Alberta Soccer Association has released an updated flowchart to answer your questions about returning to soccer after having symptoms or testing positive to COVID-19.
SWEMSA AGM Notification
FAQ for the Return to Train Program
1. Will EMSA be modifying the rules for safety reasons? For example, instead of throw ins, the players must do Kick Ins. This will help with less hands on the soccer balls. This goes for heading as well. No heading for the older age groups.
– SWEMSA will wait for Alberta Soccer to set up the Return to Soccer guidelines.
2. If the games start sooner than expected, will EMSA not worry about EMSA ID Cards?
– It would be good to get your EMSA ID Card as they are good for 5 years.
3. Which phase are we in?
– SWEMSA will follow Alberta Soccer Association – As per the Government of Alberta, we are back to Step 1. Alberta Soccer 8 & 2 Return To Train Guidelines (Effective April 8, 2021)
4. Are the kids required to play in masks?
– Masks are not required. Team Officials must wear masks.
5. There will be no games this year and there will only be practices?
– This is dependent upon the Government of Alberta, and Alberta Soccer. We are in Step 1, which allows training only. Please see Q #3.
6. If I sign up and after it starts, we don’t like it can we still get a full refund?
– Please contact your Community Coordinator.
7. What about their instructions to sign waivers on EMSA Soccer Portal household account, does this still need to be done before May 3?
– All waivers are updated and signed when you register your child(ren). Also, when you register as a Team Official.
8. How will infractions of the Covid-19 rules be managed at the game?
– Any issues, you can call the SPOC delegate (number to be posted). The SPOC and the SWEMSA Discipline Committee will handle any infractions.
9. How many players will be on a team?
– This is dependent on the Government of Alberta. We are allowed training groups of 10 participants. Each team can have 8 players per half pitch, (16 in total), maintain 2m apart. No scrimmage, no contact – training only.
10. Can coaches opt out of the drills/skills certification training? ie long time coaches
– No. Due to AHS protocols, all Team Officials must take the certification training, so they understand the new procedures to stay safe.
June 1, 2021
Alberta Soccer – Return to Train Guidelines – Alberta Soccer 8 & 2 Return to Train Guidelines for YOUTH (18&under) – OUTDOOR ONLY (Effective June 1, 2021)
May 9, 2021
Effective May 9, 2021 at 11:59pm:
January 22, 2021
December 8, 2020
Message from EMSA Main:
As expected, in light of continuing increase in Covid19 spread, the Government of Alberta decided yesterday to implement stronger public health measures.
Full information here: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
The new restriction effectively shut down all sport and recreation province-wide until at least TBD
As a result of this measures, EMSA is effectively suspending all organized soccer activities until TBD.
EMSA is encouraging all young soccer players in our program to do their best to stay active during these next 4 weeks and will work with coaching staff to help them provide virtual training and support for their teams during this period.
EMSA and our facility partners made a commitment to do everything possible to complete this 2020-2021 Indoor Season once the restrictions are lifted.
EMSA’s scheduling team is working on re-arranging the new January-to-April Schedule in order to give our teams as many games as possible for the remainder of the Indoor Season.
We trust that the new Government of Alberta restrictions, coupled with recent vaccine development will allow all of us to resume a much normal activity come 2021.
In the meantime, stay safe, take care of each other and try to enjoy this Modified Christmas Season.
November 12, 2020
As you may already know the Government of Alberta announced yesterday a two-week pause of our season. No soccer related activities from November 13 to 27, 2020. We plan to restart again on the 28th of November.
We are working with EMSA to reschedule all games and practices and continue to plan for a full season. We are considering rescheduling games during the Christmas Break and push the end date of the season into April.
November 6, 2020
Alberta Soccer Association Return to Soccer
Updates noted on pages 12, 14 & 38
September 21, 2020
Alberta Soccer Association Return to Soccer
September 15, 2020
Alberta Soccer Association Return to Soccer
June 24, 2020
Alberta Soccer Association Return to Soccer Plan
NuRinse safety data sheets:
Vital Oxide safety data sheets:
June 15, 2020
Alberta Soccer Association webinars for the Return to Train/Play protocols.
June 8, 2020
EMSA South West Zone – Return to Play Assessment – click the link below for details:
SW Sting FC – Return to Play Assessment – click the link below for details:
May 26, 2020
Message from SWEMSA President:
I know there is a great amount of information we see and hear daily. In Edmonton and Alberta there are very positive signs as we have collectively worked together to get to this point. In the past week there has been a lot of information about Summer Camps and Sports etc. We are all excited about this news but with some cautions. So, a few key points:
Please if you have any questions at all fell free to email me or we can arrange for a phone call.
May 22, 2020
Message from Alberta Soccer Association:
Dear Alberta Soccer Members
Please note that organized soccer is still under a Canada Soccer suspension. Alberta Soccer is working diligently with all relevant authorities to enable members to get back on the field safely. Until such time that the Canada Soccer suspension is lifted all members must refrain from any in-person organized soccer activities.
Canada Soccer in-person Sanctioned Activities include all Alberta Soccer District and Member in-person sanctioned activities. This means that all Soccer League games, playoffs, practices, camps, try-outs, tournaments etc at all levels of play are affected by this announcement.
May 6, 2020
We at SWEMSA and SW Sting FC, hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. That is most important.
COVID-19 has thrown something at us that most of us have never seen or experienced before and it has changed how we go forward in sports. The National governing body, Canada Soccer, along with the Provincial governing body, Alberta Soccer, have postponed all soccer activities for the outdoor season. Under the guidelines set forth by the public health authorities and the government, the hope/goal is to have the season for the months of July and August. We know the players want to get out running around again, enjoying the sport we all love.
SWEMSA and SW Sting FC is preparing for an outdoor season or the possibilities of camps. Again, we must follow the guidelines as per CSA, ASA, and the health authorities.
For those families that won’t be around July and August, we understand and are issuing full refunds. For those families that will wait and see what transpires, updates will be posted as soon as decisions are made.
May 4, 2020
We at SWEMSA and SW Sting FC, hope your families are doing well and staying healthy.
As the snow has melted and the weather is sunny, the itch to have a practice, or fun game is growing. The City of Edmonton has opened fields 1-May-2020 for CASUAL USE ONLY following the AHS rules of group sizes and social distancing. However, Canada Soccer, the National governing body, has suspended all soccer activities under the advisement of the public health authorities. This is essential that everyone adheres to this policy.
Any Team Official hosting a practice, game or technical session will be sanctioned by EMSA, Canada Soccer and Alberta Soccer. This includes getting the team together and kicking the ball around on green space. We are awaiting guidance from our governing bodies on how and when we can resume any organized activities.
We must continue to be strong and flatten the curve. The quicker we follow the guidelines set forth, the quicker we can be playing again.
UPDATE – NCCP Courses
The NCCP courses will be online for now. This covers the “theory” portion only. To be certified you must also take the “field” portion. The various zones and districts in Alberta, will be hosting the “field” portion once it is allowed by the public health authorities. However, you can get part of your NCCP training done now. The online theory portion is free. There will be a fee for the field portion, and that is dependent on the district or zone who hosts the field portion.
Here is the registration link for the online workshops to:
ASA has also created a little tutorial video for participants on the new process which you can view by clicking HERE