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What's coming up at Ottawa Footy Sevens
24 November 2021 @ 3:32 PM by Chris Surgeoner

Hi Footyseveners,

With only a week until the last of our winter leagues kick-off, we wanted to reach out with a quick update on what the next few months have in store. Included below is information on our remaining league spaces for this season, an update on next season (Winter 2022), pickup soccer, kids programs and a holiday offer.

 

Winter Leagues (November/December Starts): - remaining spaces.

 

Winter 2022 (January/February Starts):

Registration for next season will open the week of December 6th. The lineup for next season will look very similar to the current one with leagues located centrally (uOttawa & Carleton), the east end (Gloucester Hornet's Nest) and in the west (Ben Franklin Dome & Sooners Megadome). Full details of all league options will be online in the next week or so.

 

Charity Outdoor Pickup Soccer:

100% of the proceeds of our remaining Outdoor Pickup Games will be donated to local charities. We've had a great 4 or 5 months of pickup soccer, and built up a great community of players. Since we are obviously coming towards the end of the outdoor season, we've decided to make all remaining outdoor 60-minute games only $8 and 90-minute games $10 and give all of the proceeds to local charities, We'll also be starting to phase in some indoor pickup games, but they will be a far more limited supply than the outdoor games have been.

You can find the list of upcoming games on our pickup soccer website

 

Li'l Sambas Kids Programs:

After a successful outdoor season, we continue to build our new youth program alongside Sanjeev Parmar and the Futuro Soccer Academy. Our first winter program kicks off at uOttawa at the beginning of December. We only have a few spaces left until it is sold out and registration for the following season will open in mid-December. You can find full details and registration at the L'il Sambas website.

 

Team Party Promotion at the Laugh Lounge Comedy Club:

Tis the season for Christmas team parties and we've got just the offer for you. All Footy Sevens members are eligible for 50% off admission (12 person maximum, reservation made 5 days in advance). Drop Nick an email at laughlounge613@gmail.com for information or check them out on Instagram @laughloungeottawa

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to drop us an email.

- Your Ottawa Footy Sevens Team

Tis the Season...For a Team Night Out!
3 November 2021 @ 10:02 AM by Andrew Park

As we start looking forward to the holiday season we have a great offer from the Laugh Lounge, Ottawa's newest comedy club located in the Byward Market. Whether it's a team party, Christmas party or just a night out, all Footy Sevens members are eligible for a great deal. 

  • Team night out for 100$ (50% off admission)

  • Maximum of 12 people

  • Reservation must be booked 5 days in advance

Drop Nick an email at laughlounge613@gmail.com for information or check them out on Instagram @laughloungeottawa

Individual Registration Now Available for Footy Sevens Leagues
24 September 2021 @ 3:18 PM by Chris Surgeoner

Hello everyone,

Registration for all Footy Sevens fall/winter indoor leagues is now open for both individuals and for full teams! We've been inundated with team registrations so far, and now the individuals get their turn,

Our Wednesday evening coed league is already sold out, and a few others look set to sell out in the next few days, so don't wait too long to secure your spot for fall and winter.

We are at our usual selection of venues and have added some fantastic new options at the Sooners Megadome in Kanata. We'll be there for Coed on Mondays, as well as Tuesday and Thursday evening men's leagues.

And if you can't wait until November, you can always join one of our regular pick-up games or get on the court with volleyball leagues at various venues.

Don't forget, you can always register with confidence at Footy Sevens! If our leagues don't take place due to a change in government Covid Policies regarding indoor sports, we will issue a full refund for any games that haven't been played.

You can find full information on all of our leagues at the Ottawa Footy Sevens Website

Fall/Winter 2021 Soccer League Line-Up - What's Still Available?

Coed TEAM Spaces Currently Available

  • Monday @ Sooners Megadome
  • Monday @ uOttawa Lees Dome
  • Friday @ Carleton Fieldhouse
  • Sunday @ uOttawa Lees Dome

Coed INDIVIDUAL Spaces Currently Available

  • Monday @ Sooners Megadome
  • Friday @ Carleton Fieldhouse

Men's TEAM Spaces Currently Available

  • Monday @ Ben Franklin Dome
  • Tuesday @ Sooners Megadome
  • Thursday @ Sooners Megadome
  • Friday @ uOttawa Lees Dome
  • Sunday @ uOttawa Lees Dome

Men's INDIVIDUAL Spaces Currently Available

  • Monday @ Ben Franklin Dome
  • Tuesday @ Sooners Megadome
  • Thursday @ Sooners Megadome
  • Friday @ uOttawa Lees Dome

For registration and information on all leagues go to the Ottawa Footy Sevens Website or drop us an e-mail.

Pickup Soccer

We will continue to offer our ever-popular outdoor pickup soccer games until the snow falls. No commitment, just sign up and play in a one-off game. Details of our upcoming pickup soccer games can be found on the Footy Seven pickup soccer website.

Volleyball

Registration for all volleyball and leagues can be found on the Ottawa Volley Sixes website. We are almost full for this year, but we can still fit in a handful of individuals to our Wednesday Mixed 6s League at Redeemer Christian School.

Li'l Sambas Soccer

This summer saw us partner with Futuro Soccer to launch our Li'l Sambas Soccer programs for kids age 4-11. It was a huge success with over 350 kids joining us at Immaculata for skills, drills, games and fun. We are hoping to post details of fall and winter programs for kids soon, so register on the Li'l Sambas Soccer website if you want to be kept up to date with upcoming programs for kids.
 
