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Ontario Soccer suspends indefinitely all sanctioned soccer activities in the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic
May 11, 2020 | Bulletin #: A2020-014: COVID-19 Cancellation and Postponement Notice Update

COVID-19 Information

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Bulletin #: A2020-014
Date: May 11, 2020
To: Ontario Soccer; District Membership, ORA, Associate Members

Subject: COVID-19 Cancellation and Postponement Notice Update

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and governmental advisors, continues to monitor the most recent developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are assessing operations and deciding cancelations and postponements on a month-to-month basis as the pandemic continues to unfold.

As a follow up to the Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer announcements of March 12 and March 13, as well as the Ontario Soccer announcements of March 24 and April 7, Ontario Soccer is announcing today that all sanctioned in-person soccer events and activities for the month of June have been cancelled or postponed.

This decision will affect the start of the early portion of the 2020 Outdoor Season for Local, Regional, District, Provincial, OASL, OPDL and all other leagues across Ontario.

For those who may be concerned about registering for the abridged outdoor season, Ontario Soccer is encouraging participants to do so now, so that Districts, Leagues, Clubs and Academies can be fully prepared to kick off the Return to Play season when announced. Please contact your local Club or Academy for more information about registration.

Ontario Soccer recently announced, that should the 2020 Outdoor Season be cancelled, SportsEngine has agreed not to collect the SAAS fees applicable to the 2020 Outdoor Season. As a result, Ontario Soccer will not collect both, Outdoor Player Registration fees or SAAS fees, if the 2020 Outdoor Season is cancelled in its entirety.

Going forward multiple scenarios are being considered which may include a modified Outdoor Season for 2020 or cancellation, if necessary. Please note that due to some municipal government restrictions, playing fields may remain closed beyond June, therefore some District Associations may have issued notices of cancellation past June. Clubs or Academies should consult with their District Association if they have any questions.

At this time, Ontario Soccer is asking organizations at all levels of membership – District, Club and Ontario Registered Academies (ORA) – to actively communicate our official information updates to the members of their soccer community by posting this information on their website, sharing it via email and using social media.

Ontario Soccer continues to receive a variety of direct inquiries from participants (and parents) requesting information. It is critical that all Soccer Clubs and ORAs keep their members informed during these challenging times.

As social or physical distancing is not a concern in an online, isolated environment, activities that can be completed online, such as Match Official Accreditation Clinics, some Coaching Courses, Outdoor 2020 participant registration or other activities that do not require public or private gathering, will continue until further notice. Ontario Soccer has previously given notice regarding insurance for online activities and organizations are reminded to review this before beginning any such activities.

If your membership has further questions, please refer them to the latest bulletin, the COVID-19 Updates page, which has all the latest information from Ontario Soccer, as well as resources for your members to better inform themselves. As well, please consider placing a dedicated link to the COVID19 Updates on the homepage on your website.

May 1, 2020 | Bulletin #: A2020-012: Ontario Provincial Government Announcement and Return to Play Survey

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INFORMATION BULLETIN
Bulletin #: A2020-012
Date: May 1, 2020
To: Ontario Soccer; District Membership, ORA, Associate Members

Subject: Ontario Provincial Government Announcement and Return to Play Survey

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and Provincial Government authorities have been monitoring the most recent developments of COVID-19 and are currently assessing operational plans for Return to Play, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and potentially wind down.

The Ontario Provincial Government made an announcement on April 27, 2020 and within it has laid out a phased-in approach to de-escalating the State of Emergency in Ontario.

Other Canadian provinces have also begun the process of re-opening businesses, easing social restrictions and gradually moving towards modes of operation that work in each region.

Ontario’s Provincial Government has not yet set a date for the beginning of the province’s phased-in approach but there is now an opportunity to begin thinking about what that Return to Play might look like for soccer in our province.

Ontario Soccer has been invited to be part of an Ontario Provincial Government sport sub-committee to assist with the management and strategy of how amateur sport navigates through the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the eventual easing of social restrictions from the Provincial and Federal government, Ontario Soccer understands that there will still may be a great deal of concern on the part of Parents, Players, Team Officials, Match Officials, Clubs, Academies and Districts as Return to Play becomes possible.

The safety and health of our participants will be first and foremost in the decision-making to come.

To better understand your concerns, Ontario Soccer has created a survey so you can provide us your input on what Return to Play in Ontario may look like.

Ontario Soccer asks that administrators at the Districts, Clubs and Ontario Recognized Academies complete the survey. As well, we ask that you share it widely with your members to ensure their ideas are heard and accounted for.

Survey data collected will assist Ontario Soccer with our Return to Play strategy and can also be shared with the Ontario Government sub-committee on sport.

