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Safe Sport

Response & Resources

Following publication of a blog in February 2019 containing troubling accounts from within a higher performance team environment, and assertions of systemic cultural behaviours within our sport, BC Soccer’s Board of Directors determined the association must conduct a thorough third-party review focusing on safety in the sport of soccer in our province.

Rubin Thomlinson LLP Report

Rubin Thomlinson LLP was retained as the independent investigators in Spring 2019 and the process of gathering information began, starting with an open invitation to participate in a wider ranging survey, followed by targeted surveys within the BC Soccer Premier League, Provincial soccer programs, and finally one-on-one interviews of individuals who volunteered to do so.  The procedure also included a full review of the bylaws, rules and policies of BC Soccer.

Led by Marisha Roman, Rubin Thomlinson LLP finalized the report on December 19, 2019 and provided it to BC Soccer.  On December 20, 2019, the Report was shared publicly on BC Soccer’s website and through direct communication to members and affiliated clubs across BC Soccer’s social media channels. Within the report, Rubin Thomlinson LLP provide suggested recommendations to BC Soccer to improve the manner in which it, as the governing body for the sport of soccer in BC, supports safety and addresses concerns about safety in the sport of soccer in BC.