See you all on the field,
 
The Footy Sevens Team
Important Information on Vaccine Requirements for League Games
2 September 2021 @ 3:49 PM by Chris Surgeoner

Hello everyone,

Thank you all for joining us again for our late summer/early fall outdoor leagues. It's been great to see both new and returning teams back on the field and even some familiar faces and team names back after an 18-month hiatus.

Fall Leagues and Vaccinations

The Province of Ontario announced yesterday that it would be introducing a vaccine passport. It appears that this applies to indoor sports, but not to outdoor sports 

However, it looks like it will be mandatory to provide proof of vaccination at some of the outdoor venues that we will be using for the current leagues. Venues are introducing and updating vaccine policies as the new school and university term approaches.

In order to participate in a game at any venue, all players must abide by any policy or regulation that is in place at that specific venue. At some venues, this may include providing proof of vaccination. This is not negotiable with Footy Sevens, rules and regulations are set by the venue, and cannot be ignored or superseded by the league.

Here is what we know regarding the fields that we will be using:

Immaculata High School: Procedures will follow Provincial vaccine policy. No current change to procedures or vaccine proof required,

Carleton University: All visitors to the Carleton University campus including the Stadium and Raven Road fields must upload proof of vaccination to the Carleton U website and be able to show this proof of vaccination or they will not be allowed onto the campus.

"all individuals who are coming on to campus must attest to receiving their first dose vaccine by September 8, 2021, and their second dose no later than October 15, 2021. "

https://carleton.ca/covid19/health-and-safety/covid-19-vaccines/

University of Ottawa: All visitors to the University of Ottawa campus including Lees Field must upload proof of vaccination to the uOttawa website, be able to show this proof of vaccination and complete a daily COVID symptom check-in list or they will not be allowed onto the campus.

"all visitors (external clients, contractors and spectators) must be vaccinated to access all our athletic facilities on campus as of September 7th (first dose) and October 15th (second dose)"

https://www.uottawa.ca/coronavirus/en/mandatory-covid-19-vaccination

A few FAQs

What happens if I have a game at Carleton U or uOttawa and have not completed the vaccination requirements and proof? You will not be allowed to take part in the game and asked to leave the campus.

When do these requirements start? See information for individual venues above

What happens if I am exempt or wish to apply to be exempt from these policies? Anyone who wishes to discuss the policies at Carleton University or uOttawa or apply for exemption should do so directly with the University, we do not have any ability to ignore or alter their procedures on behalf of any individual.

Can we make a request for all of our games to be at a venue that does not require vaccination? Unless a league specifically says that it is only played at one venue, we cannot guarantee that any team or player will not have any games at any specific venue.

I'm vaccinated, but I don't know where the proof of vaccination is? If you were vaccinated in Ontario, you should have got an e-mail with a document titled "dose_admin . . ." . Try searching your email for that.

We will provide updates as we have them,

Good luck for the new season,

The Footy Sevens Team

Fall Soccer Leagues Start Soon - Don't Miss Out on Outdoor Soccer!
18 August 2021 @ 3:05 PM by Andrew Park

Hello Footyseveners,

As we enter the final few weeks of our summer leagues and playoffs heat up we just wanted to reach out with a quick update on our Fall Leagues. 

Leagues kickoff over the last week of August or first week of September and will be played outdoors at Immaculata High School, Carleton University or the University of Ottawa (see homepage for specific league locations). If you have any scheduling questions, just drop us an email.

7-a-Side Leagues: Spaces can be reserved with a 250.00 Deposit

COED - Monday (8 Spaces Left), Tuesday (2 Spaces Left), Wednesday (6 Spaces Left), Thursday (7 Spaces Left), Friday (7 Spaces Left), Sunday (7 Spaces Left)

MENS - Monday (8 Spaces Left), Tuesday (4 Spaces Left), Wednesday (7 Spaces Left), Thursday (8 Spaces Left), Friday (7 Spaces Left), Sunday (7 Spaces Left)

 

Covid Policies

Our covid policies continue to be updated in accordance with public heatlh guidelines. 

  • All in game play has returned to pre-pandemic rules. This means no restrictions on headers, defensive walls etc.
  • No limits on roster sizes. We do recommend 10-12 full time players on each team as that means lots of playing time!
  • No limits on division sizes. 
  • We continue with our contact tracing checkins but now that we've entered Phase 3, no longer required to complete the screening questionnaire at most venues (the exception being Carleton University).
  • We continue to encourage our members to be conscious about carpooling and respecting government guidelines when not in the facilities.

 

Youth Leagues - New Seasons Begin late-August - Spaces are Limited

We launched our first Li'l Sambas kids program and had an incredible response with over 330 kids playing in our current program at Immaculata. We'll be partnering with Futuro Soccer Academy and those of you who have watched the Futuro Academy kids train before or after your Footy Sevens game will already have been amazed at the level of technique and attention to detail at each session. Those same core principles will be adapted to each age level to give an unrivaled start in the game for both beginners and kids with a little experience.

Details of our fall programs for kids will be online this weekend on the new Li'l Sambas Soccer Website

 

Ottawa Volley Sixes Mixed Volleyball Leagues

After a year and half of almost no indoor sports, our volleyball leagues are back for the 2021/2022 season. We've got leagues Monday through Thursday at various locations around Ottawa. All league information can be found at our Ottawa Volley Sixes website.

 

Drop us an email if you have any questions!

-Your Ottawa Footy Sevens Team

We're Back! Soccer Leagues Begin July 2nd!
24 June 2021 @ 3:44 PM by Andrew Park

Hello Footyseveners,

We've got great news! The province has confirmed Ontario will move into Phase 2 of the reopening plan on June 30th and games will resume straight away.

All of our leagues will be played outdoors at Immaculata High School, Carleton University or the University of Ottawa (see homepage for specific league locations).

