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BC Soccer continues to work behind the scenes to support soccer by formulating Return To Play plans

Posted on May 1st, 2020 by BC Soccer

Sport is a powerful vehicle that supports not only healthy living and activity but also community. We know that soccer will play an important role across BC as we look to the future to support British Columbians.

May 1st, 2020 - Vancouver BC

Normally, May is a month filled with soccer activity including the primary season of play in the Interior, North and Kootenays, Adult Provincial Cup Finals, and playdowns for the many Youth Provincial Cups. (Not to mention all the other spring soccer activity!)  As we all know, “normal” is being redefined under our current health situation.

We are happy to share that behind the scenes, planning has been underway to develop appropriate return to play recommendations and guidelines to support members and clubs.  Our Provincial Health Authorities have stated as recently as April 21st, that being outside and active is beneficial to children and young adults. BC Soccer is pleased to be part of the “Recreational Sports Advisory Group” supporting framework development for recreation while also actively working with ViaSport on an organized sport framework.

Recently, our membership helped provide valuable feedback that will be critical to support planning documentation we’ll be sharing with the BC government through our partners at Via Sport.

On April 15th, we extended the “suspension of play” until May 15th. Under the current daily changing landscape, we are holding off on making further extensions until we have more clarity on the “Return to Play” planning timelines. Thank you all for your patience as we work through these uncertain times, and we are targeting to have more a definitive update in the coming weeks. 

If you are interested in reading more detail on “Return to Play” planning, please see our most recent memo we provided to our members and affiliated clubs.

ABOUT BC SOCCER

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. 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.  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.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators, and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to an active, healthy and involved lifestyle.