July 13 – USL returns to action with spectators
The USL Championship returned to action this weekend with several clubs welcoming spectators to their home venues following approval of local authorities. 816 fans were reported for the Real Monarchs match at 20,000-capacity Rio Tinto Stadium, while 140 spectators watched the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium. Indy Eleven attracted an announced crowd of 4,761 at Lucas Oil Stadium. (SportBusiness)
July 13 – PSG play in front of fans
An exhibition match between Paris Saint-Germain and French League 2 side Le Havre was the first encounter in front of fans to feature one of Europe’s top clubs since the outbreak erupted. (Associated Press)
July 12 – Kickoff for 'Caps vs. Quakes moved to 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET
Major League Soccer announced that the D.C. United vs. Toronto FC Group C match, originally scheduled to be played on Sunday, was rescheduled to July 13 at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET (TSN). In light of the rescheduled match, MLS also announced the following MLS is Back Tournament schedule updates:
- San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC will now be played on Wednesday, July 15 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET (TSN/TVA Sports/TUDN/Twitter - United States)
- Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact will now be played on Thursday, July 16 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET (TSN/TVA Sports/FS1/TUDN)
- D.C United vs. New England Revolution will now be played on July 17 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET (TSN/TVA Sports/ESPN/ESPN3 (Spanish))
July 10 – Sporting KC player tests positive
MLS confirmed one additional positive case of COVID-19, which was for a player. Sporting Kansas City later informed media that one of the club's players received a pair of consecutive positive test results for COVID-19. According to the club, all other members of the SKC delegation have returned negative test results and will now test daily for a 14-day period. (MLSsoccer.com)
July 9 – Nashville SC withdrawn from MLS is Back Tournament
Major League Soccer announced a group reconfiguration and update to qualification following the withdrawal of Nashville SC from the MLS is Back Tournament due to nine players testing positive for COVID-19. Chicago Fire FC move to Group B and the 'Caps match versus Seattle Sounders FC was moved to July 19.
July 8 – MLS is Back Tournament kicks off
The MLS is Back Tournament kicked off on Wednesday with Orlando City SC defeating Inter Miami CF 2-1. (MLSsoccer.com)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will play their first match on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. PT
All tournament matches are broadcast live on TSN, with 'Caps matches also on TSN 1040 radio.
July 7 – MLS announces MLS is Back Tournament schedule changes
Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that the MLS is Back Tournament game between Nashville SC and Chicago Fire FC, scheduled for July 8, has been postponed. The timing of two other games in the MLS is Back Tournament have also been rescheduled. The Toronto FC vs. D.C. United Group C game, originally scheduled for July 10, has been moved to July 12 at 6 a.m. PT (TSN, TVAS in Canada) due to Toronto's delayed arrival in Orlando. As a result, the game between San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders FC scheduled for July 10 will now be played at 6 p.m. PT (TSN, TVAS in Canada). (MLSsoccer.com)
July 6 – MLS Commissioner Don Garber: MLS is Back Tournament moving forwardMLS Commissioner Don Garber made it clear on Monday that the MLS is Back Tournament is a full go after FC Dallas were withdrawn from the tournament due to the impact of positive COVID-19 tests on the club’s ability to train and compete in Orlando. (MLSsoccer.com)
July 6 – FC Dallas withdraws from MLS is Back Tournament
Major League Soccer announced Monday that FC Dallas have been withdrawn from the MLS is Back Tournament due to 10 of the club's players and one member of their technical staff testing positive for COVID-19. (MLSsoccer.com)
Details have not yet been announced on any changes to the groups or schedule.
July 4 – Whitecaps FC MLS is Back Tournament opener vs. FC Dallas postponed
MLS announced on Saturday that the July 9 match between FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps FC has been postponed. Further details will be announced at a later date. Both teams will now play their first matches on July 15, with Whitecaps FC facing San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas playing Seattle Sounders FC.
July 2 – MLS COVID-19 testing update from Florida
MLS announced on Thursday that from the period of July 1-2, 855 players, coaches, referees, club staff, league staff and other individuals have been tested for COVID-19. Of that group, six individuals tested positive, four of whom were players.
MLS is providing an update every other day with aggregated COVID-19 testing results of all members of the MLS is Back Tournament delegation at the host hotel in Florida. (MLSsoccer.com)
July 1 – MLS announces revised transfer windows
The league announced revised 2020 transfer windows due to the impact of COVID-19. (mlssoccer.com)
- Two-day transfer window: Mon., July 6 – Tues., July 7
- Secondary transfer window: Wed., Aug. 12 – Thurs., Oct. 29
July 1 – MLS COVID-19 testing update
Six FC Dallas players have tested positive for COVID-19 since arriving in Florida. No other members of the MLS delegation and no other club has tested positive or come in contact with the FC Dallas delegation. (mlssoccer.com)
July 1 – Whitecaps FC delay travel to Orlando
Whitecaps FC delayed travel to Orlando due to two inconclusive COVID-19 test results. All subsequent test results are now confirmed to be negative and the club is working on rescheduling the flight. (whitecapsfc.com)
June 30 – Six MLS teams arrive in Orlando
Six MLS teams have so far arrived in Orlando, Florida ahead of the MLS is Back Tournament. (MLSsoccer.com)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will depart for Orlando on Wednesday, July 1.
June 30 – BMO rewards 10 deserving students for community support during COVID-19
As part of the Whitecaps FC Grad Program, club partners BMO rewarded 10 deserving students throughout British Columbia with a $1,000 RESP for their commitment to their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
See the recipients HERE.
June 29 – MDS talks team before heading to Orlando
Head coach Marc Dos Santos was on TSN 1040 to talk all things about the team before departing for the MLS is Back Tournament. (TSN 1040)
June 29 – MLS provides update on testing results
MLS provided an update on cumulative COVID-19 testing results from each club: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/06/28/major-league-soccer-announces-covid-19-testing-update. Out of 668 players, as of Sunday 18 have received positive PCR tests prior to travel to Orlando for the MLS is Back Tournament, as well as six club staff members. Moving forward MLS will provide an update every other day.
June 26 – Whitecaps FC camps and academies return July 6Vancouver Whitecaps FC are welcoming youth players across Canada to BMO Academy sessions and Summer Skills Camps presented by Bell beginning Monday, July 6. The club is also launching a new Virtual Academy for high performance at-home training. More HERE.
June 26 – FIFA unanimously approve COVID-19 Relief Fund
FIFA will make available up to $1.5 billion to assist the football community across three stages, and put forward five proposals related to the men’s international match calendar, including: postponing the September 2020 window for the AFC, CAF, Concacaf and OFC; extending the June 2021 window by seven days for the AFC, CAF, Concacaf and OFC to facilitate playing four games instead of two; and moving intercontinental playoffs for the 2022 World Cup from March 2022 to June 2022. (FIFA)
June 25 – Whitecaps FC Official Store in Gastown reopens
The Whitecaps FC Official Store in Gastown is back open from Thursdays to Sundays. With safety in mind, the following protocols are in place:
- 2 metres physical distance maintained at all times
- Limited numbers allowed in-store at one time
- Regular cleaning and sanitizing throughout the store
- Regular hand washing and sanitizing by all staff members
June 25 – USL unveils updated format
The USL Championship unveiled its updated format. Clubs will be divided into eight regionalized groups (five groups of four teams and three groups of five teams) to complete a 16-game regular season, followed by a single-elimination playoff. (USL Championship)
June 24 – Toronto Raptors arrive in Florida
The Toronto Raptors arrived in Fort Myers Monday, where they will use Florida Gulf Coast University facilities for individual workouts. (Naples Daily News)
June 24 – MLB announces schedule
MLB issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks. Teams will play 10 games against each of their four division rivals and four games vs. each of the five clubs in the corresponding division in the other league. (Associated Press)
June 24 – NHL returns to practice
The NHL is allowing on-ice practices to include up to 12 players, effective Tuesday. (Sportnet). The NHL and NHLPA also agreed to extend expiring player contracts and work permits through the end of October, pending an overall agreement between the league and union on a return-to-play timeline.
June 23 – SPARKMOUTH steps up for secondary schools
As part of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Grad Program, SPARKMOUTH Drinks Co. has delivered more than 900 complimentary cases of sparkling water to secondary schools in the Lower Mainland.
June 23 – Latest technologies for stadium security and sanitization
Sports Business Journal detailed some of the latest technologies and nontraditional approaches being hawked and how they are being positioned to help with stadium security and sanitation, from a “virtual queuing” app to air-quality systems that rely on bipolar ionization and more. (Sports Business Journal)
June 23 – La Liga drafts guidelines on fan return
There is no timeframe for fans’ return to venues, but La Liga has drafted 16 pages of guidelines for when authorities allow it. (Associated Press)
June 22 – BMO to award 10 $1,000 RESP awards
As part of the Whitecaps FC Grad Program, BMO are honouring 10 students with a $1,000 RESP for exceptional support for their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 22 – MLS is Back Tournament not to count towards Cascadia Cup
The Cascadia Council announced on Monday that the upcoming matches between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Seattle Sounders FC would not count towards the Cascadia Cup. Any additional knockout matches also would not count.On June 10, 2020, representatives of the Cascadia Cup Council unanimously agreed that "MLS is Back" tournament matches played behind closed doors, along with any future matches played in MLS stadiums where supporters are not present, will not count towards Cascadia Cup Standings in 2020. In order to continue the Cascadia Cup’s tradition of competitive balance, each club must complete both home and away matches against each of the other clubs, and 2020 will operate as with any other season the Cascadia Cup was awarded while Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver played in MLS together. As always, the Cascadia Cup Council and the supporter groups it represents stand with the MLSPA.
More at MLSsoccer.com.
June 22 – Inside the Premier League bubble
ESPN looked inside the Premier League bubble as clubs returned to playing this past week. (ESPN)
June 19 – #FrontlineHeroes: Nancy Duguid
Tonight, we salute Nancy Duguid. Nancy is both a clinical nurse educator and fantastic mom to Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX player Hannah Duguid.
June 19 – Black Players Coalition of MLS announced
The Black Players Coalition of MLS was officially announced on Friday morning: https://www.perfectsoccerskills.com/blogs/news/black-players-coalition-of-mls. You can follow the organization on Twitter and Instagram.
Information also posted at MLSsoccer.com.
June 18 – #FrontlineHeroes: Danielle Vojvodic
Tonight, we’re saluting Danielle Vojvodic. A public health nurse in the Tri-Cities, Danielle has been hard at work doing contact tracing to help keep our village safe throughout the pandemic.
June 18 – UEFA CL to be single-leg knockout
The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be played as a straight knockout tournament in Lisbon, Portugal in August. All ties will be single-leg fixtures. (New York Times)
June 17 – #FrontlineHeroes: Jenny Taylor
Tonight, we’re saluting Jenny Taylor. A proud soccer mom, Jenny has been hard at work helping her community as a registered midwife in Vancouver.
June 17 – eMLS Cup to take place on June 28
MLS announced on Wednesday that eMLS Cup will take place on Sunday, June 28 as an online tournament., and will be broadcast live on MLS Twitter, Twitch, and MLSsoccer.com. Whitecaps FC eMLS player Alex “Exraa” Gonzalez has qualified after making the semifinals of eMLS League Series One and finishing fourth in the regular season standings. (whitecapsfc.com)
June 17 – Premier League returns with "walk-on" music
England’s Premier League returned on Wednesday, and home teams are set to use “walk-on” music for substitutes. (VERSUS)
June 16 – Canadian Championship update
Canada Soccer announced on Tuesday that the 2020 edition of the Canadian Championship will feature its 11 professional clubs from both the Canadian Premier League (CPL) and Major League Soccer (MLS).
Read more HERE.
June 16 – Liga MX teams return to training facilities
Liga MX players returned to training in team facilities Monday, three months after the last match in Mexico’s first division. (ESPN)
June 16 – #FrontlinHeroes: Claire Black
Tonight we salute Claire Black. Throughout the pandemic Claire’s been working hard for her community by, among other things, helping with testing on the front line!
June 15 – #FrontlinHeroes: Diana Ebel
Tonight we salute. Diana Ebel. A registered nurse for Fraser Health, Diana is also mom to Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX player Lauren Ebel.
June 15 – North American commissioners join ESPN SportsCenter tonight
North American sports league commissioners, including Don Garber, will appear on ESPN's SportsCenter special tonight – The Return of Sports (ESPN)
June 15 – A champion is crowned for the national #StayHome Skill Challenge presented by BMO
Yarrow’s Corwin Drew wins Vancouver Whitecaps FC #StayHome Skill Challenge presented by BMO (Chilliwack Progress)
June 15 – NBC offers crowd noise option
NBC Sports will offer fans a choice in how they watch the remainder of the Premier League season: with or without artificial cheers and jeers pumped into broadcasts. (Front Office Sports)
June 15 – Man runs onto pitch during La Liga return, receives criminal charges
A man ran onto the pitch and briefly delayed Mallorca and Barcelona’s closed-door match Saturday. The league said Sunday it will file criminal charges against the fan, who was not wearing a mask or gloves when he entered the field early in the second half. (Associated Press)
June 14 – #FrontlineHeroes: Tom Ovens
Tonight, we salute Tom Ovens. Working as a patient care assistant for 36 years, and in the Chilliwack ER for the past 15 years, Tom is a leader on the frontlines fighting COVID-19.
June 13 – #FrontlineHeroes: Lucie Gravelle & Stephanie Cabrera
Tonight, we salute Lucie Gravelle & Stephanie Cabrera. These girls are working tirelessly around the clock to fight COVID-19 as ICU nurses at VGH.
June 12 – #FrontlineHeroes: Sheryl Foster
Tonight, we salute Sheryl Foster. Looking great in the Hoop kit, Sheryl is helping in the fight against COVID-19 as an admin assistant on the frontlines.
June 12 – Village Hero craft beer launched in support of Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday their collaboration with official beer partner Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. to create Village Hero, a limited-edition craft beer that pays homage to our frontline heroes. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from every beer sold will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
More at whitecapsfc.com/villagehero.
June 12 – USL board of governors approves matches in home markets
The USL’s board of governors have reportedly agreed to a baseline return-to-play model that will see clubs host games within their home markets, which would make it the first pro league in U.S.-based sports to gain clearance by owners and medical advisors alike to restart the season in its home markets. (The Athletic)
June 12 – Bundesliga subs, coaches no longer require masks
Bundesliga substitutes and coaching staff no longer need to wear masks and the number of media members permitted at matches has been doubled from 13 to 26. (Associated Press)
June 12 – UEFA to decide on schedule
UEFA will decide schedules and venues for international games in Europe disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, including the Champions League, next week. (Associated Press)
June 12 – La Liga again talks fans in stadiums
La Liga president Javier Tebas said some fans may be able to attend games and he will hold discussions with the government over the coming weeks on the issue: “If we can have even 10% or 15% by the end of the season, if that happens we will be very happy about that because that’s a sign that we are getting back to some form of normality.” (BBC)
June 11 – TSN Soccer Show previews MLS is Back Tournament
MLS commissioner Don Garber was on the TSN Soccer Show yesterday to talk about the MLS is Back Tournament. That and more:
- Garber on why the tournament will be meaningful
- Garber on returning before other major North American sports leagues
- Luke Wileman on everything you need to know for the MLS is Back Tournament
- Hype video – the return of the mayhem
- Kristian Jack on importance of Concacaf Champions League berth to tournament winner
- Where Whitecaps FC, Toronto FC, and Montreal Impact stand entering the tournament
- More at tsn.ca/soccer/mls
June 11 – Liga MX to return on July 24
Liga MX Executive President Enrique Bonilla announced that the 2020 Apertura will begin July 24 behind closed doors with a new playoff system in place. (ESPN)
June 11 – La Liga returns in Spain
Soccer will resume in Spain Thursday with “virtual crowds, daily matches and lots of testing for COVID-19” when Sevilla hosts Real Betis in the Seville derby. (Associated Press)
June 10 – Extra Time presented by Bell to bring fans closer to the team
Whitecaps FC and Bell announced on Wednesday the launch of Extra Time presented by Bell, a video series that will provide exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the team throughout the upcoming MLS is Back Tournament in Florida starting on July 8.
June 10 – MLS season to resume July 8
MLS announced on Wednesday the league’s plan to restart the 2020 season with all 26 MLS clubs competing in the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning July 8. The tournament, which will be played without fans in attendance, provides a compelling way for MLS to resume its 25th season. Group stage matches will count in the MLS regular season standings and the tournament winner will earn a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
June 10 – #FrontlineHeroes: Dorothy Hardy
Tonight we salute Dorothy Hardy. Working at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton for more than 30 years, Dorothy is continuing the fight against COVID-19 as a physician in Alberta.
June 10 – French court upholds cancellation of seaosn
France’s highest administrative court upheld the decision to cancel the rest of the domestic soccer season and suspended relegation. (Associated Press)
June 10 – England's League One, Two seasons end early
England’s League One and League Two seasons ended early after a formal vote. Promotion, relegation and the playoffs all remain. (BBC)
une 9 – #FrontlineHeroes: Joerg Taylor-Philippin
Tonight we salute Joerg Taylor-Philippin. Joerg is helping in the fight against COVID-19 as a social worker at the Healthy Minds Centre at BC Children’s Hospital.
June 9 – ‘Caps react to small group training
With the first team now in Phase 2, small group training, players reacted to their return to passing and shooting.
June 9 – MLS reiterates stance on kneeling during national anthems
MLS released a statement on Tuesday to reiterate their position on players kneeling during National Anthems. (MLSsoccer.com)
“While fostering an environment of diversity, equality and inclusion, Major League Soccer stands by the ideals of freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest that are the hallmarks of the United States and Canada. If players or staff decide to stand, kneel or otherwise exercise their right to peaceful protest during the playing of the National Anthems before league games, we support them.”