Click here for availability, all the details and to register. Secure your team space with a 250.00 deposit today.

 

7-a-Side Leagues -We've added a Tuesday Coed League @ Immaculata to our Spring/Summer lineup. Click here for more details. 

COED - Monday (3 Spaces Remaining), Tuesday (NEW) 5 Spaces, Wednesday (SOLD OUT), Thursday (SOLD OUT), Friday (4 Spaces Remaining), Sunday (1 Spaces Remaining) - Sunday (1 Male & 2 Female Individual Spaces)

MENS - Monday (5 Spaces Remaining), Tuesday (3 Spaces Remaining), Wednesday (SOLD OUT), Thursday (SOLD OUT), Friday (1 Spaces Remaining), Sunday (1 Spaces Remaining)

*Individual spaces - Only a few remain across our Coed and Mens leagues. 

 

Covid Policies

  • We're still waiting on some additional details from the province, but it is our understanding the divisions can return to normal 6-10 team groupings.
  • Capacity limits per 7aside field remain at 25 and as a result, roster sizes will be limited to 12 players per team attending each game. Teams are permitted to carry more than 12 on their roster. 
  • Rosters will be checked upon entry to each facility. 
  • Players will only be able to access the facility once the previous game has finished.
  • Spectators are not permitted at this time. Only active players who are participating in the game are permitted in the facility.

Once we have more specifics from the goverment, we will adjust our procedures. 

 

Pickup Games Return June 30th

Now that games are allowed, our ever popular pickup games return on June 30th. We'll have a full slate of game Wednesday, June 30th through Saturday July 3rd. Sign up now and don't miss out!

Click here and check out our Pickup Soccer website for all the details. 

 

Youth Leagues - Begin July 2nd - Spaces are Limited

We launched our new Li'l Sambas kids program a couple of months ago and had an incredible response with over 325 kids already signed up to play in the spring program at Immaculata. We'll be partnering with Futuro Soccer Academy and those of you who have watched the Futuro Academy kids train before or after your Footy Sevens game will already have been amazed at the level of technique and attention to detail at each session. Those same core principles will be adapted to each age level to give an unrivaled start in the game for both beginners and kids with a little experience.

You can find full details of all of the programs and register  over on the new Li'l Sambas Soccer Website

 

Drop us an email if you have any questions!

-Your Ottawa Footy Sevens Team

Soccer Returns to Ottawa! Registration Open for all Leagues
10 June 2021 @ 1:51 PM by Andrew Park

Hello Footyseveners,

We've got great news! The provincial government has started it's reopening plan and a return to league games is on the horizon. With the positive trends across Ontario, we're looking to July 2nd for the resumption of league games. 

With that in mind, all team and individual registrations are now open. All spring and summer leagues will be played outdoors at Immaculata High School, Carleton University or the University of Ottawa (see homepage for specific league locations). Click here for availability, all the details and to register. As always, you can secure your team space with a 250.00 deposit.

 

7-a-Side Leagues

COED - Monday (10+ Spaces Remaining), Wednesday (5 Spaces Remaining), Thursday (4 Spaces Remaining), Friday (9 Spaces Remaining), Sunday (5 Spaces Remaining)

MENS - Monday (10+ Spaces Remaining), Tuesday (10+ Spaces Remaining), Wednesday (5 Spaces Remaining), Thursday (4 Spaces Remaining), Friday (9 Spaces Remaining), Sunday (7 Spaces Remaining)

*Individual spaces are available in most leagues.

 

Rule Changes

We're happy to say that with a return to play, there will be some adjustments back to normal game play and procedures.

  • Heading the ball is back. There will be no restrictions on heading the soccer ball in any league game.
  • Defensive walls return. We will allow for walls to be set up for defending free kicks
  • As we receive more direction from the public health, we provide further clarification on other changes to our covid rules.

 

Pickup Soccer / Training Session

Looking to kill some time between now and the return to play? We are offering training sessions, soccer golf and other programming for the remainder of June. Click here and check out our Pickup Soccer website for all the details.

 

Youth Leagues - Limited Spaces

We launched our new Li'l Sambas kids program a couple of months ago and had an incredible response with over 300 kids already signed up to play in the spring program at Immaculata. We'll be partnering with Futuro Soccer Academy and those of you who have watched the Futuro Academy kids train before or after your Footy Sevens game will already have been amazed at the level of technique and attention to detail at each session. Those same core principles will be adapted to each age level to give an unrivaled start in the game for both beginners and kids with a little experience.

You can find full details of all of the programs and register  over on the new Li'l Sambas Soccer Website

 

Drop us an email if you have any questions!

-Your Ottawa Footy Sevens Team

Spring League Update & Return to Play
23 May 2021 @ 9:45 PM by Andrew Park

Hi Footyseveners,

We hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the great weather over this long weekend. We all wish we were back on the field playing the game we love and are hopeful that it won't be long until we're back underway. As the situation here in Ottawa (and Ontario) improves, we wanted to reach out and give you a quick update regarding our Spring/Summer leagues.

We were hoping for an immediate return of safe outdoor sports but unfortunately, it looks like we will have to wait until Phase 2 of the reopening in late June or early July. If there are any changes to the provincial timeline for sports, we are ready to get going right away and will update everyone as more information becomes available. 

We've put together a short FAQ that covers some of the more general questions we've received. 

When will the leagues begin? The provincial announcement allows for league games to resume in Phase 2 of the reopening plan, currently slated for late June or early July. The dates posted are based on the information we have received to date. They are subject to change and if we're able to start earlier, we are ready to get going as soon as we are permitted to do so.

Can I still register? Yes! We still have spaces remaining in all of our Spring/Summer leagues. Team and Individual registration is open. Click here for all league information.

