BC Soccer News, COVID-19 Era

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As soccer around the world is shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Soccer Web will try to keep you up to date with developments affecting the game at home and beyond as the situation evolves.

Priority number one is keeping yourself, your family, friends and community safe. The best information to help you with this comes from our national and local health authorities. We urge you to read and follow their guidance as we all get through this together.


B.C. Leagues and Cups are off? Your Pickup games are too. - BC Soccer Web
Soccer is postponed. You know this. I know this. What some don’t seem to get is that ALL SOCCER IS OFF.

COVID 19 Information and Reminders - BC Soccer Association
Our collective communities are feeling the impacts of COVID-19. As the situation continues to change rapidly, BC Soccer is working to provide information and updates to our members (full and associate) and affiliated soccer clubs to best support them.

VISL COVID-19 / 2020 Season Update - BC Soccer Web
Just wanted to fire you a message regarding our current status – and what we have planned at the current time.

Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada - Public Health Agency of Canada
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), in collaboration with Canadian public health experts has developed this guidance for federal/provincial/territorial (F/P/T) public health authorities (PHA) on the use of public health measures (PHM) to reduce and delay transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

BC Centre for Disease Control
A new coronavirus is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory infections, now known as COVID-19. The number of cases worldwide is changing quickly.

World Health Organization
Global updates and Public Advice on the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): How to care for a person with COVID-19 at home – Advice for caregivers - Public Health Agency of Canada
If you are caring for a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, follow this advice to protect yourself and others in the home, as well as those in your community.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Government of Canada
Support programs for Individuals, Families and Businesses during the pandemic crisis.

Provincial Government COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information - Government of British Columbia
Information on health, legal & economic initiatives and services available during the pandemic.

Updated information and resources for small business deling with the pandemic crisis in British Columbia.


BC Soccer News, Monday, March 16, 2020

Canada Soccer announces suspension of all sanctioned soccer as precaution against COVID-19 - CSA
Canada Soccer has suspended all sanctioned soccer activities with immediate effect after consultation with the Canada Soccer Sport Medicine Committee, public health authorities and the Provincial and Territorial Member Associations. The Canada Soccer decision impacts all domestic soccer activity as well as National Teams across all age groups with the decision crucial to ensure the safety of our players, coaches, officials, staff and fans.

Canada Soccer cancels upcoming home international matches in British Columbia - CSA
With the best interest of the safety of players, coaches, officials, staff, and fans, Canada Soccer has canceled upcoming home international matches in British Columbia on the FIFA calendar. The three affected matches are 27 and 31 March on Vancouver Island at Westhills Stadium and 14 April in Vancouver at BC Place.

BC Soccer suspends sanctioned soccer activity regarding concerns over the spread of COVID-19 - BCSA
Over the last 24 hours there have been even more heightened concerns over the potential spread of COVID-19. Therefore, as of March 13, 2020, with this growing and unprecedented uncertainty surrounding this health pandemic, and in accordance with Canada Soccer’s direction, BC Soccer is directing all members and affiliated clubs to suspend all sanctioned soccer activities in the province until further notice.

Whitecaps COVID-19 Information and Updates - Whitecaps FC
Major League Soccer announced on Sunday that the league has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 20. MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing measures.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update City of Surrey recreational facilities closed effective Monday - City of Surrey
City of Surrey Recreation Centres, Ice Arenas, Culture Facilities, Surrey Nature Centre, Community Rooms and Pools and Libraries will be closed effective tomorrow (Monday, March 16) until further notice.

City of Delta closing city-run recreation facilities, libraries due to COVID-19 - News 1130
Delta has joined Surrey in shuttering all city-run recreation facilities and libraries due to concern over the novel coronavirus.

Williams Lake youth soccer watchful of COVID-19 situation as spring season nears - Williams Lake Tribune
Following the BC Soccer Association’s announcement Friday it would suspend all sanctioned soccer activity until further notice, the WLYSA said it will take its direction from them.

CDC issues guidance on mass gatherings that could shut down MLS, NWSL and USL for 2 months - Pro Soccer USA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new guideline Sunday suggesting mass gatherings of more than 50 people be restricted for an eight-week period, which would likely extend the suspension of all sports leagues.

Gremio players wear masks in on-field protest before Sao Luiz game - BBC Sport
Players from Brazilian club Gremio took to the field wearing masks on Sunday in protest at having to play a football match as fears over coronavirus grow in the South American nation.

