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September 23, 2020
Government Announcement
OPDL Announcement
Community Coach Workshops
Update to Phase 2 of RTP
Play ON! Spotlight Series
Ontario Soccer Summit
Jumpstart Charities
AMM
Update on Rowan’s Law
Match Official Videos
Register your Participants
Community Coach Workshops
Online Coaching Courses
Marius Roevde
Dr. Nick Bontis’ at Ontario Soccer Summit
Match Official Panel Discussion
Road to 2026 panel
Safe Sport Panel
Willie McNab
Norm O’Reilly keynote
Kelly Murumets keynote
Ontario Soccer Strategic Plan video
Events
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Government of Ontario announcement on Gathering Limits
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The Government of Ontario has stated that it is reducing the gathering limits to 25 people for outdoor, private gatherings and 10 people for indoor, private gatherings, for cities and regions across Ontario.

The Government of Ontario has also sated that the new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres or banquet halls, gyms and recreational sporting or performing art events.

Click here for more on this announcement.

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Ontario Soccer announces OPDL License Holder coming to Niagara Region
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Ontario Soccer’s Player Development Program has announced that Niagara Falls SC will join the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) for 2021 and 2022.

They will join 29 other license holders in Ontario, made up of Clubs and Academies, from around the province, which support the advancement of athletes along Ontario Soccer’s Talented Pathway.

Click here to read this announcement.

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Hosting of Practical In-Person Community Workshop Training
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce that starting on Sept. 18, 2020 the Community Coaching Workshop hosts are now able to commence the coordination of the practical, in-person training component.

Community Coaching Workshop hosts can access the Safety Guide for Coach Education on the Ontario Soccer Host a Coaching Course webpage.

Click here for more information on the Safety Guide.

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The changes to Return to Play – Phase 2 are now in effect
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to inform the membership, after consultation with the Province of Ontario and Canada Soccer, we are implementing the following enhancements to our Return to Play Guide and Plan – Phase 2.

The addendum to Return to Play – Phase 2 will now incorporate and permit modified games between different Clubs and Academies within the same region.

The Return to Play Guide also now includes details on conducting: Exhibition Games, Tournaments / Festivals, League Play and Trials and Open Evaluations.

Click here for more information on these exciting changes.

Ontario Soccer has recently made some additional changes to the Return to Guide.

Click here to find the summary of those updates.

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Play ON! Spotlight Series – Featuring: Oak Ridges Soccer Club
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Following an unprecedented shutdown of sport worldwide, Ontario Soccer is continuing to return to the pitch. The Play ON! Spotlight Series is a Return to Play campaign designed for the membership to help drive awareness and registration as Clubs, Academies, Districts Associations and Leagues Return to Play this summer and fall.

This campaign will help build communities, increase health and wellness, excite our members, and reinvigorate participation. We are calling upon the Ontario Soccer membership to inspire and unite the soccer community as Ontario Returns to Play.

There will be challenges and it may be different than we remember, but the most important thing is that we move the game forward together. Unified in our return, we will all Pitch in, Play ON! with the game we love.

This week, we speak with the Technical Manager from Oak Ridges Soccer Club on how they are managing through Return to Play, the challenges, the successes and the smiles.

Click here to read this week’s Play ON! Spotlight Series.

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Ontario Soccer Summit to be postponed until 2022
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Supporters of Ontario Soccer’s premier development event will have to wait a little longer for a return to the Summit on their development journey.

The Ontario Soccer Summit, which annually attracts Coaches, Match Officials, Administrators and Soccer Leaders from across the province and Canada, will be postponed in 2021 and return in early 2022.

Click here to find out more about the Ontario Soccer Summit postponement.

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Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities announces sport relief fund
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Ontario Soccer are informing our membership that Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities (Jumpstart) announced today that the national charity has made available an $8 million sport relief fund to help sport and recreation organizations continue to deliver programming in 2020 and beyond.

Many community sport organizations have shut their doors due to the financial burden created by COVID-19, including lost revenue and increased programs costs.

Click here for more on how to apply and eligibility.

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Annual Meeting of Members concludes with second installment in 2020
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Ontario Soccer recently concluded its Annual Meeting of the Members (AMM) with the second installment of the event for 2020.

The AMM, which had been divided into two parts as a result of the ongoing public health crisis, was conducted as a hybrid meeting, which saw some delegates appear in person, while properly socially distancing and wearing personal protection equipment and a majority of delegates participating online.

Click here to get caught up on September installment of the AMM.

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Update on Rowan’s Law Implementation timeline
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The Government of Ontario has made some updates to the timelines for implementing Rowan’s Law.

This July 2020 would have marked a major date for the Rowan’s Law legislation, which requires sport organizations to establish Removal-From-Sport and Return to Sport protocols.

As a result of the COVID-19, the Government of Ontario has postponed the July 2020 date to Jan. 1, 2021.

Click here to find out what that means for your organization or your athletes.

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Match Officials can watch these Entry Level and Small Sided Videos
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Ontario Soccer has developed additional resources to help Match Officials get ready for a Return to Play.

The Match Official Development Department has created a series of Entry Level Videos and Small Sided Videos to aid officials in their development.

Click here to watch the Entry Level Videos.

Click here to watch the Small Sided Videos.

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Reminder to register your participants for outdoor and indoor
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Ontario Soccer is reminding and encouraging Districts, Clubs and Academies to continue, or commence, registering their members into OSCAR, Ontario Soccer’s official registry, as part of the Return to Play directives.

This ensures our member organizations have proper insurance coverage and access to Ontario soccer member services.

Click here to read more about how to keep your participants and organization safe this summer and fall.

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Community Coach Workshops are now Available Online
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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 – 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 – 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.

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

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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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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 – 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 – 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. 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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