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Guidelines:

1)  Ensure that soccer activity is offered in the safest possible environment for all participants that choose to participate. 

 

2)  The activity must always comply with the distancing measures and recommendations, along with any gathering restrictions issued by the BC health authorities,  As of document date–6 feet between people is still suggested, however gatherings of 50 people or less is still required (for soccer, unless otherwise stated by the municipality/city, this is 50 people per regular 11 v 11 full-size soccer field).

 

3) Introducing limited player contact in training is allowed as of August 24, 2020. Limited contact is defined as players being able to come together and have involuntary contact (i.e. challenging for the ball, etc.).  (see FAQ #1 & 5 below for more details)

 

4)

  • Games may be considered as of September 7, 2020 with the following required modification. 
  • Limit your activities to smaller groups by having identified "Soccer Cohorts" of a maximum of 50 unique participants, up to four (4) teams.
  • A "Soccer Cohort" is defined as a closed, smaller group of no more than 50 individuals, up to 4 teams who participate in soccer activity and remain together for the duration of a phase. The intent is to try to keep the interaction to the same cohort and group of people.
  • It is understood that if four (4) teams is used, the number of individuals within the cohort may go above the 50 limit (for example, four teams with rosters of 18 players) BUT it must be kept to four teams.  *Coaches may be counted outside of the 50 individuals if they are able to maintain physical distancing at all times (spectators as well). 
  • Each cohort can be comprised of multiple teams in order to form a mini league/game play between teams within the cohort.
  • Keep players together in designated groups and make sure that each group avoids mixing with other groups as much as possible.
  • If cohort participants/or teams need to be adjusted a 2 week break between activities is required.

5) No throw-ins, kick-ins only.  Handled as an indirect free kick.

 

6) Player/Participants are to avoid spitting and nose clearing.  If a player/participant does spit or clear their nose, the coach is required to substitute the player as quickly as possible. The player must sit on the sideline for a minimum of 15% of the total game duration.

 

7)  Players and team personnel on the sidelines must adhere to 6 feet distances per the BC health authorities.

 

8) The date that regular game and competition formats outside of cohorts may be considered is still TBA.

 

9)

  • Limit the number of team staff (coaches, managers, etc.) that are on-field, noting the requirement to have a specific number of coaches to lead the environment, while adhering to the Rule of Two and “Soccer Cohorts”.
  • Consider the comfort level of all your volunteer coaches under the current situation. Perhaps, in the first instance, limit sessions being led by a select core group of coaches.
  • Include the daily requirement for any and all staff/coaches and participants to verbally confirm they are not experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • Communicate all hygiene measures in advance to all your players.
  • Provide your employees with any protective items required by the BC health authorities and ensure that each member of your staff washes their hands regularly.
  • Limit participation to those able to adhere to any restrictions in place.
  • Ensure all participants are registered per the normal process under BC Soccer.
  • Facilitate registration online (no cash).
  • Ask parents and guardians to provide written consent for players U18 and younger authorizing them to participate in soccer activity.

10) Keep a record of participants that are participating and when, so that you can contact them if needed, for example, if an infected person is identified.

 

11)  Players should not carpool to practice unless they live in the same household.

 

12)  Players and team personnel on the sidelines must adhere to 6 feet distances per the BC health authorities.

 

COACHING-The activity must always comply with the distancing measures and recommendations, along with any gathering restrictions issued by the BC health authorities, including the arrival and departure of players (except for family members or persons residing in the same household). As of document date –6 feet between people is still suggested, however gatherings of 50 people or less is still required (for soccer, unless otherwise stated by the municipality/city, this is 50 people per regular 11 v 11 full-size soccer field).-Even with the allowance of player contact:  Work to limit close contact as much as possible. Do not let players manipulate the practice equipment. Coaches should take charge of set up and collecting equipment.  Ensure players do not touch the ball with their hands, or head, and Goalkeepers must not share gloves.

 

EQUIPMENT -Exercise caution with any and all equipment that is being used.  Ask players to avoid touching equipment with their hands. -If equipment is manipulated by participants, hand sanitation and ball washing at Ingress/Egress is required.

 

13) Close all water fountains and ask that all players bring their own refreshments and do not share water bottles.

 

FAQs

Question-#1 How do players participating in out-of-club programming, such as with an academy, affect my team’s cohort?

 

Answer-#1 All members and Affiliated Clubs must follow “BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 2 Plan –Recommendations and Guidelines” and we understand this will impact players that participate in programing offered by more than one member/affiliated club such as supplemental training. Participants must keep to the one cohort that they choose/sign up to be part of. If supplemental training occurs outside of the cohort, this must be done under Phase 1 Return to Play Term (distance training/no contact guidelines)in order to ensure the participant/player is not in two cohorts.

