Canada Soccer cancels 2021 National Championships due to COVID-19 pandemic

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The Soccer Canada on Friday announced that the 2021 National Championships have been canceled due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo – Canada Siccer) 

“After extensive deliberation and a comprehensive review of feedback from its Member Associations (Provincial/Territorial Soccer Associations), Competitions Committee, and our host Local Organizing Committees, Canada Soccer’s Competitions Committee made the difficult decision to recommend the cancellation of the Toyota National Championships, which brings together more than 5,000 participants across multiple venues hosted by local organizing committees each year. Canada Soccer’s Board of Directors approved the committee’s recommendation and voted to cancel the competition,” the Soccer Canada said in a statement. 

The statement further added that factoring primarily into this decision are the significant ongoing concerns for the health and safety of all participants due to the issues related to the possibility of COVID-19 transmission during the competition. 

The Soccer Canada on Friday announced that the 2021 National Championships have been canceled due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo – Canada Soccer)

“In assessing the risks and potential mitigation strategies it was established that it would pose a demanding logistical and financial challenge to the participating teams and Local Organizing Committees to ensure compliance with all required protocols,” the Soccer Canada said, adding that despite the positive news of improvement across the country, the potential COVID-19 health and safety issues inherent with bringing together thousands of youth-aged participants to attend the Toyota National Championships during an ongoing pandemic made clear the decision to not move forward with the planning and hosting of the 2021 competition.

Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships,  include the U-15 Cup, U-17 Cup, Jubilee and Challenge Trophy, as well as the Eastern and Western Masters competitions. 

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