On a separate note, soon after the interruption of our Winter 2020 season, we announced our plans to finish the season – as opposed to cancelling it. The original plan was to play the 195 remaining games (55 regular season games + 140 playoff games) in the month of November, after the completion of the FPF Cup. What seemed like a very plausible plan has since become more and more unlikely to be achieved for several reasons:
- Some of our facilities are not yet re-open or cannot commit to welcoming tenants as early as November
- Our roster of available officials is temporarily smaller than it usually is and as a result, it may not be possible to schedule as many games as we need to at once in order to complete the season in a suitable time.
- Some teams have already opted out, stating that they are not comfortable playing now that we have been placed in a Red Zone.
- We limited players to one team during the FPF Cup; in Winter 2020 several players were on two or even three teams, meaning the consequence of a positive test would likely lead to major logistical issues, which could very well stretch our season out to too long a duration.
As we stated from the get-go, should we be forced to cancel the completion of the Winter 2020 season, teams who missed out on any regular season games would receive a refund (credit), and all teams who had qualified for the playoffs would receive further compensation.
This has been a difficult year for FPF, as it has been for all small businesses impacted by the pandemic. We truly appreciate the continued support of our members.
We may make the decision to cancel games for the rest of the calendar year and turn our focus to ensuring we can run a safe and effective Winter 2021 season starting in January for both adults and Junior. We will communicate any updates in the next 10 days, until then, stay safe.