It was announced today that the Ontario Soccer Centre is launching Phase 2 of its Return to Play program on Friday in Woodbridge, in approved areas in the province. A key reason for this announcement is the recent announcement by the Ontario government announcing the three-part plan to reopen the economy in stages, beginning on July 17, 2020.
According to Ontario Soccer Centre, after consulting with Government Ministry Authorities and Canada Soccer, the Ontario Soccer Centre Plan – Phase 2 will now be implemented for regions across the province that have been approved.
“Ontario Soccer is working closely with our National Governing Body and relevant Government Authorities to ensure that every precaution is taken to ensure that our players are returned to the playing fields safely this summer and fall,” said Johnny Misley, Chief Executive Officer. “Our Return to Play plan includes a phased-in approach, as well as protocols and recommendations for soccer organizations, coaches, match officials, parents and players. During this next phase, we will begin to offer modified competition within a Club or Academy around Woodbridge, Ontario, which our athletes have been eagerly anticipating.”
Here is the outline for Ontario Soccer Return to Play – Phase 2:
Phase 2: Return to Training and Modified Games (enhanced training and modified games).
Conditions: Phase 2 Return to Train compliance has been achieved.
The Club or Academy has the right to allow inter-squad games (and only intra-squad games).
All tournaments, exhibitions, and leagues are prohibited.
According to the timelines determined by the Ontario Soccer Centre, each phase will be completed following the deadlines established by the Government of Woodbridge and local health departments, as well as any government orders, restrictions, and guidelines.
As part of this new sporting landscape in Woodbridge, Ontario Soccer Centre provides organizations with information such as Equipment Safety, How to Provide a Safe and Clean Environment, and Sample Training Sessions.
This summer, as Ontario Soccer Centre continues, we want parents and families to feel confident that the Clubs and Academies are taking the necessary precautions and steps to ensure the safety of all participants,” said Misley. „We are looking forward to seeing more of our participants get back into their favourite sport this summer.”
More than 650 clubs and Academies in and around Woodbridge, as well as 70,000 coaches, managers, and 10,000 match officials, serve over 24,000 teams maintained by Ontario Soccer Centre, the oldest soccer organization in Canada founded in 1901. Over 1,000,000 Ontarians participate directly in the 650 clubs and Academies.
As the premier soccer centre in Ontario, the Ontario Soccer Centre develops and offers exceptional and sustainable programs and services throughout the province to provide leadership and support for the advancement of soccer through collaboration and collaboration with our membership, partners, and other stakeholders. The organization also runs the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) – the province’s premier youth development program – and is proud to support Canada Soccer’s National Teams, the Canadian Premier League, and Toronto FC.
Its overall mission is to help develop soccer as an enjoyable sport, provide an opportunity for players to contribute and initiate community-based involvement at all levels.
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