Click here to take this survey and help us shape the Return to Play. The deadline for submission is May 11, 2020.

Thank you. We wish the membership the best of health and safety during these unprecedented times.

If you have any further questions regarding Return to Play, please contact Patty Forbes, Director, Administration.

May 1, 2020 | Bulletin #: I2020-044: Student User Guide for Online Match Official Accreditation Clinics

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INFORMATION BULLETIN
Bulletin #: I2020-044
Date: May 1, 2020
To: Ontario Soccer; District Membership, ORA, Associate Members

Subject: Student User Guide for Online Match Official Accreditation Clinics

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and public health authorities have been monitoring the most recent developments of COVID-19 and are currently assessing operations (postponements and cancellations) on a month-to-month basis as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.

Ontario Soccer has previously announced that the 2020 Match Official Accreditation Clinics are moving online.

Ontario Soccer are pleased to announce today that the Student User Guide, for the online accreditation process for Match Official clinics, is now available.

Please ensure that students review this guide in its entirety prior to starting the clinic process.

The online Match Official Accreditation Clinics will open on Saturday, May 2, 2020 with the release of the Self-Study Modules.

Ontario Soccer recommends that students complete the Self-Guided Study Modules as soon as possible in order to be able to select dates and times for the ‘In-Class’ Zoom sessions.

Following the launch, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the first of the ‘In-Class’ Zoom on-line sessions will commence.

Please note that the online sessions will only run from Wednesday May 6, 2020 to June 15, 2020 and all exams must be completed no later than June 17, 2020.

As well, only students who have already registered through RefCentre for a clinic, and have been approved by a clinic host, will have the ability to access and register for the online clinics. If there are
any aspiring Match Officials who have not yet registered, please do so now.

Students will be required to create an Academy Soccer Coach (ASC) account as all modules and Zoom sessions will be managed and distributed through this platform. Information on creating this
account will be included in the Student Users Guide.

Please note, the ASC platform registration is free, and is in addition to the RefCentre account which Match Officials used to sign-up for the Clinics.

Multiple Zoom sessions are offered in multiple timeslots to allow flexibility for families and students.

The Clinics that are available for Online Accreditation are:

Entry Level

  • 3 Self-Study Modules
  • 3 Zoom Sessions (Session A/B/C) @ 2 hours
    • Session A May 6 to 16
    • Session B May 19 to 30
    • Session C June 1 to 13
  • Canada Soccer material

Small Sided

  • 2 Self-Study Modules
  • 2 Zoom Sessions (Session A/B) @ 2 hours
    • Session A May 6 to May 23
    • Session B May 25 to June 13
  • Ontario Soccer material

Small Sided Assistant Referee

  • 1 Zoom Session @ 3 hours
  • Canada Soccer material

Mentor Accreditation

  • 1 Self-Study Module
  • 1 Zoom Session @ 3 hours
  • Ontario Soccer material

If you have any further questions regarding Match Official Accreditation Clinics, please Kyla Di Perna, Coordinator, Match Official Development.

April 29, 2020 | Bulletin #: I2020-042: Launch of Online Match Official Accreditation Clinics

COVID-19 Information

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Bulletin #: I2020-042
Date: April 29, 2020
To: Ontario Soccer; District Membership, ORA, Associate Members

Subject: Launch of Online Match Official Accreditation Clinics

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and public health authorities have been monitoring the most recent developments of COVID-19 and are currently assessing operations (postponements and cancellations) on a month-to-month basis as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.

Ontario Soccer has previously announced that the 2020 Match Official Accreditation Clinics are moving online.

Ontario Soccer are pleased to announce today that the online accreditation process for Match Official clinics will open on Saturday, May 2, 2020 with the release of the Self-Study Modules.

Following the launch, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 the first of the ‘In-Class’ Zoom on-line sessions will commence.

Ontario Soccer recommends that students complete the Self-Guided Study Modules as soon as possible in order to be able to select dates and times for the ‘In-Class’ Zoom sessions.

Please note, only students who have already registered through RefCentre for a clinic, and have been approved by a clinic host, will have the ability to access and register for the online clinics. If there are
any aspiring Match Officials who have not yet registered, please do so now.

Ontario Soccer will provide access to the Student User Guide directly to registered students via email on Friday, May 1, 2020. The email address used will be the one provided by the Student when they
registered on RefCentre.

Students will be required to create an Academy Soccer Coach (ASC) account as all modules and Zoom sessions will be managed and distributed through this platform. Information on creating this
account will be included in the Student Users Guide.

Please note, the ASC platform registration is free, and is in addition to the RefCentre account which Match Officials used to sign-up for the Clinics.

