Football Canada has announced plans to hold a two-part summit with Canadian football leadership (CFL). The first part will feature a series of five remote gatherings over two weeks this month to discuss the state of the sport and the opportunities to develop it nationally.
The second stage is scheduled to take place in January next year and address the alignment of high school, flag football, and female tackle. It will touch upon specific issues and regional relationships as well.
The summit will have the attendance of the CFL, Football Canada, Canadian Junior Football League, and U Sports, including the representation from the Ontario, Quebec, Canada West, and Atlantic University Sport conferences.
The president of Football Canada Mullin said that they would need leaders in the room to make decisions with the challenges they have directly in front of them and they need to take the shortest path to make decisions about what they have to cope with behind.
The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak forced both the CFL and U Sports to cancel their games. Although tackle football is taking place in Quebec, Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland amid modifications to be compliant with heath care guidelines, participation is estimated to be only around 20% of capacity.
Mullin said registration nationally remains about 45-50%, mainly because of flag football programs. The world health crisis has created much uncertainty. However, Mullin feels that if tackle football can’t be played next year, the flag game will be able to effectively bridge the gap once again. He added that there are some regions which have been very slow to embrace the flag game and they are finding that is a great way to build the base of the game in the whole country.
And Mullin hopes those participating in the summit will do so with an open mind as well as a clear understanding of the importance of consensus.