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Minor soccer officially cancelled by the GSL

It’s now official: there will be no minor soccer season this year in the Glengarry Soccer League, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sport’s governing body had been extending no-play orders month-by-month, with the latest restricting activity through the end of June.

At the time of that announcement on May 11, the GSL stated that it would convene its board and committee members to explore options. Yesterday, the league announced there would be no minor soccer for the 2020 season.

“The Glengarry Soccer League has made the difficult decision to cancel the Outdoor 2020 season for the MINOR division. An email will be sent out to all participants with information regarding refunds. At this time, a decision has not been made for the Senior and Tier 2 divisions.”

GSL announcement, May 24

Matthew Houlzet, who serves at the GSL referee assignor and GSL minor referee-in-chief and works as a soccer official himself, tells me that the league is still hoping that there will be adult soccer in some form, though the schedule will have to be adjusted and/or compressed.

Typically, senior soccer begins in the latter stages of May, concluding in August. At best, this year, play could begin in July, unless Ontario Soccer extends the prohibition on play through that month.

The GSL will be looking at various schedule options that could see play (if it happens at all) extend into the fall, perhaps as late as October.

The only certainty at this point is that there will be no youth matches in the Glengarry Soccer League this summer.

In terms of other area leagues, today the Cornwall-based Seaway Valley Soccer Club announced the cancellation of its house league and Coyotes (semi-competitive, all-star program) seasons.

“Due in part to the closure of facilities, the uncertainty of distancing orders surrounding recreational programming, the amount of time it would take to properly organize a recreational soccer program, SVSC must in the best interest of all, unfortunately, cancel its House League and Coyotes programs for spring/summer 2020. It should be noted that this decision did not come lightly, but the safety for all is the most important to the club and we appreciate the patience from parents, players, coaches, and officials.

Should the situation change with current conditions of COVID-19, SVSC will be looking at other options to provide possible soccer training activities once it is deemed safe to do so.”

Seaway Valley Soccer Club statement, May 25

At this time, the East Region Soccer League, the top competitive youth loop in this area, continues to explore options for a 2020 season. The GSL via Glengarry Hearts and the SVSC through its Cornwall Blazers teams participate in this league.

The ERSL has not cancelled play for this summer, but has suspended all in-person activities per direction from Ontario Soccer. Updates on modifications to rules and potential play can be followed on their website here.

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It’s official: no local soccer until at least July

The official word came down today from the province’s governing body of the beautiful game, as Ontario Soccer announced the continued suspension of all “in-person soccer events and activities” through to the end of June.

Locally, this affects the Glengarry Soccer League, Char-Lan Minor Soccer, as well as programs in Cornwall.

For its part, the GSL says it “will update our community on the status of our outdoor season after the GSL committee members meet to discuss.”

Typically, play would kick off in late May, with some divisions concluding by early August and others as late as mid-September. While a July-August season is not beyond the realm of possibilities (assuming that it would be permitted by Ontario Soccer), it would bring challenges, such as the impact of a compressed schedule, especially on divisions that include university-aged players who normally leave the region by late August.

Ontario Soccer

From the OSA announcement:

” Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and governmental advisors, continues to monitor the most recent developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are assessing operations and deciding cancellations and postponements on a month-to-month basis as the pandemic continues to unfold.

As a follow-up to the Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer announcements of March 12 and March 13, as well as the Ontario Soccer announcements of March 24 and April 7, Ontario Soccer is announcing today that all sanctioned in-person soccer events and activities for the month of June have been cancelled or postponed.

This decision will affect the start of the early portion of the 2020 Outdoor Season for Local, Regional, District, Provincial, OASL, OPDL, and all other leagues across Ontario.”

Ontario Soccer statement, May 11

The statement adds, “For those who may be concerned about registering for the abridged outdoor season, Ontario Soccer is encouraging participants to do so now, so that Districts, Leagues, Clubs, and Academies can be fully prepared to kick off the Return to Play season when announced.”

To date, this is what our region’s clubs have been doing.

As well, the OSA encourages interested individuals to pursue online training for coaching or officiating matches, as these services continue. Ontario Soccer has also launched online information regarding the Game Leader program to promote the grassroots of the game. A good way to stay up-to-date is via the OSA’s Facebook page.

Canada Soccer has initiated a program called Canada Soccer Nation Inside. The website includes information and resources, fun activities for the kids, downloadable images, and links to various coaching and training sessions, as well as online webinars.

One item that caught my attention is the Referee’s Home Workout guide. (direct link to PDF download)

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In Williamstown, the township’s Char-Lan Minor Soccer program usually concludes in late July, prior to the long weekend and the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville (which have been cancelled this year).

