Announcing the Centre Circle Award winners

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May 15, 2019
Centre Circle Awards
Canada U17 Men
Play. Inspire. Unite. Podcast
Special Call for Nominations
2019 Canadian Championship
Canada vs Mexico
OSCAR Updates
Match Official Mentors
LTOD Around the Province
Canada Soccer AMM
Board of Directors Expressions of Interest
OPDL Kick-Off
OASL Kick-Off
Ontario Cup Draw
Club Licensing
Ontario Soccer Strategic Plan video
2019-2021 Strategic Plan
Upcoming Events
Centre Circle Awards Reception
June 15, 2019

Annual Members Meeting
June 16, 2019

Ontario Cup Semis and Final (U18 and U21)
July 20-21, 2019

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The Centre Circle Award winners have been announced for 2019
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The Centre Circle Awards are Ontario Soccer’s highest level of recognition and are presented annually to deserving soccer leaders and organizations nominated on the basis of their outstanding contributions to the development of soccer in Ontario and Canada.

The 2019 Centre Circle Award winners will be recognized at a gala event June 15, 2019 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel.

Click here to find out the winners of this year’s Centre Circle Awards.

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Canada Men win 4-3 in penalties to qualify for FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019
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Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 after winning 4-3 on kicks from the penalty mark over CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica.

After 120 minutes in the Florida heat with no winner from a 1-1 draw, Canada won their ticket to the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time in six years.

Windsor’s Gianfranco Facchineri scored the winner in penalties while Bolton’s Julian Altobelli also scored from the penalty mark.

Click here to read more about the U-17 team qualifying.

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WATCH – Play. Inspire. Unite. Podcast – Featuring: Dr. Stephen Norris
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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 membership.

This episode’s guest is Dr. Stephen Norris. Recognized for his work as a sport scientist, Norris is an advocate for grassroots holistic development of youth, is a leading authority on playground to podium performing system development and has served as the central performance consultant for the Own the Podium program.

Click here to watch this edition of the Play. Inspire. Unite. Podcast.

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1 week left to submit for the Special Call for Nominations for Board of Directors
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The Nominations Committee has received no nominations from District Members for the Regional East Director for the new Ontario Soccer Board of Directors.

Nominations open today Wednesday, May 1, 2019 and will close at the end of the day Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Click here for more information on the nominations and elections process.

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L1O champion Vaughan Azzurri kick off Canadian Championship
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Canada Soccer’s professional club championship, the 2019 Canadian Championship, kicks off May 15 with an expanded 13 team, 24-match competition format.

Vaughan Azzurri, League1 Ontario champion, will kick off the competition on May 15 at the Ontario Soccer Centre when they take on the Canadian Premier League’s HFX Wanderers.

Click here for more on the match and the Canadian Championship.

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14 Ontario players selected to squad for Canada vs Mexico game
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Canada Soccer supporters will be in full voice when Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team faces CONCACAF rivals Mexico at BMO Field in Toronto on May 18.

The match will serve as the official send-off before this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and with 14 Ontario players in the squad, there will be lots to cheer about for Ontario members.

Click here to find out which players have been selected and how you can still purchase seats.

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Regular OSCAR updates on functionality and solutions
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In alignment with the successful launch and transition to OSCAR, Ontario Soccer has identified the need to provide greater up-to-date information on the status of OSCAR, its functionality and available solutions.

As such, Ontario Soccer has added an additional page to its website where regular updates and changes to OSCAR can be found for those who are active in using the registration platform on a more consistent basis.

Click here to read more about OSCAR and how to find updates.

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Match Officials mentor program being introduced in May 2019
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Ontario Soccer would like to inform all District Associations, Clubs and Academies of the implementation of the Long Term Match Official Development (LTOD) Mentor Program that is being introduced in May 2019.

As a component of Ontario Trillium Funding, Ontario Soccer will be providing 25 complimentary Mentor Accreditation Clinics across the province. District Referee Coordinators are encouraged to reach out to allocate a clinic.

