COVID-19 Related IFC Bulletins
Why is Ontario Soccer not allowing soccer to return? Couldn’t we just return to limited training?
While we would like nothing more than to see our participants return safely to the sport they love, Ontario Soccer must first receive confirmation from our provincial government and the Public Health Authorities on when Return to Play for all amateur sport is permitted and under what conditions. In the interim, we continue to work with the relevant government authorities and Canada Soccer to ensure first and foremost, the safety and health of our participants.
How did Ontario Soccer decide to suspend all sanctioned soccer events and activities indefinitely?
Since the outbreak began, Ontario Soccer has been in consultation with our national governing body, input from relevant government agencies and medical experts. Ontario Soccer closely monitored the situation daily and the steps other organizations were taking. The Ontario Soccer Board of Directors made the decision based on the health and well-being of our membership, including players, coaches, match officials, administrators, fans, staff and volunteers.
What does suspended indefinitely mean?
Ontario Soccer will continue following the guidelines set forth by the public health authorities, government agencies and soccer governing bodies. We have assembled a crisis management team and meet daily to review and act accordingly while in communication with our Board of Directors and the District Presidents’ Forum. We will issue membership updates as appropriate and will include further details as warranted.
What are “Ontario Soccer sanctioned events and activities”?
Ontario Soccer membership sanctioned events and activities include soccer training and matches at all levels in Ontario, trials, camps, team activities, provincial championships and programming events.
Does this affect all soccer participants in Ontario?
No, it only affects all participants and organizations that are registered and sanctioned through Ontario Soccer and/or our 21 member District Associations, Regional and Provincial Leagues.
What is the affect on the Ontario Soccer Centre?
The Ontario Soccer Centre located in Vaughan, ON is now closed. All rentals scheduled at the facility have been suspended indefinitely. The Ontario Soccer offices within the facility are closed.
Does the suspension of all sanctioned events and activities mean our team cannot practice?
Yes, all training is suspended.
Which events or activities have been postponed, cancelled in-person or moving to an online learning environment?
Ontario Soccer Coaching, Match Official, High Performance and Competition and Events programs are creating detailed lists of upcoming courses or events that will be cancelled in-person, postponed or moving to an online learning environment.
Is the outdoor soccer season at risk of being cancelled and how is that being assessed and decided?
At the present time the 2020 Outdoor Soccer season at all levels in Ontario has not been cancelled. Ontario Soccer, working in collaboration with Canada Soccer and its Member Associations across Canada are communicating on a regular basis as we assess the situation. Within Ontario Soccer, a crisis management team meets daily monitoring and assessing directives from public health authorities, our provincial government and our provincial sport ministry office. From these daily briefings, Ontario Soccer is updating membership on directives through our various communication channels. Please go to ontariosoccer.net for our updates as well as visiting our COVID-19 Impacted Events pages for the Coaching, Match Official, High Performance and Competition and Events programs
Recent communications from Ontario Soccer are indicating that some programming is moving to online delivery. Is this considered a sanctioned activity by participants?
In an effort to continue to keep the planning and support for our game moving forward, Ontario Soccer is shifting some of its soccer activities to an online environment. As these initiatives are considered compliant with current provincial authority directives including self-isolation and physical-distancing, these activities are considered sanctioned. For further information, please see the latest update.
During this state of self-isolation and physical-distancing we are in, how can we still be engaged in the game we all love?
Demonstrated through various social media channels, Ontario Soccer membership participants are finding creative ways to stay active with the beautiful game while practicing self-isolation and physical-distancing. We applaud many Soccer Clubs and Academies that are leading such creative skill challenges and coach to team on-line tutorials. In the coming weeks, Ontario Soccer is developing some additional fun initiatives to contribute to the activities currently active online.
(Ontario Soccer Bulletin, 2020, I2020-025)