BC Soccer releases Return to Play Phase 2 (government's phase 3) documents which includes allowance for game play

BC Soccer’s Board of Directors approved the Via Sport and Canada Soccer endorsed plan which allows members and clubs to prepare for modified competition in both youth and adult soccer

August 24, 2020 - Vancouver BC

Although in some cases it won’t exactly resemble what we are accustomed to, "BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 2 Plan - Recommendations and Guidelines” will include the ability for youth and adults to play games, both within and outside their club, and within district, or neighbouring districts.

Following the “Phase 1” return to play announced June 3rd, BC Soccer has been working closely with ViaSport while seeking valuable input from our members, to prepare how soccer will function under the Province’s wider “Progressively Loosening” stage. 

The key aspect of soccer’s Phase 2 is an introduction of “soccer cohorts” which is an identified group of 50 players or four (4) teams, that will remain together for a specific period of time. Phase 2 for Soccer is the same as Phase 3 for the BC sport sector.

From a practical standpoint, this means a group of 50 players (or four teams) can play unlimited games amongst themselves, with contact.  A new soccer cohort can be created after a 2-week break. An example for league scheduling purposes, could see one cohort of four teams play each other twice (once home, once away for a total of six games).  Then a two-week break would precede an entirely new cohort group of four teams or 50 players, which could play in the same six game model.

Coaches and team staff do not necessarily need to be counted within a cohort; however distancing and field capacity guidelines will still be in effect, which may vary by municipality.

The only on-field modification during soccer’s Phase 2 is that throw-ins will be replaced by kick-ins from the touch-line in order to limit hand to ball contact.   

You’ll find full details and guidelines for "BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 2 Plan - Recommendations and Guidelines” HERE

Limited contact in training can commence as of today (August 24, 2020), with the earliest competitive game play being considered on September 7th

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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, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. 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.

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