Player Safety

Playing Smart Soccer is a Safety Program of the Thinkfirst Foundation of Canada that has worked in conjunction with the Canadian Soccer Association (“CSA”).   Follow this link, Playing Smart Soccer to get to the resource guide.  

The guide covers a wide range of wellness considerations such as health, nutrition and injuries. Of particular note are the references for concussions (page 9 of the guide). 

Canada Soccer Guide to Safety

Canada Soccer's Comprehensive guide that covers:
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Child protection
  • Responsible coaching movement
  • Anti-doping
  • Injury and return to play
  • Facility and equipment safety
  • Additional Policies
  • Psychological safety
  • Resources for children
  • Tolls and templates 
Link to the Guide: Canada Soccer Guide to Safety

BC Soccer Concussion Information and Guidelines

Concussions are serious, and WVFC believes it is very important to be informed when dealing with head injuries. The following is information from BC Soccer.  

Return to Play
A typical Return to Play process will be made up of 6 steps. There must be a minimum of 24 hours before each step is assessed although this could be considerably longer than 24 hours. Oversight should be provided by a medical professional.  The 6 step process can be found in the document attached to the following link:

Resources - Canada Soccer Concussion Guidelines

WVFC Concussion Safety

Dear WVFC Parents and Volunteers

Player safety is the top priority for West Van FC.  While some injuries sustained during games are quite easy to diagnose and treat, concussions can often be overlooked, and have the potential for long term ramifications.  

In order to ensure our players' safety, we expect our club volunteers and parents to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of concussion, and understand the protocol for handling a concussion.  If our coaches, managers and parents are educated about concussions, then if a player sustains a head injury while playing soccer, team officials and parents will be able assess the situation appropriately.

Concussions are caused by a blow to the head.  It can be caused by impact with another player's body, the ground, or equipment.  When a player has experienced any blow to the head, please look for the following symptoms:
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • daze, confusion or disorientation
  • seeing stars
  • sensitivity to light
  • nausea & vomiting
  • ringing in ears
  • tiredness and irritability
  • poor concentration
  • slurred speech
  • poor coordination or balance
If a player is experiencing any of these symptoms they should not continue to play, and should seek a medical professional's diagnosis. 

Parents, if your doctor diagnoses a concussion, please report that to the coach, manager and the club ( The doctor should communicate with the parent to determine when the player has recovered from the concussion, and can safely return to soccer activities.  

We ask all of our coaches, managers and parents to take a few minutes to check out this online concussion tool.  Educating our parents and volunteers about this important issue is the best way to protect our players. 

Thank you for taking the time to educate yourself.  Together we can make soccer fun and safe for all of our members.



CATT: Concussion Awareness Training Tool

The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) includes three tool kits providing training in the recognition, treatment and management of concussion for: 1) Medical Professionals; (2) Parents, Players, and Coaches; and (3) School Professionals.  

CATT is free, accessible and regularly updated with evidence-based information and resources. Each toolkit includes a self-paced learning module as well as tailored resources relevant to the specific audience.

Note: CATT will be updated to incorporate the 5th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport shortly

The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends that anyone involved in child and youth sport should be educated about the signs and symptoms of concussion and the appropriate management of a child with a concussion.

Responding to Injuries and Emergencies

  1. Safety Personnel – Many teams find it very useful to have designated safety personnel, preferably a parent with first aid or medical experience. For any emergency or life threatening injury never hesitate to call 911.  
  2. Medical Information and Emergency Contact Information - The club will be sending out to all teams a list of team members, medical numbers, emergency contact information and any specific medical information which was disclosed on the player’s registration – please keep these records in confidence to be used in an emergency and please ensure you have up-to-date emergency contact information for all players. 
  3. First aid kits – many of you already have first aid kits for your bench, which is great –the Playing Smart Soccer guide includes a suggested list of components for such kits.  Plenty of ice and cold packs are a must. For our girls’ teams, we suggest you also include sanitary supplies in your kits. 
  4. Administering Medications - Coaches and managers should NOT, under any circumstance, administer medications to players – over the counter medications such as Tylenol and Advil may be kept in the team kit however ONLY administered to a player by his/her parent. Personal player medications such as inhalers for asthma may be held for the player, but only administered by the player or his/her parent.
  5. Players with Pre-existing medical conditionsfor any player with a pre-existing medical condition (eg. asthma, anaphalactic reactions, diabetes, etc.), which should be declared on our Registration Forms, (refer item b above), the parents should be advised team personnel are not authorized to administer medications; please ensure you clarify with the parent(s) the steps the child/parent will be taking in the event of a medical problem arising. For any emergency or life threatening injury never hesitate to call 911.
  6. Walk-in Clinics and Emergency Departments - it is mandatory for all coaches and managers, or safety personnel, to know exactly where the nearest walk-in clinic and/or hospital is located when going to soccer fields both within and outside West Vancouver.

EAP - Emergency Action Plan



The BC Soccer Association provides coverage to players and members from our insurance provider All Sport Insurance. Full details, including the extent of coverage, process for making a claim and Accident Claim Forms, can be found on BC Soccer’s website:
When on the website, go to Member Services and then with the drop down menu find Insurance.