The Fort Frances Youth Soccer Board has decided to pull the plug on the upcoming season.
“Given the current situation and the ongoing emergency measures in place, we have unfortunately decided to cancel the upcoming soccer season,” the league stated on its Facebook page. “If you have already registered, please be patient, as we are processing the refunds as quickly as we are able and will be mailing them out. Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you next season.”
The league held registration March 10-12, prior to the closure of schools and the province’s Emergency Declaration. The Board has been monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation since, to determine if the season would go ahead.
Since registration took place, public gatherings have closed from unlimited gatherings, down to five people, announced March 25.
On March 30, the province closed parks and outdoor recreation amenities, including sports fields.
The province’s Framework for reopening our Province, released Monday, gave no specific timeline for when these measures might be repealed. The current emergency measures will be in effect until at least May 6. Soccer Ontario suspended its season indefinitely on March 12. However, the Fort Frances Youth Soccer League is not a member organization, and runs a brief recreational program, opposed to Soccer Ontario’s winter, spring and summer format.