Will my team play the full 8 game season? Yes, all Spring/Summer leagues will be played in their entirety. 

Where will leagues be played? All Spring/Summer leagues will be played outdoors and games will be scheduled at Immaculata High School or Carleton University, as advertised. 

Kids Soccer - Li'l Sambas Programs for Ages 4-10 years old

We launched our new L'l Sambas kids program a couple of months ago and had an incredible response with alrmost 300 kids already signed up to play in the spring program at Immaculata. We'll be partnering with Futuro Soccer Academy and those of you who have watched the Futuro Academy kids train before or after your Footy Sevens game will already have been amazed at the level of technique and attention to detail at each session. Those same core principles will be adapted to each age level to give an unrivaled start in the game for both beginners and kids with a little experience.

You can find full details of all of the programs and register  over on the new Li'l Sambas Soccer Website

Pickup Sports and Field Rentals

We are waiting to hear when we are allowed to reopen and what is or isn't allowed when we do: as soon as we are allowed to open for field rentals and for our popular pickup games, they will be available! Keep watching this space for updates.

THANK YOU! Needless to say, but we'd also just like to say a big thank you to all our members for your continued support throughout the pandemic. We couldn't do this without you and we're looking forward to getting back on the field.

If you have any questions about any of this or a specific league, drop us an email and we'll answer your questions to the best of our ability.

Andrew, Chris, Matt & Joel - Your Ottawa Footy Sevens Team

Ottawa's Stay-at-Home Order
12 April 2021 @ 9:34 AM by Andrew Park

Hi everyone,

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. As we all know by now, Ontario is under a stay-at-home order until at least May 6th. Under this order we are unable to offer league games, pickup games or training session. We've had a few questions from people about the status of the leagues and while the situation is very fluid, we wanted to provide a brief update.

  • All leagues that were underway when restrictions went into place have been postponed and will resume once we are allowed to do so. 
  • All leagues that have yet to begin may be delayed slightly as we get caught up. Once we have more information regarding reopening, we will be in touch with individual leagues and teams to update them on start dates, etc. 
  • We'll be in touch as more information becomes available but if you have any questions, please drop us an email. 

Thanks for your patience (again!) as we navigate this challenging situation. 

- Your Ottawa Footy Sevens Team

 

Winter League Update
13 January 2021 @ 12:07 PM by Andrew Park

Hi Footyseveners,

We hope everyone had a good holiday and we wish you all a happy new year.

As you know by now, Ottawa is under a full lockdown and indoor sports are prohibited until February 11th. With these restrictions in mind, we wanted to reach out to update everyone on how they will impact our current schedules and the next season of leagues. 

Winter Season:

Providing restrictions are lifted and indoor team sports are permitted, the winter season will resume on February 11th. We have started updating schedules and will confirm the adjustments once we know that government restrictions will be lifted. The final weeks of the winter season will be condensed and likely involve doubleheaders. 

Winter/Early Spring Season:

These restrictions have had a knock-on effect on our next set of winter/early spring leagues and some start dates have been delayed. Please double-check the homepage of the website for specific league information.

Our Register with Confidence Guarantee:

Registration is open for our Winter/Early Spring leagues and your team space can be secured with a 250.00 deposit. If the Winter/Early Spring season is cancelled due to Covid restrictions, registrants will have the option to receive a refund for any unplayed games.

In order to keep things manageable on our end, we'll not be accepting full team payments until we have confirmation that provincial restrictions will be lifted. For a full list of our leagues click here. 

We are currently operating under the assumption that measures will be lifted in February but recognize there is a level of uncertainty. We'll continue to update you as to the status of our restart as information becomes available. 

 

Until then, stay safe and we'll hopefully see you back on the field soon!

 

Andrew, Chris & Matt - Your Ottawa Footy Sevens Team 

Provincial Announcement - Winter Leagues Update
21 December 2020 @ 3:03 PM by Ryan McCann

Hello everyone,

As some of you already know, the government has announced that the province will be entering a 28 day lockdown on Boxing Day. As a result team sports and athletic facilities will be temporarily shut down.

As it stands, this should have minimal impact on our leagues, with the majority of the lockdown period coinciding with our Christmas break. The league schedules that are impacted have been updated. There is also a chance the lockdown will be reduced to 14 days. If that's the case there should be very minor disruption to the league schedules.

We just wanted to give everyone a quick update on what this means for the current and upcoming leagues.

There will be no games in the current leagues until at least January 23rd and our winter leagues with advertised start dates prior to January 23rd will be delayed.

Team and individual registration for the winter 2021 season will remain open. Footy Sevens would like you to know that you can register for our winter leagues with confidence. If we are required to make drastic changes or forced to cancel any leagues we will issue a full refund. 

We will send a full update on the leagues once we have more clarity on the situation. Please do not ask us for specific updates just now, as we don't have any further information at the moment.

Hopefully, this gives you the information that you need just now, and we will be able to answer more of your questions soon.

Have a great Christmas,

Andrew, Chris, Joel and Matt and Ryan

Winter Indoor League Registration Open and Update on Ottawa U's Lees Dome
14 December 2020 @ 7:50 PM by Chris Surgeoner

Hi everyone,

The final games of the much postponed and interrupted outdoor league season are now in the books and the first indoor leagues kicked off over the past couple of weeks. We truly appreciate all of the teams and players that continued to support the league and adapt to whatever this year threw at you, whether it was delays and doubleheaders or masks, checklists and subzero temperatures. On behalf of all of us at Footy Sevens, we'd like to say thank you for your patience and adaptability.

