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Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guide

Review and Download the Return to Play Guide

The Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guide/Plan consists of a three-phase approach that includes:

Phase 1: Return to Training (modified training)  

Conditions: All Phase 1 Return to Train conditions are met

Restrictions: No contact, no league, exhibition, festival or tournament games

Phase 2: Return to Training and Modified Games (enhanced training & modified games)

Conditions: All Phase 2 Return to Train conditions are met

Inter-squad and Intra-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

Restrictions: None

The phases outlined above apply equally to all recreational, competitive and high performance level soccer.

Note: Ontario Soccer will determine timelines for each Phase in alignment with the Province of Ontario provincial health authorities involving government orders, restrictions and guidelines. This will be communicated via future Action Bulletins when applicable.

The Return to Play Guide also includes:

  • Training and Competition Recommendations & Guidelines for Soccer Organizations                                                                
  • Recommendations and Guidelines for Players       
  • Recommendations and Guidelines for Parents
  • Recommendations and Guidelines for Coaching                                        
  • Recommendations and Guidelines for Match Officials      

Additionally there is information on:

  • Equipment Safety                                                    
  • Provide a Safe and Clean Environment - Fields, Clubhouse, Offices 
  • Risk Management and Insurance                             
  • Emergency Response Plan                                       
  • Legal Considerations

Ontario Soccer has also included information on Technical Resources, such as Sample Training Sessions, Return to Play Participant waivers, which may be used by your organization and links to COVID-19 Public Health Resources.

Documents for Ontario Soccer Membership

Please ensure that content used cannot be used in a manner that does not align with Ontario Soccer and the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 directives, protocols and guidelines that are in place now and in the future.