Click here for more information on the Mentor Program.

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LTOD Around the Province
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In 2018, Ontario Soccer met with 115 clubs face-to-face, to present the importance of Long Term Match Official Development. This year, Ontario Soccer have adjusted the focus of the presentation to Club Board Members including Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Technical Directors, Executive Directors and more.

The match official development department now regularly travel to clubs and districts to present on the importance of LTOD as well as run education sessions.

Click here to read more about recent and upcoming LTOD events.

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Canadian soccer leaders support Canada Soccer safe sport roster
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At the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Members in Quebec City, Canada Soccer’s membership unanimously supported a suite of programs and initiatives that contribute to safe, fun and welcoming environments involved in the game.

The Canada Soccer Safe Sport Radar combines the benefits of mandatory certification for all coaches, a sophisticated Club Licensing Program, National Soccer Registry, Whistleblower Policy and Hotline, Code of Conduct and Ethics, and concussion protocols to create the best possible conditions for players, coaches, referees and administrators.

Click here for more information on the Canada Soccer AMM.

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Ontario Soccer Board of Director expressions of interest now public
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Ontario Soccer has released the Ontario Soccer Board of Director Expressions of Interest.

These expressions of interest by individuals indicate their intent to run for open positions in the Ontario Soccer Board of Director elections on June 16, 2019.

Click here to find out who has expressed interest and more on the process.

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Ontario Player Development League kicked off its sixth season
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Ontario Soccer’s Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) officially entered its sixth season recently, as games kicked-off across the province at six centralized venues.

Twenty-three clubs, one Professional Academy and one Private Academy are confirmed for the upcoming season, as the OPDL will make adjustments in 2019 to better support the advancement of athletes along the Talented Pathway.

Click here for more information on the changes taking place in OPDL in 2019.

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47 academies to be part of Ontario Academy Soccer League 2019
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The Ontario Academy Soccer League (OASL) season kicked-off May 4-5 for its first weekend of play in 2019.

The third year of the OASL Pilot Program operated by Ontario Soccer, in partnership with DG Sports, featured 47 private Academies and approximately 300 teams from across the province.

Twenty-eight Academies will play in OASL Tier 1 and 19 Academies will play in Tier 2.

Click here for more on the upcoming 2019 OASL season.

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Find your path to the 2019 Ontario Cup
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The 2019 Ontario Cup draws are now available for all divisions.

The Ontario Cup is the Soccer-For-Life Provincial Soccer Championship and is the largest competition of its kind in Canada.

The Ontario Cup draw has determined the path for over 400 teams across 16 divisions in hopes of becoming provincial champions.

Click here for more on the Ontario Cup draw.

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WATCH – Learn more about Canada Soccer Club Licensing
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Canada Soccer’s Jason de Vos, Director of Soccer Development and Dave Nutt, Manager of Development – Operations, joined a packed 2019 Ontario Soccer Summit session to thoroughly go through the Club Licensing program with delegates.

The primary goals of Club Licensing are to set clearly defined standards and expectations, recognize excellence in the soccer community, raise the level of all soccer organizations and finally, drive change in the soccer community.

Click here to watch their in-class session.

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WATCH – Ontario Soccer Strategic Plan: Reflections and Ambitions
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Ontario Soccer announced its 2019-2021 Strategic Plan early in 2019.

At the Ontario Soccer Summit, delegates got a first look back on the recent successes at Ontario Soccer and a deeper dive into the areas Ontario Soccer will target over the next three years.

Click here to watch the Ontario Soccer Strategic Plan: Reflections and Ambitions.

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Ontario Soccer releases 2019-2021 Strategic Plan
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce its, Board of Directors approved, new Strategic Plan for 2019-2021, which will serve as a road map for soccer in the province over the next three years.

The Strategic Plan will focus on four key areas of the sport and within those areas, each have three Strategic Initiatives where Ontario Soccer will look at tackling opportunities on and off the field.

Click here to read more about the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan.

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