June 8 – #FrontlineHeroes: Annette Wotherspoon
June 7 – #FrontlineHeroes: Furaha Mulamba
Tonight, we salute Furaha Mulamba. Mother to Whitecaps FC Girls Elite player Joy Kimwemwe, Furaha is fighting COVID-19 as a health care assistant.
June 7 – COVID-19: Nearly 30 per cent of B.C. students back in classrooms
Nearly 30 per cent of B.C. school children received in-class instruction last week as the B.C. government reopened schools for the first time since classes were suspended two months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more at VancouverSun.com
June 7 – FIFA propose salary cap, transfer fee talks
FIFA is reportedly working with leagues around the world to implement a salary cap and limit transfer fees, in response to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more at NBCSports.com
June 7 – The Premier League is returning with virtual crowd noise from FIFA games
Sky Sports is working with EA Sports to use FIFA to generate crowd noise during Premier League broadcasts when matches return later in June. Read more at TheVerge.com
June 7 – No positive results in latest round of Premier League COVID-19 tests
The league also announced Saturday that the sixth round of COVID-19 testing of 1,195 players and staff across the 20 clubs on Thursday and Friday produced no positives. Read more at Sportsnet.ca
June 7 – LaLiga matches to include virtual crowds
LaLiga is working with Mediapro and using their 3D technology, allowing broadcasters to set up an optional feed for viewers using FIFA 20 virtual crowds. Read more at Marca.com
June 6 – Charity Bradfield
Tonight, we salute Charity Bradfield. Hoping she hears us all the way in Alberta, where Charity is fighting COVID-19 as a nurse in Calgary.
June 6 – Ontario’s emergency orders extended to June 19
Ontario has extended its emergency orders to June 19, as the province reports 455 new COVID-19 cases. The measures were set to be lifted by June 9 but the provincial government confirmed the extension on Saturday. (CBC News)
June 6 – CPL exploring PEI and BC as leading candidates for return
The Canadian Premier League is looking to possibly kick off its pandemic-delayed season in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, with Vancouver Island also in the running. Like Major League Soccer, the CPL is looking at staging a round-robin tournament in one location. (The Canadian Press)
June 6 – The Athletic makes company-wide pay cut and lays off staff
The Athletic has implemented a series of cost-cutting measures, including layoffs and pay cuts, as it navigates the sports sphere during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Axios)
June 6 - Qatar vows that 2022 World Cup will proceed
Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has pledged that the 2022 World Cup will take place on time despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sky News)
June 5 – #FrontlineHeroes: Mike Rowe
Tonight, we salute Mike Rowe. Working as a paramedic, Mike is keeping the Abbotsford community safe as a first responder, fighting COVID-19.
June 5 – BC Soccer and PEISA approved by Canada Soccer for Return to Soccer plans
Canada Soccer announced on Friday that BC Soccer and the PEI Soccer Association member organizations will be eligible to Return to Soccer pending the local club’s completion of Phase 5 of Canada Soccer’s Return to Soccer Guidelines.
More at CanadaSoccer.com.
June 5 – USL targets July 11 return
The second division USL Championship announced a provisional date of July 11 to return to matches. (USLChampionship.com)
June 4 – #FrontlineHeroes: Kiera
Tonight, we salute Kiera. A public health nurse with the Tri-Cities Public Health Unit, Kiera helped keep the community safe throughout her pregnancy before welcoming their second child on Monday.
June 4 – MLS permits clubs to return to full team training
Major League Soccer lifted the team training moratorium implemented on March 12, permitting MLS clubs to submit individual club plans to return to first team training. Individual club plans must be reviewed and approved by the club’s medical staff and local infectious disease expert prior to submission to MLS for review. individual club plans must remain in compliance with local health and government policies.
June 4 – Danish club uses Zoom for virtual stand
Danish club AGF Aarhus used Zoom and large screens to bring 10,000 fans into a virtual stand during a home match at their stadium. (ESPN)
June 3 – #FrontlineHeroes: Joyce Yoon
Tonight, we salute Joyce Yoon. A season ticket member and massive Ali Adnan fan, Joyce is fighting COVID-19 as a dedicated perinatal and NICU nurse.
June 3 – MLSPA ratifies CBA
The MLS Players Association ratified the CBA this morning, another step in moving forward with resuming the 2020 season:
Statement on CBA Ratification: pic.twitter.com/a71SJZRCfA— MLSPA (@MLSPA) June 3, 2020
June 3 – Portuguese league returns
The Portuguese soccer league returns Wednesday with leader Porto visiting Famalicao. (Associated Press)
June 2 – Serie A considers allowing fans
Italian soccer authorities are considering allowing fans into stadiums starting next month. (Associated Press)
June 1 – #FrontlineHeroes: Julia King
June 1 – Schools across British Columbia reopen
Schools across the province are reopening on Monday for some students on a part-time basis. (CTV)
May 31 – #FrontlineHeroes: Terra Schott
Tonight, we salute Terra Schott. Working as a deli clerk at a grocery store, Terra has shifted her focus to cleaning due to COVID-19, making sure everyone has a clean cart when they shop.
May 31 – Sport returns in the UK: Competitive sport allowed behind closed doors beginning June 1
The UK government has said that domestic professional sports will be allowed to return on June 1, behind closed doors. While each individual sport is responsible for assessing the risk, organizations must adhere to guidance set forth by the government. (BBC)
May 31 – U.S. Open plan in works, including group flights, COVID tests
Many scenarios are being considered for the 2020 U.S. Open, if it is held at all amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a high-ranking official at the Grand Slam tournament. (Associated Press)
May 31 – Changes for upcoming week
Here's a roundup of what's changing in BC on June 1. (CTV)
May 31 – No new COVID-19 deaths in B.C. for second day in a row, Henry says
For the second consecutive 24-hour period, British Columbia has recorded no additional deaths from COVID-19, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Saturday. (CTV)
May 31 – World Health Organization releases new guidance for outdoor events and mass gatherings
The World Health Organization on Saturday released new guidance for mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic, recommending a number of possible changes to large events -- once they’re allowed to take place. (CNN)
May 30 – #FrontlineHeroes: Michelle Kudulis
Tonight, we salute Jared Reed. A proud husband and father, Jared is helping homes and business continue to run smoothly with his plumbing company
May 30 – COVID-19 update: Here's the latest on coronavirus in B.C.
Latest daily update on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for May 30, 2020. Read more at vancouversun.com
May 30 – Premier League given government approval for June 17 restart
The English Premier League was given government approval on Saturday to press ahead with its June 17 restart, although players will have to stay apart during goal celebrations and disputes to maintain social distancing. Read more at sportsnet.ca
May 30 – La Liga teams to resume full training
The Spanish league says full team training sessions will resume Monday, ahead of the first match to be played following the coronavirus stoppage. Read more at TSN.ca
May 29 – #FrontlineHeroes: Laureen Strelau
Tonight, we salute Laureen Strelau. A Whitecaps FC fan since day one, Laureen is fighting COVID-19 as a unit coordinator in the Cardiac Surgery ICU.
May 29 – FIFA shares risk assessment tool
FIFA is sharing a football risk assessment tool with its 211 member associations, the six continental confederations and other stakeholders in order to facilitate the planning of the resumption of football activities by competition and match organisers, as soon as health authorities and governments consider it safe. (FIFA)
May 29 – FIFA, WHO, European Commission launch #SafeHome campaign
FIFA, WHO, and the European Commission have joined forces, to launch the #SafeHome campaign to support women and children at risk of domestic violence. The campaign is a joint response from the three institutions to the recent spikes in reports of domestic violence as stay-at-home measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have put women and children experiencing abuse at greater risk. (WHO)
May 29 – B.C. reports lowest combined deaths and new cases since March 18
This week marks the lowest number of combined deaths and new cases of coronavirus in B.C. since a public health emergency was declared on March 18. (CBC)
May 29 – ‘Caps react to small group training news
Whitecaps FC players Cristián Gutiérrez and Ryan Raposo reacted to the news that MLS will now be permitting teams to return to voluntary small group training. (whitecapsfc.com)
May 29 – La Liga to return June 11
La Liga will restart on June 11, Spain's National Sports Council (CSD) has confirmed, three months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced its suspension. (ESPN)
May 29 – NHL GM talks learnings from Bundesliga
Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka talked about what the NHL can learn from the return of the German Bundesliga. (Sportsnet)
May 28 – #FrontlineHeroes: Diane Eaton
Tonight, we salute Diane Eaton. On top of raising her three boys, Diane is fighting COVID-19 as an OR nurse at Langley Memorial Hospital.
May 28 – ‘Caps Super REX presents to Ontario players
Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super REX head coach Chris Sargeant held a presentation for more than 125 parents and players from Ontario on Thursday, which also included assistant coach Amy Harrison and ‘Caps player Andersen Williams.
May 28 – Serie A to return on June 20
Italy’s Serie A has been given the green light to return on June 20. (ESPN)
May 28 – Vancouver recreation facilities reopening
The Vancouver Park Board will begin reopening more than 320 outdoor recreation amenities across the city on Friday. (City of Vancouver)
May 28 – MLS clubs to begin small group training
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that clubs may begin to use outdoor team training fields for small group training sessions in compliance with detailed health and safety protocols that were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts. All small group training sessions are voluntary and may not be in conflict with local public health official or government policies. More HERE.
May 28 – MLS players get exemption from U.S. government’s COVID-19 immigration restrictions
Jonathan Tannewald reports that last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security issued an order exempting foreign pro athletes from U.S. border restrictions that bar travelers from a range of countries. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
May 28 – 'Caps present to Ontario players
Player development and academy recruitment director Craig Dalrymple ran a presentation on Wednesday night for more than 125 Ontario based players in the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System on the club and academy.
May 28 – English Premier League to return June 17
The Premier League announced on Thursday that they are planning to return to league action on June 17. (Sky Sports)
May 27 – #FrontlineHeroes: Geoff Pakos
Tonight, we salute Geoff Pakos. Father of WFC Girls Elite REX player Ashlyn Pakos, Geoff is helping in the fight against COVID-19 as a fire mechanic for Saanich Fire Department.
May 27 – BC extends state of emergency
Premier John Horgan has extended B.C.’s state of emergency, which will be the longest in the province’s history. (CTV)
May 27 – Update on COVID-19 cases
British Columbia health officials announced nine new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon. (Daily Hive)
May 27 – Premier League clubs vote to resume contact training
Premier League clubs voted unanimously to resume contact training. The league said players can train as a group and “engage in tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact.” (Associated Press)
May 27 – CPL expects to resume training soon
The Canadian Premier League expects clubs to resume training soon, pending approval from local authorities. (Canadian Press)
May 27 – NWSL announces 2020 Challenge Cup
The NWSL announced that the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret, a 25-game tournament that will mark a return to action for all nine clubs, will kick off June 27 at Zions Bank Stadium in Utah. (NWSL)
May 26 – #FrontlineHeroes: Alycia Skrodolis
Tonight, we salute Alycia Skrodolis. A recent graduate from the Camosun/UVIC nursing program, Alycia is starting her career fighting COVID-19 at Victoria General Hospital.
May 26 Teibert talks relationship with Penelakut First Nation
The Province's J.J. Adams caught up with Russell Teibert to talk about his relationship with the Penelakut First Nation. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Teibert enlisted the help of teammates Inbeom Hwang to provide more than $4,000 in groceries and cash to the community. (The Province)
May 26 – BC reports no new deaths for the first time in over a month
For the first time in several weeks, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there are no new COVID-19 deaths to report. (Daily Hive)
May 26 – NHL announces 24-team Return to Play format
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday the league is planning a 24-team Return to Play format, with Vancouver on the short list for hub cities. (CTV)
May 26 – NWSL announces Phase 2 small-group training
The NWSL announced the start of “Phase Two” allowing small-group training Monday. (NWSL)
May 26 – NHL announces Phase 2 transition period
The NHL announced the framework that will govern players and clubs in “Phase 2,” the transition period following “self-quarantine.” (NHL)
May 25 – #FrontlineHeroes: Dr. Ashley Blagdon
Tonight, we salute Dr. Ashley Blagdon. Working tirelessly and inspiring others every day, Ashley is fighting COVID-19 in the Neonatal Unit based in Calgary, for Alberta Health services.
May 25 – More than 125,000 face masks sold
More than 125,000 face masks have now been sold in support of the Vancouver Aquarium.
May 25 – Vancouver to limit cars on certain streets
Vancouver will limit cars on some streets to free up room for physical distancing. (CTV)
May 25 – BC health officials announce 12 new cases
British Columbia health officials announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday afternoon. (Daily Hive)
May 25 – Help make a difference on International Missing Children’s Day
Whitecaps FC joins AS Roma and more than 200 clubs around the world in trying to make sure no child stands alone on International Missing Children’s Day.
May 25 – Howard Webb talks MLS return
PRO referee GM Howard Webb notes that he is confident when matches restart that it will be in an environment that is safe. (ESPN)
May 25 – La Liga aims to restart June 11
La Liga president Javier Tebas said he hopes the 2019-20 season can restart Thursday, June 11, with the date to be officially confirmed in the next few days. (Associated Press)
May 24 – #FrontlineHeroes
Tonight, we salute Roxane. Nominated by her husband and four children, Roxane's family want her to know she's their superhero, fighting COVID-19 as a RN.
May 24 – Paramedic Services Week
The Prime Minister issued a statement on Paramedic Services Week, celebrating and thanking the women and men on the front lines of our healthcare system.
May 24 – B.C. faces first weekend under Phase 2 of COVID-reopening plan
Global BC reported on the first weekend under Phase 2 of COVID-reopening plan in the province.
May 24 – EPL reports two more positive cases after second round of COVID-19 testing
Two more people from two Premier League clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus after the league’s second batch of mass testing conducted last week. For more information, see Sky Sports.
May 24 – Ontario government pleas for more people to get tested for COVID-19
Premier Doug Ford is urging Ontarians to get tested for COVID-19 even if asymptomatic, after the province fell short of its testing target for the seventh day in a row and reported its highest new case count since May 8. This announcement marks the first time Ford has told people without symptoms that they can get tested. See CBC News for more details.
May 23 – #FrontlineHeroes: Jared Reed
Tonight, we salute Jared Reed. A proud husband and father, Jared is helping homes and business continue to run smoothly with his plumbing company
May 23 – Saturday afternoon update from B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
B.C. has 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and two more people have died, health officials said on Saturday. Read more at vancouversun.com
May 23 – Early to mid-June a possibility for BC team facilities to fully reopen
TSN's Farhan Lalji spoke to B.C. provincial health officer Bonnie Henry about a possible timeline. "Asked Dr. Henry about a timeline for Canucks, BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps to be able to fully open their practice facilities. All have plans being reviewed by Worksafe BC. Nothing definite, but she said "early to mid-June" was a possibility. Read more at TSN.ca
May 23 – Impact first team players will have access to Centre Nutrilait for individual training
Quebec’s Public Health approved the return to individual training for the Montreal Impact players at Centre Nutrilait after the protocol was submitted to the government. Read more at impactmontreal.com
May 23 – Spanish soccer league to resume in June
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced Saturday that the nation’s wildly popular La Liga and other professional sports competitions will be allowed to resume from June 8, providing Spain keeps its coronavirus outbreak in check. Read more at TSN.ca
May 23 – Fan cutouts take over Bundesliga stadium
Around 13,000 cutouts filled the stands on Saturday as Borussia Mönchengladbach hosted Bayer Leverkusen in a Bundesliga game which could help decide Champions League qualification. Read more at TSN.ca
May 23 – NCAA athletes permitted voluntary activity June 1
Division I student-athletes in all sports will be permitted to participate in voluntary athletics activities beginning June 1. The Division I Council voted electronically this week. The Council will continue to consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on college sports in the coming weeks and months. (NCAA)
May 23 – NHLPA approves 24-team playoff format
The NHL Players’ Association’s executive committee authorized moving forward in talks with the league on returning to play from the coronavirus suspension, approving 24 teams making the playoffs with other aspects still to be negotiated. (TSN)
May 22 – #FrontlineHeroes: Kara Giles
Tonight, we salute Kara Giles. Sacrificing sleep for work, Kara is fighting COVID-19 as a nurse at Vancouver General Hospital.
May 22 – What workers should expect when returning to work
WorkSafe BC has put together some information on what workers should expect when returning to work. (WorkSafe BC)
May 22 – Park parking lots reopening in Vancouver
Park and beach parking lots are reopening in Vancouver, with some exceptions. (CTV)
May 22 – Patio extensions permitted
Patio extensions for restaurants, breweries, and wineries will now be permitted in B.C., through an application process. (gov.bc.ca)
May 22 – Whitecaps FC #JeanUp for BC’s kids
Jeans Day is now Jean Up — an annual initiative held all throughout the month of May. It’s a chance for all of us in BC to come together and wear jeans to show what we stand for — helping sick and injured kids get out of their hospital gowns and back into their own jeans. Learn more from the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Participate without leaving home. Donate online at jeanup.ca and show your denim spirit safely from by sharing a photo of your support socially @bcchf #jeanup
May 22 – Trudeau talks safety measures to reopen economy
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlined the safety measures and protocols needed to reopen the economy by boosting COVID-19 testing capacity, contact tracing, and data sharing between jurisdictions. (Daily Hive)
May 21 – #FrontlineHeroes: Fernando Grossling
Tonight, we salute Fernando Grossling. Fernando is helping children across BC as a Senior Infant Transport Team Paramedic at BC Women's and Children's Hospital in Vancouver.
