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October 21, 2020
Liability Protection Legislation
Canada Soccer Youth Licence
Government Announcement
Screening Amendments
Outdoor Registration
Upcoming Webinar
Local PHUs
Community Coach Workshops
Community Coach Workshops
C Licence Course
WISE Fund Grant
2021 Ontario Cup
Coaching A Licenses
Respect Group
Play ON! Spotlight Series
Match Official Videos
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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Ontario Government Announcement on COVID-19 Liability Protection Legislation
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The Government of Ontario has announced that it has tabled the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020, which, if passed, will provide liability protection for non-profit organizations, coaches, volunteers and sport associations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to exposure to COVID-19.

The Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020 has passed its first reading and will continue to be debated in the Ontario Provincial Legislature this week.

Click here to read more about this update on COVID-19 Liability Protection.

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19 Ontario Coaches included in initial cohort of Canada Soccer Youth Licences
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Twenty coaches, including 19 from Ontario, are the initial recipients of the Canada Soccer Youth Licence designed for coaches working full-time in the game with players aged 13-18.

The Canada Soccer Youth Licence content involves theoretical and practical components focusing on holistic, effective coaching of youth players in the Canada Soccer Coach Education Development Stream.

Click here to find out who the coaches are.

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Tighter public health restrictions have been placed on organized team sports in four regions
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The Government of Ontario announced on Oct. 9 that it is taking further steps to curb the spread of COVID-19 in what it has deemed as ‘hotspot’ communities.

Tighter public health restrictions have been placed on organized team sports in Toronto, Ottawa, Peel Region and York Region.

As part of the Return to Play protocols, these three regions will now return to Ontario Soccer’s Phase 1: Return to Training (modified training.)

Click here for more on this change.

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New COVID-19 Screening Amendments
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The Government of Ontario recently amended Ontario Regulation 364/20 under the Reopening Ontario Act.

The Regulation now requires businesses and facilities across of of Ontario to screen workers, including contractors, students, volunteers or essential visitors like service providers.

The Return to Play Guide has been updated and now includes a Return to Office Protocol, screening questionnaire and additional guidance for members to use in managing their facilities and this new requirement.

Click here to read more about this change.

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Registration is now open for 2021 Outdoor Season
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Ontario Soccer has opened the registration for the Outdoor 2021 season in the Ontario Soccer Club & Academy Registry (OSCAR), powered by SportsEngine.

There have been several changes and updates for Outdoor 2021 and organizations are encouraged to review the changes and OSCAR Release Notes for the outdoor season now.

Click here to read more about this and review the changes.

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Upcoming Webinar – “No Ref, No Game”
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This Thursday at 1 p.m., a Sport for Life webinar will explore the critical role officials can play in reaching Sport Canada’s goals for offering safe quality sport opportunities to all Canadians. It will explore the tools and resources to support your officials.

A number of experts in the match official field will take part including Nicky Pearson, Ontario Soccer’s Senior Manager, Match Official Development.

Click here to read more about the webinar and how to register.

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Organizations reminded to consult with local Public Health Units
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In addition to the Government of Ontario recent announcements about restrictions in hotspot communities, Ontario Soccer is aware that select Municipalities have begun enforcing additional restrictions related to organized team sports.

Member organizations are reminded that they are required to follow all Government of Ontario Public Health protocols, as well as any additional restrictions that local municipalities may apply, based on the advice of their local Public Health Units.

Click here for more on this.

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Community Coach Workshops still Available Online
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce that the Community coaching workshops are still 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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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 last online C License Course of 2020 is sold-out. Put your name on a wait list for the next course
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The National C License course, will be delivered online, with an in-person date taking place at the Ontario Soccer Centre, at a date to be confirmed.

The course includes online and in-person education. For the in-person portion of the course, attendees will be required to observe regional public health and safety protocols, while properly socially distancing and wearing appropriate personal protection equipment.

Click here to find out more about the C License Course and how to register for future courses.

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You can apply for 1 of 30 WISE Fund grants to help women in sport
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With the support of Sport Canada, the 2021 WISE Fund will grant 30 organizations $2,500 to advance gender equity in Canadian Sport.

The program aims to create equitable opportunities for women and girls to participate and lead in the sport system and achieve gender equity in Canada.

Applications are now open and close Nov. 9.

Click here to learn more about the initiative and how to apply.

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2021 Ontario Cup rule change on division eligibility
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The Ontario Cup is open to teams from Under 13 to Senior Open. Previously teams were only permitted to enter the Ontario Cup in the division in which they were registered.

This Ontario Cup Competition Rule has been reviewed and will be changing for the 2021 edition of the Ontario Cup.

In 2021, teams that enter the Ontario Cup, must enter the division which matches the League age and division which the team is competing in.

Click here for more on this change to the Ontario Cup.

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14 Ontario Coaches Awarded National A Licenses
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Canada Soccer has announced that 30 coaches who participated in the A License Courses in 2017 and 2018 have completed the requirements to gain certification. The A License is currently the top-level certification in the Performance Stream of Canada Soccer’s Coach Education Program.

Ontario Soccer congratulates all of the coaches from Ontario and their organizations who have supported their development.

Click here to find out which coaches now have A Licenses.

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RESPECT Knowledge Network Survey Invitation
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Ontario Soccer are exploring the opportunity to expand its relationship with Respect Group, providers of the RESPECT programming to our soccer community since 2012.

This would include providing all Ontario Soccer members with free access to the proposed RESPECT Knowledge Network. which will be the go to place for shared work and access to resources regarding the prevention of Bullying, Abuse, Harassment and Discrimination (BAHD behaviours) and the associated impacts on mental health.

Click here to read more about this initiative and take a short survey to help shape this new platform.

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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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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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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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