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Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guide

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Recent Updates to the Return to Play Guide

March 26, 2021

  • Grey-Lockdown updated to include 10 participants for team training
  • Page 7 table – Outdoor activities updated to “Yes” / Maximum number of Participants updated to “10 outdoor” / spectators changed to allow one parent for participants under the age of 18
  • Page 7 – NEW GRAPHIC – with the changes, Grey level is now part of our Phase 1 (Individualized Training). This has been reflected in the Return to Play Guide
  • Page 8 – 6th bullet point to allow outdoor activities /4th bullet THREE meters for physical distancing (replacing 2 meters) / 7th edited to specify the spectators AND include requirement for face covering / added 12th bullet point with participant restriction

Feb. 9, 2021

  • Updates to Lockdown details
  • Updates to waivers
  • New graphics included

Nov. 25, 2020

  • In the Yellow, Orange and Green Zones, the following was added: “Under the new Framework, throw-ins and headers are permitted in accordance with Laws of the Game.”

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

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 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. 

Nov. 22, 2020

  • Placement of the “Lockdown” or “Grey Zone” under Phase 1 of Return to Play. There are greater restrictions in place for this Zone. No Indoor Soccer facility training is allowed for regions in “Lockdown” or “Grey Zone” but individualized training is still permitted at Outdoor facilities.  (Page #7).  
  • Inclusion of all restrictions listed under “Grey Zone” in the Return to Play Phases and Zones. (Page  8).
  • Amended items under the “Red Zone” (Page #9).
  • Included a decision making tree for organizations to understand the steps to follow in managing the COVID-19 pandemic in your soccer organization (Page #6).

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)

Nov. 12, 2020

  • Updates to Return to Play Guide and Plan - Changes made based on new Government Framework
  • Updates to Zones - Latest information on zones and colours added

Sept. 14, 2020

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

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.

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