May 21 – Kids Help Phone Never Dance Alone-a-thon, powered by BMO
BMO is the powering partner for the Kids Help Phone Never Dance Alone-a-thon happening. It will be a day to dance like no one is watching and raise money and awareness for at-risk or lonely youth. More information at neverdancealone.ca.
May 21 – BC minimum wage to increase on June 1
Labour Minister Harry Bains says the province will push ahead with the planned minimum wage increase on June 1 to $14.60 per hour from $13.85 an hour. (CTV)
May 21 – Update from BC health officials
British Columbia health officials announced 12 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 2,479. (Daily Hive)
May 21 – MLS Academy speaks to Sam Vokes
Members of the Whitecaps FC MLS Academy had the opportunity to speak to long-time English Premier League and Wales international Sam Vokes, hearing lessons of what it takes to become a top footballer on and off the pitch.
May 21 – TransLink outlines safety initiatives
With ridership expected to increase on Metro Vancouver transit, TransLink outlined some of the new safety initiatives it's taking. (CTV)
May 20 – #FrontlineHeroes: Papiya C Das
Tonight, we salute Papiya C Das. Hoping she hears us all the way in Calgary, where Papiya is fighting COVID-19 as a critical care cardiac nurse at Foothills Hospital.
May 20 – Update from provincial government
Health officials in British Columbia have announced 21 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths. (gov.bc.ca)
Premier John Horgan spoke following BC entering Phase 2 of its restart plan. (CTV)
May 20 – FAQs from Vancouver School Board on return to classrooms
The Vancouver School Board have laid out guidelines for return to classrooms. (VSB)
May 20 – Canada and U.S. extend border closure
Canada and the U.S. extended their agreement to keep their shared border closed to non-essential travel through June 21. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the border is a source of vulnerability, so the agreement will be extended by another 30 days. (CIC News)
May 20 – FS1 broadcasts most-watched Bundelisga matches for network
FS1’s Bundesliga broadcasts Saturday were their most-watched games for the league ever, with more than 360K viewers per game—an increase of nearly 500% compared to pre-pandemic numbers. (@SoccerInsider)
May 19 – #FrontlineHeroes: Kristen
Tonight, we salute Kristen Magel. A proud Whitecaps FC Academy mom, Kristen helping in the fight against COVID-19 as a medical daycare nurse in her community.
May 19 – MLS announces cancellation of three events
Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that this year's MLS All-Star Game, Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup have been canceled. The decisions were taken in order to provide as many available dates as possible for the remainder of the MLS season, which has been suspended since March 12 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. More HERE.
May 19 – Premier League announces six positive tests
Six players or staff members from three clubs have tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League announced on Tuesday. (TSN)
May 19 – Jon Poli talks feats of strength with ESPN
Whitecaps FC head of physical preparation Jon Poli spoke with ESPN about feats of strength, including Russell Teibert’s aerobic system and Alphonso Davies’ speed. (ESPN)
May 19 – Serie A suspension extended
Italy’s Serie A v suspension was extended following a government decree banning sports through June 13. (Associated Press)
May 19 – La Liga teams return to group training
La Liga practice sessions were closer to routine, as the league allowed up to 10 players to train together. (Associated Press)
May 19 – Celtic confirmed as Scottish champions
Celtic was confirmed as Scottish Premiership champion and Hearts was relegated after the SPFL ended its season. The decision was taken at a board meeting Monday after the 12 teams agreed that completing the campaign was unfeasible. (BBC)
May 18 – #FrontlineHeores: Tiffany
Tonight, we salute Tiffany. Tiffany is helping in the fight against COVID-19 as a RN in North Van.
May 18 – Vote for the ‘Caps Hoop Kit in MLS All-Time Jersey bracket
May 18 – BC health officials provide update
BC health officials announced 16 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, along with 2 additional deaths. (Daily Hive)
May 18 – UEFA postpones executive committee meeting
UEFA today announced that the next meeting of its Executive Committee, originally scheduled for 27 May, has been postponed to 17 June 2020. (UEFA.com)
May 18 – BMO Skill Challenge enters Round of 16
Whitecaps FC youth players across Canada are stepping up their creativity. Check out all of the match-ups and vote for your favourites at whitecapsfc.com/bmoskillchallenge.
May 18 – La Liga clubs begin group training sessions
La Liga clubs can begin group training sessions Monday. (Associated Press)
May 18 – Premier League to commence small group training
The Premier League moved a step closer to the return of competitive football on Monday as clubs gave the green light to small group training commencing within the next 24 hours. (ESPN)
May 18 – NASCAR returns
Sunday marked the first of 20 NASCAR races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. (Associated Press)
May 17 – #FrontlineHeroes: Brent Gall
Tonight, we salute Brent Gall. A huge #VWFC fan and season ticket member, Brent is fighting COVID-19 as a doctor at Eagle Ridge Hospital.
May 17 – Former VWFC player Henry discusses South Korea resumption of play
Former VWFC centre back Doneil Henry talked about his experience in South Korea where they have resumed league play. "It was almost like a closed-door training [session]," said Henry. (The Canadian Press)
May 17 – Provinces and territories prepare for varying reopening plans
British Columbia's government will allow a partial reopening of the province's economy starting Tuesday. However, the reopenings are contingent on organizations and businesses having plans that follow provincial guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19. Ontario will enter its first stage of reopening on May 19 by lifting restrictions on certain retailers and the construction industry. (CBC)
May 17 – Bundesliga's return from coronavirus lockdown
The Bundesliga returned from coronavirus lockdown this weekend with no fans in the stands, a number of injuries, and physical distancing. (ESPN)
May 17 – 21 more cases of COVID-19 in B.C., 1 new death
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death from the virus in British Columbia Saturday. There have now been 2,428 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the province, and 141 people have died. Currently, there are 355 active cases of the virus in the province, Henry said, adding that 49 people are in hospital and 11 are in intensive care. (CTV)
May 16 – #FrontlineHeroes: Marie Bond
Tonight, we salute Marie Bond. A mom to four daughters, Marie is choosing to go to work everyday as a cashier to help others during this pandemic.
May 16 – European clubs contemplating how to reimburse season-ticket holders
Many soccer clubs in Europe are still contemplating how to reimburse their season-ticket holders amid the coronavirus pandemic. La Liga side Getafe is taking the forefront by giving fans a free season of league games in 2020-21. (Associated Press)
May 16 – Flames GM: Concern is cross-border travel
The Calgary Flames GM has stated that news regarding a restart scenario may be coming next week, but that a big concern is the ability of players to travel across the U.S. - Canada border. (Sports Business Daily)
May 16 – Canada Child Benefit to increase for upcoming year starting July 20
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted during his Saturday briefing the federal government's one-time top-up to the Canada child benefit, which will see eligible families receive an extra $300 per child on Wednesday as part of their regular May payment. He added that starting July 20, the benefit will be increased for the upcoming year to keep pace with the cost of living. (CBC)
May 16 – B.C.'s guidelines for businesses to reopen
WorkSafeBC introduced its guidelines for specific industries under the provincial government's reopening plan. Some of those rules include reducing or eliminating shared tools and workspaces, mandating masks for some workers and customers, and requiring disposable menus and limits on table sizes at restaurants. (CTV)
May 16 – MLS classics on TSN: ‘Caps vs. Quakes – 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs
Tune in to TSN1 at 12:30 p.m. the relive the ‘Caps resounding victory over San Jose Earthquakes from the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.
May 16 – Howard Webb: Referees would make "sensible" adjustments during any MLS return
Professional Referees Organization general manager Howard Webb anticipates a period where MLS referees adjust to matches without fans. (MLSsoccer.com)
May 16 – CONMEBOL release series of new health regulations
CONMEBOL released a series of new health regulations, including no more kissing the ball, exchanging jerseys or spitting/blowing noses on the field. (Associated Press)
May 16 – First Canadian clinical trials for a potential vaccine now approved
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Health Canada has approved the first Canadian clinical trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine, to be carried out at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology in Halifax. If successful, the vaccine will be produced and distributed "here at home," Trudeau said at a briefing Saturday outside his residence in Ottawa. (CBC)
May 16 – Health officials announce new outbreaks, 5 more deaths from COVID-19 in B.C.
There were five more deaths from COVID-19 towards the end of the week in British Columbia, bringing the death toll in the province to 140, health officials announced Friday. There have also been 15 additional cases of the coronavirus confirmed since the previous report, bringing the total number of positive tests in B.C. since the pandemic began to 2,407. (CTV)
May 15 – #FrontlineHeroes: Emilee McIndoe
Tonight, we salute Emilee McIndoe. Picking up extra shifts this long weekend to keep us safe, Emilee is fighting COVID-19 in the ICU at Royal Columbian Hospital.
May 15 – AMFpro warn Liga MX clubs against threatening players over plans to cut salary payments
Mexico’s players’ association, AMFpro, warned Liga MX clubs against threatening players over plans to cut salary payments due to economic problems. (ESPN)
May 15 – Bundesliga to allow five substitutions per match
The Bundesliga will allow five substitutions per match for the remainder of the season when it resumes Saturday, May 16, with coaches given a maximum of three opportunities to use their allotment in an effort to reduce disruptions and time wasting. (ESPN)
May 15 – Danish Superliga set date for resumptions
The Danish Superliga will resume play Thursday, May 28. (Associated Press)
May 15 – Emergency COVID-19 wage-subsidy program extended until end of August
The government's emergency wage-subsidy program will be extended until the end of August to help employers keep their workers on the payroll during the coronavirus pandemic, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The $73 billion wage-subsidy program, which covers 75 per cent of an eligible company's payroll, up to a maximum of $847 per week per employee, was originally set to expire next month. (CBC)
May 15 – B.C. announces part-time, voluntary return to school June 1
B.C. Premier John Horgan says some children will start to return to classrooms on a part-time, voluntary basis beginning June 1. The gradual reopening will apply to all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Schools will have to abide by rigorous cleaning procedures and follow provincial health guidelines, he said. (CBC)
May 15 – MLS extend small group and team training moratorium
Major League Soccer has extended the small group and team training moratorium through, and including, Monday, June 1. MLS players may continue to use outdoor team training fields for voluntary individual workouts, in compliance with local health authorities and government orders, that were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts.
May 15 – Teibert: Training while social distancing; raising money for those in need
Whitecaps FC midfielder Russell Teibert joined TSN Radio’s "PM Drive" show and talked about the efforts the team is making to help raise money for COVID-19 relief. Click here to listen.
May 15 – BC Parks reopen facilities for day use
On Thursday, BC Parks reopened facilities such as trails, including backcountry trails, beaches, picnic areas, washroom facilities and boat launches for day use. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry emphasized the need for British Columbians to stay local and avoid travelling during the long weekend, as new cases of coronavirus continued to appear. CBC has more.
May 14 – Major League Soccer Extends Small Group and Team Training MoratoriumMajor League Soccer has extended the small group and team training moratorium through, and including, Monday, June 1: whitecapsfc.com/post/2020/05/14/major-league-soccer-extends-small-group-and-team-training-moratorium.
May 14 – #FrontlineHeroes: Megan
Tonight, we salute Megan. A proud Whitecaps FC season ticket holder, Megan is fighting COVID-19 in the emergency department at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
May 14 – FIFA awards cancelled
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 ceremony set to take place in Milan on September 21 has been cancelled, but the association is ‘evaluating several other alternatives’ to reward the top players. More from Football Italia.
May 14 – Canada Soccer outlines Return to Soccer Guidelines
As restrictions begin to ease relating to COVID-19, Canada Soccer has announced that its member organizations must follow the “Return to Soccer Guidelines” before returning to the pitch. Read more from Canada Soccer.
May 14 – First pro league in Concacaf set to return to play
Costa Rica’s first division will become the first soccer league in the Americas to start playing again behind closed doors Wednesday, May 20. More from ESPN.
May 14 – Concacaf suspends men’s U-20 championship
The 2020 Concacaf Men's Under-20 Championships, originally scheduled to take place in Honduras between June 20 and July 5, have been suspended amid concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. More from MLSsoccer.com.
May 14 – Serie A to restart on June 13
Italy’s Serie A plans to restart Saturday, June 13. More from NBC Sports.
May 13 – #FrontlineHeroes: Jorge Barrera
Tonight, we salute Jorge Barrera. Hoping he hears our cheers all the way in Ontario, where Jorge works as a paramedic for Middlesex London and Perth County fighting COVID-19.
May 13 – Carl Valentine shares BC Place memories
Carl Valentine spoke on the BC Place blog to share memories from Vancouver’s iconic sporting venue: https://www.bcplace.com/blog/2020-05-13/together-again-series-carl-valentine
May 13 – Vancouver potential host site for NHL
May 13 – Global BC hosts COVID-19 Town Hall
On Tuesday evening, Premier John Horgan and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry took part in a Town Hall with Global BC: https://globalnews.ca/video/6937066/global-bc-covid-19-town-hall-may-12/
May 12 – #FrontlineHeroes: Laurie Vallance and Nova Cleghorn
On #InternationalNursesDay, we salute Laurie Vallance and Nova Cleghorn.
Based in Powell River, both are doing an amazing job supporting the soccer community and keeping us all safe.
May 12 – Voluntary individual player workouts begin at the NSDC
Voluntary individual player workouts kicked off today at the National Soccer Development Centre. You can find photos here: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2020/05/12/photos-caps-begin-voluntary-individual-workouts
- Axel Schuster
- David Milinkovic
- Maxime Crepeau
- Media availability with Axel Schuster and Marc Dos Santos
May 12 – Who’s got the best skill or trick from the nationwide Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centres?
Thousands of young players across Canada are part of the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System, with regional training hubs from coast-to-coast. We challenged all players in our academy centres to send in their best skill or trick video, with one representative selected from each region. Now we are looking to the public to vote for their favourite!
Will the winner come from here in British Columbia? Perhaps Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or London, Ontario? Maybe even from Newfoundland & Labrador! The preliminary round is underway for entry into the Round of 16. VOTE now: whitecapsfc.com/bmoskillchallenge.
May 12 – FIFA announces new dates, age eligibility for women’s U-17 and U-20 World Cups
- FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica/Panama 2020™: 20 January – 6 February 2021 (tournament to keep original eligibility criteria: players born on or after 1 January 2000 and on or before 31 December 2004);
- FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020™: 17 February – 7 March 2021 (tournament to keep original eligibility criteria: players born on or after 1 January 2003 and on or before 31 December 2005);
- FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2020™: 12 September – 3 October 2021
May 11 – Clubs around world joining Live Skills Clinic
Club teams are joining in to participate in Whitecaps FC Live Skills Clinics presented by Jumpstart. Monday’s clinic included Waterside Karori AFC from New Zealand, Sporting FC Toronto and Calgary West and Calgary Chinooks, as well as South Pacific Soccer Academy. More HERE.
May 11 – Park and beach lots to remain closed
Vancouver’s park and beach lots will remain closed due to a noticeable reduction in physical distancing this past weekend. More from Daily Hive.
May 11 – Whitecaps FC coaching series continues
Whitecaps FC player development and academy recruitment director Craig Dalrymple presented to Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System and partner coaches from across the country. The presentation was the latest in a weekly coaching series.
May 11 – UK government to allow sports behind closed doors
The UK government has announced that professional sport could resume behind closed doors on June 1 if certain measures are met. More from ESPN.
May 10 – #FrontlineHeroes: VGH Medical Microbiology
Tonight, we salute VGH Medical Microbiology. They are one of many labs in the province testing swabs and other samples for COVID-19, ensuring tests are done in a timely manner while keeping themselves and everyone else safe!
May 10 – A closer look at the Bundesliga’s return to play plan
ESPN broke down details of how Germany’s Bundesliga will be returning to match action this coming Saturday, May 16, including precautions taken and what matches will look like.
May 10 – BC tourist destinations waiting for all-clear before welcoming visitors
Residents of provincial tourist destinations want to get the all-clear from BC health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry they welcome visitors this summer. See the Vancouver Sun for the full article.
May 9 – #FrontlineHeroes: Dr. Melissa Martins
Tonight, we salute Dr. Melissa Martins. In addition to being a HUGE #VWFC fan, Melissa is a family physician working on the frontlines to provide her patients the best possible in-person care during the pandemic.
May 9 – Saturday afternoon update from B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
In a Mother’s Day message on Saturday, B.C.’s top doctor pleaded with the public to adhere to physical distancing measures as they mark the occasion this weekend and on Sunday. Read more at vancouversun.com
May 9 – Plan for voluntary return to school coming at end of month, says B.C. premier
B.C. will unveil a plan at the end of May to allow parents to voluntarily re-enrol their children into the school system, as part of the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan. Read more at vancouversun.com
May 9 – Five substitutes option temporarily allowed for competition organisers
As football begins to consider resumption of competitions across the world following the COVID-19 pandemic, The International Football Association Board (The IFAB) has agreed to make a temporary amendment to the Laws of the Game based on a proposal received from FIFA seeking to protect player welfare. Read more at FIFA.com
May 9 – MLS commissioner Don Garber 'cautiously optimistic' about league's return
ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle piece also adds that the league will look to play “studio games,” as a way to continue the season.
May 9 – Commissioner Garber provides an overview of how MLS is monitoring COVID-19 developments
Commissioner Garber also joined Yahoo Finance‘s broadcast across its social and online channels Friday, as the daily program examined the impact of COVID-19 on sports business with a dedicated “Time Out” segment.
May 9 – Report: MLS considering plan to restart in Orlando
A Reuters report details how MLS is considering plan to restart in Orlando. With MLS players starting to return to their teams’ respective training facilities, the league is considering a resumption of the season in June or July, with the possibility of all games in Orlando at the outset.
