Return to Play

2021 Return to Play

Last Updated July 5th 2021  

BC Soccer with the guidance of ViaSport continue to develop the return to play guidelines.  As the Province transitions thru various recovery phases, organizations & Clubs will remain in good standings.

The information on this page has been provided to CAUFC from BC Soccer 
September Notices
June Notices
  2. Return to Play Plan memo – BC Restart Plan – Step 2
  3. Return to Play Update Memo 
  4. Updated Return to Play Plan for Soccer- Step 1
  5. BC Soccer's Update July 2nd 20201 RETURN TO PLAN PLAN

2020 Return to Play Information

Last Updated May 25th 2021  
We are excited to share a number of positive updates regarding the “Return to Play – Phase 2” guidelines & recommendations to safely restart soccer programming here in BC.

As per BC Soccer’s recent announcement on Aug 24th, training can now include limited contact. Limited contact is defined as players being able to come together and have involuntary contact (i.e. challenging for the ball, etc.). As of today you  are now able to run activities that involve tackling and play small sided games at future practices!


Maintaining 6 feet social distance is still suggested when possible, including the arrival and departure of players and when taking water breaks. The daily requirement for all participants to confirm they are not experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 is still in effect. As is players sanitizing their hands before and after soccer.


Games between different teams will start up in September but in smaller “Soccer Cohorts”. A “Soccer Cohort” is defined as a closed smaller group of no more than four teams who participate in soccer activity and reaming together for the duration of a phase. The intent is to try and keep the interaction to the same cohort and group of people.

A rule change of note is that there will be no throw-ins at games but kick-ins only. 

  • ViaSport, an organization who works closely with sports associations across BC, has recently released their Return to Sport Guidelines This document has been updated as of Sept 10th 2020.
  • BC Soccer, working with our health authorities, has outlined their Return to Play Guidelines which is aligned with ViaSport.
  • Our Provincial Government created a ministerial order that protects amateur sports organizations, and their employees & volunteers from liability relating to COVID-19. For more information: Click Here
  • On June 24th CAUFC Board members adopted the Cliff Avenue United FC Return to Play & Safety Guide Phase 1 read it now.
  • On December 3rd BC Soccer returns to Phase 1 read the release
  • On May 25th 2021 BC Soccer announces the return to play guidelines read the release.
  • Need help planning or want ideas for your next practice while keeping social distancing guidelines and making it challenging & exciting for players. BC Soccer has a number of suggestions and examples that can help check them out here.