The purpose of the Preseason training period to recover fitness levels, followed by friendlies with East division teams prior to the start of the regular season (mid December). The game results do not count in the season standings of the teams, so they serve conveniently to test player candidates and to practice teamwork under game conditions. They may be used to promote the team effectively both at home and elsewhere.
The term "regular season" refers to OIA West League competition. Each school plays a set number of games against a set number of opponents (for 2015-2016 we played 10 regular season games). The results over all games are accumulated and when every team has completed its full schedule of games, the top 6 teams in Division I West are placed into the OIA tournament along with the top 6 teams from the East.
Playoffs or "finals" occur after the regular season is complete. The top 6 teams from the West and the top 6 teams from the East enter into the OIA playoff tournament to compete and become the OIA Division I Champion. At the conclusion of the OIA tournament the top 6 teams then continue and play in the State Tournament each year.
The off-season, vacation time, or close season is the time of year when there is no official competition. Generally, most athletes stay in shape during the off-season and play other sports in preparation for the next season.
Futsal: a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller, typically indoor, field.