 people or less is still required (for soccer, unless otherwise stated by the
municipality/city, this is 50 people per regular 11 v 11 full-size soccer field).
- Use cones and other equipment to ensure appropriate spacing is in place to support off-field
distancing.

- Players and team personnel on the sidelines must adhere to 6 feet distances per the BC health
authorities.
- Remind parents of off-field distancing requirements.
- Recommend that only one parent/guardian accompany their child/player to the training session.
COACHING
- The activity must always comply with the distancing measures and recommendations, along
with any gathering restrictions issued by the BC health authorities, including the arrival and
departure of players (except for family members or persons residing in the same household).
o As of document date – 6 feet between people is still suggested, however gatherings of
50 people or less is still required (for soccer, unless otherwise stated by the
municipality/city, this is 50 people per regular 11 v 11 full-size soccer field).
- Even with the allowance of player contact:
o Work to limit close contact as much as possible.
o Do not let players manipulate the practice equipment.
o Coaches should take charge of set up and collecting equipment.
o Ensure players do not touch the ball with their hands and Goalkeepers must not share
gloves.
EQUIPMENT
- Exercise caution with any and all equipment that is being used.
- Ask players to avoid touching equipment with their hands.
- If equipment is manipulated by participants, hand sanitation and ball washing at Ingress/Egress
is required.
PROVIDE A CLEAN AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT
BC Soccer understands that in the vast majority of cases soccer occurs on municipality/city fields and
then in some small instances some groups do own facilities, while some also have office space. The
following guidance is being provided to ensure operational security procedures are in place. These
procedures must also be well displayed and communicated to all users.
- Limit all occasions for gatherings by making all communal or public areas in your facility
inaccessible.
- Delimit closed areas or the ones where a maximum number of people is required.
- Use markings on the ground to indicate proper distancing from staff.
- Frequently clean all surfaces, including counters, door handles, benches, toilets, etc.
- All chairs and tables in communal areas must be inaccessible or removed to avoid all gatherings.
- All doors accessible to the public must remain open to avoid contact with door handles.
- Soap or hand sanitizer must be made available to all people in various locations throughout your
facility.

- Regularly remind and encourage people to wash their hands and adopt proper hygiene
practices.
- Do not use any locker/change rooms and request all participants to change at home prior to and
after sessions.
- Ask that all players bring their own refreshments and do not share water bottles.
OTHER PRECAUTIONS
Should any member organization and/or affiliated club wishing to add stricter guidelines, measures and
precautions they are able to do so for the soccer activity they oversee within their specific organization.
CLOSING COMMENTS
BC Soccer thanks all members, affiliated clubs, and individuals across BC for your patience and for the
work you are doing to support soccer and importantly for your understanding as we navigate through
this challenging time.
Of importance, if your organization does look to offer soccer activity under these Phase 2 terms, we ask
that you be respectful and responsible in doing so. Organizations that do offer soccer activity and do not
comply with these recommendations and guidelines may be subject to sanctioning.
ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENT (in appendices)
- Timelines, recommendations and guidelines for participants.
- Via Sport’s Emergency Response and Outbreak Plan.
DISCLAIMER
It is important to note that this document is not a legal document and is not a substitute for actual
legislation or orders of the Provincial Health Office. Links to third party web sites are provided solely for
convenience.
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APPENDIX A – Timelines, recommendations and guidelines for participants.
BC SOCCER’S RETURN TO PLAY PLAN – Phase 2 – Originally released August 24, 2020
Updated October 14, 2020
Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 1 commenced June 2 with on-field activity occurring earliest June 12.
Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 2 commenced on August 24, 2020 with on-field contact in training and
game activity within cohort and geographical restriction. This progression aligned with the BC health
authorities and ViaSport’s move to the “Progressively Loosen” phase within in the Sport Activity Chart.
BC Soccer has provided its updated recommendations and guidelines for members, affiliated clubs,
administrators, coaches and anyone organizing soccer related activity under the umbrella of BC Soccer
(i.e. sanctioned soccer activity). This appendix is also being provided to support the soccer activity
participants.
WORKING TIMELINE
The following overarching timelines have not changed from the original Phase 2 guidelines and
recommendations released on August 24, 2020. These timelines are ONLY able to be implemented if the
BC health authorities and Via Sport continue to keep the restrictions where they are while hopefully
soften more over time as we are collectively able to get back to more normal soccer activity.
- Earliest June 12, 2020 – Return to Modified Training (Phase 1 for soccer)
- Earliest September 7, 2020 Date, 2020 – Return to Modified Games and/or Competition
Structure within identified Soccer Cohorts (Phase 2 for soccer)
- Date TBA – Return to the NEW Regular Type Training & Games/Competition Structure (Phase 3
for soccer)
Note: Moving to Phase 2 for soccer moves to the “Progressively Loosening” phase in ViaSport’s Sport
Activity Chart on page 30 of their Return to Sport Guidelines for B.C. The chart also provides added
information on what may be allow over time.
IF YOU WISH TO PLAY SOCCER, BEFORE YOU PLAY
- Contact your soccer club or organization to inquiry if they are looking to provide modified soccer
activity.
- Do not play if you:
o Exhibit any coronavirus symptoms, such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other
symptoms identified by health experts.
o Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
o Are considered vulnerable or at risk (elderly individuals, immunosuppressed persons,
individuals suffering from serious health problems, notably high blood pressure,
pulmonary diseases, diabetes, obesity and asthma).

