Safety & Education Resources
Safety should be a primary consideration for all participants when delivering soccer activity to any age group. All sport leaders should commit to having up-to-date first-aid kits, an Emergency Action Plan, and an understanding of concussion protocols and policies. The club or organization you represent may already have policies and materials available to you. In this section, we'll share some of the most common sport safety resources. You can also use the search tool to find specific topics. BC Soccer has also committed to Safe Sport, which transcends sport specific injuries.
Health & Safety Guidelines
Participant health and safety is a high priority for BC Soccer; thus it is recommended to err on the side of caution if ever in doubt in any situation regarding the health and safety of participants. The following guidelines have been developed to support members and affiliated clubs when assessing Air Quality and Extreme Heat Conditions:
View BC Soccer's Air Quality Guidelines View BC Soccer’s Extreme Heat Guidelines
Guidance for Hiring Paid Coaches
BC Soccer as the body responsible for governing and promoting the game of soccer in BC is eager to provide guidance on issues common amongst our membership. One such issue is the practice of members hiring and paying coaches. We have set out a summary of the position of the BC Soccer on the matter of paid coaches and an outline of the issues to be considered by members when hiring paid coaches. Click here to view BC Soccer's Guidance for hiring paid coaches document.
Safety of all participants is the responsibility of everyone involved in soccer!
BC Soccer recommends coaches to complete concussion training, parents take an active role to understand concussion symptoms. All organizations under BC Soccer's membership are to have a concussion management plan and distribute appropriate resources to support the plan.
Return to Play - Post Injury
A typical RTP process will be made up of 6 steps. There must be a minimum of 24 hours before each step is assessed although this could be considerably longer than 24 hours. Oversight should be provided by a medical professional. CLICK HERE to view the 6-step process.
Making Headway (Coaching Association of Canada / National Coaching Certification Program) - CLICK HERE to register.
Concussion Management (SportMed BC) - CLICK HERE to register.
Concussion Awareness Training Tool (BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit) - CLICK HERE to register for free
All members under BC Soccer must adhere to BC Soccer's Concussion Policy.
Linked here is Canada Soccer Concussion Policy.