Getting Message that I am offline when I am not

I am getting a repeated message when I try to start the simulation that I am offline. I am not offline, but the game won’t start. Never had this problem before and played the game yesterday. Anyone else encounter this issue or have a solution?

Looks like all xbox servers are down at the moment

You can confirm the status by using the three striped bar in the forum header, located next to your icon.
In there you will find Online Services.
Open and you can see the main page, with several selections.
Scroll down, you will se the tab for Xbox Live Status.
Click where indicated and the status will be shown.

Thanks. Indeed, there appears to be a problem. Might be nice is the error message one receives in the game said something about a server problem rather than making it seem like the problem is with my own internet status.