May 9 – Trudeau says vast majority of Canadians will need to continue to be very careful
Even as certain regions of Canada plan to gradually reopen their economies, the "vast majority" of Canadians will need to continue to be "very careful" to help curb the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday. "Our focus right now is on recognizing that we are not in the recovery phase yet. We are not even fully into the restarting phase. We are still in the emergency phase where people need to get the support they need so they can continue to socially distance and stay at home," Trudeau said at a briefing in Ottawa. CBC has more.
May 9 – #FrontlineHeroes: Fairouz
Tonight, we salute Fairouz. An ER nurse who had to isolate from her young daughter for a month, Fairouz is also training future ER nurses as an instructor with BCIT.
May 9 – Premier answers questions on Restart Plan
BC Premier John Horgan answered questions on Friday relating to the Restart Plan. A summary from today’s town hall from CTV.
May 9 – Plenty of interest in return of pro soccer
#StayStrong and Enjoy #Kleague Opening Match Worldwide LIVE on Twitter! #K리그 개막전 전세계 트위터 생중계!— K League (@kleague) May 8, 2020
⚽ Jeonbuk Hyundai vs Suwon Samsung
🏟 Jeonju World Cup Stadium
⏱ May 8th, 7PM KST
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May 9 – Premier Horgan to answer questions about restart plan
At 2:30 p.m. PT on Friday BC premier John Horgan and finance minister Carole James will answer questions from the public about details on lifting BC’s restrictions and how social circles can be expanded. Questions can be submitted beforehand online.
A new series of virtual townhalls will kick off on Friday, May 8 at 2:30PM PDT with Premier John Horgan and Finance Minister Carole James.— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) May 7, 2020
Watch live on Facebook and YouTube, and submit your questions about BC's Restart Plan in advance at https://t.co/7v2VgAdaYU #COVIDBC pic.twitter.com/eoy2woZn85
May 9 – Axel Schuster speaks with TSN 1040
Axel Schuster spoke with Halford & Brough on Thursday about a variety of topics. Listen on TSN 1040.
May 9 – K-League returns to match play
The K League returned to match play on Friday with closed doors. Crowd noise was pumped through the PA and in the broadcast. Reigning champions Jeonbuk defeated Suwon Bluewings 1-0. More from Reuters.
May 8 – #FrontlineHeroes: Bryan Stebbings
Tonight, we salute Bryan Stebbings. Bryan is one of many dedicated transit operators doing their part to serve the community and accommodate essential travel for healthcare workers and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 8 – MLS commissioner “more optimistic” about return to play
MLS commissioner Don Garber is “more optimistic” about return to play than a month ago. More from MLSsoccer.com.
May 8 – Doneil Henry set to play on Friday
May 8 – Which services reopen in BC and when
May 7 – Four MLS teams begin voluntary individual player workouts at team facilities
Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United FC, Orlando City SC, and Inter Miami CF were all permitted by their local governments to begin voluntary individual player workouts at team facilities on Wednesday. More from the Associated Press.
May 7 – German Bundesliga set to return to play
The Bundesliga is set to become Europe’s first major soccer league to return to play, with Germany’s government and federal states giving the green light to start again. More from ESPN.
May 7 – Concacaf Champions League to expand
Concacaf is planning an expanded Champions League and president Victor Montagliani thinks the competition should take priority over any potential merger between MLS and Liga MX in the short and medium term. More from ESPN.
May 7 – Spain’s La Liga players return to team training camps
La Liga players returned to team training camps. They are all expected to be tested for COVID-19 and should be cleared to practice once the results are back. More from the Associated Press.
May 7 – Turkish Süper Lig planning to resume June 12
The Turkish Süper Lig plans to resume behind closed doors June 12. Turkish Football Federation president Nihat Ozdemir said he hopes to finish league matches July 26 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August. More from the Associated Press.
May 7 – #FrontlineHeroes: Kelly Third
On #NationalNursesDay, we salute Kelly Third. A longtime nurse and surgical patient care manager at St. Paul’s Hospital, Kelly always goes above and beyond for her staff and patients.
May 7 – BC government reveals Restart Plan
You can find the complete plan at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/bc-restart-plan.
May 7 – Reyna enters 14-day quarantine
Yordy Reyna has will undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine after breaking physical distancing protocols: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2020/05/06/reyna-enters-quarantine.
Updated 8:30 p.m. PT: Jasser Khmiri has also entered a mandatory 14-day quarantine after breaking physical distanding protocols: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2020/05/06/khmiri-reyna-enter-quarantine
May 6 – USL to allow small group training at team facilities
The USL will allow clubs to hold small group trainings at team facilities starting next week. Official statement at USLsoccer.com.
May 6 – Serie A players return to training this week
Serie A players are returning to the training field this week under a strict set of guidelines. More from the Associated Press.
May 6 – German club puts team in isolation after positive test
Second-division German club Erzgebirge Aue put its entire squad in home isolation after a member of its staff tested positive, the first confirmed case in the league’s second round of testing. More from the Associated Press.
May 5 – #FrontlineHeroes: Mehdi
A proud Whitecaps FC season ticket member, Mehdi has been working 11-hour days helping to support seniors, adults, and youth with disabilities.
May 5 – Nurses Union raises concern over PPE supplies
The BC Nurses Union (BCNU) have expressed a high level concern for dwindling personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies. More from the Vancouver Sun.
May 5 – NFL calls off 2020 International Series
The NFL called off its 2020 International Series Games in London and Mexico City. More here from the NFL.
May 5 – Trudeau: NHL and other athletes crossing border would need to follow quarantine protocols
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said NHL players would need to follow quarantine protocols if they were to arrive in Canada while the border remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic: “Certainly at a strict minimum, anyone who arrives from another country will have to follow all the rules of quarantine in an extremely strict manner, but we’re not there yet in our discussions with the NHL.” More from CBC.
May 5 – German Football League receives test results
May 5 – Spain’s La Liga to begin testing
La Liga players, coaches and club employees involved in the initial training phase will reportedly be tested as early as today. The league wants tests to be conducted daily after individual training sessions begin. More from the Associated Press.
May 5 – Premier League considering playing shorter halves
FA chief executive Gordon Taylor said the Premier League is considering playing halves less than 45 minutes long when soccer returns. More from ESPN.
May 4 – #FrontlineHeroes: Nishat Dhillon
Tonight, we salute Nishat Dhillon. In addition to being an amazing mother, Nishat is a public health nurse working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Fraser Valley.
May 4 – Rescheduled dates expected soon for FIFA U-20 and U-17 Women’s World Cups
Decisions on rescheduled dates for the FIFA U-20 and U-17 Women’s World Cups that were to be held this year are expected soon from FIFA reports Sky Sports.
May 4 – Health authorities provide update on dynamic modelling
Dr. Bonnie Henry presented today on the dynamic modelling that was introduced last month, and provided explanations on what could happen if restrictions were lifted, reports Daily Hive.
May 4 – List of Translink bus cancellations
Find HERE a full list of TransLink’s 47 bus route cancellations starting this month.
May 4 – Estimated wait times for lineups at Vancouver stores
The website Howbsy.com is updated regularly to tell you the estimated wait time for lineups at Metro Vancouver stores.
May 4 – MDS speaks on progressing back to training, transfer market amid COVID-19
Head coach Marc Dos Santos joined Halford & Brough this morning for his weekly Manager’s Monday interview on TSN 1040. Discussions included slowly progressing back to training, and how the pandemic will affect the transfer market and smaller clubs, and the ‘Caps community initiatives. Listen HERE.
May 4 – Coaching series continues with Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System
This morning was the latest in the weekly coaching series with Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System and partner coaches. Today’s presentation was from team sports psychologist Dr. David Cox.
May 4 – Liga MX hoping to restart behind closed doors in early July
Liga MX is hoping to restart its season behind closed doors in early July, although a decision will not be taken until the second week of May. Read more from ESPN.
May 3 – #FrontlineHeroes: Bernadeth and Kyle
Loyal Whitecaps FC supporters, both Bernadeth and Kyle are helping to reunite families and keep travellers safe working at the airport.
May 3 – La Liga clubs granted permission to test players next week
La Liga clubs will be able to test players for COVID-19 next week as a first step towards a return for football in Spain. Read more from ESPN.
May 3 – Whitecaps FC raise $100K in sales of It Takes A Village artwork for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
As of Sunday morning, the club has raised $100,000 for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, thanks to sales of It Takes A Village art pieces by Carson Ting. Pick up a copy of The Province newspaper today to see our full-page advertisement, and visit whitecapsfc.com/ittakesavillage to learn more and purchase.
May 3 – Trudeau announces major funding for Vancouver-based company studying COVID-19
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Sunday that Ottawa is give $175 million to AbCellera, a Vancouver-based company that says it has identified antibodies that could be used in a potential COVID-19 vaccine. The federal government will also spend $240 million to boost online health services, including mental health resources and virtual access to doctors. CBC News has more details.
May 2 – #FrontlineHeroes: Melissa Galbraith
Tonight, we salute Melissa Galbraith. Melissa is fighting COVID-19 as a registered nurse in Calgary, Alberta
May 2 – Whitecaps charity initiatives racking up the dollars for local organizations in need
Soccer is still in the deep freeze around the world, but the Vancouver Whitecaps are on a red-hot winning streak. Read more at theprovince.com
May 2 – Officials say efforts by Canadians to flatten the curve of COVID-19 are working
Canada's top medical official struck an optimistic tone about the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, saying that efforts to flatten the curve are working as provinces across the country reported more positive figures. Read more at ctvnews.ca
May 2 – Afternoon statement on Province of British Columbia COVID-19 response and latest updates.
B.C.'s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19. Read more at news.gov.bc.ca
May 2 – Over 100,000 face masks sold for Vancouver Aquarium!
Whitecaps FC have now sold over 100,000 face masks to help preserve the Vancouver Aquarium in just over a week. Everyone is urged to continue to spread the word as expenses to care for the animals reach over $1 million a month. Click here for more info.
May 2 – Over 2,000 artwork prints and $80,000 raised for Food Bank!
Over 2,000 prints of the #FrontlineHeroes artwork have been sold in just over 24 hours. More than $80,000 has been raised, including the $10,000 donation from BC-based NÜTRL Vodka, for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. View coverage of the launch from CTV Vancouver and Global BC.
May 2 – NFL set to release full 17-week schedule next week, league spokesman says
The NFL will release its 2020 schedule late next week without any major changes, league spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed, including a Sept. 10 opener, the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 and visions of fans in the stands. ESPN has more.
May 1 – #FrontlineHeroes: Jen Dobie
Tonight, we salute Jen Dobie. A huge Whitecaps FC fan, Jen is helping to keep our healthcare workers and patients fed as a director of food services at Lions Gate Hospital.
May 1 – More than 500 art pieces already sold!
In the first day, more than 500 It takes a village art pieces honouring frontline workers have already been sold, and more than $25,000 raised for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank!
Order yours today at whitecapsfc.com/ittakesavillage.
May 1 – COVID-19 testing key issue for NHL
COVID-19 testing is a key issue for the possible restart of the NHL season: https://www.nhl.com/news/bill-daly-provides-nhl-season-update/c-316800064
May 1 – NBA considering delaying start of next season
Following NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirming that they are considering delaying the start of the 2020-21 season, the NBA is also discussing that possibility: Following NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirming that they are considering delaying the start of the 2020-21 season, the NBA is also discussing that possibility (ESPN)
May 1 – Ryan Reynolds delivers commencement speech to old high school
Ryan Reynolds gave a commencement speech for the graduating class from his high school, Kitsilano Secondary School, promising a pizza on him to every grad: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/free-pizza-on-ryan-reynolds-for-graduates-of-his-vancouver-high-school-1.4921388
May 1 – Whitecaps FC statement on MLS voluntary individual player workouts
We are pleased that MLS has approved voluntary individual workouts for players at outdoor team training fields as soon as May 6, subject to local health official and government policies. We are eager to move to this phase as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so and have been preparing stringent plans since the work from home order began. We are in close discussions with the public health officer, local health authorities, and infectious disease experts in coordinating our individual workout plans for players at our training fields. We will provide a further update once more information is available.
May 1 – Whitecaps FC unveil #FrontlineHeroes artwork fundraiser
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday it has joined forces with internationally-recognized local artist Carson Ting who has created “It Takes A Village”, a unique and inspirational piece commemorating Vancouver’s 7 p.m. ovation for healthcare workers, emergency responders, city employees, store clerks, supply chain workers and all who have been working tirelessly on the frontlines of the pandemic. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from every print sold will be contributed to help address the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s unprecedented demand.
May 1 – Applications open for one-time B.C. Emergency Benefit
Applications opened today for the one-time $1,000 B.C. Emergency Benefit for residents whose work has been impacted during the COVID-19 crisis: https://www.etax.gov.bc.ca/BTP/EBW/_/
May 1 – List of Vancouver companies hiring this month
Daily Hive have compiled a list of Vancouver companies who are hiring this month, and the positions available to apply for: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-companies-hiring-may-2020
April 30 – #FrontlineHeroes: Stephanie Stanton
Tonight, we salute Stephanie Stanton. A loyal Whitecaps FC season ticket member, Stephanie is fighting COVID-19 as a respiratory therapist at Royal Columbian Hospital.
April 30 – How you can help after surviving COVID-19
Fox Sports and Atlanta United FC host Jillian Sakovits details how she not only survived COVID-19, but is helping by donating her convalescent plasma and the antibodies contained in it. One donation can save three lives: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/04/30/jillian-sakovits-i-survived-covid-19-and-donated-plasma-heres-how-you-can-help
Here is how you can donate in Canada: https://blood.ca/en/convalescentplasma
April 30 – Unauthorized test kits seized
1,500 unauthorized test kits have been seized in Richmond: https://theprovince.com/news/local-news/covid-19-1500-unauthorized-test-kits-seized-in-richmond/wcm/db796475-6619-499f-a0de-5dfa4fac5314
April 30 – Are you missing air travel?
If you are missing airplane travel, YVR provided some fun and comical ideas to try at home: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/make-your-entire-family-stand-up-when-you-go-to-use-the-washroom-and-other-yvr-tips-for-those-who-miss-flying-1.4918968
April 30 – A look at Gastown’s inspiring storefront murals
The street art is an initiative of the Gastown Business Improvement Association, in partnership with the businesses that have closed and installed wooden hoarding to protect their property: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/gastown-storefront-murals
April 30 – NHL discusses delaying next season
The NHL is discussing with its teams the idea of “delaying the start of next season into December” as it looks to complete the 2019-20 season: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2020/04/29/Coronavirus-and-Sports/NHL.aspx
April 30 – CFL seeks financial aid
The Canadian Football League is asking the federal government for up to $150 million in financial assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/cfl-asking-federal-government-150m-financial-aid
April 30 – MLB draft expected to be held virtually on June 10
The 2020 MLB Draft is expected be held virtually June 10: https://nypost.com/2020/04/28/virtual-mlb-draft-expected-to-be-held-june-10-but-length-up-in-air
April 29 – #FrontlineHeroes: Brady Hoffman
Tonight, we salute Brady Hoffman. As a staff sergeant with the B.C. Sheriff Services, Brady has had to self isolate from his family in order to keep the courts running during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 29 – Help identify this suspect from Waterfront Skytrain
Police are searching for a suspect after a woman was punched on a SkyTrain at Waterfront Station: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/recognize-this-man-suspect-sought-in-violent-attack-on-skytrain-1.4917333
April 29 – List of UEFA’s changed dates
UEFA has posted a list of changed dates for their competitions: https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/news/newsid=2641731.html
April 29 – NHL teams bidding to host playoff “tournaments”
Sportsnet reports that there are between nine and 12 teams bidding on what are expected to be four NHL playoff “tournaments”: https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/nhl-needs-teams-bidding-host-isolated-games/
April 29 – B.C. state of emergency extended 14 days
B.C. Premier John Horgan announced that the state of emergency has been extended an additional 14 days, while talking about plans for reopening the province and calling B.C. the “envy of the country” https://bc.ctvnews.ca/envy-of-the-country-b-c-s-plans-for-reopening-to-come-state-of-emergency-extended-1.4917095
April 29 – UEFA sets deadline for restart plans
UEFA are giving European leagues until May 25 to submit their restart proposal plans: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11979886/premier-league-given-deadline-of-may-25-for-restart-proposals-by-uefa
April 29 – French leagues not to resume
France’s Ligue 1 and 2 will not resume their seasons after the Prime Minister announced that all sporting events, including behind closed doors, would be banned until September: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/52460468
April 29 – B.C. health officials to provide update
B.C. health officials will provide their daily update on COVID-19 today at 3 p.m. PT: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/new-coronavirus-numbers-b-c-health-officials-to-provide-latest-data-1.4917107
April 28 – #FrontlineHeroes: Victoria Adams
Tonight, we salute Victoria Adams. Working as a cardiac nurse at Vancouver General Hospital, Victoria is treating patients who are at risk of serious side effects from COVID-19. To nominate someone deserving, go to whitecapsfc.com/frontlineheroes.
April 28 – Feyenoord coach presents to Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System
Earlier today coaches in the nationwide Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System took part in a presentation from Melvin Boel, U-17 academy and international development coach at Dutch club Feyenoord: https://twitter.com/WFCAcademy/status/1255216731938750467
April 28 – BC government tracking a $5 billion budget deficit for the fiscal year
What was projected as a $227 million surplus for the government of British columbia has now tracked into a $5 billion deficit for the 2020-21 fiscal year: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/bc-government-2020-budget-deficit-coronavirus
April 28 – Support for the Vancouver Aquarium continues to grow
As of Tuesday morning, more than 73,000 and $1,440,000 in co-branded face masks have been sold to help save the Vancouver Aquarium. Masks continue to remain available for purchase at vanaquashop.org.
