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BC Soccer halts sanctioned soccer activity for events of 250 people or more while continuing to empower local organizations regarding COVID-19

***NOTE:  THIS IS NOT THE LATEST UPDATE, RELEASED MARCH 13th***

CLICK HERE to view BC Soccer's March 13, 2020 release.


As of March 12, 2020, with the growing and unprecedented uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 health pandemic, and in accordance with the BC Health Minister Adrian Dix’s directive, BC Soccer is advising all members and affiliated clubs to not proceed with sanctioned soccer activity where there will be 250 or more people in attendance, including players, officials, team staff, parents, spectators, etc. and to limit all non-essential travel outside of Canada.

BC Soccer restates that the health and safety of all participants in the soccer community in BC is of the utmost importance and is central to any decision-making process. Further, in the first instance, all involved in our sport should take direction from the appropriate health authorities, including the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health.

Outside of ceasing all events with 250+ people, BC Soccer maintains the position of empowering concerned youth district/adult league members and affiliated clubs to determine if they wish to amend or cancel their programming activity to mitigate concerns within their regions/locations. The reasoning for this is British Columbia is a large and diverse province and the fact is that not all communities and regions in BC have been impacted by the 46 cases (as of March 12) of the COVID-19. Further, in the majority of cases, there is limited public travel and individual matches are not considered “mass gatherings” (more than 250 people). Of course, we support local soccer organizations in BC that do cancel or postpone the activity they are organizing if they choose to.

Government

Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer has not provided any further information or direction outside of the information that BC Soccer shared on March 9. If Canada Soccer does provide further direction and guidance, BC Soccer would of course comply.

BC Soccer Premier League
There have been concerns raised by the clubs that participate in the BCSPL, specifically related to match play this weekend (March 14-15). Discussions occurred with the 8 BCSPL clubs and the agreed upon process for this weekend is based on club discretion whether to fulfill BCSPL fixtures.  It was confirmed that there will be no forfeits or penalties applied for deciding not to play this weekend's BCSPL games, and the games will be made up if the option exists in the calendar.

CLICK HERE to view the March 9, 2020 posting with information and guidance regarding the concerns associated with COVID-19.

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.