#RespectAll - Join Us!

Vancouver BC, August 16, 2018 - It is important to BC Soccer that everyone involved in soccer is participating in an open, inclusive, and safe environment that is free from harassment and inappropriate behaviour; exactly what BC Soccer's #RespectAll initiative is designed to highlight!

Since the #RespectAll initiative’s introduction, BC Soccer has produced and distributed more than 200 corrugated plastic #RespectAll signs to BC Soccer members and clubs across the province. These signs have been erected at fields and soccer facilities in all regions of British Columbia.To take #RespectAll to the next level, BC Soccer reached out to each municipality within British Columbia asking for support by way of reproducing weather proof versions of the signs that could be erected around the municipality/city fields. Our aim is to remind everyone of the importance in creating the best possible environments for all players and to collectively build a support community.

“Creating supportive environments, free from negative behaviour is important.  BC Soccer's #RespectAll signs are designed to provide gentle reminder of this to those visiting sports fields in whatever capacity they are. We want to see as many signs out in the BC communities as possible and are pleased to have reached out to all of the municipalities throughout BC to help drive this initiative," said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director.

BC Soccer encourages any and all organizations, coaches, players, volunteers, administrators, and everyone else to participate in and support BC Soccer's #RespectAll by using the hashtag #RespectAll on social media when showcasing great sportsmanship. Creating the best, most inclusive, fun and supportive environment possible is a priority for BC Soccer and we hope everyone will actively engage with #RespectAll.

“Respecting everyone while participating in soccer should be common sense; however, all too often we’re seeing behavior that is unacceptable, “said Kjeld Brodsgaard, BC Soccer President. “Every year there are numerous youth players and officials who stop participating in soccer because people are unable to refrain from abusive behavior and through this campaign we hope to keep those players and officials active in the game of soccer by highlighting all of the incredible sportsmanship that happens every weekend.”

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 sport 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 active, health and involved lifestyle.