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.

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.