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May 20, 2020
Gary Miller
Update from the Province
AMM 2020
2020 Ontario Cup
Online C-License Course
Grassroots Spotlight Series
Canada Soccer Return to Play
Inside #CanWNT Webinar
Match Official Webinars
Player Registration Deadline Extended
Online Coaching Courses
FAQ #4
Community Workshops
Registration and Fees
Virtual Training Coverage
Safe Sport Panel
Marius Roevde
Willie McNab
Dr. Nick Bontis’ at Ontario Soccer Summit
Road to 2026 panel
Norm O’Reilly keynote
Kelly Murumets keynote
Ontario Soccer Strategic Plan video
Rowan’s Law
Upcoming Events
Player Registration Deadline for Youth Provincial / Regional divisions
June 15, 2020

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Gary Miller, Director of Soccer Operations of Ontario Soccer, passed away at age of 63
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Our Ontario Soccer family is deeply saddened to inform the Membership that Gary Miller, Director of Soccer Operations of Ontario Soccer, has passed away at the age of 63.

Gary leaves behind a tremendous legacy on the sport of soccer in Canada, holding multiple tenures at Ontario Soccer, Canada Soccer and a number of other influential organizations over his illustrious career. Gary was a close friend to many in the soccer community.

Click here to read more on the legacy of Gary’s life.

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Lifting the suspension of physical conditioning and skill based training
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The Ontario Provincial Government recently announced additional workplaces that are scheduled to re-open.

As part of the announcement, the government stated that recreational, outdoor fields would open, beginning on May 19, 2020.

The Provincial Government has now further amended that announcement to include soccer fields, as part of the facilities that can re-open.

This update provides for a return to limited training only, with five people or less, while practicing social distancing standards of two metres as per current government directives.

Click here for more clarity on what this announcement means.

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2020 Ontario Soccer Notice of Annual Meeting of Members
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On behalf of the President and the Board of Directors, Ontario Soccer has announced that the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Members, scheduled to take place on June 14, 2020, will be split into two parts over two separate weekends, via online video meetings, June 12-13, 2020 and via in-person meetings on Sept. 12, 2020.

Please note that these new AMM dates are in accordance with new provincial emergency allowances under the Corporations Act.

Click here for more information on this announcement.

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2020 Ontario Cup and Masters Provincial Championships Update
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As direction on Return to Play safety protocols or guidelines has not yet been provided through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture industries, the administration of the 2020 Ontario Cup will be postponed until a date has been established.

As a result, the 2020 Ontario Cup Draw, which was scheduled to be held on May 26, 2020 will be postponed to a date to be determined once Return to Play.

Ontario Soccer will continue plan for the Ontario Cup, using various contingency plans.

Click here for more information on those plans, the approaching Masters Provincial Championship Registration Deadline and other updates related to Ontario Cup.

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Only a few spots remain for 2 new online C-License courses
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce two new C-License courses have been opened, to be delivered online, with the in-person date taking place at the Ontario Soccer Centre, once Return to Play commences.

Coaches who obtain a C-License Certification will have the qualifications to be a Head Coach in some Regional Leagues, the OASL and an Assistant Coach in the OPDL.

Click here for more information on registration and the C-License Course.

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Grassroots Spotlight Series – What Can We Learn From Others? Pt. 2
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After beginning to shine a light on best practices in the coaching education arena in last week’s Grassroots Spotlight Series, this week’s edition will take a further look at how various groups have made a virtue out of necessity during the lockdown period to use that unanticipated time-off wisely and productively.

This edition of the Grassroots Spotlight Series will highlight how Kingston United and Tecumseh Soccer Club have excelled in bringing personal development opportunities not only to their own organizations but to interested soccer minds from all over the Province.

Click here to read this week’s edition.

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Canada Soccer outlines Return to Soccer Guidelines
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As restrictions begin to ease relating to COVID-19, Canada soccer has announced that its member organizations must follow the “Return to Soccer Guidelines” before returning to the pitch.

