Please read carefully (here) our modifed rules for Halifax PLAYS Soccer, developed in light of the COVID-19. However, be advised these rules are likely to change during the season, depending on how circustances evolve. From these, key notes apply to both Wednesday & Saturday offerings:
  • 10 Players Max Each Game: To stay within the social distancing guidelines, there will be no more than 10 players in any given game, including subs. By default, games will be 4-a-side, with teams able to chose to go 5-a-side if they wish (but not beyond).
  • Stay Within Your Groups: The field will be divided into 4 quarters, each set up to be 6+ feet apaprt. Players will know in advance which quarter to go to & should stick to only that quarter. Outside of organizers/ some volunteers, there will be no walking between different groups.
  • Only Volunteers to Set Up/ Dismantle Fields: We alway appreciate the many players who step up to help with fields before & after games. To minimize surface contact in light of COVID-19, set- up will be done oly by designated volunteers for the  season.
  • Contact Tracing: To mitigate risks of community transmission, it will be important to keep track of who attends which games. For our Saturday pick-up program, this will be done via the Bloxo app, and for Wednesdays, we will work with team captains to ensure this is done.
  • Non-Competitive Play: Per Soccer NS's guidance, games will be non-competitive this season, meaning scores do not count. Physical contact should also be minimal... Keep it fun & casual!
  • Minimize Contact: As noted above, players should try to minimize physical contact when playing, for instance by avoiding use of their body for position or slide tackles. Similarly, high fives, handshakes or similar celebrations should be avoided... We recommed air high fives!
  • Bring Your Own Equipment: Players are not permitted to share personal equipment, such as food, drinks or water bottlers to other players during our games.
  • General Gameplay Rules: As those familiar with our socce programs will know, there are also some general gameplay rules to follows, such as using kick-ins instead of throw-ins, having no slide tackles in any circumstance, any indirect free kicks & more. Read more here.

As always, the spirit of the rules is above all to: Have fun & be safe, treat all players with dignity and respect, and keep competition secondary to having a good time. Gross unsportsmanlike conduct, such as the utterance of racial, religious or sexist slurs, the instigation of fights, or doing illegal activity in facilities rented by the league can result in suspension or expulsion from our league with no refund, at the discretion of league executives & the Halifax PLAYS Board.

We also encourage players to contact with suggestions for how rules can be further amended and improved. In fact, almost all our rules have at some point been made with the consultation and/ or voting approval of former players and captains.

Halifax Plays,
Jan 22, 2015, 2:16 PM