BC Soccer updates Phase 2 Return to Play Guidelines and Recommendations

Updated guidelines allow for increased geographic flexibility of cohorts for youth game activity

October 14th, 2020 - Vancouver BC 

Modified game play under BC Soccer’s Phase 2 Return to Play is now into its second month, and BC Soccer would like to thank and congratulate its members for their hard work in providing a safe and responsible environment under the current circumstances.

ViaSport has also acknowledged that soccer has taken a responsible approach to our collective return and together we’ve looked closely at what is working, along with aspects of the guidelines that can improve, without compromising safety. 

The feedback we’ve received from many organizations and leagues is that cohort groups are limited by geography which is affecting the soccer experience through lack of competitive balance.  Additionally, cohort groups of 3 adds bye weeks on top of the off weeks between re-grouping.

After consulting with our members and ViaSport, the guidelines have been slightly adjusted to identify regional geographic boundaries, rather than simply in-district and/or neighbouring districts, which the BC Soccer Board of Directors have approved.

Under the previous guidelines, a team from South Delta could be in a cohort group with a Chilliwack team, while a team based in Squamish could be in a cohort with a Vancouver team.  Although that same South Delta team couldn't play in Vancouver, or the Vancouver team couldn't play in Coquitlam, the distances are half as far as they would travel under the current guidelines.

This simple redefinition of geographical boundaries will hopefully allow some flexibility in creating competitively balanced cohort groups, while actually reducing non-essential travel between clubs. 

READ the full updated guidelines and recommendaitons and the accompanying memo sent to membership

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