BC Soccer releases Return to Play Phase 1 documents in preparation for a return of soccer

Association recommendations provide a controlled, phased-in approach.

June 3, 2020 - Vancouver BC

By the time our member organizations and affiliated clubs start returning to the field, it will have been almost exactly 3 months since the suspension of all on-field soccer activity across the country (March 13th, 2020).   For all of us who love the game, it felt a lot longer and we sincerely appreciate the patience shown by the soccer community throughout this very complex process. 

During the “pause in play”, BC Soccer was committed to providing regular communication with our membership, creating on-line resources, while maintaining continuous dialogue with both Canada Soccer and the Provincial Government through ViaSport.  However, the biggest priority was planning for the resumption of play.

Today, BC Soccer is pleased to finally present soccer’s Return to Play Phase 1 Plan, designed to gradually, and responsibly ease our members, affiliated clubs and the players back onto the field. The recommendations and guidelines are approved by Canada Soccer, and aligned with ViaSport’s “Return to Sport Guidelines for BC”, which were made public on Monday, June 1, 2020.  

On June 2, 2020, the following documents were provided to Members and Affiliated Club to support anyone organizing soccer related activity under the umbrella of BC Soccer (i.e. sanctioned soccer activity) and combined form BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 1 Plan – Recommendations and Guidelines:

BC Soccer Return to Play Plan – Phase 1 - working timelines, recommendations and guidelines for all members and affiliated clubs.

BC Soccer Return to Play Plan – Phase 1 - sample sessions designed to work within the recommendations and guidelines, and we encourage our members and affiliated clubs to use, tailor as appropriate, and share with each other to support soccer activity for your organizations.

BC Soccer Return to Play Plan – Phase 1 - timelines, recommendations and guidelines for participants.

We have dedicated a new page on our website to all the documents above, along with any new information or documents related to current and subsequent “Phases” of Return to Play.”

If you are interested in reading the full June 2nd memo shared with BC Soccer Members and Affiliated Clubs, which includes the steps that they need to complete prior to getting back on the field and the earliest date on-field sanctioned soccer activity can occur under the terms, - CLICK HERE.

BC Soccer would like to thank those Members and Affiliated Clubs that completed the “Return to Play Survey” conducted between April 23-26, 2020. The information gathered from the survey combined with wider good practice information from across the Canadian and BC sport sector, has supported the development these Recommendations and Guidelines. 


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.