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Covid-19 League Changes - Soccer

Safe Return to Play

Here at Perpetual Motion, we are incredibly excited to get back to playing! Sports and recreation play an important role in the physical, social and mental well-being of both our players and our wider community. We have long prided ourselves on our amazing community of players playing ‘with’ each other and not just ‘against’ each other in our leagues in order to create a welcoming environment and lasting friendships. In this new normal, we’ll require the buy-in of all of our players to help ensure we do this safely together. It will require some patience, some kindness and some communication as we work through the process, but together we can and will play sports again.

Players, please read the Return to Play Guidelines below, followed by the Sport-Specific Adjustments and Rule Changes for each sport:

Before, During and After Play

SCREENING: Self-screening must be completed by all players prior to every game.  If you feel any sort of illness and have been in recent contact with somebody who is sick, please stay home. If you are at a higher risk of experiencing serious illness from COVID-19, consider limiting or avoiding participation in sports activites. SCREENING CHECKLIST QUESTIONS - If you answer "Yes" to any of these question you must not participate.

 

HYGIENE: Players must wash their hands with soap and water and/or hand sanitizer before, during, and after play. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Players must not eat on game locations, share any water bottles or spit. Players must cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Players are advised to bring their own sanitizer to games.  

 

CAPTAINS & SPIRIT: Team Captains will meet at a 2 meter distance before each game to discuss and ensure safety protocols are being met during COVID-19. Players must refrain from shaking hands, fist/elbow bumps, huddles and high-fives, despite the sportsmanlike nature of our league. 

 

MASKS: It is highly recommended that all players wear a cloth mask that covers the mouth and nose before and after the game and in situations where social distancing may be more difficult.

 

PARTICIPATION: Team Captains are required to ensure that online rosters are complete and that attendance and weekly self-screening pledges have been completed by all teammates prior to play.

 

SIDELINES & BENCHES: Teams must spread out along the sidelines and respect social distancing.  Teams are responsible for cleaning up any garbage they create in order to maintain a proper level of cleanliness.

 

SPECTATORS: We ask that players avoid bringing spectators to the fields/courts.

 

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE: Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled game time when the field/courts are still in use.  If you arrive early please wait until the other team has completly cleared the playing field/court.  We need to ensure that social distancing is maintained at entrances and exits in particular.  No congregating at the field/court when another group is coming onto the field/court.  Please pack up and exit quickly and do not congregate in the parking lot before or after the game.

Sport Specific Adjustments and Rule Changes

Perpetual Motion has made some modifications to the format of our Soccer Leagues in order to comply with Phase 3 Team sports requirements and to ensure the safety of our players and staff.  

Soccer Roster Size and Eligibility:

1. According to the Ontario Guidelines (page 19) leagues must contain no more than 50 participants total.  If participants in a league exceed 50, the league may divide into smaller group of no more than 50.  Players are not yet permitted to play against players outside of their league or group.  

2. Team rosters will be capped at 12 players for all divisions to stay within the maximum of 50 players allowed in a league.  Subs are not permitted, only players on the roster are allowed to play and you are only allowed to play in one group.  League sizes will be adjusted to keep the limit to the 50 player maximum.

3. Only individuals who have signed the updated waiver, performed a weekly self screening assessment and read the guidelines of play will be allowed to participate.

4. Captains will need to keep a weekly log of players attendance for tracing purposes.

 

Soccer Rule Adjustments and Equipment:

1. Players must maintain physical distancing of 2-meters before, when possible during play, resting/sitting on the sideline and departing the game.  Please keep in mind that we are all responsible to make every effort to minimize prolonged or deliberate contact between players.  Players must refrain from high-fives, fist/elbow bumps, huddles and shaking hands.  According to the Ontario Guidelines (page 19) Amateur and recreational sports leagues may resume so long as they do not allow prolonged or deliberate physical contact between players or if they have modifications to avoid physical contact between players.

2. Throw-Ins:  Players will take short Kick-ins, instead of throw-ins.  When the ball goes out of play, players place the ball on the line with their foot. then kick it in less than 5 meters (short kicks).

3. Corner Kicks:  Will be limited to short kicks-ins, not shooting the ball at the goal in order to maintain physical distancing.  When placing the ball please use your feet not your hands.

4. Goalie Gloves:  Are highly recommended for all teams.  Goalies should ensure their hands/gloves are sanitized before assuming goalkeeping duties and sanitize again immediately afterwards. 
 
5.  Game Balls:  Each team should come with 2-3 game balls each and sanitzer or wipes for the players to clean the ball.  Each ball should be sanitized before use and switch games balls to new sanitized balls through out the game.
 
6.  Game Length:  Due to cohort restrictions, our Soccer leagues will be single opponent, not double opponent.  As such matches will consist of two 40-minute halves.  Team captains should discuss which team will be keeping track of time at the start of the game.
 
7. Prizes and Team Pictures:  During Covid-19 we won't be taking team pictures, using the Perpetual Card or awarding prizes, you will be playing for bragging rights, great sportmanhip and a fun night out!!!