WOSL - Update 2020.03.23
Hello WOSL Members.
Please see post today from Ontario Soccer.
We are monitoring all these bulletins from the Governing Bodies.
We will make appropriate changes to schedules etc. and communicate them upon any updates that will effect the season.
Hope all of you are safe and staying healthy.
Date:Mar. 23, 2020
CC:Ontario Soccer Board of Directors, Staff
From:Johnny Misley, Chief Executive Officer
Subject:Updates of COVID-19 Impacted Activities and FAQ #2
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
Is the outdoor soccer season at risk of being cancelled and how is that being assessed and decided?
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
communications from Ontario Soccer are indicating that some programming
is moving to online delivery. Is this considered a sanctioned activity
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?
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.
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?
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.
should soccer organizations best manage their staffing and the
potential for layoff due to loss of work during the COVID-19 crisis?
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.
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.
have seen that OPDL and OASL are postponing the start of their season.
What is happening with the recreational, competitive, regional and
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Patty Forbes, Director of Administration.