Today Ontario Soccer released a new update relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Soccer for the upcoming month.
It states the following;
Ontario Soccer is announcing today, as further follow up to the Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer announcements of March 12and 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.
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.
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We understand it has been a long few weeks and everybody is anxious to be able to get outside and get back to normal. However, we must remain vigilant in staying strong and taking part in all the Health practices and measures put in place to protect us all.
We encourage all of our members to continue practicing/playing soccer in their homes (if it permits) or in thier backyards, either by themselves, as a family, or even with thier pets! We will try to post links on our social media sites with helpful drills/skills/activities that our members can try at home to keep you busy and in fine soccer form!
Reminder: The Referee Clinics we had scheduled are still running, however, they are now being conducted online . If you, or your child are still interested in signing up, there are spots still available and you can do so by visiting our Referee Certification page on our website. We expect the date for that to be announced very soon and it is anticipated to be around the beginning of May.
As far as the office, we are continuing to work saftely from a home office, preparing for the upcoming season so that when the Return to Play season is activated, the TITANS will be ready to go. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call us with your questions!
Until then, we hope you all continue to stay safe and healthy, and we wish all of you a wonderful Easter weekend with your families!