The BCMSL participants’ Health & Safety is our priority. After a lengthy review of the COVID19 and ViaSport requirements/recommendations of Phase 2/3, the committee has adopted the following but not limited to when performing the game activities.
A. Players may only be registered on one soccer team and in only one league (This will help minimize the spread of the virus – ViaSport and PHO requirement)
B. Players should come dressed, arriving at the facility no more than 15 minutes before game time.
C. Players must leave the facility promptly at the end of the game. (No social gathering)
D. Each team will occupy one side of the field (sidelines) while maintaining Social Distancing or wearing a mask at all time
E. Each team will designate two (2) staff members to handle their equipment (Nets, Balls, Corner Flags etc.)
F. Each team will provide two (2) sanitized game balls, re-sanitized repeatedly for re-use
G. Each team will provide sanitizing/disinfectant agents for the sanitization of the balls
H. Once the ball is out of play on any side of the field, it will be replaced by a sanitized one
I. There will be no throw-ins (Handled as an indirect free kick from the sideline)
J. The sideline free kick will be considered as a normal free kick with the offside rules in place
K. The “wall” for the sideline free kick will be maintain by only one (1) player at a distance of 3m (10ft)
L. There will be no direct free kicks at any time during a game as the wall can only consist of one (1) player
at a minimum distance of 3m (10ft). Penalty kicks will still be played.
M. Players are not allowed to handle the ball in the field of play except for the Keeper
N. Goalkeepers must wear gloves and should sanitize them at half-time
O. Confrontation between players is prohibited
P. If a replacement ball is needed, it must be sanitized and not handled when brought into play.
Q. Spitting is prohibited. Spitting in the field of play will result in a ten (10) minutes
R. When a substitution is made the player exiting will maintain Social Distancing or wear a mask on the sideline
S. There will be no equipment or beverages sharing
T. No spectators are allowed at the facility
League Scheduling Changes:
• Games to be played in a round robin format in a “Group/Co-hort)” of 4 teams or less to a maximum of 50 Players per game (Co-hort) and to a maximum of 100 players per Group
• There will be 2 weeks break (Quarantine) after the 1st. round robin is over (6 Games)
• After 2 weeks break (Quarantine), teams will change to a newly-formed “Group/Co-hort”
• The cycle will repeat until the end of the season.
If things improve during and after the 1st. try (1st. 2 weeks break), BC Soccer indicated that they may eliminate the “Group/Co-hort” but participants will still have to remain within their League.