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What is Phase 1, or ‘Safe Play’ soccer?


Phase 1 of BC Soccer’s Return to Play plan is defined as ‘no contact, distance training only’.  In this phase, teams are allowed to train together; however, all activities are designed so that contact between players is strictly avoided.  This means that typical training activities, such as scrimmages, are not permitted.  Games, competitions, tournaments, etc. of any kind are not permitted.


NDFC has taken the lead from the Provincial Health Officer and local health authorities, as well as our governing sports authorities (Canada Soccer, BC Soccer, and viaSport) as a model to design our own specific return to play protocols.  It is essential that all members are diligent in adhering to the club’s direction, and play a role in emphasizing the importance of these rules. 




  • A minimum of 3 metres (10 feet) of physical distance is to be maintained by participants at all times.  Training activities shall be designed with this principle in mind.  

  • All full size 11 v 11 soccer fields shall host no greater than 50 participants, with the exception of Delsom turf, which shall host no greater than 80 participants at a time.  Full fields will be divided into grids, and some grids will have more or less participants than others, but the total number of participants shall not exceed these limits

  • Travel is allowed only to and from your ‘home’ club/team

  • Spectators are not allowed during training sessions

  • Parent participation at Intro to Soccer, U5/U6/U7:  Please note that it is the parent's responsibility to ensure that their child maintains social distancing at all times while present on the field (i.e. parent attendance during sessions is required).  If parents would like to actively participate during the training session, they are welcome to do so; however, participation is not required.



Non-Contact Activities


  • All training plans and sessions shall be designed to keep players within individual areas on the field (3 m minimum distance), and to avoid contact with other players

  • There shall be no “1 v 1” or similar type activities (i.e. small-sided games); games or scrimmages are strictly not permitted.

Enhanced Protocols


  • All participants (including U5/U6/U7 parents) attending training activities must perform a ‘health check’ prior to arrival.  Anyone exhibiting any Covid-19 symptoms shall refrain from attending, and will need to report this to a club contact.  Signage at the fields will serve as a reminder for everyone to check for symptoms prior entering the field 

  • All participants will be expected to apply hand sanitizer prior to entering the field of play and upon exiting the field

  • All coaches, including staff coaches and managers, must wear a mask while on the field

  • All players are encouraged to wear a mask to and from the field; however, a mask is not required to be worn during training




  • Players are required to supply their own water and/or medical needs.  Each player will keep their personal equipment behind their specific training area.  Personal items are not to be shared or mixed with those from other players.

  • Players are required appropriate footwear (i.e. soccer shoes with studs).  Shin pads are mandatory

  • Training equipment will mainly consist of cones, small nets, pinnies and soccer balls. These will be managed by the coaches/managers and are not to be touched by the players, with the exception of soccer balls by the player's feet (goalkeepers wearing gloves are permitted to handle soccer balls as required during the activity).  If worn, pinnies should not be exchanged between players.

  • All equipment used during the training session shall be sanitized by the coaches/manager at the end of the session

Please note that all program dates/locations & schedules are subject to changes.
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