Coed and Men's Leagues Now Available at uOttawa Lees Dome

We have some great news. Ottawa U have given us our rental times for the Lees Dome starting in mid-January and we will be able to offer the Coed and Men's Leagues that we have traditionally offered each winter at the dome. We know that there were many of you who were waiting to see if we would be offering leagues at Ottawa U. or who we were not able to accommodate in our sold-out leagues at Carleton, Gloucester and Ben Franklin.

We have the following leagues available at the Lees Dome, starting on the week of January 18th.

  • Coed - Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
  • Men's - Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Our capacity for these leagues are significantly lower than usual, as only two of the three fields at the dome will be used each hour due to the COVID-19 regulations. As you would expect, both Footy Sevens and Ottawa University will have COVID-19 protocols in place to make sure that everyone can play safely and responsibly.

We still need to get final confirmation from the uOttawa administration that their risk management team has signed off on the dome opening, but we expect to have that very soon. If for any reason, the dome cannot reopen all deposits will be refunded immediately. You can reserve your place in any of our uOttawa leagues with a $100 deposit.

We have opened team and individual registration for the leagues and you can find full details and registration on the Footy Sevens Website. Click on the team price to place your deposit and confirm your team's space in the league.

New Indoor League - Sundays at the Bell's Sensplex

We have one other new coed league, at a new venue for us. We will be playing Sunday evenings, at Bell's Sensplex in Kanata, an ideal spot for those of you that live in the West of the city. The league starts on January 10th and we have room for 2 more coed teams and  6 more individual spaces. Registration is open and spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis. You can find full details here.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - Winter Season Now Online

We already have around 80 teams playing during the week at the Carleton Fieldhouse, Hornet's Nest and Ben Franklin Domes. Registration for the winter seasons, kicking off in January and February, is now open. The new season starts immediately after the end of the current seasons and team spaces are available for the following leagues:

  • Monday Men's - Ben Franklin Dome and Sensplex - Individual Spaces Also Available
  • Wednesday Coed - Hornet's Nest
  • Thursday Coed - Carleton University Fieldhouse
  • Friday Coed and Men's  - Carleton University Fieldhouse - Individual Spaces Also Available

The fall season of all of these league sold out, register now to ensure your team's space in the league. You can find full details and registration on the Footy Sevens Website. Click on the team price to place your deposit and confirm your team's place.

The Final Pickup Soccer Games of 2020

Some mild weather and six hours of shovelling meant that we have been able to offer our popular outdoor pickup games for longer than expected. All good things come to end, though, and we are switching over to INDOOR PICKUP GAMES until spring. We have the first of our indoor pickup games at Carleton University this Thursday and Saturday at the Fieldhouse. Sign-up over at the Footy Sevens pickup website

Have a great weekend everyone,

Andrew, Chris, Joel, Matt and Ryan, the Footy Sevens Team.

 

 

Winter League Registration Open Now
15 October 2020 @ 9:13 AM by Joel Convery

Hello everyone,

We are into the final few months of 2020 and what a year it has been. Providing government restrictions are lifted, we plan to operate our indoor leagues starting mid-November. The lineup looks different from past years and there have been some changes, as some of the facilities we have called home for past winter seasons are facing a delayed reopening. As a result, our new venue this winter will be the Sooner's Megadome located in Kanata. This state of the art facility is ideal for teams who live in the West or South End of Ottawa. 

Please note, we currently only have enough space available to accommodate about 30% of the teams that are currently playing outdoor soccer with us. Registration is now open and you can sign-up as an individual or reserve your team's space with $250 deposit at the Footy Sevens website.

Our Guarantee To You - If any leagues are cancelled prior to their start date or cancelled at some point throughout the season, teams will have the option to receive a credit or refund for the unplayed games (prorata). 

Coed Leagues

Mens Leagues

 

New League Additions

As the indoor facilities reopen, we expect to be offered some additional field time. We hope that we can use this to offer new leagues and if we are, the homepage will be updated and teams will be informed. If you have registered to a league and a new one works better for your team, we are happy to move registrations to better suit you. 

Individuals

There will be a small number of individual spaces available this fall. Registration is open and you can sign up through the homepage. 

Looking to get on the field before the start of the Winter leagues?

With the current restrictions, we are unable to run our leagues or pickup games until November 7th. If you are looking to get out, we have a couple of options for you to get some touches in. 

  • Training Sessions - We will be running our soccer training sessions for the next few weeks. 
  • Soccer Golf - A new course design is in the works and we have teeoffs starting this weekend.
  • Field Rental - If you'd like to get your team out for a quick practice or training session, drop us an email at admin@ottawafootysevens.com for pricing and availability. 

Volleyball

While we don't have our usual great lineup of mixed 6s volleyball, we have returned to the fantastic central location at Carleton's newly refurbished Norm Fenn gymnasium. Registration is still open and the season will resume following the 28 day lockdown. Full details and registration can be found on the Ottawa Volley Sixes Website.

You can find the full details of each league on the Footy Sevens Website.

 

FAQs

We know you and your teams will have a lot of questions about the forthcoming leagues and what will happen. Obviously, this is a season unlike any other since the league began. Here are some FAQs about the most common ones we think you will have.

