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Government Announces a Pause on Indoor Sports until January 26th 2022

Update - Pause on All Indoor Soccer Activities

By Southwest Soccer, 01/03/22, 4:30PM EST

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Government Announces a Pause on Indoor Sports until January 26th 2022

*UPDATE - Effective January 5th 2022*

The government announced on January 3rd that effective January 5th 2022, it will return to a modified Step 2 of the Roadmap to Re-Open Plan, in response to the recent status of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among the changes, which impact soccer, are the following:

  • The Government of Ontario has paused all indoor-soccer activities until Jan. 26, 2022, or until further public health information becomes available.
     
  • All indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities must close, except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues. Presently, League1 Ontario is the only soccer league in Ontario, which is classified by the Government of Ontario as an elite amateur sport league.
     
  • Outdoor facilities are permitted to operate but with the number of spectators not to exceed 50 per cent occupancy and other requirements.
     

Further, Ontario Soccer has issued the following updates on its provincial leagues and competitions:

  • The Ontario Indoor Cup and Ontario Futsal Cup will be postponed, with new dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
     
  • The Provincial Indoor Soccer League (PISL) will also postpone its indoor season, with further information on the remainder of the season to follow at a later date.
     

As a result of these directives, Ontario Soccer has paused the use of the Return to Play Guide until Jan. 26, 2022, or until further public health information becomes available.

In alignment with  this announcement  the Southwest Soccer office will be closed to the public until cleared to open. Staff will continue to work remotely and be available through email or phone to assist as we work towards a return to indoor play.