Diversity, Inclusion, & Females in Soccer



BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in.

BC Soccer Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy

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BC Soccer seeks to identify, disseminate, and support the education of members, affiliated clubs and soccer leaders on the conditions required to make soccer more equitable, welcoming, safe, and inclusive for everyone.

This page has been designed to provide resource and information on education offerings that support diversity and inclusion.

Gender Based Analysis Plus
A free online course that is an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and non-binary people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. The “plus” in GBA+ acknowledges that GBA+ goes beyond biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) differences. We all have multiple identity factors that intersect to make us who we are; GBA+ also considers many other identity factors, such as race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability.

What this assessment will do for your organization?
Conducting a Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) assessment is the first step to identifying how different identity factors influence the experience the members of your Club/District/Organization have. 

Why is it important?
Understanding how different groups adopt and understand new policies/procedures or programs can determine the effectiveness and success of these policies or programs.

How will it impact us, as a collective soccer community?
The benefit to the Club/District/Organization is enhanced responsiveness and effectiveness of new initiatives.

CLICK HERE for more information on this free online course.

As part of the Sport Information Research Centre’s 2020 conference, a panel discussion Inclusion and Diversity in Canadian Sport.

The backdrop to the conversation is the recent societal events that have created space to discuss persisting injustices within the Canadian sport system, covering topics such as anti-racism in sport with the goal of advancing the conversation, promoting learning, and supporting action to ensure sport in Canada is safe, welcoming and inclusive.

Panel moderator:
Ian Mendes, Canadian Sports Broadcaster

Peter Dinsdale, President & CEO, YMCA Canada
Janelle Joseph, Assistant Professor, Critical Studies of Race & Indigeneity, University of Toronto
Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion), Queen’s University

CLICK HERE to watch the recorded session.

Although the player registration numbers between male and female are almost 50/50, BC Soccer recognizes that women and girls’ are underrepresented in many areas of soccer including as coaches, athletes, leaders, and administrators.

We as a collective soccer community all play a role to support increased female participation at all levels.

One of the ways BC Soccer has been able to support activity in this area is by having a specialized grant program that supports member organizations that are working to enhance/offer female-specific programming within their organization. This initiative fully aligns with BC Soccer’s strategic objective of increasing the percentage of female players, coaches, referees, and administrators in the sport, and is designed to help the BC Soccer membership retain, attract, and enhance female programming.

For more information on the BC Soccer Grants program and information on how to apply, please visit: https://bcsoccer.net/grants-program

Previous work conducted in this area resulted in the development and release of the "Women in Soccer - A Conversation". A document designed to capture the voice of BC Soccer's membership and report on the community engagement sessions, which took place across the province and asked key questions regarding the issues of diversity and women in soccer.

There is still much more work to be done to support females in soccer and the below resources are being shared to support our members, affiliated clubs, and individuals within the soccer community.


CAAWS http://www.caaws.ca/

Canadian Women's Foundation www.canadianwomen.org

SIRC: http://sirc.ca/sites/default/files/content/docs/pdf/general_-_escan_sportincanada_final_en.pdf

Participation: http://www.participaction.com/sites/default/files/downloads/Participaction-2015ReportCard-FullReport_4.pdf

FIFA: http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/women/02/43/90/64/wfguidelineinhaltenweb_neutral.pdf

The FA: http://www.thefa.com/womens-girls-football/get-involved/we-can-play