Return to Play Guidelines
ALBERTA RE-OPENING STAGE 3 (as of July 1, 2021):
During Stage 3 teams may register and commence regular activities with the following restrictions:
NEW RULES FOR FOOTBALL TEAMS
- All outdoor activity for football, both contact and non-contact, can take place with no restrictions. This means full practices with full participation are free to take place.
- There are no cohorting rules or maximum number of participants caps (NOTE: there is still a request to keep the numbers of participants in groups for those 11 and under to an absolute minimum. See further details at https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/faf79e08-7b49-4f0e-ba83-0cc5e504325b/resource/7fead2a0-c9dc-4cdb-accc-57a5dee1933d/download/covid-19-guidance-activities-with-children-stage-3-2021-07.pdf .
- Competitions between teams and clubs can take place as per Football Canada guidelines for days between competitions and number of players necessary to field teams. No 14-day period between competitions is in place anymore. (NOTE: All competitions between those 11 and under still should be limited in terms of the size of the teams and opponents - i.e. 6 a side or 9 a side - where possible)
- All indoor gatherings are now allowed. This means access to locker rooms, meeting rooms, or other areas that would gather players and coaches in an indoor setting are now allowed.
- Any group transportation via public or private motor coach or bus would still see the need for participants to be masked for the duration of the trip.
- Officials are free to officiate as many games for as many different teams/clubs as they wish, and they are able to gather indoors in locker rooms or otherwise.
- Teams/clubs are permitted to travel outside of their Health Region for the purpose of competition with the exception of those teams dealing with participants 11 and under. Interprovicial competition will be at the discretion of Provincial Heath Guidelines.
- High School football teams may proceed under the Football Alberta Rules and Guidelines of this Stage within this document, but they must receive approval from their Superintendents and Principals to do so as well as follow the ASAA Policies on Seasons of Play.