Return to Football

On January 3rd, 2022 the Ontario Government announced a move to a modified Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen the Province.

The Ontario Government will move the province into a Modified Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01am EST on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022. 

Measures will remain in place for at least 21 days (until January 27) subject to trends in public health and the Ontario health system.

To view the Ontario Government’s full press release CLICK HERE

Indoor sport and recreational facilities will be closed with limited exceptions and conditions (such as athletes training for Olympics and Paralympics).

Outdoor sport and recreational facilities will remain open with restrictions and have a spectator capacity limited to 50%. 


Please refer to Pathway 2 and 3 of our Return to Play Guide for programming options for Step 2 for outdoor sport:

Programming Pathway 2: Non-Contact Activities and Games

Programming Pathway 3: Stay and Train (With Equipment) – Tackle Practice with No Sustained Personal Contact



On December 7th, 2021 The Ontario Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced that, due to the rising of COVID-19 cases across the province there will be modifications put into effect for the vaccine proof system province-wide.

 As of December 18th, 2021, all indoor sports and recreational fitness venues introduced a 50 percent capacity limit to venues with a capacity over 1000 persons. 

These new capacity limits are only applicable to spectators. The limits on participants and facility staff remain unchanged.


Per the Ontario Government, effective December 20th 2021, proof of vaccination will be required for youth aged 12-17 in order to take part in organized sports at recreational facilities. 


As part of the changes, Ontario is making digital or printed QR codes a mandatory part of its proof-of-vaccination system, along with the Verify Ontario app in settings where proof of vaccination is required. This means that receipts without the codes will no longer be accepted as the government deems them easily forged or falsified. This change will come into effect on January 4th 2022.

In order to obtain the enhanced vaccine certificate with the official QR code CLICK HERE


Physician’s notes will also no longer be accepted as of January 10, 2022. Any person(s) with a medical exemption will be required to retrieve a certificate with a QR code from a doctor or registered nurse who submits the patient’s information directly to the local health unit.


To read more on all of the regulations set forth by the government in regards to Reopening Ontario please view THIS PAGE.


We are currently working on gathering more information from the provincial government in order to ensure our members have all the necessary information available to them.

In preparation for the next transition in the COVID-19 pandemic organizations should refer to the Covid-19 Response Framework Modifications to develop/re-evaluate their Return to Football safety plans. As a requirement of the Ontario return to sport framework organizations must have their Return to Football safety plans completed and available by request of your regional health authorities. For additional resources on developing your safety plans please refer to the Ontario Workplace Safety – Safety Plan.

Please ensure your association has completed the following:

1. Completed and submitted your membership documentation for 2022: Member Form
2. Have a Return to Football safety plan completed and available to regional health authorities
3. Ensure registration of all participants in the Football Ontario member registry for 2022: Member Registry

Please note: Organizations must ensure these items are completed prior to starting any sport activities.

If your organization requires consultation or assistance in the development of your plan please email to set up a consultation.


Please Note:

Football Ontario and Football Canada are in constant communication with the Ontario Ministry to work towards gaining more information for our membership. We do encourage associations to communicate with their local health guidelines.

Football Ontario’s Return to Football resources are intended as a guideline for Football Ontario members to return to football in accordance with the Government of Ontario, Ontario Public Health, and Football Canada. Information provided in these resources are updated regularly as the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation and can change daily. Members are encouraged to use these resources to find appropriate recommendations based on the Ontario COVID-19 response framework.

NOTE: Changes may occur to the above documents, waivers & forms without notice. Please contact of Football Ontario to ensure you have the most up-to-date documents, waviers, & forms.