Quebec university conference officially cancels 2020 football season

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After having analyzed all possible scenarios, members of the university sector of the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) have cancelled sanctioned sports, including football, until December 31, 2020.

This decision made by members of the RSEQ university sector is based primarily on the regional alert system, which may limit the participation of universities, even if institutions effectively manage health-and-safety best practices. Additionally, members of the RSEQ university sector analyzed their ability to provide regular sports programming and a stable framework for all participants, including student-athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and supporters.

To keep student-athletes engaged, members of the RSEQ university sector will permit activities involving at least two different teams in the following sports: cross-country, golf, and soccer—thus giving universities the flexibility to evolve at their own pace and with their own realities. However, due to universities level of risk management, no inter-team activities will be permitted in football and rugby.

Regarding the elementary, high school, and CEGEP sector of the RSEQ, members are announcing an official return to extracurricular activities as well as sports practices authorized in the fall calendar.

As of today, members of this sector can declare their intention to participate in various disciplines and leagues, provided activities are in accordance with the recovery plans of Quebec sports federations.

Any modifications to fall calendars for sports disciplines in the elementary, high school, and CEGEP sector of the RSEQ will comply with Quebec public health directives as well as the opinions of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

The RSEQ university sector’s decision on winter sports programming is scheduled for October 15.