Football Alberta COVID-19 Statement (as of March 20, 2020)
**FOOTBALL ALBERTA SUSPENDS ALL FOOTBALL ACTIVITIES IN ALBERTA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**
At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19. Current recommendations for daily life are fluid and it is Football Alberta’s recommendation that all members and the general public that you pay attention to all official announcements regarding COVID-19 from the Federal, Provincial, and Local agencies responsible for dealing with this situation. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians 65 years of age or older, and those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions. More detailed information regarding COVID-19 is available here:
Alberta Public Health officials continue to reassess the national and provincial public health risk, based on the best available information as the situation evolves. Currently they have put a ban on gatherings of 50 or more and that will continue to affect Football Alberta’s programming.
As well, Football Canada continues to monitor the public health situation regarding COVID-19 and their national programs, especially those coming up this summer. Football Canada strongly recommends that participants, coaches, event organizers, and administrators carefully review the joint message of the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee comprised of the Chief Medical Officers from the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian ParaOlympic Committee, and the Canadian Olympic & ParaOlympic Sport Institute Network.
With that being said, Football Alberta will be cancelling any upcoming sanctioned Coaching Clinics as well as the 2020 Senior Bowl High School All-Star Game. All currently registered participants in those programs will be receiving a full refund by the end of March.
All other programming such as selection camps for the U18/U17 Provincial Teams, the U16/Alberta Summer Games and all 6-Man All-Star events will be paused until such time as the Public Health Authorities deem it acceptable for their operation. All currently registered participants in these programs will receive direct communication from the Football Alberta office regarding future planning and mitigation of any risk regarding COVID-19.
At this time Football Alberta declares a suspension of practice or play of any football activity until further notice given the severity of this pandemic. All Members should be aware that Football Alberta’s insurance carrier has confirmed that any claims made during this time frame where activity is suspended would be declined. Therefore all activities should be paused.
The 2020 Alberta Summer Games have been postponed to 2021. Football Alberta is still hoping and planning to host our own version of the Summer Games with a 4 or 8 team Bantam/U16 tournament this summer if Alberta Health Services regulations allow major events.
The health and well-being of our football community, especially our most vulnerable to this pandemic, is our absolute top priority. We ask for your patience and understanding for our decision on this matter and that Football Alberta and Football Canada have your best interest in play.
Bryan Brandford Tim Enger
President, Football Alberta Executive Director, Football Alberta
Team Alberta U16 & 2020 Alberta Summer Games Nomination Forms Now Available
Information on the Tryout Process for Team Alberta U16 & 2020 Alberta Summer Games:
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Team Alberta U19 Girls
Football Alberta and the Capital District Minor Football Association are putting together the first ever Team Alberta for u19 Girls. In response to the growth of girls football in Canada, a group has come together to create an opportunity for our girls to play on a bigger stage. For the first time in history, several provinces across Canada will be coming together to play in a inter-provincial U19 Girls Tackle Football Championship. The event aims to provide a competitive tournament, as well as a Summit aimed towards growing the game by developing players, coaches and leaders in the sport.
Team Alberta will host its first identification camp April 4-5th in Edmonton. The team is open to Alberta girls born 2002-2005. REGISTER ONLINE for the U19 Girls ID Camp in Edmonton.
Women’s Team Alberta Selects Coaching Staff for 2020 Nationals
Football Alberta is excited to announce the Coaching Staff for the Women’s Team Alberta who will be competing in the 2020 Football Canada Women’s National Championship. The event will be hosted in Sherwood Park August 1st to 7th at Emerald Hills Sports Park. The teams first Selection Camp will be held February 7th to 9th in the U of A’s Foote Field Dome.
2019 Yearbook of Results
A full recap of the 2019 League Standings for Amateur Football in Alberta. 2019 Yearbook of Results
Football Canada Long Term Athlete Development Plan
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Calgary Football Officials Association Conference 2020
The Calgary Football Officials Association is hosting the National Officials Conference May 1-3, 2020 with Keynote Speaker Randy Ambrosie and Special Guest Tom Higgins. Visit their website.
Football Canada Tackle Football Rule Book Changes
Click here for a summary of the rule changes for 2019/2020.
Coaching Canadian Football
New release featuring an introduction by Football Alberta’s Executive Director, Tim Enger. More Info