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Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and the Government of Ontario, continues to monitor the most recent developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the resulting public health crisis and Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play Plan.
The Government of Ontario recently announced its plan for Stage 3 for the regional re-opening of the economy, which will commence on Friday, July 17, 2020
Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce that Phase 2 of the Ontario Soccer Return to Play Plan will now commence for approved regions across the province.
According to the Government of Ontario, the following Public Health Unit regions can begin Phase 2 of Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play Plan:
The following regions are not yet cleared to begin Phase 2 of the Ontario Soccer Return to Play Plan, as additional time is required by the Government of Ontario to assess and approved these Public Health Units:
Districts, Clubs and Academies are responsible for determining which Public Health Unit their District boundaries reside.
Ontario Soccer has reviewed the announcement and how it impacts the Ontario Soccer Return to Play Plan with Canada Soccer and the relevant Government authorities.
Organizations, which have already completed the Return to Play protocols, or have already begun Phase 1 of Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play Plan, may now move to Phase 2 when they are ready to do so and their region is approved by the Government of Ontario.
There have been several updates to Phase 2, based on the Government of Ontario’s recent announcement.
Please refer to the updated Return to Play Guide for specifics on health and safety protocols and recommendations as part of Ontario Soccer’s Phase 2 of Return to Play.
Organizations which have not yet completed the Return to Play protocols, must complete the following three (3) critical sport specific steps, prior to commencing soccer activity in Phase 2.
Once complete organizations may move to Phase 2 when they are ready to do so.
The following critical sport specific steps, which your organization must complete, are as follows:
Organizations which have not yet received the Canada Soccer Risk Assessment Tool, should contact Patty Forbes, Director, Administrator for access.
The Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guide/Plan details the specifics for Phase 2 and Phase 3:
Phase 2: Return to Training and Modified Games (enhanced training & modified games)
Conditions: All Phase 2 Return to Train conditions are met
Inter-squad modified games permitted (only within the Club/Academy)
Restrictions: No league, exhibition, festival or tournament games
Phase 3: Return to Soccer (regular competition, games and training)
Conditions: Social distancing restrictions have been lifted
The phases outlined above apply equally to all recreational, competitive and high performance level soccer.
Ontario Soccer will be providing a Phase 2 webinar to review Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play – Phase 2 details and answer questions on the following dates:
For further questions, please refer to the latest bulletins on the COVID-19 Updates page, which has all the latest information from Ontario Soccer, as well as resources for your members. Please consider placing a dedicated link to the COVID-19 Updates on the homepage on your website.
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If you have any questions, please contact Patty Forbes, Director of Administration.