viaSPORT Return to Sport Guidelines

If Football returns for the 2021 season we believe that conditions will follow the process followed in 2020 where we moved from very tight controls, with no contact and social distancing in practice, to competion only within cohorts. The folowing section of this page reflects the experience in 2020 for reference purposes until such time we receive BC Provincial. leaque and Health Officer guidelines for 2021:


As with all other activities, Return to Sport will require a gradual, thoughtful, phased approach.

The provincial government plans to lift restrictions in phases, while closely monitoring population health patterns to minimize risk to British Columbians.

On June 24, 2020, while British Columbia entered Phase 3 of the B.C. Restart Plan, Contact Sports including Football effectively remain in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 guidelines (no contact sports, social distancing still required during all fitness activities) 

At this time, sport activities continue to adhere to the “Transition Measures” stage of the Sport Activity Chart.
Refer to the section on Sport Programming for more information on activity types and how they can be phased in.
Please note resuming of sport activities may not be linear, increasing restrictions may be required in response to fluctuating numbers of COVID-19 cases in the province. Sport organizations need to be flexible to accommodate and respond to changes in community transmission and the changes in advice from the Provincial Health Officer.

The full viaSPORT Return to Sport Guidelines for BC (latest revision a June 25, 2020)

Sports are currently in "Transition Measures" with:

  • non-contact and 2m social distancing rules remaining in place
  • minimal use of equipment
  • no spectators 
  • no games (not even modified games) allowed for contact sports including football

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