The Return to Soccer Guidelines help member organizations manage their liability and remain complaint with public health authorities when returning to soccer activities.

Click here for more information.

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Inside #CanWNT Webinar – Episode #2
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Canada Soccer’s Inside #CanWNt webinar series will be led by Women’s National Team legends Rhian Wilkinson and Robyn Gayle. Hosted every second Wednesday through July 1, these session provide insight from the players and staff of Canada soccer’s Women’s National Team.

The series’ second episode is set for May 20 at 3 p.m. and features Women’s Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller.

Click here for more information and how to register.

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Canada Soccer Match Official Webinars
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Canada Soccer’s Match Official Department has developed a series of webinar featuring engaging and accessible content for the entire soccer community.

The first webinar, scheduled for May 24 at 3 p.m. will focus on providing a comprehensive introduction to the changes to the Laws of the Game to be applied across Canada in 2020.

Click here for more information on this webinar and how to register.

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Player Registration Deadline Extended until June 15, 2020
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In an effort to help alleviate pressure on District Association membership, Ontario Soccer, after discussion with the membership, has decided to extend the registration deadline for the minimum 11 players from the current May 15, 2020 deadline to June 15, 2020.

Please note this does not apply to recreational player registrations.

Click here for more information.

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Want to be a Game Leader this summer? How about getting your start as a goalkeeper coach?
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Not sure what to do with yourself during the COVID-19 shutdown? Why not continue your coaching education during the break so that you can come back sharp?

Game Leaders play an important role in enabling children to have fun competing in a small side game environment. Click here for more information and how to take this online course.

Or if you’re interested in goalkeeping, why not get your start as a goalkeeper coach with this course, which can also be taken online? Click here for more information and how to take this online course.

Also, Ontario Soccer has compiled a list of online coaching courses which can be taken at your pace and from home.

Click here for the list of all the Online Coaching Courses.

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COVID-19 FAQ #4 addresses questions on refunds, Return to Play, insurance and more
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Ontario Soccer has received additional questions from the membership, since the first COVID-19 frequently asked questions (FAQ) was released on March 16, 2020, followed by the second COVID-19 FAQ on March 23, 2020 and the third on April 3, 2020.

The FAQ #4 addresses questions from the membership on refunds, Return to Play, Insurance and More

Click here to read the FAQ #4.

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Re-Scheduling your Community Coach Workshops in 2020
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Ontario Soccer is working with Clubs and Ontario Recognized Academies to re-schedule the Community Coaching Workshops, which they were scheduled to host.

At this point, hosts of the Community Coaching Workshops have begun re-scheduling and course coordinators have been communicating to Ontario Soccer of their intention to re-schedule their courses.

If your organization has not yet done so, please get in contact with Ontario Soccer.

Click here for more information on Community Coaching Workshops in 2020.

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Update on Outdoor Player Registration and OSCAR SAAS fees
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In the event that the 2020 Outdoor Season is cancelled, SportsEngine has agreed in good faith, given the challenging times, not to collect the SAAS fees application to 2020 outdoor season (OSCAR) registration.

As a result, Ontario Soccer will not collect both Outdoor Player Registration fees and OSCAR, powered by SportsEngine, SAAS fees if the 2020 Outdoor Season is cancelled in its entirety.

Ontario Soccer recommends and encourages Districts, Clubs and Academies to continue or commence registering their members into OSCAR in anticipation of the Return to Play directives, as well as to provide proper insurance coverage for members participating in online environments.

Click here to review this announcement.

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What you need to know about Virtual Training and Insurance
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Ontario Soccer has received updated information from HUB International as it relates to Districts, Clubs and Academies delivering Virtual Strength and Conditioning and Physical Technical Training.

Ontario Soccer has updated the last communication and provided the new information on the specific types of training and training providers.

Click here to read the updated information on Virtual Training and Insurance Coverage.

