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BC Soccer Board of Directors makes the difficult and unprecedented decision to cancel Youth Provincial Championships

Board decides to revisit Adult Provincial Cup later, and leaves room for potential involvement in National Championships for U15’s U17’s and Adults.

May 12th, 2020 - Vancouver BC

Since the outbreak of COVID19 and the suspension of sanctioned soccer activity, BC Soccer began establishing timelines and contingencies based on feedback from our members, and guidance from its Board of Directors, that hinged on Health Authority restrictions and measures. 

Although BC Soccer has been working with the Provincial Government through Sport BC and ViaSport on a “Return to Play” plan, the ability to successfully host tournaments involving large gatherings and participant travel, is significantly affected by the uncertainty of our continuing health situation. 

At this past weekend’s (May 9th) regular meeting, the Board determined that in the best interests and safety of everyone involved, the Youth Provincial A Cup scheduled for South Surrey, and the Youth B Cups in Kamloops and Vernon would be cancelled, along with the Interior Regional Cups scheduled for June.

In addition, the Premier Cup, which was to be held in Richmond, is also cancelled.  However it was agreed that should conditions change, and if Canada Soccer proceeds with National Championships this year, then BCSPL Clubs at U15 and U17 should be given the opportunity to qualify if it is possible to do so.

Obviously, these are incredible decisions that are not taken lightly or without continuous dialogue and consultation with Youth District members.  

We sincerely empathize with all participants including players and parents, along with local organizing committees in each community.  Provincial Championship tournaments are volunteer driven traditions, and the highlight of our annual calendar. 

The Adult Provincial Cup, which was to be held in Burnaby this month, has not yet been cancelled.  Based on discussion amongst the board, Adult League Members, and the Adult Competition Committee, the decision was made to revisit whether a 2020 event was possible at a later date, based on easing of Health Authority restrictions.  As with the Youth Premier Cup, should Canada Soccer host National Championships (for Adults) in 2020, the option to participate in playdowns will be explored at that time.

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About BC Soccer

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.