PREPARING TO PLAY – PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST INFECTIONS
- Wash your hands with disinfectant soap and water for at least 20 seconds before going to the
soccer activity.
- Bring your own water bottle.
- Clean your equipment, including your water bottle.
- Do not share equipment.
- Change into your soccer apparel at home (not at the field location).
- Make sure you have enough water before leaving the house to avoid having to touch a tap or
water fountain handle.
- If you cough or sneeze, do so in a tissue or in your sleeve.
- Avoid touching door handles, gates, benches and all other objects where the virus could survive.
If you touch something, make sure to wash your hands and disinfect the surface you have
touched as quickly as possible.
WHILE PLAYING
- Comply with the distancing measures and recommendations issued by the BC health authorities,
including the arrival and departure of players (except for family members or persons residing in
the same household).
- Listen to your coach and keep to the area of the field the coach has instructed you to be in.
- As much as possible, keep a 2-meter distance with other players.
- Avoid unnecessary physical contact with other players.
- Do not shake hands or do fist bumps, with other players.
- Avoid touching the ball and other equipment with your hands.
- Goalkeeper must not share gloves.
AFTER PLAYING
- Wash your hands carefully with water and disinfectant soap or with hand sanitizer.
- Do not use locker rooms or changing areas.
- Leave the field as quickly as possible after you finish playing.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW
- Should any participants and/or individuals fail to follow these recommendations and guidelines
may result in removal from participation.
CLOSING COMMENTS
BC Soccer thanks all members, affiliated clubs, and individuals across BC for your patience and for the
work you are doing to support soccer and importantly for your understanding as we navigate through
this challenging time.
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APPENDIX B - VIASPORT’S EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND OUTBREAK PLAN
The following is from Via Sport’s Return to Sport Guidelines for B.C.
First Aid
In the event that first aid is required to be administered during an activity, all persons attending to the
injured individual must first put on a mask and gloves.
A guide for employers and Occupational First Aid Attendants:
https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/information-sheets/ofaa-protocols-covid-19-
pandemic?lang=en
First aid protocols for an unresponsive person during COVID-19: https://www.redcross.ca/training-andcertification/first-aid-tips-and-resources/first-aid-tips/first-aid-protocols-for-an-unresponsive-personduring-covid-19
Outbreak Plan
Early detection of symptoms will facilitate the immediate implementation of effective control measures.
In addition, the early detection and immediate implementation of enhanced cleaning measures are two
of the most important factors in limiting the size and length of an outbreak. An “outbreak” is two or
more cases; a “case” is a single case of COVID-19.
1. Identify the roles and responsibilities of staff or volunteers if a case or outbreak is reported.
2. If staff (including volunteers) or a participant reports they are suspected or confirmed to have
COVID-19 and have been at the workplace/activity place, implement enhanced cleaning
measures to reduce risk of transmission. If you are not the facility operator, notify the facility
right away.
3. Implement your illness policy (page 32 of Via Sport’s Return to Sport Guidelines) and advise
individuals to:
- monitor their symptoms daily, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help
determine if it is an emergency.
o Individuals can contact 8-1-1 if further health advice is required and 9-1-1 if it is
an emergency.
o Individuals can learn more about how to manage their illness here:
http://www.bccdc.ca/healthinfo/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid19/if-you-are-sick
4. In the event of a suspected case or outbreak of influenza-like-illness, immediately report and
discuss the suspected outbreak with the Medical Health Officer (or delegate) at your local health
authority. Call 8-1-1. Implement your Illness Policy and your enhanced measures.
5. If your organization is contacted by a medical health officer in the course of contact tracing,
cooperate with local health authorities.
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BC Soccer releases Return to Play Phase 2 (government's phase 3) documents which includes allowance for game play

BC Soccer’s Board of Directors approved the Via Sport and Canada Soccer endorsed plan which allows members and clubs to prepare for modified competition in both youth and adult soccer

August 24, 2020 - Vancouver BC

Although in some cases it won’t exactly resemble what we are accustomed to, "BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 2 Plan - Recommendations and Guidelines” will include the ability for youth and adults to play games, both within and outside their club, and within district, or neighbouring districts.

Following the “Phase 1” return to play announced June 3rd, BC Soccer has been working closely with ViaSport while seeking valuable input from our members, to prepare how soccer will function under the Province’s wider “Progressively Loosening” stage.

The key aspect of soccer’s Phase 2 is an introduction of “soccer cohorts” which is an identified group of 50 players or four (4) teams, that will remain together for a specific period of time. Phase 2 for Soccer is the same as Phase 3 for the BC sport sector.

From a practical standpoint, this means a group of 50 players (or four teams) can play unlimited games amongst themselves, with contact.  A new soccer cohort can be created after a 2-week break. An example for league scheduling purposes, could see one cohort of four teams play each other twice (once home, once away for a total of six games).  Then a two-week break would precede an entirely new cohort group of four teams or 50 players, which could play in the same six game model.

