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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Soccer is the Global game, the local game, and a team game, providing social, emotional and physical benefits to participants and their communities. 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.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Over the past several months, the Association has worked very diligently to identify, disseminate, and support the education of members, affiliated clubs and soccer leaders on the conditions required to make soccer more equitable, welcoming, safe, and inclusive for everyone.

Through consultation, guidance and collaboration with multiple stakeholders, our multidisciplinary Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan is designed to support DEI initiatives within BC Soccer activities and programs.

Gender Based Analysis Plus

This is a free online course that is an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and non-binary people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. The “plus” in GBA+ acknowledges that GBA+ goes beyond biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) differences. We all have multiple identity factors that intersect to make us who we are; GBA+ also considers many other identity factors, such as race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability.

Conducting a Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) assessment is the first step to identifying how different identity factors influence the experience the members of your Club/District/Organization have. Understanding how different groups adopt and understand new policies/procedures or programs can determine the effectiveness and success of these policies or programs. The benefit to the Club/District/Organization is enhanced responsiveness and effectiveness of new initiatives.

Sport Information Research Centre’s 2020 conference

A panel discussion of Inclusion and Diversity in Canadian Sport. The backdrop to the conversation is the recent societal events that have created space to discuss persisting injustices within the Canadian sport system, covering topics such as anti-racism in sport with the goal of advancing the conversation, promoting learning, and supporting action to ensure sport in Canada is safe, welcoming and inclusive.

Females in Soccer

Although player registration numbers between males and females are almost 50/50, BC Soccer recognizes that women and girls are underrepresented in many areas of soccer including as coaches, athletes, leaders, and administrators.

As a collective soccer community, we all play a role to support increased female participation at all levels.

One of the ways BC Soccer supports activity in this area is by having a specialized Grant Program that supports member organizations working to enhance/offer female-specific programming. This initiative fully aligns with BC Soccer’s strategic objective of increasing the percentage of female players, coaches, referees, and administrators in the sport, and is designed to help the BC Soccer membership retain, attract, and enhance female programming.

Previous work conducted in this area resulted in the development and release of "Women in Soccer - A Conversation" a document designed to capture the voice of BC Soccer's membership and report on the community engagement sessions, which took place across the province asking key questions regarding the issues of diversity and women in soccer.

There is still much more work to be done to support females in soccer and the below resources are being shared to support our members, affiliated clubs, and individuals within the soccer community.