  • Will there be leagues at Ottawa U Lees Dome? Not this season, the Lees Dome is going to be closed until mid-January. The indoor leagues available just now at other venues will end in mid-January, in time for teams to join our leagues at Ottawa U.
  • Will there be leagues at the Louis Riel Dome? Right now we don't know. We do not have enough confirmation of opening or availability for Louis Riel to allow us to post all of our usual east-end leagues. As soon as we have confirmation one way or the other we will let all of our current captains know.
  • What happens if we register for a league and then you post a league at a venue we prefer? If we post a new league before the upcoming seasons begin, we will transfer your registration to your preferred league.
  • What happens if the venue gets shut down or there is another provincial shutdown? In the case of a shutdown of more than a week or two, REFUNDS FOR ALL REMAINING GAMES WILL BE ISSUED. We will not be forcing teams to keep the balance on credit, refunds will be issued if requested. If there is a short shutdown (e.g.a week or two) the league will resume once the facility reopens and the league will finish a week or two later.
  • What happens if we change our minds after registering? We have to commit to renting time in the domes, so we have to have a firm idea of whether teams are committed to playing or not. Unfortunately, we will have to hold teams and players to their deposit/registration once they book their space. We are all going into this in the knowledge that the pandemic continues to be active in our local community, so please make sure that you and your team are comfortable committing to the season before registering.
  • Will there be new procedures and protocols indoors? Yes, each of the venues will have their own procedures and protocols in place. As well as the entry, exit and sign-in procedures, masks will likely be mandatory to enter all of the facilities, but not whilst playing, and a pre-entry symptoms checklist is likely to be required.

 

Andrew, Chris, Joel, Matt, Ryan -  Your Footy Sevens Team

Provincial Announcement - Update for Footy Sevens Leagues
9 October 2020 @ 3:09 PM by Chris Surgeoner

Hi everyone,

As some of you already know, the Province has announced that Ottawa will be returning to phase 2 of opening and team sports and scrimmages will be banned for at least 28 days starting at midnight tonight.

Not surprisingly, we are getting bombarded with questions, calls and e-mails at the moment, before we have even had much of a chance to absorb this news or talk amongst ourselves.

We just wanted to give everyone a quick update on what this means for the current leagues.

Unless was have greatly misinterpreted the announcement, you can assume that there will be no games in the current leagues until at least November 7th.

We will send a fuller update on the leagues (whether we think they will be finished, postponed or cancelled, playoffs, refunds, credits and all that good stuff) when everyone is back after Thanksgiving weekend. Please do not ask us for specific updates just now, as we don't have any further information at the moment.

Hopefully, this gives you the information that you need just now, and we will be able to answer more of your questions after the weekend,

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone,

Andrew, Chris, Joel and Matt and the Footy Sevens Team

Captain's Presale is Open for Fall Indoor Leagues
7 October 2020 @ 12:01 PM by Chris Surgeoner

Hi everyone,

Firstly, a heartfelt thank you to all of you who are currently organising teams for our summer/early fall outdoor leagues. Now, more than ever, the support of our captains has been essential to help us get back up off the mat after an unforeseeable turn of events in 2020. We would really like to hear from you about how your team is feeling going into the indoor season: Do they want to play? Do they want to take a break? What changes would make them feel more comfortable in playing? etc. If you have a few minutes to let us know your team's thoughts on the upcoming leagues (or on the current leagues and the new procedures and protocols), please drop Andrew, Chris and Matt an e-mail at admin@ottawafootsevens.com.

Fall Indoor League - Exclusive Captain's Pre-Sale

It's a little later than usual, but we have just opened our captain's pre-sale for our fall indoor leagues.

These are for the leagues running from November (after your outdoor season finishes) through to January or February.

We have the following leagues available for team registration:

  • Coed: Monday at the Sooners Megadome in Kanata/Stittsville, Wednesday at the Hornet's Nest, Friday at the Carleton University Fieldhouse
  • Men's: Monday at Ben Franklin, Wednesday at the Sooners Megadome in Kanata/Stittsville, Friday at the Carleton University Fieldhouse
  • Men's Over 35s: Friday at the Carleton University Fieldhouse.

Due to some of our usual venues not being available, spaces are extremely limited. We currently only have enough space available to accommodate about 20% of the teams that are currently playing outdoor soccer with us.

You can find the full details of each league on the Footy Sevens Website.

We know you and your teams will have a lot of questions about the forthcoming leagues and what will happen. Obviously, this is a season unlike any other since the league began. Here are some FAQs about the most common ones we think you will have.

FAQs

  • Will there be leagues at Ottawa U Lees Dome? Not this season, the Lees Dome is going to be closed until mid-January. The indoor leagues available just now at other venues will end in mid-January, in time for teams to join our leagues at Ottawa U.
  • Will there be leagues at the Louis Riel Dome? Right now we don't know. We do not have enough confirmation of opening or availability for Louis Riel to allow us to post all of our usual east-end leagues. As soon as we have confirmation one way or the other we will let all of our current captains know.
  • What happens if we register for a league and then you post a league at a venue we prefer? If we post a new league before the upcoming seasons begin, we will transfer your registration to your preferred league.
  • What happens if the venue gets shut down or there is another provincial shutdown? In the case of a shutdown of more than a week or two, REFUNDS FOR ALL REMAINING GAMES WILL BE ISSUED. We will not be forcing teams to keep the balance on credit, refunds will be issued if requested. If there is a short shutdown (e.g.a week or two) the league will resume once the facility reopens and the league will finish a week or two later.
  • What happens if we change our minds after registering? We have to commit to renting time in the domes, so we have to have a firm idea of whether teams are committed to playing or not. Unfortunately, we will have to hold teams and players to their deposit/registration once they book their space. We are all going into this in the knowledge that the pandemic continues to be active in our local community, so please make sure that you and your team are comfortable committing to the season before registering.
  • Will there be new procedures and protocols indoors? Yes, each of the venues will have their own procedures and protocols in place. As well as the entry, exit and sign-in procedures, masks will likely be mandatory to enter all of the facilities, but not whilst playing, and a pre-entry symptoms checklist is likely to be required.

