BC Soccer releases Return to Play Phase 1 documents in preparation for a return of 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.
BC Soccer Provides Return To Play Update
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.