Historic week for Ontario and Canada Soccer

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June 13, 2018
World Cup 2026
AGM and Governance
Centre Circle Awards
Ontario Youth Soccer League
Year in Review
Canadian Championship
League1 Ontario recap
OPDL Spotlight Series
Canadian Women’s team
C License Course
Joe Fletcher
LTOD Fitness Training videos
Ontario Soccer partners
Masters Provincials
Accessible Soccer
Sheldon Kennedy on abuse in sport
Upcoming Events
Oakville Blue Devils vs AS Blainville
June 13 at Ontario Soccer Centre

Ontario Cup Semis and Finals (U18, U21)
July 21-22

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United bid selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup
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The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States was selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup earlier today by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow.

For the first time in history, FIFA’s Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the FIFA World Cup.

There will be 16 host cities that will be selected and Toronto is expected to host one of three opening matches to kick-off the tournament.

Click here to read more about this exciting announcement.

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Ontario Soccer witnesses significant shift in governance
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This weekend marked a historic moment in the legacy of Ontario Soccer.

At Ontario Soccer’s 117th Annual General Meeting, the final touches were put on a new governance structure that will modernize the Ontario Soccer Board of Directors.

Under the new governance structure, the business of Ontario Soccer will now be conducted by a Board of Directors, composed of 12 elected individuals and one senior staff.

Click here to read more about how this will impact Ontario.

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Spotlight put on Ontario’s volunteers at Centre Circle Awards
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Volunteers from all over the province were honoured at the Centre Circle Awards on Saturday.

A classy, gala event, presented by Nothers Signs and Recognition, it was the second year of the refreshed awards programs, which expands the current awards structure to reflect a more inclusive representation of those who bring out the best in Ontario.

Click here to read more about the winners.

Click here to watch highlights from the event.

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Ontario Youth Soccer League honoured with the President’s Award
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The Ontario Youth Soccer League was honoured at the Centre Circle Awards Saturday night.

The league, which was established in 1993 and run by a volunteer board of directors, was given the President’s Award – a distinction reserved for those who have been a tremendous contributor to Ontario Soccer.

Click here to read more about the legacy of this league.

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WATCH – The Ontario Soccer Year in Review video
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The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity to look back on the year that was in Ontario Soccer.

Each year, as part of the regular business of the weekend, the members in attendance are treated to a video, produced by staff, that puts a spotlight on the most memorable moments from the last 365 days.

This video ultimately serves as a reminder for why those who work in soccer are committed to the beautiful game.

Click here to watch the video.

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How to watch tonight’s Canadian Championship match
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The second biggest moment in Canadian Soccer history will take place tonight when for the first time a pro-am team will advance to play a fully professional team int he Canadian Championship.

Last week in Laval, the Quebec champions AS Blainville took a 2-1 series lead over the Oakville Blue Devils in the first qualifying round of the 2018 Canadian Championship. The return leg will take place tonight at the Ontario Soccer Centre.

Click here for information on how you can watch the game.

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Two powerhouse clubs move into striking positions
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Two traditional powerhouse League1 Ontario clubs made moves in Matchweek Six to capitalize on dropped points by their opponents and move into striking distance of first position.

Stay caught up on all the news and action in League1 Ontario with the weekly recap.

Click here to read the week 6 recap.

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The OPDL Spotlight Series – Featuring: Oakville Soccer Club

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The OPDL Spotlight Series, presented by Toronto FC, highlights stories, teams and initiatives from around the league.

The week features comments from Chris Grierson, Senior Technical Director at Oakville Soccer Club, on how the OPDL is helping them grow as a club.

Click here to read this week’s spotlight.

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London’s Jessie Fleming scores in losing effort against Germany
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The Canadian women’s national team impressed the sold-out crowd in Hamilton, despite falling just short against Germany in a game on Sunday.

London’s Jessie Fleming scored in the losing effort in what was the highlight of the match as Christine Sinclair dummied a pass on to Fleming.

Click here to read more about the game.

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Upcoming C License to be held at SWRSA
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce the dates and location of an upcoming coach development opportunity.

The South-West Regional Soccer Association will host a C-License course on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28.

Click here for more information.

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Ontario’s Joe Fletcher prepares for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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In the four years since receiving his appointment to a FIFA World Cup, Assistant Referee Joe Fletcher has been busy.

Fletcher, who hails from Ontario. was appointed to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and returns to the competition after a successful cycle that included a number of successful appointments.

Click here to read about how Fletcher is preparing for the FIFA World Cup Russia.

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HUB International Presents – The LTOD Fitness Training series
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Ontario Soccer is proud to announce the release of the HUB International Presents – LTOD Fitness Training series.

The first eight videos in this series focus on what every match official needs to do to get themselves in shape for the season.

Click here to watch these videos and learn more about Long Term Match Official Development.

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What are Ontario Soccer’s partners saying about working with us?
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Ontario Soccer’s partners recently weighed in on the benefits of working with a leading Provincial Sport Organization and how this province is helping them Play, Inspire and Unite in our communities.

Click here to watch the video.

Click here for more information on becoming an Ontario Soccer partner.

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Masters Provincial Soccer Championship draws are now released
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The Masters Provincial Soccer Championship draws have been finalized and teams now know their route to the finals.

The winners earn a trip to the Masters Men’s Eastern National Club Championship and the Masters Women’s Western Club Championship held in September.

Click here to find out the draws for the Men’s and Women’s Masters.

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Make soccer accessible in your community
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Accessible Soccer is the beautiful game, for all.

Ontario Soccer believes that the intention of any accessible and inclusive soccer program should focus on providing an opportunity for players in their own community to discover soccer, develop skills and build friendships as part of a team.

This guide will assist clubs, academies and districts with generating awareness about Accessible Soccer as well assist with understanding the Accessibility for Ontarians with the Disabilities Act.

Click here for more on the guide and how to download it.

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WATCH – Sheldon Kennedy’s discussion on abuse in sport
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After a riveting special screening of Swift Current, presented by Respect in Sport, Sheldon Kennedy joined the audience at the Ontario Soccer Summit 2018 for an intimate question and answer session about the abuse he suffered as a youth athlete and how we can prevent it from happening in soccer.

A former NHL player, Kennedy has been instrumental in bringing governments, public and private sector partners together to influence policy change and improve the way child abuse is handled.

Click here to watch the discussion with Kennedy.

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