2020-21 Modified Rules - Boarded


This document includes information on the following:

  •  Requirements
    • Mandatory Health Checks
  • Masks/Face Coverings
  • Eligibility
  • Call-ups/Guest Players
  • Player Transfers
  • Game Sheets
  • Game Sheet and ID card Procedures
  • Post-game Procedures
  • Game Day Managers Responsibilities 
  • Guidance for Spectators
  • Contact Tracing
  • Hygiene
  • Discipline/Suspensions
  • First-Aid/Rapid Response
  • Sport Cohorts
  • CWSA's Response Action Plan



From the Alberta Soccer Return to Play 2020-21 Indoor Published Adjustments to Rules of Play

CWSA has implemented a single referee system for the Indoor 2020-21 season

  • If a referee is assigned to a boarded game as a single referee the following modifications will apply:

- There will be no stop time in the last minute of each half, the score will not be displayed on the clock.
- Time penalties will be timed on the score clock or the referees watch and will not be stopped time.
- A 2-minute penalty will be served as 3 minutes of clock time and a 5-minute penalty will be served as 6 minutes of clock time.
- Players will not return to the field until given permission by the referee.

Drop Ball Procedure

To align with the Laws of the Game and to minimize player contact during COVID, the drop ball procedure will be as follows: 

  • The ball is dropped for the defending team goalkeeper in their penalty area if, when play was stopped:
    • the ball was in the penalty area or
    • the last touch of the ball was in the penalty area
  • In all other cases, the referee drops the ball for one player of the team that last touched the ball at the position where it last touched a player or an outside agent.
  • All other players (of both teams) must remain at least 4 m (4.5 yds) from the ball until it is in play
  • The ball is in play when it touches the ground.

Stopping play if the referee cannot maintain physical distancing from the players.

If play becomes congested along the boards and the referee is not able to maintain physical distancing between themselves and the players, the referee has the option to stop play. The restart will be an indirect free kick to the team that was in possession when play was stopped. This restart is intended to be for possession only and the referee should encourage the teams to simply tap the ball to a team mate to restart with possession and not set up any goal scoring opportunities.

Mask Protocols


  • Masks are to be worn upon entering the building, up until the player steps onto the field. As soon as the game finishes all players must put on their masks BEFORE leaving the field.


  • Masks are to be worn 100% of the time while within the facility


  • Masks are to be worn 100% of the time while within the facility

All masks must cover the nose and the mouth.

Do not pull down your mask or take if off when speaking to other people


Facility Rules

The Calgary Soccer Centre -  COVID Health & Safety Information

  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes before game time
  • Spectators are limited to 10 or less per team to reduce crowding
    • It is the responsibility of each team to manage the numbers and behaviour of their spectators
  • Players should come dressed in gear
    • Don't gather or loiter in dressing rooms, parking areas or public areas before, during or after your activity
    • Leave the location as soon as your activities end to reduce overlap of bookings
  • Participants must bring their own water

In the Soccer Centre, you must wear a mask whenever you are not actively engaging in a physical activity.
For example, masks must be worn:

  • In change rooms
  • In the lobby
  • When you're traveling to other areas in the facility
  • If you're coaching
  • If you are a spectator


Crescent Point Regional Fieldhouse (Okotoks)

  • Dressing rooms are NOT available
  • NO access through main building doors. Team members should consult the below map to determine which door they must enter through (based on the field they are scheduled to play on)
  • Doors will be locked until 15 minutes before game time. 
  • Spectators are NOT PERMITTED



Quick Links:

Pre-game COVID-19 Symptoms checklist for Players/Team Officials/Referees

Team Official pre-game checklist

Player pre-game checklist



Alberta Soccer COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Guidance for Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity

Guidance for Cohorts

Alberta Isolation Requirements

COVID-19 Self Assessment for Albertans


 Please contact the CWSA Office if you have any questions ( &

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