Six OPDL Charity Shield champions crowned

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November 7, 2018
OPDL Charity Shield
Ontario Soccer Summit tickets
Ontario Indoor Cup
Volunteer and Staff screening services
Play Inspire Unite Podcast – Episode #4
PORE program
Grassroots Practices
Coaching Courses
MMRS Platform Update
Canada U-20 squad
Canada U-17 squad
Match Officials Appreciation Day
FIFA Technical Report
Ontario Soccer elections
Respect in Sport
Ontario Soccer partners
Upcoming Events
Ontario Indoor Cup registration deadline
Dec. 5.

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OPDL 2018 season wraps up in thrilling fashion with six Charity Shield matches
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The top soccer athletes in Ontario were in action this weekend as the Ontario Soccer Centre played host to the Ontario Player Development League Charity Shield.

Twelve teams, across six divisions, competed for provincial glory at the U-14, U-15 and U-17 OPDL age groups wrapped up their 2018 seasons.

This year, upwards of $7,500 was raised for Ontario charities. The Canadian Cancer Society, Kids Help Phone, the Canadian Liver Foundation and Ronald McDonald House will all receive a portion of the proceeds, to be presented by the winning teams.

Click here for stories, video and highlights from all the weekend’s action.

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Ontario Soccer Summit tickets are now on sale and the roster of speakers has been revealed
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The Ontario Soccer Summit 2019 tickets are now on sale and the entire roster has been revealed.

The first window of advantage pricing, which offers the best dollar value anywhere in soccer development, closes Dec. 1 for this team-building event. With only tickets available during this initial period, be sure to act quickly as prices will increase incrementally after Dec. 1.

Click here for more on ticket prices, messages from our keynote speakers and everything you need to know about Ontario Soccer Summit 2019.

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Ontario Indoor Cup registration is now open
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The 2019 Ontario Indoor Cup dates and locations have been finalized and are posted on the Ontario Soccer website.

The entry deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.

The entry fee per team is $500.

Click here for more information registering your club or academy.

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Volunteer and staff screening services
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Canada Soccer and Ontario Soccer recently established a partnership with Sterling Talent Solutions, a well-known Human Resources screening services company, referred to in the sport industry as ‘Sterling Backcheck.”

Sterling Backcheck will be providing volunteer and staff screening services for Canada Soccer and Ontario Soccer operations.

Ontario Soccer are sharing the vendor information with membership for your optional consideration.

Click here to read more about Sterling Backcheck.

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The Play Inspire Unite Podcast – Featuring: Match Official Dept.
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The Play Inspire Unite Podcast is an interview series which features conversations with influential people from within Ontario Soccer and the Ontario Soccer membership. Discussing issues which impact the province, it’s designed to highlight the work of those who are showing us how to Play, Inspire and Unite in our community.

This week on the podcast we are joined by the entire Ontario Soccer Match Official department including: Manager, Nicky Pearson, and Match Official Development coordinators, Kyla Di Perna and Luis Paredes to talk about the making of LTOD, its future and how it can help change the game in Ontario.

Click here to watch the Play Inspire Unite podcast.

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Ontario match official continues work in CONCACAF PORE
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Filip Dujic, a Toronto Soccer Association match official, will join another Canadian match official, Carly Shaw-MacLaren, in representing CAnada as members of the CONCACAF Program of Referee Excellence (PORE) in Bradenton, Florida.

PORE offers top prospects from the region intensive training, led by some of FIFA’s top instructors.

Click here for more on Filip and the PORE program.

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Grassroots Practices You Can Use – Learn to Train
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The Player Development department puts together practices for coaches to use with their players across the province.

Each week focuses on one of the three LTPD development stages at the Grassroots level, which includes Active Start, Fundamentals and Learn to Train.

In this week’s session, the Player Development department has focused on Learn to Train stage.

Click here to find and download this week’s practice.

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Spots still available for TD and Goalkeeping Diploma courses
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce the date and location of two upcoming Coach Development opportunities.

Information is now available for Technical Director Diploma and Goalkeeper Diploma courses.

Click here for information on the courses and how to register.

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Update on outdoor 2019 season registration data entry
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Board approval was granted on June 9, 2018 to move to the SportsEngine Member Management System (MMRS) for Phase 2 of the three-phase implementation plan. Effective for the Outdoor 2019 season and for all seasons thereafter, SportsEngine’s MMRS will be the official record of registration for Ontario Soccer.

In order to facilitate the smoothest transition possible to the new MMRS platform, two primary districts will commence the onboarding process and conduct live interaction with the new platform from November 2018 to January 2019.

To ensure that there are no gaps in service while the two districts and their clubs work in the new MMRS system, the remaining 19 districts will maintain their registration and competitive rostering needs in AIMS temporarily for their initial Outdoor 2019 data.

Click here for more information on this update and MMRS.

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11 Ontario players called to Canada Men’s U-20 side
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Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the 2018 CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championship, the qualification tournament to next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019.

The Canadian squad features 20 promising prospects, 11 of which hail from Ontario, are competing in Florida, all with an eye towards their international development on the path to the Canadian Men’s National team and future FIFA World Cups.

Click here to read more about the players selected and the tournament.

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10 Ontario players called to Canada U-17 World Cup squad
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Canada Soccer has named the 21 players selected to represent Canada at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018, taking place Nov. 13 to Dec. 1.

Ten Ontario players have been named to the squad, which will be led by two time Olympic Bronze Medalist and longtime Women’s National team player Rhian Wilkinson.

Click here to find out more about the players selected and the U-17 Women’s World Cup.

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Match Official Appreciation Day sees Ontario officials honoured
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Ontario Soccer honoured match officials at the Match Officials Appreciation Day on Sunday.

The ceremony for the Match Officials Appreciation awards, which took place at the BMO Club at BMO Field, saw officials from across the province honoured for their role in either helping to develop match officials or for their outstanding performance as match officials.

As part of the day, a percentage of proceeds from each ticket sold were donated to help equip Ontario Soccer fields with life-saving defibrillators.

Click here to find out were the winners.

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FIFA releases Technical Report of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) has published its 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia report, which includes comprehensive statistics on the tournament and each individual match, team profiles and exclusive video footage to support the analysis.

At the request of Men’s National Team Coach, John Herdman, Ontario Soccer are sharing this information with all technical personnel in the province.

Click here for more information on the report.

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Ontario Soccer membership elects new Board of Directors
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Ontario Soccer has elected a new Board of Directors and with it put the final touches on a new, modernized governance structure.

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. Previously the board had been made up of 21 representatives from each District Association as well as an elected executive.

Click here to find out who has been elected to the new board.

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Over 20,000 soccer leaders now certified in Activity Leader program
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Ontario Soccer is continuing to show that the safety of their athletes and participants are a priority to the community.

This week, Respect in Sport revealed that Ontario Soccer has surpassed 20,000 certifications in the Respect in Sport Activity Leader program.

This is in addition to the 10,000 parents who have already been certified in the Respect in Sport Parent Program.

Click here to read more about Ontario Soccer’s commitment to keeping kids safe.

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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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