The captain's presale will run until next Wednesday morning when all leagues will open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

As always you can always e-mail us or talk to Andrew, Chris or Matt at the field if you have any questions,

Take care,

The Footy Sevens Team.

 

Last Chance for Outdoor Soccer, Fall League Update and Over-35s
12 September 2020 @ 4:17 AM by Joel Convery

Hi everyone,

Early fall in Ottawa is our favourite time of the year for outdoor soccer but we will have to close off registration for the majority of our leagues this weekend.

This is your last chance for outdoor soccer this year, and these are the final spaces available:

  • Coed Team Spaces: Wednesdays (1 space), Thursdays, (1 space), Fridays (2 spaces), Sundays (1 space)
  • Coed Individuals: Sold out - If you're looking to play check out our Forum or join us for our weekly Pickup games
  • Men's Team Spaces: Tuesday (1 space), Thursday (1 space), Friday (1 space), Sunday (2 spaces)
  • Men's Individual Spaces: Thursday (1 space), Friday (3 spaces), Sunday (3 spaces).

All of these spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Footy Sevens website.

Update on Fall/Winter Indoor Seasons:

Many of you have been asking about winter indoor soccer and we can confirm that we ARE planning to run winter indoor seasons as normal at most of our usual venues and days. We are still confirming availability, protocols and procedures with the various domes and we will be posting the details of our winter leagues within the next two weeks.

Over-35s pickup and league

Next over-35s pickup is this Friday at 9pm.

I'm looking to put together a pool of over-35s pickup players with the aim of setting up a regular weekly over-35s pickup session, and hopefully a league in the future. If you (like me) are one of our veteran players that would be interested in an over-35s session rather than trying to keep pace with the 20 year-olds, drop me an email at chris@ottawafootysevens.com. Even if you can't make this week's game, but may be interested in the future, drop me an e-mail to let me know.

We already have over 40 players that have confirmed and interest in playing over-35s, and we may even be able to start a league within the next week or so if we see further interest from players or teams.

And finally, we'd like to say thank you once again to all of the players and teams who came out and played with us during the past season. The support of our captains and teams has been humbling and very much appreciated during an extremely tough year,

Yours,

Andrew, Chris, Dan, Joel and Matt, The Ottawa Footy Sevens Team

Fall Soccer Leagues Start Next Week!
27 August 2020 @ 7:00 AM by Joel Convery

Hi Footyseveners,

 

With September right around the corner and our summer leagues coming to a close over the next week or two, we just wanted to reach out with a reminder that registration is still open for all of our leagues. We've got a great selection of mens and coed leagues 7 days a week, OUTDOORS, with team and individual spaces in all leagues. 

Fall Leagues

New This Season: 

Wednesday Mens @ Immaculata HS

Wednesday Mens 11-a-Side League @ Carleton

Thursday Mens @ Immaculata HS

Sunday Evening Coed @ Immaculata HS - This league will revert back to 60-minute games for the Fall season.

In addition to our traditional leagues nights on...

Monday, Wednesday Coed at Immaculata HS - Down to our last 2 team spaces!

Thursday, Friday Coed at Immaculata HS

Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Sunday Men's at Immaculata HS 

We haven't forgotten individuals either, and we have limited individual spaces for the coed and men's. Register now at ottawafootysevens.com

Safety and COVID-19 Protocols

We continue to operate in Phase 3 of the Province's reopening plan, with all games in the leagues will operating under strict protocols to make sure that we meet the Provincial guidelines and provide a safe and controlled environment to get you back to playing the sport that you love. We've streamlined our procedures for before, during and after our games and you can find a full updated list of these COVID Policies & Procedures here. If you have questions about the COVID-19 procedures at the OUTDOOR fields, drop us an email or check out our blog post of what a game night looks like here.

League Locations

To help us continue to ensure that all of our procedures and the staff monitoring them are entirely consistent we will be playing the bulk of our games at Immaculata High School (140 Main St.).

In situations where we need additional fields, Carleton University's turf fields will be utilized.

Indoor Leagues - Update

We will also only be offering OUTDOOR leagues again in the Fall season. It looks like early November will be the earliest we're able to get back inside, but will only do so when we feel it is safe and practical for all involved.

Team and Individual registrations for Indoor leagues will open when we have more clarity on Provincial guidelines for indoor sports and facility safety protocols. 

Some FAQs

What if I want to play but some of my usual teammates don't? We completely understand that, while the majority of players may be looking forward to getting back on the field, some players won't feel that it is right for them at this time. If you find yourself as part of a group that wants to play, but doesn't have enough at this time, try our forum. You can find posts for players looking for teams and teams looking for players. We've already seen a couple of teams merge their "half-teams" together for the new season. Don't forget you can also register for individual teams, and if you drop us a line, we'll make sure that we place you together on the same team.

How long will these leagues last? The leagues will begin in early September and run until the end of October.

Pickup Soccer Games

 For those of you who can't commit to a league or are looking for some additional footy, we are offering plenty of pick soccer games weekly. Check out our pickup soccer website for weekly updates and games.

We're look forward to another great season!

Andrew, Chris, Dan, Joel, Matt and Ryan - The Footy Sevens Team

 

 

Fall Mens Leagues - 7aside & 11aside Options - 7 days a week
21 August 2020 @ 2:07 PM by Joel Convery

Hey everyone,

 

We're about two weeks away from the start of our Fall season so I just wanted to reach out with some information regarding these leagues. We've added a number of mens leagues to our lineup, giving you the opportunity to play every day of the week. 

With the cancellation of the OCSL, we've also decided to offer an 11-a-side league at Carleton on Wednesday evenings as well as a Saturday league at Immaculata. This will likely be the last opportunity to play 11aside this year, so we encourage teams who are interested to register soon as we have limited capacity. There will be divisions for both Intermediate and Advanced teams.

