Ontario Soccer, in consultation with the Government of Ontario, Ontario Public Health and Canada Soccer, continues to monitor the most recent developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the resulting public health crisis and the impact on Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play Plan.
Over the past few weeks, Ontario Soccer has been working on further expansion of modified games within Phase 2, while remaining compliant to current provincial public health orders in place.
Ontario Soccer is pleased to inform membership, after consultation with the Province of Ontario and Canada Soccer, we are implementing the following enhancements to our Return to Play Guide and Plan – Phase 2 as of September 17, 2020.
The addendum to Return to Play – Phase 2, will now incorporate and permit modified games between different Clubs/Academies. Clubs/Academies, may now participate in organized sanctioned competitions with other Clubs/Academies within the same region.
Regions are defined by the boundaries set out in Ontario Soccer’s Operational Procedures:
Clubs/Academies can participate in modified exhibition games, tournaments and leagues under the following conditions:
i. 50 spectators for indoor competitions.
ii. 100 spectators for outdoor competitions.
Organizations are now encouraged to review the changes in full, which are now part of the Return to Play Guide and Plan (pages 8-10 and 18-19).
The Return to Play Guide – Phase 2 also includes details on conducting: Exhibition Games, Tournaments / Festivals, League Play and Trials and Open Evaluations.
Note: Regarding participant registration and insurance coverage. Without exception, all participants participating in outdoor or indoor competitions must be registered as competitive players (U13 – U18) in OSCAR, Ontario Soccer’s official registry.
Ontario Soccer will be hosting two webinar sessions to review the amendments, answer questions and provide further guidance on implementation on the following dates:
For further information, please refer to the latest bulletins on the COVID-19 Updates page, which have 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.