Teams will be back on the soccer pitch

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With the province’s re-opening plans moving forward, Ontario Soccer has announced it is providing direction to its membership regarding return-to-play for this summer.

The organization has been consulting with the Government of Ontario and Canada Soccer to get plans in place to have their sport back on the soccer pitches for this season.

This includes reviewing the updated regulations for return-to-play activity.

Outdoor team sports, which includes leagues and regular competition, with no specified limit on the number of participants or teams participating were allowed to commence on June 30.

To prepare for the re-opening of soccer activity, Ontario Soccer has put measures in place and all Ontario Soccer registered members must follow the directive in order to be able to play.

This includes following the Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guide.All affiliated clubs must prepare their own return-to-play guide to use within their own membership using Ontario Soccer’s guide as an example.

The guide has been updated to re-flect Step 2 of the government’s re-opening framework.

The return-to-play guide covers equipment safety practices, environ-ment protocols for fields, clubhouses, and offices, risk management and insurance information, and an emergen-cy response plan.

All clubs must also complete the Canada Soccer’s Risk Assessment Tool.

That guide can be found on the Ontario Soccer website.There will still be a cap on the number of spectators allowed at a game.

The return to actual games means the athletes will be returning to the first real competition for the first time in almost 15 months.

The organization will now wait for the province to go into Step 3 of the reopening to determine the next steps in re-opening their sport to full com-petition and allowing spectators to be at the games.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times

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