Multiple Zoom sessions are offered in multiple timeslots to allow flexibility for families and students.

The Clinics that are available for Online Accreditation are:

Entry Level

  • 3 Self-Study Modules
  • 3 Zoom Sessions (Session A/B/C) @ 2 hours
    • Session A May 6 to 16
    • Session B May 19 to 30
    • Session C June 1 to 13
  • Canada Soccer material

Small Sided

  • 2 Self-Study Modules
  • 2 Zoom Sessions (Session A/B) @ 2 hours
    • Session A May 6 to May 23
    • Session B May 25 to June 13
  • Ontario Soccer material

Small Sided Assistant Referee

  • 1 Zoom Session @ 3 hours
  • Canada Soccer material

Mentor Accreditation

  • 1 Self-Study Module
  • 1 Zoom Session @ 3 hours
  • Ontario Soccer material

If you have any further questions regarding Match Official Accreditation Clinics, please Kyla Di Perna, Coordinator, Match Official Development.

April 7, 2020 | Bulletin #: A2020-009: Updates of COVID-19 Impacted Activities Month of May

COVID-19 Information

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Bulletin #: A2020-009
Date: April 7, 2020
To: Ontario Soccer; District Membership, ORA, Associate Members

Subject: COVID-19 Cancellation Notice Update  

Ontario Soccer is announcing today, as further follow up to the Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer announcements of March 12 and March 13 as well as the Ontario Soccer announcement of March 24, that all sanctioned in-person soccer events and activities for the month of May have been cancelled or postponed.

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and governmental advisors, continues to monitor the most recent developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are assessing operations and deciding cancelations and postponements on a month-to-month basis as the pandemic continues to unfold.

This decision will affect the start of the spring portion of the 2020 Outdoor Season for the Local, Regional, District, Provincial, OASL, OPDL and all other leagues across Ontario.

For those who may be concerned about registering for the abridged outdoor season, Ontario Soccer is encouraging participants to do so now, so that Districts, Clubs and Academies can be fully prepared to kick off the Return to Play season when announced. Please contact your local Club or Academy for more information.

Multiple scenarios are being considered which includes a modified Outdoor Season in 2020 as well as further potential postponements, if necessary. Please also note that due to some municipal government restrictions, playing fields have been closed down beyond May, therefore some District Associations have issued membership notices of cancellation past May. Clubs or Academies should consult with your Member District Association if you have any questions.

At this time, Ontario Soccer is asking organizations at all levels of membership – District, Club and Ontario Registered Academies (ORA) – to actively communicate our official information updates to their soccer community members by posting on their website, sharing it via email and using social media. Ontario Soccer continues to receive a variety of direct inquiries from participants (and parents) requesting information. It is critical that all Soccer Clubs and ORAs keep their members informed during these challenging times.

As social or physical distancing is not a concern in an online, isolated environment, activities that can be completed online, such as Match Official Accreditation Clinics, some Coaching Courses, registering for future events and competitions such as Ontario Cup, or the outdoor season registration and other activities that do not require public or private gathering, will continue until further notice.

If your membership has further questions, please refer them to the latest bulletin, the COVID-19 Updates page, which has all the latest information from Ontario Soccer, as well as resources for your members to better inform themselves. As well, please consider placing a dedicated link to the COVID19 Updates on the homepage on your website.

If you have any questions, please contact Patty Forbes, Director of Administration.

March 24, 2020 | Bulletin #I2020-031: COVID-19 Cancellation Notice Update

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INFORMATION BULLETIN
Bulletin #: I2020-031
Date: Mar. 24, 2020
To: Ontario Soccer; District Membership, ORA, Associate Members

Subject: COVID-19 Cancellation Notice Update 

As a further follow up to the Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer announcements of March 12 and March 13 regarding the suspension of all sanctioned soccer events and activities, Ontario Soccer today is announcing that all scheduled events and activities for the month of April have been cancelled.

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer, have been monitoring the most recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the emerging public health crisis and are currently assessing operations and deciding cancellations on a month-to-month basis as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.

At this time, Ontario Soccer is also asking organizations at all levels of membership – District, Club and Ontario Registered Academies (ORA) – to actively communicate our official information updates to their soccer community members by posting on their website, sharing it via email and using social media. We have received a variety of direct inquiries from participants (and parents) requesting information. It is critical that all Soccer Clubs and ORAs keep their members informed during these challenging times.

As social or physical distancing is not a concern in an online, isolated environment, activities that can be completed online, such as Match Official Accreditation Clinics, some Coaching Courses, registering for future events and competitions such as Ontario Cup, or the outdoor season registration and other activities that do not require public or private gathering, will continue until further notice.