April 28 – Whitecaps FC launch outreach iniaitive in support of mental health, with Bell Let’s Talk
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that the club has launched a weekly outreach initiative aligning with the new Bell Let’s Talk campaign theme “Let’s get through this together” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2020/04/28/whitecaps-fc-launch-outreach-initiative-support-mental-health
April 28 – Premier League calculates matchday staff needs
The Premier League calculated it needs a minimum of 300 people for a game to take place behind closed doors: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/04/26/premier-league-says-needs-just-300-people-per-match-reboot-season/
April 28 – NHL establishes Return to Play Committee
The NHL and NHLPA have established a Return to Play Committee, which has conducted a pair of conference calls over the past few days. More from TSN here: https://www.tsn.ca/john-tavares-connor-mcdavid-among-players-on-nhl-s-return-to-play-committee-1.1470635
April 28 – NBA pushes back return to training
The NBA has pushed back the possible reopening date of some team practice facilities for at least a week until May 8 at the earliest, saying Monday the extra time was needed in part to make sure player training options would be safe and controlled in an effort to try to mitigate the threats caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidelines will reportedly include the mandatory use of face masks at all times (except in physical activity), masks and gloves for any staff members working with players and physical distancing of at least 12 feet. More here: https://apnews.com/b701885bd74016d9712d18c873d88ad2
April 27 – #FrontlineHeroes: Lori Raposo
Tonight, we salute Lori Raposo. Mother to our very own Ryan Raposo, Lori is fighting COVID-19 as a heart and investigation nurse in Hamilton.
April 27 – What will happen with the transfer market this summer? MLS GMs weigh in
Whitecaps FC sporting director Axel Schuster was among a number of MLS executives to give their opinions on what will happen with the summer transfer market amidst COVID-19: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/04/27/what-will-happen-transfer-market-summer-mls-gms-weigh
April 27 – FIFA considering five subs upon return
FIFA is looking to allow teams use five substitutes to cope with expected schedule congestion caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization says the temporary plan could help prevent more injuries due to “potential player overload” as soccer competitions catch up with a backlog: https://www.tsn.ca/fifa-considers-five-subs-upon-return-1.1470270
April 27 – Vancouver Park Board to reopen two golf courses, botanical garden on May 1
The Vancouver Park Board has announced it’s reopening VanDusen Botanical Garden and Fraserview and McCleery golf courses on May 1: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/golf-vandusen-reopening-coronavirus
April 27 – Terminal City Club introduces TakeMeHomeAndMakeMeHot.com
Whitecaps FC partners Terminal City Club have put together a new way to support the local community using their food supplies and talented people, introducing TakeMeHomeAndMakeMeHot.com, their new online order system for food, beer, and wine available for purchase.
April 27 – UEFA releases €236.5m to support its member associations
UEFA has released €236.5m to support its member associations: https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/news/newsid=2641748.html
April 27 – More than 10,000 businesses apply for wage subsidy in opening hours
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says nearly 10,000 businesses have applied for the federal government’s wage-subsidy program to help them deal with the COVID-19 pandemic since it opened this morning: https://vancouversun.com/news/national/nearly-10000-businesses-apply-for-wage-subsidy-in-first-hours-trudeau/wcm/41bdfb37-410b-4407-b849-0a83e50f889d/
April 27 – Over $1,200,000 in masks sold to help save the Vancouver Aquarium
More than $1,200,000 in co-branded face masks have been sold to help save the Vancouver Aquarium. Purchases have come from every province in Canada, and two of three territories, as well as countries such as Austria, France, Japan, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
April 27 – Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System continues coaching series
Jon Poli, head of physical preparation for the MLS first team, presented on strength and power to Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System and partner coaches – the fourth in a weekly coaching series.
April 27 – Italian pro sports teams can resume training May 18
Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced pro sports teams can resume training May 18: https://apnews.com/7f44baab07b1c411d1820d6e64d34065
April 27 – NFL contingency plans
NFL contingency plans include an October 15 start, a February 28 Super Bowl and no bye weeks or Pro Bowl: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2020/04/27/Leagues-and-Governing-Bodies/NFL-schedule.aspx
April 27 – Montpellier midfielder recovering
Montpellier midfielder Junior Sambia, 23, is no longer in an artificial coma and is breathing without aid after testing positive for COVID-19, according to his agent: https://www.espn.com/soccer/montpellier/story/4089351/montpelliers-junior-sambia-out-of-coma-after-positive-coronavirus-test-agent
April 27 – NFL draft reaches record 55 million viewers
The 2020 NFL Draft reached a record 55 million viewers over three days on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, NFL Network and digital channels, the league announced Sunday: https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/29101466/virtual-nfl-draft-draws-55-million-viewers-league-says
An average audience of more than 15.6 million viewers watched Round 1 on Thursday, up 37% over 2019. More than 8.2 million watched Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, up 40% over 2019, and Saturday's coverage of Rounds 4-7 averaged more than 4.2 million viewers, up 32% over 2019.
April 26 - #FrontlineHeroes: Rick Garcia
Tonight, we salute Rick Garcia. An original member of the Whitecaps Drummers, Rick is fighting COVID-19 as a psychiatric worker at Vancouver General Hospital.
April 26 – More than 51,000 face masks sold to support Vancouver Aquarium
Canadians have responded in a big way to help save the Vancouver Aquarium, with more than 51,000 co-branded face masks sold in the first three days to help save the iconic Vancouver landmark.
April 26 – La Liga delays COVID-19 tests for players
Spain’s health minister also said Sunday that Spaniards should not expect to see professional soccer restart before the summer: https://www.tsn.ca/spainish-health-official-no-soccer-before-summer-1.1470133
April 26 – Dr. Theresa Tam gives update in lieu of daily briefing
Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam has released a statement in lieu of her daily briefing. She says physical distancing is starting to pay off: “The road is still long, but what we continue to do today will benefit us tomorrow.” See the Public Health Agency of Canada for her full statement.
April 26 – BC seniors advocate to speak on support for caregivers and seniors during COVID-19
BC seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie will speak at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday to share more information on support for caregivers and seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic Many of the province’s cases have been tied to seniors care homes, where most of BC’s COVID-19 deaths have been recorded. For up-to-date details, please see the Vancouver Sun.
April 26 – NBA to reopen team practice facilities
The NBA is reopening team practice facilities beginning on May 1 for players in states and municipalities that are loosening stay-at-home restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Players can return to team facilities for voluntary individual workouts as soon as next week. Teams will remain prohibited from holding group workouts or organized team activities, sources said. For more details, please see ESPN.
April 26 – EFL return to play contingent on “suitable testing”
The English Football League (EFL), the governing entity of the English leagues below the Premier League, has stated that returning to play is contingent on “suitable testing.” Both the EPL and the following three leagues of the pyramid are dependent on one another for continuing the seasons. For more, see NBC Sports.
April 26 – Aston Villa to defer percentage of salaries for four months
Aston Villa has agreed to defer player, coach, and senior management salaries by 25 per cent for four months, while non-playing staff will be retained and paid in full. For more information, see BBC.
April 26 – No pay cuts for Chelsea players
A Chelsea statement on Saturday indicates that players will not be asked to take a pay cut, and that they instead support charitable causes. The club will not be using the government’s furlough scheme. For more, see Sky Sports.
April 26 – Tajikistan suspends soccer season
Tajikistan says it’s suspending its soccer season, further reducing the handful of leagues still operating worldwide. The Central Asian nation’s soccer federation says games on Sunday will go ahead as planned before the league is suspended until May 10. For more, see Associated Press.
April 25 – #FrontlineHeroes: Kim Bull
Tonight, we salute Kim Bull. A fantastic soccer coach, Kim is also working as a paramedic for BC Ambulance Service to fight COVID-19.
April 25 – Over 33,000 face masks have been sold to help save the Aquarium
Over 33,000 face masks have already been sold to help save the Aquarium. That’s nearly 1,000 masks an hour since they first went online! Click to view new reports from CTVNewsVancouver.ca and Daily Hive.
April 25 – Afternoon joint statement on Province of British Columbia COVID-19 response and latest updates.
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia. Read more at news.gov.bc.ca
April 25 – Arsenal to return to training despite UK's coronavirus lockdown
Arsenal players will make a return to training at their London Colney training ground next week despite the UK still being on a government-imposed lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more at espn.com
April 25 – Polish soccer league plans to restart activities on May 29
Poland’s premier soccer league plans to restart on May 29 after the government decided on Saturday to ease restrictions imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Read more at Sportsnet.ca
April 25 – Canadian Press report: NBA to allow teams to open practice facilities on May 1
Beginning on May 1, the NBA is allowing teams to open their practice facilities to players in cities and states where local governments have eased stay-at-home orders, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Read more at TSN.ca
April 25 – Over 25,000 face masks have been sold to help save the Aquarium!
Over 25,000 face masks have already been sold to help save the Aquarium. That’s nearly 1,000 masks an hour since they first went online! Click to view reports from Global BC, Postmedia, The Canadian Press, and Daily Hive.
April 25 – Canada, U.S., other countries take tentative steps toward relaxing COVID-19-related restrictions
In Canada, the United States and around the world, tentative steps are being taken to ease the lockdowns put in place to slow the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada's premiers have agreed to work toward a jointly drafted set of national guidelines on reopening the economy, and federal and provincial sources say they hope to have a common set of guiding principles finalized by next week. CBC has more.
April 24 – Garber says “everything is on the table” regarding format for MLS return
MLS Commissioner Don Garber joined Colorado outlet AltitudeTV for an interview on Thursday, saying everything is on the table as far as a format for competition when the league resumes play: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/04/24/mls-commissioner-don-garber-says-everything-table-regarding-format-mls-return
April 24 – #FrontlineHeroes: Ellen Wismer
Tonight, we salute Ellen Wismer. Working long hours and keeping spirits up in the ER, Ellen is fighting COVID-19 as an ER nurse at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
April 24 – Vancouver artists ‘inspire hope’ with pop-up murals
The mural festival has been working with the Robson Street Business Association, Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and South Granville Business Improvement Association, connecting artists with business owners to make public art: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/dozens-of-artists-inspire-hope-with-pop-up-murals-1.4911149
April 24 – Beitashour talks free agency during COVID-19
Former Whitecaps FC player Steven Beitashour spoke to MLSsoccer.com about being a free agent during COVID-19: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/04/24/free-agent-steven-beitashour-hungry-another-shot-mls-i-want-play
April 24 – NHL continues to work towards return
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, in an interview on Sportsnet’s “In Conversation,” reiterated his goal “to come back and hopefully complete this season,” saying that while the league is modeling several different scenarios, the timing “ultimately will be made by medical people” and government officials.
April 24 – Help save the Vancouver Aquarium
Last week, Ocean Wise Conservation Association, which operates the Vancouver Aquarium, issued a call for urgent support as the educational, environmental, and conservation institution is in danger of permanent closure after closing their doors to the public in March to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Now Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Vancouver Aquarium have joined forces to sell high-performance athletic face masks, with proceeds going to help save this beloved civic landmark: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2020/04/24/wfc-rally-vancouver-help-aquarium
April 24 – Dutch season officially cancelled
The 2019-20 season in the Netherlands has officially been cancelled due to COVID-19, with leaders Ajax denied the title and no relegation or promotion with the second tier this year: https://www.espn.com/soccer/ajax-amsterdam/story/4088830/coronavirus-sees-2019-20-dutch-season-cancelled-with-ajax-denied-title
April 24 – German football nearing May return
German Football League chief executive Christian Seifert said the country’s top two divisions will return in May with heavy restrictions if the government gives final approval: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2020/04/23/bundesliga-return-may-if-german-government-gives-approval
April 23 – MLS extends team training moratorium through May 15
Major League Soccer announced has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, May 15: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2020/04/23/major-league-soccer-extends-team-training-moratorium
April 23 - #FrontlineHeroes: Dan Faedo
Tonight, we salute Dan Faedo and the Burnaby Fire Department. As first responders, Dan and his colleagues are separating from their families and risking their own health to keep us safe.
April 23 – Jonathan David: “This is possibly the most talented Canada team of all time”
Jonathan David conducted a Q&A with FIFA.com recently, including discussion on Canada’s men’s national team: https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/everyone-s-talking-about-jonathan-david-and-here-s-why
April 23 – FIFA reiterates $1 billion commitment to women’s soccer
FIFA has reiterated its commitment to women’s soccer despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, promising to still invest $1 billion to help grow the sport globally: https://www.espn.com/soccer/blog-fifa/story/4087577/fifa-to-continue-$1-billion-investment-in-womens-game-despite-coronavirus-impact-reports
April 23 – Dutch government extends ban on public events until September 1
The Dutch government extended a ban on major public events until September 1 in a move that effectively ends the 2019-20 Eredivisie season. The Royal Netherlands Football Association confirmed no soccer will be able to be played until September 1, even behind closed doors: https://www.sportbusiness.com/news/government-ruling-set-to-end-eredivisie-season/
April 23 – UEFA determine that qualification for European competitions must be completed
UEFA have effectively ruled out the possibility of European leagues being deemed null and void and said that qualification for next season's European competitions can only be "based on sporting merit in the 2019-20 domestic competitions."
Meanwhile, UEFA confirmed that this summer's postponed European Championship will continue to be known as Euro 2020, despite it being played in June and July 2021.
April 23 – NBA still holding out hope to complete season
The NBA is still holding out hope that it can continue its season, including regular-season games, according to Commissioner Adam Silver, who said “all rules are off at this point” while confirming the league would play “significantly later than June” if games do resume.
April 22 – UEFA mulling stance on completing domestic leagues
UEFA have updated their stance on completing domestic league and club competitions: “There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions, but some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions—in case of a canceled league —have been developed.”
April 22 – #FrontlineHeroes: Laura Vizza
#FrontlineHeroes: Tonight, we salute Laura Vizza. After taking care of her family at home, Laura puts her personal health on the line every day fighting COVID-19 as an Operating Room nurse at Langley Memorial.
April 22 – NFLPA director says league has to ask tough questions
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said league and union officials “have to ask tough questions” about how sports “fit into the safe practices of our country” when considering whether the season should start on time.
April 22 – NASCAR considering May return without fans
NASCAR is considering running its first race back in mid-May without fans at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/SB-Blogs/Breaking-News/2020/04/NASCAR.aspx
April 22 – Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks on restarting local sports
In reference to local recreational team sports returning, Henry said at her update on Tuesday: “I need those that are setting up those types of team sports to think about how we can do it in this new normal for now, recognizing that it’s not going to be forever, but it is going to be for this next season. We need to find ways to do it that allows young people to be out there and be physically active, and be together.”
April 22 – Barcelona to sell stadium naming rights to raise money to fight COVID-19
Barcelona will sell the title rights to its storied Camp Nou stadium for one year in an effort to raise money for the fight against COVID-19: https://apnews.com/d60361991db6ed5ba71bedb4593834b7
April 22 – German soccer looking for testing and political backing to resume play
German soccer needs regular COVID-19 testing and political backing in order to resume and securing both is a challenge: https://apnews.com/6ae7da82430297714b99fac129a13b11
April 22 – WNBA Draft hits six-year viewership high
Friday night’s WNBA Draft hit a six-year viewership high, averaging 378,000 viewers on ESPN (up 59% from 2019 and 26% from 2018, both of which aired on ESPN2): https://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2020/04/wnba-draft-viewership-espn/
April 22 – MLB could allow limited spectators in stadium
Dr. Anthony Fauci said one option when the MLB eventually returns to play could be to “limit the amount of people in a stadium and make sure you seat them in a way where they’re really quite separated and maybe even wearing facemasks.”: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2020/04/21/Coronavirus-and-Sports/Fauci-MLB.aspx
April 21 – FIFPRO urges clubs not to cut mental health resources for players
FIFPRO, the global union for footballers, has urged clubs not to cost-cut mental health resources as it finds members who are struggling with increased levels of anxiety and depression: https://apnews.com/8c7721a9992115c07f41c413ba9208e2
April 21 - #Frontline Heroes: Alana Belgrave
Tonight, we salute Alana Belgrave. We are hoping she can hear our cheers a province over where Alana works an ER nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
April 21 – B.C. reports fewer than 30 new cases for fourth day in a row
For the fourth day in a row, health officials in British Columbia have reported fewer than 30 new test-positive cases of COVID-19: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-reports-fewer-than-30-new-covid-19-cases-for-4th-day-in-a-row-1.4905337
April 21 – Half of world’s 2020 sports events could be cancelled
A little under half of sports events scheduled around the world for 2020 will likely not take place, per projections by U.K.-based data/marketing/tech agency Two Circles: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Morning-Buzz/2020/04/20/Two-Circles.aspx
April 21 – PGA Tour requiring up to 1 million tests
The PGA Tour’s plan to salvage a 2020 season could require the use of up to 1 million COVID-19 tests. That estimate covers the events from the Charles Schwab Challenge, now slated for June 11-14, through the Tour Championship in early September: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/apr/19/pga-tour-will-use-up-to-one-million-covid-19-test-kits-to-complete-season
April 21 – Bundesliga targets May 9 return behind closed doors
The Bundesliga could be set to return May 9 behind closed doors with effective coronavirus containment strategies in place throughout the country: https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/bundesliga-season-could-return-in-early-may-as-german-officials-back-plan-to-play-behind-closed-doors/
April 21 – Sports Illustrated look at world's most unique crests
Sports Illustrated looked at the stories behind the world’s most unique crests, including our own Vancouver Whitecaps FC: www.si.com/soccer/2020/04/20/meaning-behind-crests-logos-man-united-panathinaikos-cruz-azul
April 21 – La Liga agrees on protocols to return to training
La Liga agreed with the Royal Spanish Football Federation and the National Sports Council (CSD) on protocols for clubs to return to training: https://www.nst.com.my/sports/football/2020/04/586116/la-liga-spanish-fa-agree-training-restart-protocol
April 21 – NHL focused on playing in city whose curve tracks positively
The NHL is focused on playing in an NHL city (perhaps more than one) that has been spared the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, whose curve tracks positively and is located within a state whose physical distancing regulations would be relaxed by the time the first puck is dropped: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2020/04/20/Coronavirus-and-Sports/NHL.aspx
April 21 – Real Madrid considers playing home games at training ground
Real Madrid is considering playing home games at its training ground, rather than the Santiago Bernabéu, for “practical and security” reasons, per sources: https://www.espn.com/soccer/real-madrid/story/4087091/real-madrid-want-to-host-la-liga-games-at-training-ground-when-season-restarts-sources
April 21 – NFL to hold first virtual draft on Thursday
The NFL will hold its first virtual draft Thursday, a change from the usual large scale event: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/20/sports/football/nfl-draft-virtual-past.html
April 20 – #FrontlineHeroes: Dr. Tracy Pickett
Tonight, we salute Dr. Tracy Pickett. A billet mom to MLS Academy player Matteo De Brienne, Dr. Pickett is an ER doctor who’s had to quarantine herself from her family as she helps fight COVID-19.
