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Safe Sport

Return to Play

BC Soccer has been in ongoing and regular communication with ViaSport, the sport sector’s link into the Province of British Columbia and the Public Health Office, to ensure soccer is operating in alignment with any restrictions in place as a result of the pandemic.

Current Situation for Soccer in BC

On July 2, 2021, BC Soccer released its updated Return to Play Plan for Soccer to align with the government's move to Step 3 of the Restart Plan.

Any new information with regards to changes in soccer’s status will be updated via bulletins and communications sent to BC Soccer members and affiliated clubs.

Background Information

On March 13, 2020, Canada Soccer suspended all soccer activity due to concerns over the potential spread of COVID-19 and in May established steps to consider the return of sanctioned activity. BC Soccer developed its initial Return to Play Plan for Soccer (limited distance training) which was introduced in June 2020.

Between March and June 2020, BC Soccer provided regular member communication, created on-line resources, while maintaining continuous dialogue with both Canada Soccer and the Provincial Government through ViaSport with the biggest priority being participant safety while planning for the resumption of play.

In September 2020 we took steps forward with the introduction of update recommendations and guidelines allowing for contact-in-training and limited game-play in a cohorts model.  In December 2020, the BC Health Authority put in place restrictions that impacted soccer, suspending adults from playing and limiting youth to distance training. This carried forward until May 2021.

On May 25, 2021 the BC Government announced its Restart Plan that included a go forward plan for sport.  On June 1, 2021 and then again on June 15 and 17, BC Soccer released to members and affiliated clubs its updated Return to Play Plan for Soccer.