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ONTARIO SOCCER ANNOUNCES RETURN TO PLAY ON A REGIONAL BASIS

By Ontario Soccer, 06/11/20, 2:45PM EDT

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Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and government advisors, continues to monitor the most recent developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are now in a position to announce our approved Return to Play Guide - Protocols and Recommendations for Ontario Soccer affiliated Clubs and Ontario Registered Academies.

The Ontario Government announced on June 8 that additional workplaces are scheduled to re-open - for soccer this means "Outdoor Amateur Team Sports," as per the government's directive. 

As part of the announcement, the Government of Ontario stated that beginning on June 12, at 12:01 a.m. outdoor amateur team sports have been cleared to begin training on a regional basis. Click here to view which regions and Districts in Ontario are cleared by the Province of Ontario.

Ontario Soccer will be mirroring the Government of Ontario regional approach for the restart to sports this summer, with 25 Public Health Units now cleared to move to Stage 2 of the government’s plans. Ten Public Health Units will remain in Stage 1 until it is safe to move into Stage 2.

Please be advised of the following critical sport specific steps and directives from Ontario Soccer in alignment with Canada Soccer on soccer’s implementation plan.

  1. Ontario Soccer has now been provided through the Province of Ontario, direction on Return to Play safety protocol and guidelines.
  2. Canada Soccer and the Ontario Soccer Board of Directors have both approved Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play Guide and Plan. The plan can now be implemented by Ontario Soccer affiliated Clubs and Academies where regionally permitted to do so.
  3. All affiliated Clubs and Academies must read and understand Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play Guide (the plan) – Protocols and Recommendations document.
  4. All affiliated Clubs and Academies must prepare their own Return to Play Plans for use within their membership. Use of Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play Guide (the plan) is encouraged.
  5. All affiliated Clubs and Academies must complete Canada Soccer's Risk Assessment Tool. Please do not complete this tool until you have completed Step 3 and Step 4 above. Access by each Club and Academy must be do so by one single source.