April 20 – UEFA outline further timeline to complete Champions League
UEFA are continuing to consider playing the remainder of the Champions League in August. Play would start back up on August 7-8, assuming domestic leagues are done by then, with the competition concluding at month's end. The first week of the month would see the unfinished round of 16 clashes take place before the second week would begin with the quarterfinal round getting underway: https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/uefa-considering-holding-all-remaining-2020-champions-league-games-in-august-per-report/
April 20 – Routes affected by TransLink service reductions
A list of which routes are being affected by TransLink service reductions: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/layoffs-and-service-cuts-here-s-how-translink-is-being-impacted-by-reduced-ridership-during-covid-19-1.4903522
April 20 – Update from BC government
BC health officials are dealing with a cluster of new infections linked to an oilsands work camp in Alberta: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/5-more-covid-19-deaths-in-b-c-several-new-cases-linked-to-alta-oilsands-camp-1.4903639
April 20 – No relegation in England’s Premier League?
There is unlikely to be any relegation in the Premier League if the season ends with no more games possible, per Brighton and Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom: https://www.espn.com/soccer/english-premier-league/story/4086736/premier-league-relegation-for-any-team-this-season-unlikely-brighton-owner-tony-bloom
April 20 – Coaching Series continues for Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System
This morning first team video analyst coach Andy Peat presented to nearly 100 Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System and partner coaches as part of the third in a weekly coaching series.
April 20 – Which hurdles are sports leagues facing to return?
The New York Times wrote on the hurdles to sports return such as securing access to tests: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/19/sports/coronavirus-sports-economy.html
April 20 - Premier League, English Football League offered £1 billion lifeline to survive in crisis
A group of world financiers, including a major U.S. company, are offering a lifeline in excess of £1 billion to English football as it tackles the monetary crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic, sources have told ESPN: https://www.espn.com/soccer/english-premier-league/story/4086973/coronavirus-premier-leagueefl-offered-1-billion-lifeline-to-survive-in-crisis
April 19 – Danish club to allow drive-in viewing for home matches
Danish club FC Midtjylland announced that it is planning to allow up to 2,000 cars to park around its stadium and watch matches on two big screens, allowing 10,000 fans to be present at the games: Read More
April 19 – #FrontlineHeroes: Jacquie
Tonight, we salute Jacquie. Every day Jacquie is putting others first, working as a nurse at VGH to fight COVID-19.
April 19 – eMLS Tournament Special debuts today
The five-week eMLS Tournament Special debuts today, with Chicago Fire against FC Cincinnati before the digital ‘El Trafico’ between LA Galaxy and LAFC. On May 10, Whitecaps FC centre back Erik Godoy will battle Toronto FC midfielder Mark Delgado in Leg One of the first round, while Leg Two will see Vancouver's eMLS player Alex ‘exraa’ Gonzalez-Aldana versus Toronto's eMLS player Phil ‘PhilB94’ Balke. For more details, see MLSsoccer.com.
April 19 – NHL and NHLPA may play Stanley Cup playoffs in the summer
The NHL and NHLPA are looking at all scenarios for Stanley Cup playoffs in the summer, including the potential use of neutral sites. The league has received pitches from cities across the United States, but is aware of concerns including ethical issues around staging matches in rural areas with no stay-at-home orders, and border and travel issues for players that have returned to their home countries, as well as the closure between the U.S. and Canada. For more details, see ESPN.
April 19 – EPL behind closed doors would require 300+ people to operate
Premier League matches behind closed doors would still require nearly 300 people to be onsite outside of the players and referees, including security, physiotherapists, medical staff, ground staff, ball boys, as well as the hundreds of staff necessary to broadcast the game. To read more, see ESPN UK.
April 19 – Spanish soccer matches in empty venues until end of summer
Soccer matches and other sports events in Spain will take place in empty venues at least until the end of the summer, the mayor of Madrid said Saturday. José Luis Martínez-Almeida told the Onda Cero radio station that the coronavirus pandemic likely “won’t be under control” by then for events with big crowds to resume normally. Associated Press has more details.
April 19 – Protocol for LaLiga will include COVID-19 testing and preseason
According to LaLiga’s official protocol for returning to play, players will have to take three COVID-19 tests, as well as undergo a 15-day preseason before matches can begin. Marca has more details.
April 18 – #FrontlineHeroes: Lauren Millar
Tonight, we salute Lauren Millar. As a registered nurse, Lauren is working overtime and picking up extra shifts to fight COVID-19
April 18 – Joint statement on Province of BC COVID-19 response and latest updates
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia. Read more at news.gov.bc.ca.
April 18 – Tyler Adams describes what training is like as Germany eases restrictions
"I do feel safe," he added. "The way Germany has handled it has been not only very efficient, but people are following the rules. If people are out, they are wearing masks and gloves and doing the little things that are supposed to help. It's a new situation for so many people. Being able to go out and play would be a great feeling, but only want to do so when it keeps everybody safe. Read more at MLSSoccer.com
April 18 – Trudeau: Support for Indigenous businesses coming
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed $306 million in funding toward Indigenous businesses is on its way for those struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. CBC has more.
April 18 – National poll in United States says fans are ready to go
A national poll of 1,000 Americans conducted April 13 by PSB, a global custom research and analytics firm, finds the majority (56.9%—40.8% indifferent and 16.1% prefer to sit with the crowd) are willing to sit with the crowd at a game when play resumes. Among MLS fans, 70.5% either prefer to sit with the crowd (48.9%) or are indifferent (21.6%). Forbes has more.
April 18 – Science World at risk of going ‘broke’ due to coronavirus pandemic
The iconic Science World at the Telus World of Science says it could go under within months of the federal government’s wage subsidy expiring if revenues don’t pick up. Science World shut down on March 13, as the province rolled out strict physical distancing measures. Global BC has more.
April 17 – Canada and the U.S. agree to extend border restrictions by 30 days
Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the current closure of the border to all non-essential travel for at least another month as the fight against COVID-19 continues in both countries, sources tell CTV News: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/canada-u-s-agree-to-extend-border-restrictions-by-30-days-sources-1.4900471
April 17 - #FrontlineHeroes: Carol McLeod
Tonight, we salute Carol McLeod. Keeping our ERs clean as a housekeeper for more than 15 years, Carol continues her hard work through the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 17 – How COVID-19 is affecting sporting directors and scouts
Sevilla sporting director Monchia, among others, spoke to the New York Times about how COVID-19 is affecting operations on the soccer side: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/sports/soccer/transfer-market-soccer-coronavirus.html
April 17 – What has to happen for sports to come back?
The New York Times dove into that question on what questions sports leagues are facing: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/sports/coronavirus-sports-come-back.html
April 17 – MLS provides updated statement on the 2020 season
MLS posted an updated statement this morning on the 2020 season:
MLS Statement on April 17, 2020 pic.twitter.com/8uS1STz0gX— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) April 17, 2020
April 17 – USL extends training moratorium, targets full season
USL, the second division of soccer in the U.S., announced yesterday that they are extending their training moratorium through May 3 and still hope to play a full season: https://www.uslsoccer.com/news_article/show/1101301
April 17 – Health officials outline new virus modelling data
Health officials in B.C. are set to outline new virus modelling data on Friday that will shed light on the province's status and preparations in the novel coronavirus pandemic: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-health-officials-to-outline-new-virus-modelling-data-1.4900539
April 17 – Tips on comfortably working from home
Here are some tips on setting up your home office and working comfortably at home: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/how-to-work-from-home-more-comfortably-1.4899248
April 16 – UEFA work on Champions League final date
UEFA are working on plans to play the Champions League final on August 29: https://www.thescore.com/uefa/news/1970426
April 16 - #FrontlineHeroes: Benita Warkentin
Tonight, we salute Benita Warkentin. Working in housekeeping at an independent living care facility in Langley, Benita is going above and beyond to keep residents safe from COVID-19.
April 16 – FIFA brace for player contract challenges
FIFA are braced for challenges regarding extending player contracts in Europe to accommodate changes in timing to the season: https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/fifa-braced-challenges-player-contract-extensions
April 16 – Government announces commercial property tax reduction
The BC Government announced on Thursday that it is reducing most commercial property tax bills by an average of 25%: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/bc-commercial-property-tax-bills-reduction-coronavirus
April 16 – Vancouver Aquarium at risk of permanent closure
Vancouver Aquarium has issued a dire warning that it could be forced to close permanently by early summer if it is unable to find emergency operational funding: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-aquarium-bankruptcy-permanent-closure
April 16 – Pannes provides update on TSN 1040
Whitecaps FC chief executive officer Mark Pannes was on TSN 1040 with Halford & Brough providing the latest updates from the club and league: https://post.futurimedia.com/ckstam/playlist/10/listen-24051.html?cb=1587049051.970143
April 16 – State of emergency declared by Squamish due to slash fire
A local state of emergency has been declared by the District of Squamish over a fast-moving slash fire that broke out on Wednesday afternoon. A number of homes have already been evacuated, and accomodations were arranged for residents at local hotels: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/squamish-state-emergency-fires
April 16 – Support service hub launched for B.C. small businesses
A new support service hub has been launched in B.C. for small businesses struggling during the novel coronavirus pandemic: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/support-hub-established-for-b-c-businesses-relief-expected-for-local-governments-1.4898735
April 15 – MLS launches new elite academy competition
MLS have announced the launch of an exciting new elite academy competition – this comes in conjunction with the news that the U.S. Soccer Development Academy will cease. More here: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2020/04/15/major-league-soccer-leads-domestic-player-development-launch-new-elite-competition
April 15 - #FrontlineHeroes: Gary Franco
Tonight, we salute Gary Franco. Working in healthcare for almost 27 years, Gary is part of the acute nursing team and assisting in patient care within ICU at Vancouver General Hospital.
April 15 – Montreal Impact employee tests positive for COVID-19
A Montreal Impact employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is doing well and has been placed in quarantine according to isolation protocols: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/04/15/montreal-impact-employee-contracts-covid-19-tests-positive-coronavirus-club
April 15 – U.S. infectious diseases expert speaks on holding sports events without fans
U.S. infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about the possibility of holding sports events without fans: https://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/29038491/dr-anthony-fauci-promotes-single-site-fan-free-return-sports
April 14 – FIFA international matches could be off until 2021
Most international soccer might not be played until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions and the need to give club competitions the chance to resume, FIFA vice-president Victor Montagliani said Monday. More here: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/fifa-official-says-international-games-could-be-off-until-2021-1.4894687
April 14 – #FrontlineHeroes: Rebecca Barbieri
Tonight, we salute Rebecca Barbieri. Working around the clock, Rebecca is fighting COVID-19 as an X-Ray Tech at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
April 14 – Rose and Nerwinski hold media availability
Whitecaps FC players Andy Rose and Jake Nerwinski spoke with the media during a video conference on Tuesday morning.
April 14 – BC Securities Commission cautions to beware of scams
The BC Securities commission is warning to beware of scams preying on panic and fear during COVID-19: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/beware-of-scams-during-the-novel-coronavirus-pandemic-securities-commission-warns-1.4896014
April 14 – TSN speaks with commissioner following latest update
TSN spoke with commissioner Don Garber about the latest update from MLS: https://www.tsn.ca/don-garber-details-ideas-that-could-facilitate-a-return-for-mls-1.1465903
New schedules, new tournaments and studio games. It's all on the table as @thesoccerdon joins @KristianJack to provide an update on what @MLS might look like when the league returns. pic.twitter.com/5N4szBK2GT— TSN Soccer (@TSNSoccer) April 13, 2020
April 14 – MLS provides statement on return to play
Although we hoped to return to play in mid-May, that is extremely unlikely based on the guidance of federal and local public health authorities. Our goal remains to play as many games as possible, and while we currently have enough dates to play the entire season, we recognize at this time that it may become difficult to do so.
Full statement here: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2020/04/14/mls-statement-return-play
April 14 – ‘Caps continue Coaching Series across Canada
This morning the club hosted the second of a Coaching Series with nearly 100 Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System and partner coaches across Canada with assistant coach Phil Dos Santos.
April 13 - #FrontlineHeroes: Julio Olaer
Tonight, we salute Julio Olaer. Julio is volunteering his time to fight COVID-19 at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody.
April 13 – Nerwinski and Rose to speak with media, talk about engaging with community
Whitecaps FC players Jake Nerwinski and Andy Rose will speak as part of a media availability on Tuesday, including talking about their participation in the ‘Caps Clubhouse.
April 13 – Health officials provide update
BC health officials announced 45 new positive COVID-19 cases at their latest update on Monday: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/bc-coronavirus-cases-april-13
April 13 – Godoy and Exraa to represent the club at eMLS Tournament Special
As part of MLS Unites, Whitecaps FC centre back Erik Godoy and eMLS player Exraa will be representing the club at the eMLS Tournament Special. First up they will face Toronto FC’s Marky Delgado and PhilB94. More here: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2020/04/12/mls-sports-launch-emls
April 13 – Tracking every case of COVID-19 in Canada
CTV have provided a complete and updated breakdown of COVID-19 cases across Canada: https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/health/coronavirus/tracking-every-case-of-covid-19-in-canada-1.4852102
April 12 – #FrontlineHeroes: De-Anne Chamberlayne
Tonight, we salute critical care nurse De-Anne Chamberlayne who is fighting COVID-19 in Surrey.
April 12 – Prime Minister shares Easter message
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other leaders across the country are taking a rare day off from updating the nation on the COVID-19 crisis as many Canadians celebrate Easter Sunday. See the Prime Minister’s Easter message here.
April 12 – Health Canada says rapid blood test for COVID-19 remains under review
Health Canada says a rapid coronavirus blood test that's being manufactured in Canada and shipped to the United States is not ready for use here. CBC has more.
April 12 – Parliament adopts wage subsidy bill as MPs applaud all-party collaboration
Parliament passed the federal government's wage subsidy legislation Saturday night after an emergency sitting that saw MPs applauding collaboration between parliamentarians of all political stripes. The legislation cleared both chambers of Parliament after days of protracted negotiations between the government and opposition parties produced an agreement to pass a bill that will flow billions of dollars to companies during the COVID-19 crisis. The bill received royal assent from Governor General Julie Payette shortly after 9:30 p.m. ET. CBC has more.
April 11 – #FrontlineHeroes: Jessica Cain
Tonight, we salute Jessica Cain! Jess is fighting COVID-19 as a CT/ Angiography Technologist helping to keep us safe.
April 11 – Whitecaps FC and LAFC head coaches host live video call for #VANvLAFC
Tune in tonight at 7:05 p.m. as Marc Dos Santos and Bob Bradley host a video call for #VANvLAFC. Watch live on whitecapsfc.com.
April 11 – Alberta to send thousands of PPE to BC, Ontario and Quebec
The Alberta government is sending 250,000 N95 masks to BC as part of a plan to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators to three provinces to help in the COVID-19 fight. For more details, visit CBC News.
April 11 – Canadian parliament approves wage subsidy program
The Trudeau government has struck a deal with opposition parties to approve a $73B wage subsidy program that will help businesses and employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vancouver Sun has full details.
April 11 – Government of BC and Creative BC launch Showcase BC
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has launched a program called Showcase BC to support musicians impacted by COVID-19 with new grants for live streaming. For more information, see the Government of BC media release.
April 11 – TSN re-airs 2016 UEFA Euro Cup Final and 2018 FIFA World Cup Final
The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup Final between France and Portugal will air at 1 p.m. today, followed by the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at 4 p.m. on TSN 2.
April 10 – #FrontlineHeroes: Leah Clauzel
Join us on our social media channels tonight as we salute Leah Clauzel. A Whitecaps FC Elite mom, Leah is dedicated to COVID-19 patients in the Burnaby Hospital Emergency Department
April 10 – Impact says return to be determined by MLS, public-health authorities
The Montreal Impact have not ruled out playing MLS matches before Aug. 31 following the Quebec government’s directive on Friday requesting the cancellation of all sporting and cultural events until that date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information at sportsnet.ca.
April 10 – Canadian Tire launches $5 million coronavirus response fund
The Canadian Tire Corporation has launched a $5 million COVID-19 Response Fund to help Canadians and communities respond to the current pandemic. More information at dailyhive.com.
April 10 – Majority of premiers against using Emergencies Act, after PM consults
The majority of provinces and territories say there is no need to invoke the Emergencies Act, and that it should be up to each government to dictate how they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information at CTVnews.ca.
April 9 – Parliament recalled for rare Saturday sitting to pass COVID-19 wage subsidy bill
The House of Commons and Senate are being recalled on Saturday for a second emergency parliamentary sitting, to study and pass an expansion to the wage subsidy program. More information at CTVnews.ca.
