Return to Play Information

Between the suspension of all soccer activity in Canada on March 13th, and the Return to Play earliest activity date of June 12th, it will have been 3 months without soccer.

During this “pause in play”, BC Soccer was committed to providing regular communication with our membership, creating on-line resources, while maintaining continuous dialogue with both Canada Soccer and the Provincial Government through ViaSport.  However, the biggest priority was planning for the resumption of play.

We are pleased that the gradual, responsible, phased in approach can finally proceed, with our guidelines and recommendations.  Both have the approval from Canada Soccer, and are in alignment with our Provincial Government through ViaSport. 

On this page, we’ll do our best to share all the relevant documents and information you’ll need, regardless of your role.  As the summer progresses, we’ll continue to add pertinent material as we hopefully transition to subsequent “phases”.

Although Phase 1 of our Return to Play Plan is not “normal”, it’s a starting point, and it’s in the best interests of everyone involved that we support one another in keeping our participants healthy.

Earliest June 12, 2020 - Return to Modified Training (and only for Members and Affiliated Clubs that have completed the mandartory steps).

On May 13, 2020, Canada Soccer Outlined Return to Soccer Guidelines

Between May 20 and June 1, 2020, BC Soccer Board of Directors and Canada Soccer approved BC Soccer's Return to Play Phase 1 Plan - Recommendations and Guidelines

On June 1, 2020, ViaSport released the Return to Sport Guidelines for B.C.

On June 2, 2020, BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 1 Plan – Recommendations and Guidelines were provided to BC Soccer Members and Affiliated Clubs. The public release by BC Soccer was on June 3, 2020. The following three documents form the Phase 1 Plan.

BC Soccer Return to Play Plan – Phase 1 - working timelines, recommendations and guidelines for all members and affiliated clubs.

BC Soccer Return to Play Plan – Phase 1 - sample sessions designed to work within the recommendations and guidelines, and we encourage our members and affiliated clubs to use, tailor as appropriate, and share with each other to support soccer activity for your organizations.

BC Soccer Return to Play Plan – Phase 1 - timelines, recommendations and guidelines for participants.

BC Soccer Return to Play Plan - Phase 1 - sample referee training sessions

With the release of BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 1 Plan – Recommendations and Guidelines, BC Soccer provided this memo to advise on next steps for those Members and Affiliated Clubs that would like to offer on-field sanctioned soccer activity under the terms of the plan, which earliest would be sanctioned on June 12, 2020.


On June 11, 2020 BC Soccer was pleased to host a Return to Play - Phase 1 Plan Question & Answer Session with Members and Affilfiated Clubs that chose to attend. To view a recording of this webinar, click here.


Members and Affiliated Clubs Next Steps for Phase 1 Return

For those Members and Affiliated Clubs that do want to offer soccer activity in accordance with the Canada Soccer approved BC Soccer Return to Play Phase 1 Plan - Recommendations and Guidelines, the following four mandatory steps must be completed by a Senior Board or Staff Member (signing officer is ideal):

  1. Review BC Soccer’s Return to Play Plan Phase 1 – Recommendations and Guidelines and ViaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines for B.C.
  2. Fully complete Canada Soccer’s “Return to Soccer Assessment Tool” which requires the organization to commit to offer soccer activity under the terms in BC Soccer’s Return to Play Plan Phase 1 – Recommendations and Guidelines.
  3. Pass a board motion supporting the soccer activity that the organization is choosing to offer under the terms.
  4. Establish the training program(s) and offer the safest possible environment for all participants that choose to participate.

The health authorities in BC will determine how quickly sport (and soccer) may be able to move to future phases.

As of June 2, 2020, the below chart states what may be allowed over time and is from ViaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines for B.C.

Phase 1 for Soccer is currently contained with the chart as “Transition Measures – Approx. May 19th to Sept”

 

Date TBA - Return to Modified Games and/or Competition

The health authorities in BC will determine how quickly sport (and soccer) may be able to move to future phases. BC Soccer is currently reviewing information at it is made available from ViaSport and the health authorities.

Currently, there is no indication when soccer will be able to move beyond what is within BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 1 Plan – Recommendations and Guidelines.

As of June 2, 2020, the below chart states what may be allowed over time and is from ViaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines for B.C.

Date TBA - Return to the new Regular Type Training and Games/Competition Structure
 

The health authorities in BC will determine how quickly sport (and soccer) may be able to move to future phases. BC Soccer is currently reviewing information at it is made available from ViaSport and the health authorities.

Currently, there is no indication when soccer will be able to move beyond what is within BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 1 Plan – Recommendations and Guidelines.

As of June 2, 2020, the below chart states what may be allowed over time and is from ViaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines for B.C.

 

 

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