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BC Soccer Provides Individual Skills-Development Activities Platform

Increase in personal at-home training inspired a catalogue of simple, touch-based exercises.

Thursday April 9 - Vancouver BC 

One of the positive outcomes of supporting our Health Authorities has been the well-publicized increase in at-home skills development across all ages on social media.

Whether it’s solo work and juggling, or passing between siblings, and parent-player goalkeeping drills, the focus on “staying sharp” has become a welcome result of self-isolation measures.

With the aim of creating a catalogue of simple demonstrations that everyone can use to sharpen their touch for when play returns, BC Soccer’s Development staff connected with Provincial Program players to create video examples of various drills and exercises.

Soccer Development Director Chris Cerroni is very pleased with how everyone pulled these exercises together so quickly:

This on-line program is a testament to our staff and players, and the wider soccer community that inspired the initiative.  Perhaps, this pause from play will motivate players of all ages, to include more personal practice.  It’s also a great excuse for parents to connect with their kids through simple soccer activities.

The soccer development department has also utilized the suspension of play to further develop a variety of technical resources geared towards coaches and clubs that will be released later in the year.  Although this new on-line content was influenced by our current health situation, there is no reason why these activities couldn’t be part of regular routine once the suspension of soccer is lifted. 

You can find all the individual skills development activities here.

Earlier this week, BC Soccer also introduced the on-line delivery of the referee refresher clinic so that local officials can be prepared for resumption of play. 

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.