April 9 – Daily Hive co-launches free platform to bring small Canadian restaurants online
Daily Hive have launched Adopt my Shop — a digital platform to help Canadians support restaurants from coast-to-coast — in collaboration with the West Coast Technology Innovation Foundation (WCTIF) and the IT in Canada collective.
April 9 – BC government announces $5 million toward expanding mental health services
B.C. Premier John Horgan and Mental Health Minister Judy Darcy have announced new funding to expand mental health services.
April 9 – #FrontlineHeroes: Tricia Doyle
Tonight, we salute Tricia Doyle. A 'Caps fan since 2011 and a member of the Prawnsiders supporters group, Tricia is fighting COVID-19 as a psychiatric nurse at VGH.
April 9 – Richmond Hospital in need of urgent donations for new machines
Richmond Hospital are in need of urgent donations to buy $102,000 worth of life-saving medical machines to help treat
COVID-19 patients. More from Daily Hive: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/richmond-hospital-coronavirus-machines
April 9 – UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 to be postponed
The UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 tournament has been pushed back due to both the 2020 Olympics and 2020 UEFA Men’s Euro tournaments being pushed to 2021. More here from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/asifburhan/2020/04/09/uefa-womens-euro-left-in-limbo-as-major-events-reschedule-around-it/#75afd55361f4
April 9 – UEFA intend to have same 12 cities host delayed Euro 2020 tournament
Sky Sports are reporting that UEFA intends to have the same 12 host cities for the delayed Euro 2020 tournament: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/19692/11971055/coronavirus-uefa-intends-to-have-same-12-host-cities-for-delayed-euro-2020-tournament
April 8 – #FrontlineHeroes: Sean Sweeney
Tonight, we salute Sean Sweeney. A 'Caps fan and Squamish Fire captain, Sean has been serving the town for 39 YEARS, while also volunteering for the local coast guard.
April 8 – Nerwinski answers quarantine questions on Reach Deep
Jake Nerwinski was on Sportsnet 650 with Dan Riccio and Randip Janda yesterday answering 5 quarantine questions: https://www.sportsnet.ca/650/reach-deep/jake-nerwinski-answers-5-quarantine-questions/
April 8 – Self isolation plan required for any travellers into BC
Any travellers coming into or returning to BC must now legally have a “self-isolation plan” when they come through YVR airport, or any other point of entry. More here: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/travelling-into-b-c-from-outside-the-country-you-re-now-legally-required-to-have-a-self-isolation-plan-1.4888283
April 8 – Teibert talks about his time in isolation without streaming
Following Tuesday’s media availability, MLSsoccer.com’s Tom Bogert and The Province’s J.J. Adams reported on Russell Teibert’s time in isolation, not using any streaming services, as well as the meal service support from the club.
April 8 – UEFA may wait for domestic leagues to end before Champions League
Spanish league president Javier Tebas said Tuesday that several ideas are being studied by the leagues and UEFA, including having the European competitions restarting only after the national leagues finish.
April 8 – All of BC’s provincial parks closed
On Wednesday the province announced the immediate closure of all provincial parks.
April 7 – #FrontlineHeroes: Marjorie Bair
On World Health Day, we salute Marjorie Bair. Mother to our very own Theo Bair, Marjorie is fighting COVID-19 as a RN/Nurse manager at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
April 7 – Russell Teibert and Maxime Crépeau speak with media
This morning Whitecaps FC goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau and midfielder Russell Teibert spoke with media about how they are handling their break from play.
April 7 – Stanley Park to be completely closed to cars
The Vancouver Park Board announced on Wednesday that Stanley Park will be completely closed to cars starting at noon on Wednesday, and cyclists have been asked to avoid riding on the seawall in an effort to stop people from getting too close to each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 7 – FIFA set to move summer transfer window
BBC have reported that new dates for the summer international transfer window will be sanctioned by FIFA, with the organization pledging to try to harmonize the dates as much as possible so clubs and leagues are not unfairly disrupted.
More here: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/52188913
April 7 – La Liga could resume at earliest May 28
Spanish La Liga president Javier Tabas revealed that three return dates are currently being discussed with UEFA for their league: May 28, June 6, or June 28.
More here from BBC: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/52198036
April 7 – Vancouver hospital workers acknowledge cheers
Images from The Canadian Press photojournalist Darryl Dyck show workers in scrubs and masks listening to the applause that rings from Vancouver balconies each day at 7 p.m.
See some of the photos here: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/touching-photos-show-vancouver-hospital-workers-pausing-to-acknowledge-cheers-1.4884245
April 6 – #FrontlineHeroes: Cheryl-Ann McGillivray
Join us on our social media channels tonight as we salute Cheryl-Ann McGillivray. On top of managing our Whitecaps FC BMO Saskatchewan Academy Centre U-17 boys, Cheryl is a registered nurse fighting COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.
April 6 – Tosaint Ricketts talks career path and MBA
Striker Tosaint Ricketts spoke with J.J. Adams at The Province about his career path and using the break during COVID-19 to work closely on completing his Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
April 6 – Recoveries continue to outpace new infections in BC
For a third update in a row, recoveries outpaced new infections per BC provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
April 6 – Bundesliga clubs return to training
Bundesliga clubs returned to training on Monday after almost a month on the sidelines. Matches in Germany's top two divisions will remain suspended until at least April 30, but the German Football League (DFL) and state authorities have allowed some squads to train in small groups and at a safe distance to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
More here from the Score: www.thescore.com/deu_fed/news/1968984
April 6 – Phillip Dos Santos presents to more than 100 coaches across Canada
This morning Whitecaps FC assistant coach Phillip Dos Santos presented in the first of a Coaching Series to more than 100 ‘Caps and partner coaches across Canada.
April 6 – MDS speaks on Manager's Mondays with Halford & Brough
Head coach Marc Dos Santos conducted his weekly Manager’s Monday interview with Halford & Brough on TSN 1040.
April 6 – Applications open for federal emergency aid benefit
Applications open today for the new federal emergency aid benefit for Canadians who lost their income because of COVID-19. The Canada Revenue Agency will open its application portals this morning to those born in the first three months of the year, with those born in other months able to apply later in the week. \
More from Global: globalnews.ca/news/6782508/coronavirus-emergency-benefit-applications
April 5 – #FrontlineHeroes: Clinical Dieticians at Abbotsford Hospital
Join us on our social media channels tonight as we salute the clinical dieticians at Abbotsford Hospital. These amazing women continue to provide frontline nutritional support to maintain and improve overall medical outcomes.
April 5 – Additional COVID-19 passengers reported on flights into BC airports
The BC Centre for Disease Control has updated its list of COVID-19 in-flight exposures involving passengers who arrived in the province and later tested positive for the coronavirus. Global BC has the list of flights and more details.
April 5 – Canadians can begin applying for emergency income support on April 6
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that Canadians who are eligible for employment insurance (EI) can apply to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) starting on Monday. Canadians are being asked to apply based on their birth month to avoid overloading the portal. CBC News has more details.
April 5 – Next public update from BC provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry set for April 6
Dr. Bonnie Henry will not be making a public update on April 5, with the next report expected to take place at 1:30 p.m. PT on Monday, April 6. For additional updates on the COVID-19 pandemic in BC, see The Province for more details.
April 4 – #FrontlineHeroes: Robert
Join us on our social media channels tonight as we salute Robert. As a commercial cleaner, Robert puts his life on the line every day so local businesses can stay open.
April 4 – Connect with Local Businesses: What's open during the COVID-19 crisis
The Vancouver Sun is compiling a directory of businesses in Metro Vancouver that are continuing to serve their communities. They will continue to update listings over the weekend to help support local businesses during these challenging times. All listings are free of charge. More information at vancouversun.com/connectlocalbusiness.
April 4 – Dedicated FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 working group
The FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 working group proposes recommendations after first meeting including to postpone all international matches due to be played during the upcoming June 2020 window, to organise bilateral discussions with confederations concerning 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, to postpone the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Panama/Costa Rica 2020 - originally scheduled for August/September 2020 - and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 - originally scheduled for November 2020, and to extend the men's age limit in order to retain players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997. More information at FIFA.com.
April 4 – 'Millions of masks' expected in Canada in the next 48 hours
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed concerns about the urgent need for medical protective equipment to help curb the spread of COVID-19, saying a shipment of millions of masks by a chartered cargo flight will be received in the next 48 hours. CBC has more.
April 4 – U.S. President Trump scheduled for call with major league sports commissioners
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that US President Donald Trump is scheduled to participate on a call with all major league sports commissioners this morning, including MLS Commissioner Don Garber. More information here.
April 4 – No plans yet for Vancouver to step up enforcement of physical distancing rules
More than 1,364 groups have been warned for not complying with physical distancing according to the Vancouver Park Board. Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry said BC isn’t moving towards a bylaw to fine people for non-compliance because there’s little evidence that type of bylaw is effective. CTV has more.
April 4 – Classic Vancouver Whitecaps FC matches on TSN
At 12 p.m. PT today, TSN3 will re-broadcast the thrilling match between Whitecaps FC and LA Galaxy from April 1, 2017.
April 3 - #FrontlineHeroes: Aurora Verzosa
Join us on our social media channels tonight as we salute Aurora Verzosa. A Whitecaps FC fan dating back to the Empire days, Aurora is caring for countless patients as a clinical nurse leader at St Paul’s Hospital.
April 3 – Concacaf Nations League finals suspended
Concacaf announced on Friday that the Nations League finals that were set for June 4-7 have been suspended: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/04/03/concacaf-suspends-nations-league-finals-set-june-4-7
April 3 – Police warn parents to keep a close eye on kids internet usage
Although convenient for learning and socializing, Vancouver police want parents to be mindful of who could be on the other side of the screen: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/warning-from-police-to-parents-keep-a-close-eye-on-your-kids-internet-and-app-use-1.4881689
April 3 – Vancouver outlines further support for Downtown Eastside
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says there are currently no known outbreaks or clusters of COVID-19 in the city's Downtown Eastside, but more needs to be done to keep it that way: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-outlines-further-support-for-downtown-eastside-during-covid-19-pandemic-1.4881428
April 3 – Minister’s statement on COVID-19 support for sport sector
Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has released the following statement about immediate responses to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for B.C.’s amateur sport sector: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020TAC0016-000603
April 3 – Government provides a list of every support and resource in BC
To help keep everyone updated during COVID-19, the provincial government has put together a list of every support and resource in British Columbia. The list will be updated regularly as new supports are announced. The list is available at gov.bc.ca/covid.
April 3 – English Premier League suspended indefinitely
The English Premier League was suspended indefinitely on Friday following a meeting with the 20 soccer clubs. The league had previously had a tentative target return date of April 30. More from TSN: https://www.tsn.ca/premier-league-suspended-indefinitely-amid-covid-19-pandemic-1.1463016
April 2 – MLS extends team training moratorium through April 24
MLS announced on Thursday that the team training moratorium has been extended through Friday, April 24. MLS training facilities remain closed to all players and staff with the exception of players requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation, under the direction of the team medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of their residence.
April 2 – #FrontlineHeroes: Melissa Fenrich
Join us again tonight at 7 p.m. PT on our social media channels as we salute Melissa Fenrich. Melissa is an emergency nurse at Vancouver General Hospital, dedicating long hours to help our community stay healthy.
April 2 – Dr. Jim Bovard answers questions from Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centre parents and players
On Thursday morning the club’s chief medical officer, Dr. Jim Bovard, presented and answered questions on COVID-19 to more than 650 parents and players from Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centre programs across Canada.
April 2 – UEFA indefinitely suspends Champions League, Europa League, and Euro qualifying playoffs
On Wednesday, UEFA announced that the Champions League, Europa League, and Euro qualifying playoffs would be suspended indefinitely. One scenario involved completing all leagues by August 3, which would require resuming competitions in the second half of June. More here from TSN: https://www.tsn.ca/uefa-postpones-more-soccer-amid-uncertainty-over-resumption-1.1462356
April 2 – Medical professionals continue to discuss use of face masks
There has been ongoing public debate about the use of face masks. CTV covered the latest discussions from Dr. Bonnie Henry and the World Health Organization: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-s-top-doctor-considers-recommending-face-masks-1.4878725
April 2 – A&W deliver thousands of free meals to hospital workers
Over the past week, A&W franchisees and restaurant staff have delivered thousands of free meals to hospital workers throughout the lower mainland.
April 1 – #FrontlineHeroes: Megan Fackler-Jensen
Join us at 7 p.m. tonight on our social channels as we salute Megan Fackler-Jensen.
As a 911 EMS/Fire Dispatcher, Megan is pulling double shifts to keep up with demand right now, while balancing three kids at home.
April 1 – Provincial government provides update
53 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in British Columbia and one additional person has died, health officials in the province announced Wednesday.
April 1 – Media roundtable with Axel Schuster and Marc Dos Santos
Whitecaps FC conducted a media roundtable this morning with sporting director Axel Schuster and head coach Marc Dos Santos.
Watch the roundtable here: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2020/04/01/media-roundtable-axel-schuster-and-marc-dos-santos?autoplay=true
April 1 – Trudeau looking to recall Parliament once again to consider expanded COVID-19 aid
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked members of his cabinet to reach out to opposition parties about bringing back Parliament once again, to consider the expansions being made to COVID-19 financial aid.
April 1 – BMO leads discussion on the state of the economy
If you’re interested in hearing what experts are saying about the state of the economy and what businesses need to do to adapt in response to COVID-19, BMO CEO Darryl White led a discussion on the topic following yesterday’s AGM.
April 1 – Fresh St. Market provides support to seniors and Girl Guides
Fresh St. Market stores are holding an early morning shopping hour every Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., providing a clean and low stress environment for seniors and high risk individuals that are most vulnerable. They will also be selling Girl Guide Cookies starting today to help support the Girl Guides in our community while they cannot sell cookies due to physical distancing requirements. Find their store locations at: www.freshstmarket.com
March 31 – #FrontlineHeroes: Adriaan Windt
Join us at 7 p.m. PT tonight on our social media platforms as we salute Adriaan Windt. A die-hard Whitecaps fan, Dr. Windt is spearheading the effort against COVID-19 to keep healthcare workers and residents in Abbotsford safe.
March 31 – Bell Let’s Talk provide funding to organizations delivering mental health support
Last week, Bell Let’s Talk announced new funding of five million dollars for five organizations delivering mental health supports to youth, families, and communities in the COVID-19 crisis. More information here: https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/get-help
Follow resources and updates from Bell Let’s Talk: https://twitter.com/Bell_LetsTalk
March 31 – Waste disposal protocols for your city
CTV have listed waste protocols for various cities in the Lower Mainland. In Vancouver, garbage and green bin collection is continuing on its usual schedule but people are being asked to set their bins out only when full. Any personal waste including things like used tissues, wipes, or face masks must be put in plastic bags and tied securely before being placed in the garbage bin.
March 30 – #FrontlineHeroes: Paul Dhillon
Tonight at 7 p.m., join us across Whitecaps FC social media channels in saluting Paul Dhillon. Dhillon and his colleagues at Sechelt ER are working 12 hour shifts fighting COVID-19.
March 30 – League unveils MLS Unites campaign
Major League Soccer today unveiled MLS Unites, a league-wide platform that highlights all of the efforts that MLS players, coaches, clubs and the league are doing to address the important messages and programs taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new initiative was launched in partnership with the Major League Soccer Players Association.
March 30 – Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. step up to help battle COVID-19
Phillips Brewery have stepped up for their community. They are making face shields using their 3D printer for emergency workers battling COVID-19, as well as using the alcohol byproduct from their distillery to create hand sanitizer.
March 30 – MDS speaks on Manager’s Mondays on TSN 1040
Whitecaps FC head coach Marc Dos Santos did his regular Monday interview on TSN 1040 Radio with Halford & Brough. With the continued break from league matches, the hosts spent time asking MDS about coaching influences and style of play.
March 29 – To donate to Canadian Blood Services visit blood.ca
March 29 – Stanley Park’s Nine O’Clock Gun will fire at 7 p.m.
Stanley Park’s iconic Nine O’Clock Gun will fire at 7 p.m., two hours earlier than usual, in honour of healthcare and frontline workers from March 30 to the end of April.
March 29 – #FrontlineHeroes: Gordon Fraser
Tonight at 7 p.m., join us across Whitecaps FC social media channels in saluting Gordon Fraser. Nominated by his best friend Shayne (left), Gordon (right) works seven days a week as both a paramedic and firefighter on Salt Spring Island.
March 29 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC Cascadia Classics on TSN
Tonight at 6 p.m. PT, TSN2 will re-broadcast the Cascadia Cup match between Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC from August 1, 2015. Over 53,000 fans enjoyed the game at CenturyLink Field.
March 29 – Prime minister announces $7.5M for children, $9M for seniors in COVID-19 support
The federal government has pledged $7.5 million in funding to Kids Help Phone to provide mental health support to children and youth impacted by school closures and reduced access to social support and community resources. The government will also boost aid for Canadian seniors, contributing $9 million through United Way Canada to help the country's older population get groceries, medication and other critical items.
March 28 – VWFC first team players encourage everyone to #StayHome
March 28 – The Canadian Press reports on how Whitecaps FC are connecting with the community during pandemic
The CP story details how the club is taking care of more than business during this time. In addition to calling more than 300 members daily, staff have also taken time to reach out to people they know who may feel isolated to see how they are. Click here for the full story.
March 28 – Domestic travel restriction for those with symptoms to take effect on Monday, March 30
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Saturday that restrictions on domestic travel by air and rail for any travellers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will take effect beginning on Monday, March 30. Click here for more details.
