Release of SSA's Return to Soccer Plan

Jun. 10, 2020

To SSA Member Organizations:

We are pleased to announce the release of SSA Return to Soccer Plan.
With support from Canada Soccer, Sask Sport, and other provincial soccer associations, SSA has developed the Return to Soccer Plan (RTSP) to serve as a guide to assist SSA Member Organizations in the safe reintroduction of soccer. The plan uses a multi-phase approach for a thoughtful and cautious return to the pitch.
This document will be dynamic, and we will make updates as more information becomes available.  It is important to note that this document is not exhaustive, and that your Member Organization must continue to do their due diligence to ensure you are ready when you decide to return to the pitch.
Member Organizations are to use the plan as a resource in the creation of their own plans, as part of SSA’s 6 Steps to Return to Soccer.
Steps What is involved in each step?
Step 1 Saskatchewan Soccer Association (SSA) submits Return to Soccer Plan (RTSP) to Canada Soccer to review - COMPLETE
Step 2 Canada Soccer reviews the RTSP and provides commentary. If changes are necessary -> return to step 1 and resubmit once adjustments are made - COMPLETE
Step 3 RTSP (this document) provided to SSA Member Organizations (MOs) which outlines steps and phases for resuming soccer and provides information for developing their own RTSP - COMPLETE
Step 4 MOs must adhere to the phase of resuming soccer. MOs develop their own plan based on the considerations in this document and then complete the Canada Soccer Return to Soccer Assessment Tool
Step 5 Canada Soccer and SSA will engage with MOs to provide feedback on any areas of improvement in the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool which will help the MO determine whether they are ready to return to play or not ? if MO needs to re-submit, go back to Step 4 until Assessment Tool confirms readiness
Step 6 Member Organizations are able to deliver soccer and must adhere to Phase of resumption
Within the plan are Four phases of Resuming Soccer. SSA will determine timelines for each RTSP Phase in alignment with the Saskatchewan provincial health authorities involving government orders, restrictions and guidelines.

We received information this morning that we are able to enter Phase 1 of our plan - No Contact - Return to Train. This information has come to us just prior to this communication.  We will continue to update as more clarity is provided. 
PLEASE NOTE: Member Organization must still complete their plans and the Risk Assessment tool prior to entering this phase.
Your recommended next steps:
Review the approved SSA Return to Soccer Plan
Continue to develop your own organizational Return to Soccer Plan with your committee/board and continue your research and due diligence to ensure you have addressed all areas of concern specific to your organization.
Work with all stakeholders (municipal, facility operators, etc.) to ensure you have plans in place to Return to Soccer safely
Complete your Return to Soccer Plan, receive local Board approval. As with the SSA RTSP, your plan should be dynamic and updated as new information becomes available
Complete the Canada Soccer Risk Assessment tool (information to be sent out on Friday)
The Canada Soccer Assessment Tool will help your organization determine whether they are ready to return to play or not --> if not, do the necessary work and re-submit until the Assessment Tool confirms readiness
Release your plan to your membership and post on your website, as your participants will be active contributors to executing your plan safely and effectively
Ensure you are aware of the current RTSP Phase and return to the pitch safely, as allowed and as you are ready (start at an earlier phase if needed).
SSA will not be formally approving Member Organization Return to Soccer Plans. It is important that you complete the above steps and based on the result from the Risk Assessment tool that you only return to soccer when your organization is ready, and guidelines allow.
If you have questions specific to your organization’s operations, you may want to contact the Saskatchewan Government Business Response Team:
Questions on the SSA Return to Soccer Plan can be submitted to Nicole Drozda, Coordinator of Member Services at


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