Return to Sport - Soccer 

Before and After Practice: 

  1. Wash hands prior to starting practice. 
  2. Coaches to clean any field equipment (if required) using disinfected swabs or towels after each session. (do not go home and then clean – contaminated items may travel into the home environment). 
  3. Stagger activity times between different groups to create a 15 minute buffer between sessions and avoid an overlap of participants in any one area. 
  4. Do not loiter in the parking lot.  Get in, Train, Get out. 
  5. Physical Distancing (2m or 6ft). 


 During Practice 

  1. Must not exceed the maximum gathering size for your community (Please refer to your Public Health Website).  Maximum gathering size includes all athletes, coaches, volunteers, support persons and spectators/parents.  
  2. All “non-essential” contacts should be avoided (handshakes, high 5’s, etc.). 
  3. Physical distancing of two (2) metres (6 feet) must be maintained  by ALL participants – no more than 1 person per 4m2 
  4. Structure activities to maximize physical distancing. 
  5. Design activities so athletes may stay within their existing small groups to reduce amount of contact with different people. 
  6. No heading, chest or hand contact with the ball (feet only). 
  7. Regular sanitation breaks combined with water breaks. 
  8. Use cones and other equipment to ensure appropriate spacing is in place to support distancing. Reset cones that delineate the physical distancing parameters whenever they are moved out of place. 


Equipment-Specific Considerations: 

  1. Bring your own water bottles clearly labelled with your name – do not use public water fountains. 
  2. Only use your own equipment. Do not share equipment – this includes shin guards, shirts, socks, etc. 
  3. Only coaches/staff should handle team equipment. 
  4. Avoid using shared pinnies or any other equipment. Have players bring two different coloured shirts (dark and light). 
  5. Any individual equipment used should be taken home and washed separately from others in the household (e.g. uniform). 



  1. Tournaments and Competition will follow Return to Competition protocols. 



Each sport venue may have their own COVID-19 restrictions.  Please follow the instructions of the staff.