Author: Marc Mathon

NFC Holds 2022 Annual General Meeting January 29th, 2022

On January 29th, 2022 the NFC will hold its Annual General Meeting in which it will carry out its annual corporate activities, but also make preparations for the upcoming 2022 Season. the NFC had to suspend league season games in 2020 and 2021 largely due to the complexities involved with clubs operating tackle football teams in light of the wide variety of Covid 19 restrictions in place across the league.

Each club requires months of preparations ranging from player recruitment to sponsorships and establishing partnerships with local businesses as well as navigating the securing of practice and game day facilities. These tasks were made impossible to properly execute given the degree of uncertainty surrounding Covid restrictions across all 10 NFC centers.Member clubs need some degree of certainty between March and August to properly execute a meaningful season to the standards the NFC clubs aim to provide their fans and players.

There appears to be light at the end of the tunnel with most of the world, determined to learn to live with the virus, seems to be letting go of crippling and damaging restrictions. We hope Canada will follow suit and open the door for the NFC to have a full and rewarding season in summer 2022.

Stay tuned here for more information following the January 29th Annual General Meeting.

 

2020 NFC Season Notice

April 19, 2020 

Tonight the Northern Football Conference held a Special Meeting of its entire membership to discuss the 2020 season. The nature of the NFC is that we operate at a semi-pro level football league which involves longer pre-season preparation times for marketing, player signing & training camp operations than varsity age groups.

As well, in order to avoid conflicts with OUA football, the NFC needs to wrap up its season by the third week of August. With many municipalities cancelling field access until July the NFC’s summer window to conduct a season has passed us by. As a result, the Northern Football Conference has, as of tonight, cancelled its 2020 season and clubs are planning for a strong comeback in 2021.

With that decision the NFC membership adds that the safety of its players, coaches & volunteers was also an important factor in making this decision, which is why the NFC waited until now to make that call. “Once it became evident that fields across the league would not be available until well into our summer season window we gathered the membership and together we made this decision. It was a hard one that nobody took lightly.” Said Marc Mathon secretary of the NFC. 

NFC clubs may hold football camps and inter team scrimmages later in the summer, if their local situation changes and makes fields available and intercity travel is deemed safe by the provincial government. We encourage players to stay in touch with their teams for updates on club driven events.

NFC COVID-19 UPDATE

Without question, this is an unprecedented period of difficulty for everyone inside and outside the sports world.

The health and safety of all NFC members, fans & family is our highest priority. With the start of the 2020 NFC season still more than 2 months away, the NFC has made no adjustments or changes to the schedule, but circumstances are changing daily.

The government has asked that we avoid gatherings of 50 or more and avoid gatherings if at all possible. All indoor practice facilities and school gyms have been closed for the rest of the month of March and are likely to extend further into April. The NFC Executive asks that all member clubs suspend football activities until April 15th to do our part in complying with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations and reduce the risk to NFC members contracting COVID-19.

The NFC will be monitoring events and government responses over the coming weeks. We will be considering all available options that will see the 2020 schedule get started. The NFC will provide another update on April 16th as circumstances will surely be different than they are today.

Please keep yourselves and your families safe and lets do our part to help reduce the spread of this virus so we all can get back to normal life sooner than later.

 

Ottawa Invaders become Ottawa Sooners

Over the course of the last few years the Ottawa Invaders struggled organizationally yet have consistently put out a competitive product on the NFC field. In 2017 the club was formally taken over by Ottawa business owner Jeff Lapensee who infused significant resources to make sure Ottawa was well represented in the NFC.

This year Jeff is happy to announce the joining of forces with the Ottawa Sooners who will be contributing coaching, equipment, staffing and financial backing to take the Ottawa NFC club to a higher level organizationally. Jeff Lapensee reported that these contributions from the Ottawa Sooners is the first step towards formally merging the Invaders into the Ottawa Sooners family of football teams. At the NFC 2018 Fall Meeting there will be an application to the NFC for a change of ownership of the Ottawa NFC membership to the Ottawa Sooners.

Jeff Lapensee having played a crucial role in both ensuring Ottawa football players have a place to play NFC football will continue to operate the Ottawa Sooners NFC team administratively.

John Allarie, Owner of the Ottawa Sooners was happy to meet with the NFC Executive and introduce himself as well as ask questions about the NFC. John looks forward to adding to his football program which, with the addition of an NFC team, will provide football for players from Bantam age through to Senior NFC.

As part of this transition Jeff Lapensee and John Allarie gave notice to the NFC Executive that effective immediately the Ottawa Invaders have changed their team name to the Ottawa Sooners. As a result of the Sooners involvement there has been an increase in player excitement for the 2018 NFC season. We look forward to seeing the Sooners play this year.

 

NCAA Division III @ NFC Coming May 5th, 2018


The NFC in 2018, will be participating in a special pre-season event which will feature a pilot project game featuring NFC All Stars and Select players joining the host Steel City Patriots playing against the NCAA Division 3 Capital University Crusaders of Columbus Ohio.

The NCAA’s Ohio Athletic Conference 2018 rules have been changed to allow OAC teams to play an out of state spring football game every few years. Typically, teams have been traveling to Europe. The costs of taking an entire football team overseas has become very expensive leaving teams like the Crusaders looking for alternatives.

The NFC came to the rescue with thanks to its member club from Hamilton, the Steel City Patriots, offering to operate & host the event. The event is designed to provide an opportunity to NFC’s 2017 All Star players and other select NFC players from across the league to come together and showcase their skills in front of CIS, CFL and NCAA scouts and football fans.

The event promises to be a memorable experience for all participants including the NCAA Capital University Crusaders who will be getting a chance to play on the giant 65 yard wide Canadian football field. The game will feature mostly NCAA rules, including the fair catch. Other rules will be in place to minimize injuries to NFC players in pre-season, including no

blocks below the waist anywhere on the field.

This pilot project could lead to more OAC teams considering the NFC as viable less expensive out of conference game in the future, while still providing the competition experience they are looking for.

The game is slated to be played at Tim Horton’s field in Hamilton on May 5th with kickoff at 8 pm. Players from various NFC clubs have been inquiring about the prospects of playing looking to be part of this memorable event. Interested parties can contact SCP at 905 541-7177 or the NFC at 705 200-4856 for more information.