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WATCH – The Safe Sport Panel discusses how to protect athletes
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The Ontario Soccer Summit 2020 may be over but the learning opportunities will continue for the next month.

Ontario Soccer is releasing select videos from keynote speeches, technical sessions and panel discussions.

Today, we are sharing the Safe Sport Panel discussion on athlete safety. Moderated by Canada Soccer’s Jason de Vos, a group of sport leaders tackled the issues we face as a sport and how to make sport safer for everyone.

Click here to watch the session.

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WATCH – The goalkeeping session at Ontario Soccer Summit
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The Ontario Soccer Summit 2020 may be over but the learning opportunities will continue for the next month.

Ontario Soccer is releasing select videos from keynote speeches, technical sessions and panel discussions.

Today, we are sharing the on field session from Marius Roevde. A professional goalkeeping coach and Executive Director of Richmond FC, Roevde took guests through a detailed and informative goalkeeping technical presentation which is sure to spark the interest of any goalkeeper and goalkeeping coach.

Click here to watch the session.

Click here to take Ontario Soccer’s Online Goalkeeping Coach Certificate.

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WATCH – Willie McNab’s on-field session at Ontario Soccer Summit
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The Ontario Soccer Summit 2020 may be over but the learning opportunities will continue for the next month.

Ontario Soccer is releasing select videos from keynote speeches, technical sessions and panel discussions.

Today, we are sharing Willie McNab’s engaging on-field session giving attendees a look at the ‘Celtic Way.’

Click here to watch this session.

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WATCH – Dr. Nick Bontis’ session from Ontario Soccer Summit
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The Ontario Soccer Summit 2020 may be over but the learning opportunities will continue for the next month.

Ontario Soccer is releasing select videos from keynote speeches, technical sessions and panel discussions.

Today, hear from Dr. Nick Bontis, the Vice-President of Canada Soccer, on how he sees the game moving forward in Canada, what we can do better at a grassroots level and how to deal with information bombardment in the digital age.

Click here
to watch the Dr. Nick Bontis session from Ontario Soccer Summit.

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WATCH – The Road to 2026 panel discussion
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The Ontario Soccer Summit 2020 may be over but the learning opportunities will continue for the next month.

Ontario Soccer is releasing select videos from keynote speeches, technical sessions and panel discussions.

Hear from some of the sport’s biggest leaders in Canada on where the game is going, what we can do on the Road to 2026 and the impact hosting a World Cup will have on Canada.

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to watch.

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WATCH – Dr. Norm O’Reilly’s keynote speech on sport data
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The Ontario Soccer Summit 2020 may be over but the learning opportunities will continue for the next month.

Ontario Soccer is releasing select videos from keynote speeches, technical sessions and panel discussions.

Dive into Dr. Norm O’Reilly’s keynote speech where he looks at the sport trends of today and tomorrow and goes deep on data and who is moving the needle in sports.

Click here to watch Dr. Norm O’Reilly’s keynote speech.

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WATCH – Kelly Murumets keynote on the female leaders in sport
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The Ontario Soccer Summit 2020 may be over but the learning opportunities will continue for the next month.

Ontario Soccer will be releasing videos from select keynote speeches, technical sessions and panel discussions over the coming weeks.

Plunge back into the keynote speech of Kelly Murumets, the former CEO of Tennis Canada and CEO and ParticipACTION spoke about her high-level career in sport as a female leader and a variety of wise tidbits to take back to their communities.

Click here to watch Kelly Murumets Ontario Soccer Summit keynote speech.

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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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Rowan’s Law Mandatory Implementation
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The Province of Ontario, at the present time, is the only province in Canada to enact Concussion Safety legislation throughout its sport system.

‘Rowan’s Law’ received Royal Assent on March 7, 2018, and Section 5 of the Act, proclaiming a ‘Rowan’s Law Day’ was the only section that came into effect at that time.

However, in 2019, the remaining parts of the Act and the regulation have now come into effect in phases.

Click here to read more about Rowan’s Law and your organization’s responsibility from it.

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