Seattle Sounders confirm worker tests positive for COVID-19 - Sportsnet
The Seattle Sounders say a member of the team’s support staff is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

Swiss FA chief Blanc tests positive, days after attending UEFA meeting - beIN Sports
Dominique Blanc, the president of the Swiss FA (SFV) has tested positive for coronavirus less than a fortnight after attending a UEFA meeting of European football leaders.

Coronavirus: Champions League and Europa League could be decided by mini-tournament - BBC Sport
European football's governing body, Uefa, is hosting a video conference with major stakeholders on Tuesday.

A-League to continue behind closed doors, condensed season - NBC Sports
Football Federation Australia chairman James Johnson confirmed that the A-League season and W-League final will be played behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Wuhan soccer team leaving Spain to escape virus - Lethbridge News Now
The Chinese soccer team that was originally stuck in Spain because of the coronavirus outbreak is going back home to try to avoid its rapid spread in Europe.

Army disinfects train stations as Spain's coronavirus death toll doubles - Edmonton Sun
Among the high-profile figures to test positive are the prime minister’s wife, two cabinet ministers and five players of top-flight soccer club Valencia.

VIDEO: Fiorentina's Vlahovic Opens Up About Coronavirus Diagnosis - beIN Sports
Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic spoke candidly about his experiences contracting COVID-19 as the virus continues to disrupt sport around the world.

Pacific FC newcomer Alejandro Díaz braces for his moment in the CPL - CanPL
Alejandro Díaz is ready for most things. Such is the by-product of an early career spent with Club América, one of the biggest pro clubs in Mexico who draws an average of over 40,000 supporters per match. One gets used to the roar of the crowd, the opponent’s jeers, the pressure to perform.

Liga MX roundup: Jesus Corona hands Cruz Azul untraditional win with last-second penalty save - NBC Sports
Liga MX’s last set of games for the foreseeable future took place on Sunday, with Atlas, Santos and Cruz Azul taking home three points. There’s no timeline on Mexico’s top-flight’s suspension due to the coronavirus, but its last impression was one worth witnessing. Here’s a closer look into some of Sunday’s closed-door action.

Liverpool left to wait and wonder after virus strikes - Yahoo Sports
Liverpool could have been crowned Premier League champions on Monday for the first time in a generation at the home of local rivals Everton. Instead, the stadium will be silent.

TTFA in crisis as debt hits $50m, accounts frozen and new House of Football remains closed - Inside World Football
Coronavirus is proving to be the scourge of world football but in Trinidad and Tobago the financial failure of the organisation and its new leaders to work their way out of or deal with a series of court cases is proving far more dangerous to the sport on the island.

Leafs, Raps, TFC, Jays, Argos band together to create fund for staff - CP24
Toronto's sports teams have banded together to create a special assistance fund to support arena and stadium staff affected by season suspensions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

VIDEO Must-see: 'Caps defeat Colorado in Connect 4 - Whitecaps FC
Our MLS match on Saturday might have been suspended, but that didn't stop us...

Report and Reaction: Whitecaps’ exciting four play leads to tremendous Rapids climax - AFTN
The Whitecaps went with their new blue kits for this match following the success the week before in LA and they came out all guns blazing from the first whistle, firing a shot right down the middle of the grid and forcing the Rapids to be on the back foot from the start.

Deprived of football, players try to fill the 'big void' - Yahoo Sports
Many are writing about the unfamiliar experience on social media. Some have already come to the conclusion that "there is nothing to do".

Sitting Round At Home: Some football films to pass the time (part one) - AFTN
There may be no games to grab your attention, but there certainly is a wealth of football related films, television shows, and documentaries to fill that void, especially if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself quarantined with the virus or are just wanting to self isolate.

Record numbers turn to Football Manager: The game that gave us Tonton Zola Moukoko and Cherno Samba - BBC Sport
At one moment on Sunday, the football management simulation was being played online by almost 90,000 users around the world, its record number of streams according to director Miles Jacobson.

Women's football in Tonga begins a new era - FIFA
Alongside rugby, football is one of its most popular sports, and the aim is to grow the game there in the near future. Indeed, this very Friday on the Vava'u archipelago, the Tongan Football Association (TFA) inaugurated a new technical centre, which is the centrepiece of the country’s plan to grow and develop the game outside of the capital of Nuku’alofa.

Coronavirus: 'In this current dark reality, sport doesn't matter but it does' - BBC Sport
It's only when something disappears that you realise quite how much you miss it. It's only when something close to you goes that you understand how much has changed.