BC Soccer News, Friday, March 13, 2020

As Soccer around the world shuts down during the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Soccer Web will try to keep you up to date over the coming days and weeks with developments affecting the game at home and beyond.

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.


Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in CanadaPublic 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

BC Soccer News, Friday, March 13, 2020

BC Soccer Assoc. halts sanctioned soccer activity for events of 250 people or more while continuing to empower local organizations regarding COVID-19BCSA
BC Soccer restates that the health and safety of all participants in the soccer community in BC is of the utmost importance and is central to any decision-making process. Further, in the first instance, all involved in our sport should take direction from the appropriate health authorities, including the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health.

Vancouver Whitecaps COVID-19 UpdatesWhitecaps FC
Your existing ticket will grant you admission to the rescheduled match. We will communicate new dates as soon as they are confirmed.

MLS suspends season for 30 days as result of COVID-19 pandemicSportsnet
North American soccer slammed on the brakes Thursday in the face of the growing COVID-19 outbreak.

Whitecaps season in limbo as MLS suspends operations due to coronavirus threatThe Province
MLS announced a 30-day suspension of matchday activities, meaning Saturday’s Whitecaps game with Colorado has been postponed until a later date.

Canada Soccer COVID-19 updateCSA
Canada Soccer values the safety of its players, coaches, officials, staff and fans as its highest priority. As the national governing body for the sport of soccer in the country, we have been and will continue to closely monitor all COVID-19 developments in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada and relevant governing bodies through the Canada Soccer Sport Medicine Committee.

COVID-19 fallout wipes out sporting events in B.C.CBC
Here is a list of how some B.C.teams, championships and events have — and haven’t — been affected at this time.

Suspended Canucks, Whitecaps seasons could hurt Vancouver businessesVancouver Sun
With Vancouver’s major sports teams postponing or cancelling their seasons, the businesses that rely on support from spectators to keep afloat could be in for some tough times.

Metro Women’s Soccer League Cancels remainder of 2019-20 seasonMWSL
The MWSL has made the decision to cancel the remainder of our season and Cup Finals amid the COVID 19 concerns. We feel this is in the best interest of our members and community at this time.

Fort St John Northern Strikers forced to postpone trip to Alberta Provincials due to coronavirusEnergetic City
Out of precaution, and to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Alberta Soccer made the decision to postpone all upcoming Alberta Provincial Championships.

Canadian Premier League Statement: Coronavirus (COVID-19) ProtocolCanPL
The Canadian Premier League with its Clubs have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation on an ongoing basis. The CPL has established a working committee that has been monitoring the most recent developments and communicating with our Clubs regarding the appropriate measures to take as the situation continues to evolve.

USWNT’s April games, NWSL preseason games canceled due to COVID-19 outbreakThe Equalizer
U.S. Soccer announced Thursday that it has canceled upcoming United States men’s and women’s national team games and training camps through the end of April “due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic across the world.” Additionally, the National Women’s Soccer League has canceled all preseason games.

NWSL clubs address preseason cancellation due to coronavirusPro Soccer USA
The clubs are in agreement with the league’s decision as the season’s April 18 start date approaches.

Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL unite to postpone fixturesThe FA
Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.

VISL Jackson Cup QuarterfinalsBC Soccer Web
We continue on in hopes that we can continue to play the game we love while staying safe and responsible to each other.

Victoria Highlanders FC are pleased to announce the signings of Maurizio Abdi and Kayden Miner, pending league approval. The two defenders are the latest Highlanders Residency players to join Vikram Virk’s 2020 Pacific Coast Soccer League squad.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tests positive for COVID-19Sportsnet
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.

DFL propose league suspension until April 2DW
The DFL are ready to play their part in slowing the coronavirus pandemic. A proposal, which will see the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 seasons suspended until at least April 2, is expected to be rubber stamped on Monday.

U.S. Soccer president resigns in fallout of misogynistic legal filing against USWNTYahoo Sports
U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro announced his resignation Thursday in the wake of a misogynistic legal argument filed by the organization in its equal pay battle with the United States women’s national team.

Carlos Cordeiro’s Ouster Could be First Step Toward U.S. Soccer Resolution with USWNTSI.com
Carlos Cordeiro resigned as U.S. Soccer president late Thursday night, culminating a historically traumatic week for American soccer in which the sport’s governing body had argued in writing that “indisputable science” meant the world champion U.S. women’s national team was inherently inferior in skill, ability and responsibility to the U.S. men’s team simply because of its gender.

Huge brawl breaks out in Copa Libertadores match, eight players given red cards in South American soccer gameCBS Sports
While the scoreline read 0-0 at the end of the Gremio-Internacional Copa Libertadores match Thursday, it was far from indicative of the amount of action that went down in the game. In the final minutes of the second half, a confrontation between a player from each side led to some pushing, shoving and one player putting his hands on the neck of an opponent. Two players were sent off immediately for the action.

What will fans talk about without sports?Delta Optimist
If the idea of self-quarantine held any allure for sports fans, it was the chance to binge-watch March Madness and Opening Day in baseball. Good luck with that. Televised games are about to become as scarce as toilet paper at Costco.

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