FAQ – Return to Train/Play | EMSA South West

FAQ – Return to Train/Play

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.