The association’s referee-in-chief, Nigel Carlisle in commenting on the status of this season commented in the CLMSA group, “At the moment, soccer has not been cancelled. Soccer will be postponed until we get the all clear from the government.”

Meanwhile, the Chadsey family, which has been very active in Glengarry soccer for many years, recently celebrated Bob’s birthday. One of his daughters, Navy, painted a watercolour for him, highlighting the family’s passion for the beautiful game, which includes a home-made soccer net on their property.

As Navy describes the painting, “The idea behind is it’s me and my siblings on my parents’ front lawn in our Laggan soccer jerseys. We all played for Laggan when we were young, and my dad coached all of our teams. It’s a watercolour painting with some black ink. It’s not from a photo that exists, just came from a sentimental idea!”

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Artwork painted by Navy Chadsey and the inspiration for the watercolour
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GSL cancels indoor season playoffs, hopes for a summer outdoor season

On Monday, the Glengarry Soccer League announced the official end to the winter indoor season, cancelling remaining matches and playoffs, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last action took place on March 12, with the season put on hiatus the next day.

With the end to 2019-20 play, Alexandria FC finishes atop the table in the senior men’s division, with 33 points. The Barflies check in second, five points back. McCrimmon ends third (22), followed by the Young Gunners (15), and Glen Sandfield (14).

In senior women’s play, Glen Nevis finished with a perfect record on 16 matches, for 48 points. Alexandria was second (33), followed by Glen Sandfield (20), Vankleek Hill (16), and Dalhart (1).

The U18 boys top team was Brazil (yellow), with 37 points. Rounding out the standings were Canada (red, 26), England (grey, 22), Netherlands (orange, 15), Spain (blue, 13), and Ireland (green, 10).

Canada (red) topped the U18 girls division, notching 31 points from 14 matches. Ireland (green) took second (21), followed by the Netherlands (orange, 13), and Spain (blue, 13).

England (grey) was first in the U13 coed division, taking 33 points. Italy (yellow, 28) followed. Rounding out the standings were the Netherlands (orange, 20), Canada (burgundy, 13), and Ireland (green, 7).

Canada (red), with 35 points, topped the U11 coed group. Following were England (grey, 29), Ireland (green, 16), USA (blue, 15), Spain (yellow, 14), the Netherlands (orange, 10).

The focus for the GSL now is the summer outdoor season, with registration ongoing.

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer, continues to monitor the most recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the emerging public health crisis.

As the Glengarry Soccer League is registered and sanctioned under Ontario Soccer, we follow the guidelines put forth by Ontario Soccer, who speak with medical experts and comply with government mandates.

At this time, the end of the indoor season has officially been cancelled. We will continue with registration for the Outdoor 2020 season. A decision on how the outdoor season will be altered is not being made just yet. We will continue with registration and begin making teams as we normally do at the end of March / beginning of April. We understand this is a challenging time for many families. If you require financial assistance to register your children for soccer due to COVID-19, please reach out to us via e-mail.

Glengarry Soccer League notice

The league’s referee training plans continue. The entry-level course (age 14 and older), has moved to online certification, while the training of officials for small-sided matches remains on the calendar as scheduled, on Friday, May 1 (5 to 7:30 p.m.) OR Saturday, May 2 (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

GSL statement: “We appreciate your patience while the GSL navigates this challenging time. We understand the uncertainty of everything can be overwhelming, but we are taking things one week at a time for now. The safety of our players, coaches, referees, volunteers, and spectators is important to us and we will continue to comply with the decisions set forth by Ontario Soccer and adjust our season as needed to keep our community safe.”

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ERSL notice on Twitter

The Glengarry League also traditionally fields teams in the ERSL, the region’s competitive soccer league, under the banner Glengarry Hearts. Typically, the season begins in late May, with clubs holding tryouts and practices in the months preceding. At this point, everything is on hold.

Char-Lan Minor Soccer, which plays in Williamstown, is continuing with its registration and planning for the summer 2020 season. Updates can be found in their Facebook group. Registration information can be found here, on South Glengarry’s website.

The Seaway Valley Blazers teams, which compete in the ERSL, are also on hold, in line with direction from Ontario Soccer.

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GSL postpones tonight’s dome match, suspends indoor season

The Glengarry Soccer League’s indoor season has been suspended, effective March 13, says Tammy MacSweyn, GSL vice-president.

The lone match on the docket tonight was the last senior men’s regular-season game featuring the Barflies and McCrimmon. Nothing was scheduled for the March Break (next week), with GSL action originally booked to resume March 22. However, that is now in limbo.

MacSweyn explains that the league is following the direction of Ontario Soccer, which announced last night, “Ontario Soccer has made the difficult decision to immediately suspend all sanctioned soccer activities in the province until further notice.” This includes “all competitions, training, coach and match official education, and team-building activities.”

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