COVID-19 Related IFC Bulletins
Most of the province has now begun Return to Play – Phase 1 protocols but what is happening with the outdoor season?
Ontario Soccer, under the guidance of the Provincial Government and relevant health authorities, is committed to working through the three phases of Return to Play in 2020. The Province of Ontario has laid out timelines of two to four weeks for Stage 2 and two to four weeks for Stage 3 of their re-opening plan. Ontario Soccer will determine timelines for each Phase of its Return to Play plan in alignment with the Province of Ontario health authorities involving government orders, restrictions and guidelines. This will be communicated via future Action Bulletins when applicable.
What steps does our Club or Academy need to take to start training our players?
Your Club or Academy must review the critical sport specific steps and directives from Ontario Soccer, which requires a documented Return to Play plan (organizations can use the Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guide as a reference), they must complete the Canada Soccer Risk Assessment Tool and the Club or Academy must adhere to municipal and provincial restrictions in order to start training.
When will we be able to play games again?
Regular competitions can begin once the Province of Ontario has lifted social distancing restrictions to the point where matches can take place safely.
This would be considered Phase 3 of Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play phases. Please refer to the Return to Play Guide for more information.
I have witnessed a Club or Academy not following Government Health Orders or Return to Play protocols. What should I do?
Please inform your District Soccer Association if you observe organizations disregarding Government Health Orders or Return to Play protocols. As Ontario Soccer membership, we are all in this together and it’s important to ensure we follow established guidelines to protect the health and safety of the participants and to ensure the province continues to progress through the Stages and Phases of re-opening.
(Ontario Soccer Bulletin, 2020, I2020-025)