If your membership has further questions, please refer them to the latest bulletin, Updates on COVID-19 Impacted Activities and FAQ #2 and the COVID-19 Updates page, which has all the latest information from Ontario Soccer, as well as resources for your members to better inform themselves.

If you have any questions, please contact Patty Forbes, Director of Administration.

March 23, 2020 | Bulletin #: I2020-031: Updates of COVID-19 Impacted Activities and FAQ #2

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INFORMATION BULLETIN
Bulletin #: I2020-031
Date: Mar. 23, 2020
To: Ontario Soccer; District Membership, ORA, Associate Members

Subject: Updates of COVID-19 Impacted Activities and FAQ #2 

 

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer, continues to monitor the most recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the emerging public health crisis.

Ontario Soccer has received additional questions from the membership since the first COVID-19 FAQ was released on March 16, 2020. Ontario Soccer have prepared the following additional frequently asked questions (FAQ) based on inquires received.

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.

Suspension and/or cancellation of sanctioned soccer events and activities is having an economic impact at all levels. What resources are available and how do we best manage?

The impact of soccer under suspension is felt at every level throughout Ontario and across Canada. We are no different from any business feeling the effects of such a shutdown.  Each soccer organization under our governance structure operate as independent entities, supported by their membership and led by their elected Boards of Directors. As the COVID-19 pandemic has dictated the status of operations we are all in, there is no answer to how long we will continue to be under such circumstances. Ontario Soccer are presently operating on a month-to-month basis as we review the ongoing health crisis, until such definitive information and directives tell us otherwise. These are challenging times for all of us and we fully understand difficult decisions will have to be made. Through our research and communications with governments, Ontario Soccer will provide any updates as it pertains to subsidy programs that may be made available.

How should soccer organizations best manage their staffing and the potential for layoff due to loss of work during the COVID-19 crisis?

Employees, whether they are fulltime, part-time or independent contractors are entitled to apply for government programs that provide support.  Your soccer organization should have a crisis plan and policies in place that inform staff on how the organization will handle this type of situation.  An example of a policy would be employees working from home and how that will be managed.

As employers it is essential that you understand and are up to date on Employment Standards Legislation, as well as the initiatives offered by the Federal government with regards to EI and support during the COVID-19 crisis.  This will assist you in supporting your staff. The links below offer substantial information for your use.

www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0

www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html

I have seen that OPDL and OASL are postponing the start of their season. What is happening with the recreational, competitive, regional and district leagues?

Ontario Soccer runs the operations of the OPDL and OASL and as such have communicated recently a delay in the start of their seasons so participating organizations may make operational adjustments. Since the status of the entire Outdoor season is still unknown this is all that can be confirmed at this time. Youth local or District recreational and/or competitive leagues are under the direct governance and operations of our member Districts and Leagues. The Regional and Senior Provincial leagues are under the direct governance of Ontario Soccer. If necessary, please contact your District or League for further information.

My team was competing in the Provincial Indoor Soccer League before play was suspended. What will happen to our season?

At the present time, all Ontario Soccer sanctioned competition is suspended indefinitely which includes the Provincial Indoor Soccer League. Staff are working on a number of scenarios for the league to complete the season if/when the indoor season resumes. Teams will continue to be updated on a regular basis and as more information becomes available. If you have any questions please contact staff at pisl@ontariosoccer.net.

If you have any questions, please contact Patty Forbes, Director, Administration.

March 12, 2020 | Bulletin #I2020-024: Ontario Soccer suspends indefinitely all sanctioned soccer activities in the province due to COVID-19

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Bulletin #: I2020-024
Date: Mar. 12, 2020
To: Ontario Soccer; District Membership, ORA, Associate Members

Subject: Ontario Soccer suspends indefinitely all sanctioned soccer activities in the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer, have been monitoring the most recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the emerging public health crisis.

Following discussions with the national governing body, input from relevant government agencies and medical experts, Ontario Soccer has made the difficult decision to immediately suspend all sanctioned soccer activities in the province until further notice.

Ontario Soccer sanctioned activities include, but not limited to, all competitions, training, coach and match official education and team building activities.

To ensure the health and safety of our players, coaches, match officials and administrators, Ontario Soccer recommends that all Districts, Clubs and Academies communicate to their members that they will cease operations indefinitely.

The offices of Ontario Soccer will be closed to the public during this period but staff will be available through email or phone to assist where necessary. The Ontario Soccer Centre will be closed to the public until further notice.

Ontario Soccer will continue following the guidelines set forth by the public health authorities, government agencies and soccer governing bodies.

Updates will be issued as appropriate and will include further details as warranted.

If you have any further questions, please contact Patty Forbes, Director, Administration.

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