7-a-side leagues will be offered outdoors, Sunday through Friday, mainly at Immaculata High School (140 Main Street). We will be using Carleton University's Stadium Field if necessary. For a full list of the leagues click here.

Individual player spaces are also available everyday of the week, with the exception of the 11aside leagues. 

For a full list of our other COVID regulations click here.

If you have any questions about our leagues, COVID policies or anything else, please let us know.

See you on the field!


- Your Ottawa Footy Sevens Team

 

Our first week of post-shutdown soccer and the last chance to register
24 July 2020 @ 2:41 PM by Chris Surgeoner

Hi everyone,

We've got the first week of post-shutdown soccer in and we'd like to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone that has played so far.

We have thrown a lot of procedures, protocols and changes at you for your first game back and the response we've had has been terrific. We really appreciate everyone's patience and adherence to the new rules and procedures. Whether it's been patiently waiting outside the field until the previous teams have left or while we check everyone into the facility, captains chasing down their players to make sure they are on the roster and have accepted the waiver, players respecting each other's personal space on and off the field or just listening to the directions of our staff at the field, its been important and impeccably observed.

Thank you all for playing your part in getting back on the field safely. Everyone's efforts contribute to the safety of the wider community and even if you aren't concerned about yourself, they really help to make those who are nervous about returning to play feel safer and more comfortable. Keep up the good work everyone, this is likely to be the new normal for a while.

COVID-19 Procedures at the field - A quick guide and photos of how it looks

Some of you wanted to see what the procedures were like before committing to playing again at the moment. We've published a blog-post with a series of photos to help you visualise what is happening at the field and posted a shortened "Coles Notes" of our procedures below to remind you of the procedure at the field.

  • Make sure you are on the roster and have accepted the waiver - no one enters the facility without that.
  • Arrive at the field changed and ready to play and in good time (early arrival allows us to check you in and speed up entry to the field)
  • Once the previous teams have left we'll allow teams to enter. Use the hand sanitiser provided on the way in.
  • Enter by the Main Street gate nearest to the school and go straight to your field on the school side of the track. Do not hang around near the entrance
  • Join your team at the designated "bench" area that is marked off by cones: don't forget to socially distance.
  • The referee will go over rules, procedures and protocols with both teams prior to kickoff.
  • Play! but remember there are no headers, no spitting, keep out of peoples personal space wherever you can and don't touch the ball with your hands (other than the goalie)
  • At the end of the game congratulate the other teams from a distance - no handshakes and high-fives.
  • Take everything with you and leave by the track on the south-side of the field and the Main Street exit next to Subway.

Our full COVID-19 protocols and procedures can be found here on our website and must be read and observed by all players before playing.

 

Last Chance to Register for our current leagues

We have been busy working away at schedules for the current league and we will be closing off registration on Monday. There are still team spots and a few individual spaces remaining to get back on the field just now. this will be the last chance to play before our late summer/early fall leagues start in September.

You can find the details and registration for all of our current leagues on the Footy Sevens Website.

Andrew, Chris, Dan and Matt, The Footy Sevens On-Field Team

Soccer Leagues Begin this Week - Registration Open!
17 July 2020 @ 3:42 PM by Chris Surgeoner

Hi everyone,

It's the news you have been waiting for - we can confirm that our leagues are back and will kick off this coming Sunday!

We've got a full range of coed, women's and men's leagues and you can sign up your team right now on the Footy Sevens Website. We haven't forgotten individuals either, and we have limited individual spaces for the coed, women's and men's.

  • Coed Leagues: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Women's League: Monday and Thursday
  • Men's Leagues: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Individual Spaces Available for: Monday Men's, Women's and Coed, Tuesday Men's, Thursday Women's, Friday Men's

Register now at ottawafootysevens.com

Safety and COVID-19 Protocols

Although we are excited as most of you are to be back out on the field, we are still only in the early stages of phase 3 of the Province's reopening plan and all games in the leagues will be operating under strict protocols to make sure that we meet the Provincial guidelines and provide a safe and controlled environment to get you back to playing the sport that you love. We'll have adaptations to our procedures before, during and after our games and you can find a full updated list of these COVID Policies & Procedures here.

League Locations:

To help us ensure that all of our procedures and the staff monitoring them are entirely consistent we will be sticking to a single venue and holding all of our initial games at Immaculata High School (140 Main St.).

We will also only be offering outdoor games this season, and have moved the start of the indoor leagues to September. Team and Individual registrations are open for these leagues.

Some FAQs

What if I want to play but some of my usual teammates don't? We completely understand that, while the majority of players may be looking forward to getting back on the field, some players won't feel that it is right for them at this time, which is completely understandable. If you find yourself as part of a group that wants to play, but doesn't have enough at this time, try our forum. You can find posts for players looking for teams and teams looking for players. We've already seen a couple of teams merge their "half-teams" together for the new season. Don't forget you can also register for individual teams, and if you drop us a line, we'll make sure that we place you together on the same team.

How long will these leagues last? The leagues starting this week will be 8 games long and last until the first week of September.

Will you still be offering the socially distanced soccer programs? Yes, chatting to some of you this week, it sounds as if some of you don't feel ready for league play yet, but would like to continue with the social distanced training programs and soccer golf. We will be posting an updated schedule for these for next week over at our pickup soccer website.

It's been a long few months, and we are still a long way from being back to normal, but we have missed seeing you every week and we look forward to seeing you back on the field soon,

Andrew, Chris, Dan, Joel, Matt and Ryan, The Footy Sevens Team

 

 

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