March 27 – B.C. virus growth rate “positively impacted” by public health measures
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and deputy minister of health Stephen Brown provided an update on Thursday. It was reported that the daily growth rate in cases is being “positively impacted” by public health measures such as physical distancing. Henry also cautioned that “we are not out of the woods by any means yet.”
March 27 – Nash leads first team workout, takes over Whitecaps FC Instagram
Whitecaps FC co-owner Steve Nash co-led the first team at-home fitness session alongside head of physical preparation Jon Poli over video conference this morning. Nash, a two-time NBA MVP, also took over the Whitecaps FC Instagram account live throughout the workout.
March 27 – BMO take measures to support customers and staff
During this difficult time, BMO has taken a number of measures to support their customers and staff. Among their initiatives are flexible customer relief programs to navigate financial challenges, support for seniors and vulnerable groups, and helping employees who need to work at work.
March 27 – CTV catches up with Vanni Sartini and his family
CTV checked in with assistant coach Vanni Sartini to see how he and his family in Italy are doing: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1929712
March 26 – Help us recognize healthcare and frontline workers
If you know a healthcare or frontline worker in our community who deserves some love, let us know. Send in your nominations to whitecapsfc.com/frontlineheroes.
March 26 – Payworks provides resource to businesses for Temporary Wage Subsidy
On March 18, 2020, the Canada Revenue Agency announced a Temporary Wage Subsidy in response to the challenges businesses across the country are facing in the wake of COVID-19. Payworks has provided a convenient Temporary Wage Subsidy Calculator for clients who are eligible.
March 26 – CEO Mark Pannes speaks with Sportsnet 650
Whitecaps FC chief executive officer Mark Pannes was on Sportsnet 650 with Dan Riccio and Josh Goldberg on Wednesday to discuss the latest with the club and league: https://www.sportsnet.ca/650/reach-deep/mark-pannes-discusses-whitecaps-dealt-covid-19
March 26 – Commissioner Don Garber speaks with ESPN FC
MLS Commissioner Don Garber spoke with ESPN FC on the continued focus to play a full 34-match schedule: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/03/24/major-league-soccer-commissioner-don-garber-league-still-focused-playing-34-game
March 26 – Tos' joins in thanking frontline workers
Tosaint Ricketts took to his patio last night to join in thanking our frontline workers for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://twitter.com/TosaintRicketts/status/1243001861931597825?s=20
March 25 – Dr. Jim Bovard talks to Whitecaps FC MLS Academy and Girls Elite REX players
To ensure all members of the Whitecaps FC organization are briefed with the latest medical guidance, chief medical officer Dr. Jim Bovard presented online and answered questions for parents and players from the MLS Academy, Girls Elite REX, Pre-Academy, and Pre-Girls Elite programs.
March 25 – The Province and The Vancouver Sun provide COVID-19 daily updates via newsletter
The Province and The Vancouver Sun newspapers have launched a regular daily newsletter on COVID-19 to help keep people informed.
More information on the newsletter and how to sign up is available here: https://theprovince.com/news/local-news/covid-19-sign-up-to-receive-our-daily-newsletter-in-your-inbox/wcm/f888d927-e76b-4a0e-82e6-90ad3770a199
March 25 – Daily Hive offers free social advertising to local businesses
Daily Hive are doing their part to help small businesses in need. The organization is offering free social advertising to local businesses.
More here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B97jjXWpqET
March 25 – MLS training moratorium continues through April 3
Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, April 3. MLS training facilities remain closed to all players and staff with the exception of players requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation, under the direction of the team medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of their residence.
March 24 – Whitecaps FC provide update to media
Whitecaps FC chief medical officer Dr. Jim Bovard and chief executive officer Mark Pannes were on a media call this morning updating the club’s latest.
MLSsoccer.com posted a story on how the club is managing mental health: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/03/24/how-mls-teams-are-managing-players-mental-health-during-social-distancing.
March 24 – IOC agrees to postpone Olympics up to a year
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach have agreed to postpone the Tokyo Olympics to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021: https://www.tsn.ca/ioc-agrees-to-postpone-olympics-up-to-a-year-1.1460025
March 24 – Whitecaps FC join forces with Doctors of BC to support #StayHome message
Whitecaps FC are joining forces with Doctors of BC to support the message to #StayHome.
March 23 – City of Vancouver approves new fines of up to $50,000 for not following physical distancing
Vancouver City Council have approved new fines of up to $50,000 for not following physical distancing protocols.
March 23 – City of Vancouver closes recreational areas, votes on new bylaws for fines
City Council is meeting on Monday to vote on new bylaws that will allow the city to fine business who do not comply with orders to close to the public. Park staff have also closed playing fields and courts, as well as parking lots at parks.
March 23 – Team Canada announces decision to be absent from the Olympic Games if held in 2020
Team Canada on Sunday evening asked the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With that decision, Team Canada became the first National Olympic Committee to say that its athletes will not compete at Tokyo 2020 if the Games go ahead as scheduled.
March 22 - VWFC team physician Dr. Bovard provided a COVID-19 update
Earlier today, sporting director Axel Schuster and team physician Dr. Bovard provided a COVID-19 update with Q&A for all first team players. Dr. Bovard will provide a similar update to club employees this week.
March 22 - IOC sets deadline for Olympics postponement decision
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has set a mid-April deadline for a decision regarding potential postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Summer Games are currently scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9: https://www.tsn.ca/ioc-sets-deadline-for-olympics-postponement-decision-1.1459607
March 22 – Doctors urge public to follow protocols to stay home
CTV reported on a message from local doctors urging the public stay home and follow public health protocols to help stop the spread of COVID-19: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.4863154
March 21 – Provincial government provides latest update on COVID-19
The provincial government provided the latest update on COVID-19 at a briefing on Saturday afternoon: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0101-000538
The government also provided a breakdown of the virus distribution by date and age: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Epidemic_Curve_Age_Distribution_March_20_2020.pdf
March 21 – MLS targets May 10 return date
In accordance with CDC recommendations, MLS announced earlier this week that the league would target a May 10 return to match play.
March 21 – Member of BC Lions football operations department tests positive for COVID-19
The BC Lions Football Club was alerted on Friday evening that a member of the club’s football operations department tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The employee was last at club headquarters on Friday, March 13 and is currently in isolation at home.
March 20 – MLS extends team training moratorium
Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 27. During this time, MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market and have been advised to exercise safe physical distancing measures
March 20 – City of Vancouver orders restaurants and playgrounds to close
Mayor Kennedy Stewart announced on Friday that all restaurants in Vancouver must close unless they can provide takeout and delivery options. All 166 playgrounds in Vancouver will also be closing in order to minimize public gatherings. CTV has more information here: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-orders-all-restaurant-table-service-to-shut-down-closes-playgrounds-1.4861836
March 20 – LAFC mourn the passing of 34-year-old supporter due to COVID-19
Please join in sending our best wishes to the family of a 34-year-old LAFC supporter who passed due to complications from COVID-19: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/03/20/lafc-mourn-loss-34-year-old-supporter-jeff-ghazarian-after-battle-against-covid-19
March 19 – BC Soccer provides update on operations and logistics
BC Soccer have provided an operations and logistics update: https://bcsoccer.net/news/post/bc-soccer-operations-and-logistics-update-march-19
March 19 – NYCFC confirm COVID-19 case in club’s sporting department
MLS side New York City FC announced on Thursday that a member of the club’s sporting department had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is said by the club to be feeling well after exhibiting mild symptoms and is currently observing appropriate isolation protocols. More here: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/03/19/nycfc-confirm-first-case-covid-19-clubs-sporting-department
March 19 – RSL make donation to local food bank
The RSL Foundation will be making a donation to their local food bank with food intended for Real Salt Lake matches that have since been postponed. More here: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/03/19/rsl-foundation-makes-donation-utah-food-bank-help-those-impacted-covid-19
March 19 – Whitecaps FC statement on the extension of the suspension of MLS matches
We fully support the decision announced today by MLS to extend the suspension of matches in accordance with public health recommendations . The most important priority is, and always will be, the health and safety of our players, staff, supporters, partners, and the public. We will continue to work with the league to get back on the pitch as soon as it is safe to do so. We greatly appreciate the support and patience of our fans. We are all in this together and we will get through this, stronger as a community.
March 19 – MLS extends the suspension of all matches
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that it was extending the suspension of all matches, with a target return date of May 10. The extension was made in accordance with Sunday's guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cancel all mass gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. The league said it remains intent on completing the full 2020 season schedule.
March 18 – Pannes and Schuster speak on TSN soccer show
Whitecaps FC chief executive officer Mark Pannes and sporting director Axel Schuster spoke as part of a COVID-19 soccer special on TSN.
March 18 – British Columbia declares state of emergency
Following the provincial government’s declaration of a public health emergency on Tuesday, public safety minister Mike Farnworth declared a state of emergency on Wednesday. CTV has posted more information here: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-declares-provincial-state-of-emergency-over-covid-19-pandemic-1.4858343
March 18 – Canadian government announces $82B in direct aid
The Canadian government announced on Wednesday that it is prepared to spend a combined $82 billion on direct financial help and economic stimulus in response to the COVID-19 crisis. More here: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/canada-u-s-border-closing-82b-in-direct-aid-and-stimulus-coming-trudeau-1.4857881
March 18 – Sounders FC staff member recovering and in good spirits
The Seattle Sounders FC staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 is feeling better and on the road to recovery, according to general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerway. More here: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/03/18/garth-lagerwey-seattle-sounders-staffer-covid-19-recovering-good-spirits
March 17 – British Columbia declares public health emergency
British Columbia declared a public health emergency on Tuesday following recent developments related to COVID-19. CTV has posted initial information from the press conference here: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/health-emergency-declared-in-b-c-following-3-more-covid-deaths-83-new-cases-1.4857078
March 17 – International tournaments moved to 2021
March 16 – Whitecaps FC Official Store closed until further notice
As part of the club’s wider response to COVID-19, the Official Whitecaps FC Store in Gastown will be closed until further notice. The online store remains available at whitecapsfc.com/shop.
March 16 – BC creates dedicated COVID-19 phone service
BC has created a dedicated phone service for non-medical information about COVID-19 (including travel, physical distancing, other supports). This will allow health care workers on 811 to support more people with symptoms or with other health issues. 1-888-COVID19 is open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT.
March 16 – Canada closes border to non-Canadian, U.S. citizens
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that the border would be closed to non-Canadian citizens, with certain exemptions including U.S. citizens. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed into the country. CTV has posted some of the initial updates: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus.
March 16 – Whitecaps FC NSDC remains closed
While the Whitecaps FC National Soccer Development Centre remains closed this week, cleaning staff have been continuing to disinfect the facility.
For more information and health guidelines on COVID-19, go to https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
March 15 – MLS extends team training moratorium through Friday, March 20
Major League Soccer announced on Sunday that the league has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 20. MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, and have been advised to exercise safe physical distancing measures.
MLS is working with public health authorities, in collaboration with the MLS clubs, the MLS Players Association, and in consultation with the other North American professional sports leagues to finalize a protocol that would permit players to access training facilities for rehab or individual training under safe conditions during the team training moratorium.
March 15 – MLS commissioner Don Garber shares message with supporters
MLS Commissioner Don Garber shared a message with supporters in the wake of the league suspending matches for 30 days as it assesses the impact of COVID-19 (the coronavirus). Read the letter HERE.
For more information and health guidelines on COVID-19, go to https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
March 14 – MLS provides essential information for fans
As MLS suspends match play for 30 days to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the league has provided essential information for fans, reiterating a commitment to honour tickets for all rescheduled matches:
All tickets for postponed games will be honoured when they are played later in the season. If you already have a ticket to a match, that existing ticket will grant admission to the rescheduled contest and no further action is needed. For any other questions or further information, fans should contact their club's customer service department.
March 14 – Whitecaps FC donate meals to the Vancouver Food Bank
With Saturday’s match versus Colorado Rapids postponed, Whitecaps FC team staff have arranged with the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel to donate the planned team meals to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Ed Georgica, head of first team operations and facilities, was featured in a MLSsoccer.com article about the club’s donation.
March 14 - Schuster discusses club's contingency plans
The Province published an article featuring Whitecaps FC sporting director Axel Schuster speaking on the club’s contingency plans.
March 13 – Canada Soccer announces suspension of all sanctioned soccer
Canada Soccer has suspended all sanctioned soccer activities with immediate effect after consultation with the Canada Soccer Sport Medicine Committee, public health authorities and the Provincial and Territorial Member Associations. The Canada Soccer decision impacts all domestic soccer activity as well as National Teams across all age groups with the decision crucial to ensure the safety of our players, coaches, officials, staff and fans.
March 13 – FIFA changes call-up policy for international window
In light of the current situation concerning the Coronavirus, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided that the general football rules which normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches will not apply for the up-coming international windows in March/April.
To avoid any unnecessary health risks and also situations of potential sporting unfairness, we therefore recommend that all international matches previously scheduled to take place in March and April should now be postponed until such time that they can take place in a safe and secure environment, both for players and for the general public. The final decision on this issue rests with the respective competition organisers or relevant member association in case of friendlies.
March 13 – Concacaf suspends all competitions for 30 days
The confederation announced on Friday that all Concacaf competitions have been suspended for the next 30 days. This includes:
- 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifiers
- 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League
- First Round of the Concacaf 2021 Gold Cup Qualifiers (due to be played in the March 2020 FIFA Window)
- 2020 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield
March 13 – Whitecaps FC implement remote working policy
In alignment with MLS, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be implementing a remote working policy for staff starting on March 16 in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The club’s Front Office will remain open during normal business hours.
March 13 – MLS institutes training moratorium
MLS instituted a team training moratorium for all of its clubs beginning on Friday, March 13 and running through Sunday, March 15 as the league continues to review training protocols to ensure a safe environment for players and staff in the wake of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
March 13 – Canada Soccer cancels upcoming international friendly matches
With the best interest of the safety of players, coaches, officials, staff, and fans, Canada Soccer has canceled upcoming home international matches in British Columbia on the FIFA calendar. The three affected matches are 27 and 31 March on Vancouver Island at Westhills Stadium and 14 April in Vancouver at BC Place.
March 13 – BC Soccer Premier League cancels March 14-15 matches
The league made the following statement on Friday:
Following consultation with our clubs, and BC Soccer, all BCSPL games scheduled for March 14-15 have been cancelled. We're in communication with all stakeholders on a daily basis to monitor and assess the current health situation as it relates to future BCSPL play.
March 12 – BC Soccer amends protocols
BC Soccer is advising all members and affiliated clubs to not proceed with sanctioned soccer activity where there will be 250 or more people in attendance.
March 12 – BC Place makes statement
BC Place made the following statement on Thursday:
The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Following the Province of British Columbia’s directive to temporarily cancel mass gatherings (250 people or more) during the COVID-19 outbreak, major events scheduled for the immediate future at BC Place will not proceed until further notice. The situation is evolving quickly and we are working diligently with our event partners to confirm any information that we can share. Guests are encouraged to keep their tickets until further information becomes available. Thank you for your continued support!
March 12 – Provincial government provides update
In response to the latest developments with COVID-19, the provincial government announced on Thursday that they are directing event organizers to cancel any events or gathering larger than 250 people.
The government is also recommending against any non-essential travel outside of Canada, including the United States.
March 12 – MLS first team training
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC first team will have three days off and are scheduled to resume training at the Whitecaps FC National Soccer Development Centre on Monday, March 16.
March 12 – All Whitecaps FC youth programs suspended through the end of March
Given the latest information and current situation across the country, and in the best interests of our players, families, officials, and staff, Whitecaps FC have made the decision to suspend all youth programs through the end of March.
- Development Squad, MLS Academy, including the GA Cup, and Girls Elite REX training
- National Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centre training
- Spring Skills Camps from March 16-27 have been cancelled
- The Academy Centre Combine from March 15-19 has been postponed to November 1 to 5
- The adidas Cup from April 4-5 has been postponed. We are actively working on new dates and will reach out once confirmed
E-mail communication is being sent to all players, parents, and participants. If you have any questions, please contact the club or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 12 – MLS suspends season for 30 days
Vancouver Whitecaps FC supports Major League Soccer’s suspension of matches for 30 days due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.
The health and safety of our supporters, fans, players, and staff is our top priority. We will continue to follow the guidance of health authorities and MLS to ensure that appropriate procedures are in place to protect our community. We appreciate the understanding and patience of our supporters and fans at this unprecedented time.
All tickets will be honoured for rescheduled dates. Additional communication will be sent to ticket holders as soon as possible.
For more information and regular updates, please check back daily at whitecapsfc.com.
March 10 – eMLS Cup postponed
MLS announced on Tuesday that eMLS Cup, which was scheduled to take place in Austin, Texas on March 21, has been postponed. eMLS Cup was set to be a part of the South by Southwest festival before it was canceled amid concerns surrounding the spread of coronvavirus (COVID-19).
UPDATE: June 10, 2020 - Major League Soccer announced it will restart the 2020 season with all 26 MLS clubs competing in the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning Wednesday, July 8. Each team will play three group stage matches counting towards the regular season, followed by a knockout stage. Whitecaps FC will play Seattle Sounders FC, FC Dallas, and San Jose Earthquakes.
Upon completion of the tournament, MLS plans to continue its regular season with a revised schedule in home markets. The revised schedule may see certain matches from the original 2020 MLS regular season schedule being cancelled or rescheduled. The final number of matches and the schedule for the remainder of the 2020 MLS regular season and related ticket policies will be announced in the coming weeks.
Anyone who has paid in full for 2020 season tickets will not be charged further when payments restart in September 2020 for the 2021 season, pending the use of tickets for any home matches played during the remainder of the 2020 season.
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- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
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