Pitch In. Play ON! Soccer is returning to Ontario this summer

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June 17, 2020
Return to Play Planning
RTP FAQ
AMM and Board of Director Elections
Soccer Fitness Trainer Diploma
Online Match Official Accreditation Clinics
New C License Course
Community Coach Workshops
Online Coaching Courses
Match Official Panel Discussion
Rowan’s Law
Gary Miller
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
Upcoming Events
Annual Meeting of the Members (Part 2)
Sept. 12, 2020

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Pitch in. Play ON! Soccer is returning to Ontario this summer
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For those in Ontario who have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to Return to Play, it has been an exciting week.

First, Ontario Soccer announced there would be a return to soccer fields this summer.

Then it announced the regions that were cleared by the Province of Ontario to begin Return to Play protocols.

And then there was a further announcement of even more regions which could now begin the process of returning to the fields this summer.

There is still a lot of work to be done but with the review of the Return to Play Guide, Return to Play Survey and the Pitch In. Play ON! campaign underway for much of the province, there is now an opportunity for us to begin getting ready for a return to the pitch in 2020.

Click here to find even more information on Return to Play.

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Do you have questions about Return to Play or soccer this summer? We have answers
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With Return to Play beginning for many organizations, we are sure you have a number of questions.

In this latest Frequent Asked Questions, Ontario Soccer addresses everything from what you need to know about Return to Play, the Outdoor Season 2020, what to do if you witness organizations not following Government Health Orders or Return to Play protocols and much more.

Click here to read the COVID-19 FAQ #5.

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Ontario Soccer conducts election for Board of Directors through online voting
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Ontario Soccer has elected two new members and re-elected two members to its Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of the Members on Saturday.

Elected to the Ontario Soccer Board of Directors were a Vice-President, a Regional Director – West, an Independent Director and a Designated Director was confirmed.

Click here to read about who is returning and who is joining Ontario Soccer’s Board of Directors.

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Soccer Fitness Trainer Diploma – New Courses Announced
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce the dates and locations for two new Coach Development opportunities for coaches to improve their knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical components of soccer fitness training.

The Soccer Fitness Trainer Diploma Level 1 and Soccer Fitness Trainer Diploma Level 2 are now open for registration and contain online components.

Click here for more details on the courses and how to register.

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Round 2 of Online Match Official Accreditation Clinics now open
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Ontario Soccer understands that organizations may be faced with a shortage of Match Officials as Return to Play are introduced.

To assist with this, Ontario Soccer will be opening additional online Match Officials Accreditation clinics to assist in reducing the shortage for Clubs and Districts.

Click here for more information on these clinics and how to register.

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With Return to Play now announced, spots are filling quickly for this new online C License Course
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce a new National C License course, to be delivered online, with an in-person date taking place at the Ontario Soccer Centre, once Return to Play is confirmed.

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

Click here to find out how you can apply.

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Community Coach Workshops are now Available Online. Fill your down time and get started today
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce that the Community coaching workshops are now available online.

To ensure that the Community Coaching Workshops are more accessible and to allow greater flexibility on when these courses can be delivered, the coaches will be able to work at their own pace to complete the course material.

Online learning is now available for Active Start, Fundamentals, Learn to Train and Soccer For Life.

Click here for more information on these courses and how to register.

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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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WATCH – One Call, Four Angles – A Match Official Panel
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As Ontario’s Match Officials continue to prepare for the outdoor season with their online learning, Ontario Soccer is sharing another Match Official Panel Discussion from the Ontario Soccer Summit.

In this panel, the game and decision-making all come into play from different perspectives thanks to guests Scott Bowman (Canadian Premier League Match Official), Caroline Szwed (Sportsnet Host and Former Player) and Anthony Capotosto (Toronto FC Academy Director.)

The three have an open discussion regarding the view of decisionm-making from the eyes of a Match Official, Player and Coach.

Click here to watch this Panel Discussion.

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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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Gary Miller, Director of Soccer Operations, passed away at 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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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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