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Football Ontario Announces Unifying Football League for all of Ontario

By KH, 07/25/21, 6:45PM EDT

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For Immediate Release 

July 22, 2021

Football Ontario Announces Unifying Football League for all of Ontario 

Football Ontario to launch the Ontario Community Football League to enhance football delivery in all Ontario Communities.

Hamilton, Ontario - Football Ontario and the Football Ontario Alignment Task Force are proud to announce the launch of the Ontario Community Football League’s (OCFL) which will be made up of summer contact, fall contact and flag provincial football leagues; the Ontario Summer Football League (OSFL), Ontario Fall Football League (OFFL) and Ontario Community Flag Football League (OCFFL).  The OSFL and OFFL will be the only sanctioned provincial Under 18 contact football leagues in Ontario providing a streamlined process for delivery and participation.

The goal of this new structure is to centralize and standardize the football experience in Ontario and provide contact and non-contact football opportunities for all under one unified brand and umbrella. This alignment initiative creates one destination for all football delivery within the province for Under 18 football for both boys and girls. Through this alignment the organization will create harmonized communication, marketing, business practices, policy/procedures, and football delivery across the province. 

“The work of the alignment committee, members and partners on developing this new delivery model will provide football in Ontario the strongest opportunity to return to the sport coming out of the pandemic. Clarifying to parents and participants the pathway to getting into football is essential to growing the game. The OCFL and its three provincial leagues will do just that.” says Don Hamilton President Football Ontario

The mission of  the OCFL is:

To Provide Inclusive Football Opportunities for All Ontario Communities.

The vision of the OCFL is:

To Be the Leader in Sport Delivery in the Province.

The six core values of the OCFL are:

  1. Community Building
  2. Athlete Centered
  3. Development Focused
  4. Inclusive Opportunities
  5. Innovative Delivery
  6. Excellence

 

This new structure will ensure meaningful competition for all of its members with development and wellness of all participants at the forefront of delivery fully compliant with Football Canada’s Long Term Player Development Model. Football Ontario will be collaborating with multiple stakeholders and organizations in the public and private sector to help drive growth and development of community football through the OCFL and its leagues. This collaborative approach to delivering provincial football will help to drive down costs and increase participation.

All of the leagues, both contact and non-contact, will have standardized age groups available for both male and female participants.

  • U10 (8 and 9 years old)
  • U12 (10 and 11 years old)
  • U14 (12  and 13 years old)
  • U16 (14 and 15 years old)
  • U18+ (16, 17 and 18 years old)

 

The OCFL will contain three provincial leagues, spanning over six different regions, including five different age categories; over forty community associations and provide football opportunities to over 8000 participants.  

Action kicks off this fall with the OFFL for U10, U12 and U14. The OFFL is preparing to deliver U16 and U18+ and this will be determined by whether or not high school football resumes during the fall season in each specific region. The OSFL will be hitting the ground in 2022 and applications are currently open for all centers. 

For more information please visit: HERE

Ontario Summer Football League (OSFL): WEBSITE

Ontario Fall Football League (OFFL): WEBSITE

Ontario Community Flag Football League (OCFL): WEBSITE

 

One community. One banner. One goal. 

#Football for all


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Aaron Geisler

Executive Director

ageisler@ontariofootball.ca

519-719-2322

ABOUT FOOTBALL ONTARIO: Football Ontario is the sanctioned provincial governing body for football in Ontario, through its focus on transparency, growth, alignment and excellence, is engaged in providing football opportunities for all of Ontario. Football Ontario is driven by a commitment to deliver football programming, opportunities and resources for its members and the provincial football stakeholders. Please visit: ontariofootball.ca