Coaches and team staff do not necessarily need to be counted within a cohort; however distancing and field capacity guidelines will still be in effect, which may vary by municipality.

The only on-field modification during soccer’s Phase 2 is that throw-ins will be replaced by kick-ins from the touch-line in order to limit hand to ball contact.

You’ll find full details and guidelines for "BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 2 Plan - Recommendations and Guidelines” HERE.

Limited contact in training can commence as of today (August 24, 2020), with the earliest competitive game play being considered on September 7th.

About BC Soccer

Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in.

BC Soccer prepares for Return to Play phase 2

Association shares the latest information to full and associate members on next steps

August 14, 2020 - Vancouver BC.

Although autumn is still well in the distance, preparations are underway for a return to school, and also a return to sport and soccer, with some obvious differences and modifications.

BC Soccer has been in continuous consultation with its members, stakeholders, Canada Soccer, and ViaSport, on transitioning out of Soccer’s current Phase 1 return to play, and into phase 2, which plans to include contact training and modified gameplay.  These details have been reviewed and approved by BC Soccer’s board of directors and supported by Canada Soccer.

ViaSport has reviewed the details as well and pending any unforeseen modifications or alterations, is expected to be released as part of a wider sport framework for the BC sport sector through its updated “Return to Sport Guidelines”.

Until that time, it is important to understand that “modified gameplay” under the current Via Sport Guidelines still requires physical distancing between participants of 6 feet.  That distinction makes any kind of contact game-play not possible for soccer until we progress to the next phase.

Once released, BC Soccer’s “Return to Play Phase 2 Plan – Recommendations and Guidelines” is expected to include a “cohorts” model that will allow for defined groups to engage in contact training and full gameplay.

Another key announcement from the Provincial Government is the commitment to assuming liability risk for all participants, which includes both non-profit and for-profit organizations, effective up to one year after state-of-emergency measures have been lifted. For more information, read the release here and read the regulation here.

To read the full memo sent to BC Soccer Members and Affiliated Clubs, you’ll find the link HERE.

BC Soccer releases Return to Play Phase 1 documents in preparation for a return of soccer

Posted on June 3rd, 2020 by BC Soccer

Association recommendations provide a controlled, phased-in approach.

June 3, 2020 - Vancouver BC

By the time our member organizations and affiliated clubs start returning to the field, it will have been almost exactly 3 months since the suspension of all on-field soccer activity across the country (March 13th, 2020).   For all of us who love the game, it felt a lot longer and we sincerely appreciate the patience shown by the soccer community throughout this very complex process.

During the “pause in play”, BC Soccer was committed to providing regular communication with our membership, creating on-line resources, while maintaining continuous dialogue with both Canada Soccer and the Provincial Government through ViaSport.  However, the biggest priority was planning for the resumption of play.

Today, BC Soccer is pleased to finally present soccer’s Return to Play Phase 1 Plan, designed to gradually, and responsibly ease our members, affiliated clubs and the players back onto the field. The recommendations and guidelines are approved by Canada Soccer, and aligned with ViaSport’s “Return to Sport Guidelines for BC”, which were made public on Monday, June 1, 2020.

On June 2, 2020, the following documents were provided to Members and Affiliated Club to support anyone organizing soccer related activity under the umbrella of BC Soccer (i.e. sanctioned soccer activity) and combined form BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 1 Plan – Recommendations and Guidelines:

BC Soccer Return to Play Plan – Phase 1 - working timelines, recommendations and guidelines for all members and affiliated clubs.

BC Soccer Return to Play Plan – Phase 1 - sample sessions designed to work within the recommendations and guidelines, and we encourage our members and affiliated clubs to use, tailor as appropriate, and share with each other to support soccer activity for your organizations.

BC Soccer Return to Play Plan – Phase 1 - timelines, recommendations and guidelines for participants.

We have dedicated a new page on our website to all the documents above, along with any new information or documents related to current and subsequent “Phases” of Return to Play.”

BC Soccer Provides Return To Play Update

Posted on May 29th, 2020 by BC Soccer

Canada Soccer approves BC’s Phase 1 recommendations and guidelines

May 29, 2020 – Vancouver BC

BC Soccer has informed its Full/Associate Members and Affiliated Soccer Clubs, that Canada Soccer has approved the province’s Return to Play Phase 1 recommendations and guidelines.  The plan was also presented to our Provincial Government through ViaSport.

ViaSport has requested that BC Soccer not release our Return to Play plan until they have released their “Sport Sector Guidelines for Returning to Sport”.  It is unclear when those guidelines will be made public, as they are in the government approval process.

Once we are able to distribute our Phase 1 plan, we won’t immediately announce it publicly, in order to give our Members and Affiliated Clubs/Organizations time to review and digest the information internally.

We appreciate that this may not be the update that some were hoping for, however, we must ensure we are following the appropriate steps to ensure a safe and responsible gradual return to soccer occurs. We thank the soccer community in BC for its continued patience and understanding through this complex process.