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Ontario Soccer announced today that it has received clearance from the Government of Ontario and Canada Soccer to begin Phase 2 of the Return to Play safety protocols and guidelines under a regional implementation directive.

Vaughan, ON – Ontario Soccer announced today that it will be kicking off Phase 2 of its Return to Play plan, in approved parts of the province, starting this Friday. This comes as a result of the Government of Ontario’s recent announcement of its plan for Stage 3 for the regional re-opening of the economy, which will commence on Friday, July 17, 2020.

Ontario Soccer, after consultation with Government Ministry Authorities and Canada Soccer, has confirmed that the Ontario Soccer Return to Play Plan – Phase 2 will now commence for approved regions across the province.

“Ontario Soccer has been working in closely with our National Governing Body and relevant Government Authorities to ensure that every possible precaution is being taken as we safely return our participants to the playing fields this summer and fall,” said Johnny Misley, Chief Executive Officer. “Our Return to Play plan includes a phased-in approach, along with protocols and recommendations for soccer organizations, coaches, match officials, parents and players. This next phase allows for modified competition within a Club or Academy to begin, which we know our athletes have been eagerly anticipating.”

The Ontario Soccer Return to Play – Phase 2 is outlined as follows:

Phase 2: Return to Training and Modified Games (enhanced training & modified games)

Conditions: All Phase 2 Return to Train conditions are met. I

Inter-squad modified games permitted (only within the Club/Academy)

Restrictions: No league, exhibition, festival or tournament games

Ontario Soccer is determining the timelines for each Phase, in alignment with the Government of Ontario and regional health authorities, as well as any government orders, restrictions and guidelines.

The Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guide provides additional information on things such as: Equipment Safety, How to Provide a Safe and Clean Environment and Sample Training sessions that organizations can use as part of this new sporting landscape.

“As Ontario Soccer continues to Pitch In and Play ON! this summer, we want parents and families to feel assured that the Clubs and Academies in Ontario are taking the proper precautions and necessary steps to ensure the safety of all participants,” said Misley. “We look forward to seeing even more of our participants getting back to the sport they love this summer.”

The full Return to Play Guide can be found on the OntarioSoccer.net website.

About Ontario Soccer

Founded in 1901, Ontario Soccer is comprised of more than 650 Clubs and Private Academies servicing over 24,000 teams with 380,000 registered players, 70,000 coaches and managers, and 10,000 match officials, as well as countless volunteers, parents and supporters comprising a direct, multi-cultural community of over 1,000,000 Ontarians.

Ontario Soccer develops and delivers exceptional and sustainable programs and services throughout Ontario with the mission of providing leadership and support for the advancement of soccer in collaboration and cooperation with our membership, partners and other stakeholders. Ontario Soccer also operates the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) – the province’s premier standards based youth development program and proudly supports Canada Soccer’s National Teams, the Canadian Premier League and Toronto FC.

An overall goal of Ontario Soccer is to assist with the development of soccer as a healthy lifestyle choice, provide a talented pathway for players to excel and encourage community involvement at all levels.

Media Contact 

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Ontario Soccer | brycroft@ontariosoccer.net | 905-264-9390 x 255