Latest Update: July 6th 2020

League Status: League play and scrimmages are still strictly prohibited. The following rules and protocols currently apply to anyone playing in any Footy Sevens socially distanced program or with any organisation renting any facility from Footy Sevens for approved practices.

In order to participate in any program at the field, players must have read our rules and protocols thoroughly. We ask that Team Captains take a leadership role in this task by making sure all players have confirmed they have read the rules/protocols prior to arriving at the facilities. 

Safety of our employees and league members remains our primary concern.  If safety protocols are not being followed we reserve the right to close down the facility immediately.

Accordingly, full compliance with ALL rules and protocols is mandatory for all players and compliance will be monitored.  Players or groups who do not comply with the protocols will face disciplinary action and will be asked to leave the facility.  There will be no other warnings. 



Updated Waiver

All players must accept the new waiver that will be available prior to the beginning of the new season.  It is the responsibility of the team captain to make sure all players have accepted this.  Players who have not accepted it will prohibited from playing.

Prior to Play

  • Rosters must be complete prior to the start of any team program in case contact tracing is required in the future.  We may require addidtional information from each player and will contact teams where appropriate.  If a player is not on your team roster, they cannot play. 
  • All players must accept the new waiver that will be available prior to the beginning of the new season.  It is the responsibility of the team captain to make sure all players have accepted this.  Players who have not accepted it will prohibited from playing.
  • Do not come to the field if you are feeling sick or unwell.
  • Access to facilities is not permitted for players who are in self-isolation for any reason or have been in contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Players must arrive at the facility dressed (minus cleats). Entrance to Immaculata Field will be from the parking lot entrance (Main St. entrance).  Players must arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before the game and will not be allowed to enter any area of the field until the previous participants have departed and staff have sanitised as necessary.
  • We will be asking players to leave the facility immediately following the program or booking. Exit from Immaculata Field will be through the school gates on the north side of the field - towards the stairs leading up from the field.  Players must leave within 5 minutes of the game ending.
  • Please wash your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitiser) before and after game play.
  • Captains must keep a record of all players who attend each game so that they can be traced and notified of exposure, if required.

At the facility

  • Please DO NOT arrive too early for your game so we can minimise the number of people there at any one time.  
  • Spectators are not permitted at this time, only players.  We will constantly review this rule.
  • All participants must maintain 2m of socially distanced space at all times.
  • All participants must follow the directions of staff at the field and proceed to their designated field or bench area.
  • There will be no access to washrooms and change rooms at this time.
  • Any player or participant not complying with COVID-19 protocols will be asked to leave the facility immediately.
  • Good hand hygiene is vital: wash or sanitise hands before entering the facility and as required while there.
  • We ask that players refrain from touching facility equipment (high touch areas such as goalposts and soccer balls) with their hands.  Goalposts and high touch areas will be sanitized thoroughly before every evening’s games and as required.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged wherever and whenever possible during your time at the field.
  • Spitting on the field will result in immediate dismissal and expulsion from the facility.
  • No sharing of water bottles or other personal equipment. All personal belongings and garbage should be kept to a minimum and removed at the end of your game.

Game Play Specifics

  • All initial games and programs will be designed to have no physical contact and maintain 2m of social distancing at all times.
  • There will be no heading of the ball in any program or game.
  • It will be mandatory for all goalies to sanitize their gloves prior to the start of any program.  Spitting on gloves will result in immediate dismissal and expulsion from the facility. 
  • Participants in Footy 7s programs will provide their own ball or will be using a sanitised Footy7s soccer ball for the immediate future.
  • Staff will be using electronic whistles and masks.
  • No post-game handshakes will be allowed, a simple “Great game!” from distance will be encouraged.

We understand that the COVID-19 environment can be challenging or unpredictable. We will do our due diligence to provide safe programs and strict protocols, but if individuals feel uncomfortable or unsafe in the current climate - we respect and understand any player's choice not to participate at this time.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

Your Ottawa Footy7s Team (Andrew, Dan, Ryan, Chris, Joel and Matt)

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