ECSL 2020 SEASON CANCELLED
June 22, 2020
Dear Essex County Soccer League Club representatives,
Today, the Province of Ontario announced that the Windsor-Essex region will not progress into Stage 2 of the Provincial Covid 19 Plan. As a result of the same, this means that the earliest we as a soccer District can commence Stage 1 per Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play protocol would be July 3, 2020.
Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play structure has three (3) distinct stages. Stage 1 is referred to Return to Training period which involves, amongst other things, players and coaches returning to modified training. Stage 2 is referred to Return to Training and Modified Games whereby, amongst other things, inter and intra squad training and modified games within the same Club would be permitted. Finally, Stage 3 would allow Return to Soccer (regular competition, games and training) when, amongst other things, social distancing restrictions have been lifted. None of these stages has any defined period.
Further to the above, Ontario Soccer has issued a detailed Return to Play Guide which can be accessed using the following link:
The responsibilities of coaches, players, managers, Clubs and all involved in the game are extensive and onerous.
Given the above and more importantly given the fact that the window for undertaking even a condensed season is extremely unlikely if not impossible we are regretfully informing you of the cancellation of the ECSL 2020 outdoor season.
This difficult decision is being made in the best interest of all involved in our beautiful game.
Tim Filipic, ECSL Administrator Joe Barile, ECSA President