Provincial Health Authority Announcement, November 19th

UPDATE: November 23, 2020

BC Soccer Association has provided the following clarification on the Provincial Health Order:

Based on this amendment individual players living outside of the CRD who are registered on teams based in Victoria are permitted to participate as long as the team function remains within the CRD.  For example, players living in Cowichan who are registered to Gorge or Saanich may participate in LISA cohort play within the CRD and VI Wave players from Cowichan and UISA may travel and participate in training or games based in Victoria.

Please note that once the final Order is written and available, along with ViaSport’s clarification, we may be forced to adjust further.

On November 19th the BC Health Authority announced additional Province wide restrictions.  Under these new restrictions soccer may continue under the following guidelines:

Outdoor soccer (based on the Order):

  • Can occur under the current BC Soccer Phase 2 Guidelines (where soccer has been since the cohort model was introduced) with the following added restrictions:
    • No spectators are permitted.
    • *Team travel (and refereeing assignments) must be limited.*

This Order is effective until December 7, 2020 at midnight.

*Importantly: Dr. Henry used language referencing “community” and “region”. BCSA and LISA are seeking clarification from ViaSport and Local Health Authorities on the definition of community and/or region so we can apply it appropriately for sanctioned soccer.

At this time it is our understanding that travel and play within the Capital Regional District will meet the current Health Order. This includes Sooke and the Western Communities.  However, travel to and from the Cowichan Valley is currently prohibited.  Therefore all LISA Cohort matches involving teams from Cowichan Valley Soccer Association will be cancelled until the PHO’s Order is lifted.

As always this is an ever-changing situation and we will continue to work with our Governing Bodies and Local Health Authorities to provide the latest information.

You can find the latest information from the BC Government here: Province-wide restrictions – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Ultimately it is the decision of the club/team/player/parent to participate in soccer at this time.  In the event that your game is not going to be played we ask that you please be courteous and notify your opposition as early as possible and to please ensure that your club referee and field coordinators are notified of the decision.

Please continue to be safe, respectful, and enjoy the games.

Regards,

Stuart Bancroft
Executive Director