BC Soccer provides update on Return to Play Phase 1 plan, a change in approval process and impact on risk/insurance

Canada Soccer providing support, while suspension of sanctioned soccer activity will continue short-term pending reviews

May 13th, 2020 - Vancouver BC 

As BC’s Health Authority began exploring the process of easing restrictions in our province and the government rolled out its Restart Plan, BC Soccer has been working hard on a return to play plan that satisfies current health restrictions.

In the last few days, the process of approving that plan, has changed.  Initially, BC Soccer (and other Provincial Sports Organizations) was working under the expectation that the health authorities within the BC Government would be approving the plans, prior to implementation.  On Monday, new information was received indicating this will not be the case.

At the same time, we were also made aware that Canada Soccer will be revealing new details regarding the suspension of soccer activity and the process to return to modified soccer.

Risk and insurance are important factors as we move forward. As the Provincial Governing Body, BC Soccer must be completely open and transparent with our members and affiliated clubs, with respects to potential risk.

As an added step, BC Soccer, with the assistance of our legal counsel, has updated its participant waivers, and we anticipate receiving further guidance from Canada Soccer on the return to play plan over the coming days. 

On April 15th, BC Soccer extended the Suspension of Soccer Activity to May 15th, and with that date now approaching, and until we have government and Canada Soccer reviews, a continuation of the suspension will be in effect for the short-term.   We are not establishing a hard date or deadline, but instead working diligently to complete the processes and maintain dialogue with Canada Soccer, Via Sport, and our membership, as the health situation evolves. 

We all have reason to be optimistic in BC, thanks to the work our Health Authorities have undertaken, and BC Soccer is hopeful that our current circumstances and careful planning will mean a return to the pitch sooner than later. 

If you are interested to read more information, please CLICK HERE to review our most recent memo to the 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.