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Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guide

Review and Download the Return to Play Guide

Recent Updates to the Return to Play Guide

Oct. 16, 2020

  • New Appendices Added - Page 80 - Return to Office Protocols and Return to Work Questionnaire included for member use. 
  • Region Specific Update Notice - Page 79 - York Region included in the areas moved into Phase 1 of Return to Play

Oct. 9, 2020

The Government of Ontario announced today that it is taking further steps to curb the spread of COVID-19 in what it has deemed as ‘hotspot’ communities.

Today’s announcement comes with tighter public health restrictions to organized team sports.

Effective Saturday October 10, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. for 28 days, the Government of Ontario has stated the following regions are affected by today’s announcement:  

  • Toronto
  • Peel Region
  • Ottawa  

Ontario Soccer has reviewed today’s announcement and the regions defined by the Government of Ontario as hotspots are now only permitted to participate in training activities, with no games or competition permitted.

As well, social gathering limits and organized public event limits have been adjusted to 10 people for indoor and 25 for outdoor activities in these regions. (Page 7)

Sept. 14, 2020

  • Trials, Try outs and Open Evaluations (Page 10)
  • Information about drop kicks (Page 20) 

Sept. 1, 2020

  • Forms of competition: Exhibition Games, Tournaments / Festivals, League Play and Trials and Open Evaluation. 
  • Competition with other organizations: Clubs/Academies can now participate in modified games with other Clubs/Academies in their defined region. 
  • Registration: Without exception, all participants participating in outdoor or indoor competition must be registered in OSCAR at the competition level they are entering. 
  • All changes be found on Pages 8-10 and Pages 18-19

July 31, 2020

  • Modified Games - Page 9 – Additional details were added regarding modified games for the age group U10
  • Tryouts/Trials - Page 10 – Supplied a full statement regarding Tryouts/Trials/Open Evaluations.

July 22, 2020

  • Phase 2 -  Pages 8 -10 - Further details were added for modified games and training; specific instructions for indoor and outdoor added 
  • Match Officials - Pages 18-24 - Clarified specific types of contact and actions to be taken; modified game rule adjustments 
  • Emergency Response Plan - Page 38 - Under close contact reporting area the word 'Districts' was added to match the flow chart below. 
  • Legal Considerations - Page 41 - Clarifying the application of waivers; clarified the age ranges of the waivers
  • Appendix 4  - Page 74 - Enhanced COVID-19 health resources to further clarify the purpose of the Declaration of Compliance. 


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 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

When using these documents please ensure that content is not altered in any manner. 

Should an event occur that refers to the Informed Consent or Release of Liability forms, the document of record will be the document that exists on the Ontario Soccer website.