 

Question-#2 I don’t understand the 50 people/4 team cohort’s idea. My adult team often has 22-23 players. How is that going to work?

 

Answer-#2 We understand the confusion regarding the requirement of 50 individuals or up to four teams. The intent is to limit interaction to a smaller group while also being able to support soccer activity. For adult soccer and older teenage groups there are more players on a rosters, which is why “It is understood that if four (4) teams is used, the number of individuals within the cohort may go above the 50 limit (for example, four teams with rosters of 18 players) BUT it must be kept to four teams.”

 

Question-#3  Can cohorts be shuffled?

 

Answer-#3 Yes, if cohort participants (or teams) need to be adjusted, a 2-week break between activities is required.

 

Question-#4 If someone tests positive, what that mean for the cohort soccer activity?

 

Answer-#4 ViaSport has advised BC Soccer that if an outbreak occurs, to follow their outbreak plan, report to your local health authority who will instruct you on next steps and any action required (i.e. postponement, cancellation, etc.)  Please notify president@rasasoccer.ca immediately as well. 

 

Question-#5 One of the coaching points in the Return to Play Phase 2 guidelines states that players can’t touch the ball with their head. Does this mean heading the ball won’t be allowed when gameplay returns?

 

Answer-#5 The intent is to limit touchpoints. Players can head the ball;however,it is encouraged to try and limit heading in training environments. Currently, the only modification to on-field gameplay is “No throw-ins, kick-ins only. Handled as an indirect free kick.”

 

Question-#6 I don’t understand the spitting and nose clearing requirement? Will the referees have to manage this?

 

Answer-#6 Spitting and nose clearing that occasionally occurs in soccer is not a pleasant part of our sport, even under normal circumstances. The intent is to educate players and participants to not engage in these actions because, with the current situation, they are even more unwanted.  Based on guidance from Canada Soccer, referees are only able to address spitting when directed at someone, not when spitting or nose clearing occurs when not directed at someone. Therefore, the expectation is player and coaches will respect each other to not engage in these actions and that coaches will substitute their players who do. We understand that this raises concerns with gamesmanship; however, we are hopeful that our soccer community will work together under these terms so we can all enjoy soccer under the circumstances.

 

Question-#7 Will ICP still be allowed.

 

Answer-#7  NO.  Because of the requirements to limit participation to only teams/players in a cohort, ICP will not be allowed.

 

Question-#8 Can players still transfer teams?

 

Answer-#8 Yes, players can transfer teams, but would be required to wait 14 days before joining the new team after their last game.

 

Question-#9 Will League cup and other cups occur this season.

 

Answer-#9  Currently all cups will be postponed.

 

Question-#10 Are the guidelines likely to change during the season.

 

Answer-#  If BC Soccer changes their guidelines, we will adjust our guidelines to match theirs.

 

Question-#11 Can clubs or teams share a practice field?

 

Answer-#11 No.  Teams/clubs can share a full field with each team practicing on their side of the field, but teams should not mingle before or after practice. 

 

Question-#12 What is the schedule going to look like and how many games are we going to get?

 

Answer-#12 Teams will be placed in a cohort of 3 teams, each team will play the other teams twice, then there will be a break of 2 weeks and the cohorts will switch.  Div 1 and Div 2 will get 16 games based on 9 teams in the division.

 

Question-#13 Will league fees be adjusted since we are getting fewer games?

 

Answer-#13  Yes, league fees will be adjusted to reflect fewer games for each team.

 

Question-#14 Are we going to play tournaments this season?

 

Answer-#14 Under the current guidelines we will not be able schedule tournaments this season.

ABOUT RASA
The Richmond Adult Soccer Association is a Full Member of BC Soccer and offers recreational and competive soccer programs for adult players of all ages. We run 2 seasons - Winter League & Spring League. 

Our Winter League season runs from September to March each year.  We offer Open Division (any age) play and a Master Divsion (35+).  The Open Divisions typically play on Friday nights and/or Sunday mornings/afternoons.  Teams in the Winter League will play for a berth to the BC Soccer Provincial Cup tournament each year.  

Team Registration for Winter League typically opens in July and closes in mid-August. 

Our Spring League runs from April to July.  We offer 3 divisions of open play from recreational to competitive.  Games are typically played on Tuesday, Thursday or Sundays. 

Team Registration for Spring League typically opens in late March and closes in early April. 

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