General Protocols

All participants must ensure they are healthy. If a participant experiences any of the following symptoms, they should not attend soccer activities for 14 days after symptoms have resolved.

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • A dry cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Body aches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mucus or phlegm

Further symptoms may include

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Chills, sometimes with shaking
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Stuffy nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Emergency Symptoms

Call a doctor or hospital right away if you have one or more of these COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Constant pain or pressure in your chest
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Sudden confusion

Hygiene

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitizerif soap and water are not available
  • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
  • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

You must isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting to hear the results of a lab test for COVID-19
  • you have symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild
  • you have been in contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19
  • you have been told by public health that you may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • you have returned from travel outside Canada

If any participant begins to develop symptoms related to covid-19 they must self isolate for 14 days and will not be permitted to participate in any RFC activity until 14 days after symptoms have been resolved. If a participant chooses to get a covid test, and the results are negative, they can return to soccer activities with proof of a negative test. If there is a case on any specific team we will contact public health and they will advise on whether that team is to cease soccer activities or can continue. The team involved will be notified of the positive case and we will advise them on direction public health gives us

Protocols for Players

For Phase 1 and Phase 2 a player may only be registered to one club, one division, one team, one bubble. Academies/Training Programs that are not sanctioned by Ontario Soccer frequently do not follow the safe training practices laid out by Ontario Soccer. If you choose to go outside your RFC training bubble,  an 14 day ‘isolation’ period must be observed before a player can return to soccer activities with RFC.

When exhibition games are allowed between clubs, teams must also team ‘islolate’ for 14 days before games and 14 days after games.

  • It is recommended that all players utilize the “Self-Check” on Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment App
  • If you experience any of the symptoms, please follow recommendations and contact your medical health provider.
  • Do not carpool unless with immediate family members.
  • Always follow the instructions from coaches and respect physical distancing.
  • Arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to activity commencing.
  • Do not congregate at the facility entry point.
  • Arrive prepared to train – changing rooms will not be in use.
  • Bring your own water bottles clearly labelled with your name.
  • Do not share water bottles.
  • Follow the hygiene protocols in this document.
  • Physical distancing of two (2) metres (6 feet) must be maintained
  • All “non-essential” contacts should be avoided (handshakes, high 5’s, etc.).
  • Only use your own equipment.
  • Wash hands with hand sanitizer immediately before leaving home, after soccer activities, and during scheduled breaks.
  • Do not spit at any time.
  • Clearly label your own water bottle. Do not share bottles.
  • Any individual equipment used should be taken home and washed separately from others in the household (e.g. uniform).
  • Carry hand sanitizer in order to enable good personal hygiene.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid the use of public toilets, however if necessary, ensure hands are washed thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Shower at home before and after training.
  • Players can only be registered and participate with one club, one team, one ‘bubble’-movement between bubbles must be accompanied by a 2 week isolation

Protocols for Parents

  • Avoid congregating at facility entry points.
  • Remind players to arrive to training dressed and ready, as change rooms will not be available.
  • No spectators indoors
  • Exercise physical distancing (2 meters) at all times
  • Ensure to check-in with coach for completion of attendance at the soccer activity.
  • At home, ensure all the player’s equipment is washed separately from the other household items.
  • Ensure child is healthy and has no sign of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Drop and pickup player while maintaining desired rules and regulations around pick-up/drop-off and being a spectator if allowed.

Protocols for Coaches

  • Priority is to ensure safe environment
  • Coaches or Technical Director have a pre-activity communication with players and parents regarding safety protocols– i.e., social distancing, modified training, pick up and drop off, hand washing, cough suppression, no spitting or nose clearing, etc., prior to commence your first training.
  • Coaches should wipe down personal and field equipment using the disinfected swabs or towels, before and immediately after each session (do not go home and then clean – contaminated items may travel into the home environment).
  • Only Coaches/Staff should handle equipment.
  • No using shared pinnies or any other additional equipment.
  • Wear facemasks mandatory Red Zone(optional for Green, Yellow and Orange)
  • Structure activities to maximize physical distancing.
  • Design activities so athletes may stay within their existing small groups to reduce amount of contact with different people.
  • Limit hand contact to equipment.
  • Regular sanitization breaks combined with water breaks.
  • Use cones and other equipment to ensure appropriate spacing is in place to support distancing.

Please ensure you are aware of the Modified Rules outlined each Phase and Zone