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February 17, 2021
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Government of Ontario announces further regions exiting lockdown, 27 more regions preparing for Return to Play
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The Government of Ontario announced that it is ending the Provincial Lockdown for 27 Public Health Units this week and phasing-in a return to the Public Health Restrictions for the remaining Public Health Units.

As a result of this decision, Ontario Soccer has announced that Return to Play can commence for the three Public Health Units, permitted to end their Lockdown.

Click here to find out which regions are beginning Return to Play and everything your organization needs to know to begin their own Return to Play soon.


Register for one of two Return to Play webinars. The next is tomorrow
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Ontario Soccer is hosting Return to Play webinars, which will assist members who are completing the Return to Play steps for the first time, as well as any members which would like to further review the steps ahead of Outdoor 2021.

The next webinar, which will take place Feb. 18 at 1 p.m., is for those who have previously completed the Return to Play process are are seeking a refresher and update on the material.

On Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. Ontario Soccer will host an additional webinar to assist members preparing for Return to Play.

Click here to register for the webinar of your choosing.


Applications for Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities’ Sport Relief Fund are now open
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In response to the absolute need demonstrated by community sport organizations across Canada, Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) has committed an additional $12 million to its Jumpstart Charities’ Sport Relief Fund.

Ontario Soccer is encouraging members to apply to the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund to assist in managing costs.

Click here for more information and how to apply.


There are only a few spots left on the latest C-Licence course. Act quick if you want to register
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The first two C-Licence courses of 2021 sold-out in record time, as Ontario Soccer members seek to invest in their coaching development.

A third course, the latest beginning on March 9, is now available for registration but there are only a few spots remaining. Be sure to act quickly if you would like to register.

Click here for more information and how to register.

Or Click here to add your name to the waitlist and you will be contacted when the next course registration opens.



So, you want to be a referee? The next Match official webinar takes place Thursday at 7 p.m.
Ontario Soccer continues to host webinars over the next month to help registered Match Officials prepare for the 2021 season.

The next webinar focuses on addressing the question: ‘So, you want to be a referee?’ It will kick-off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Click here for more information on all the webinars and how to register.


Match Official registration has opened for 2021. Get early bird prices
Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce that the 2021 Match Officials Registration process will open Feb. 19, 2021.

This year, Ontario Soccer are offering early bird registration fee prices, which will begin on Feb. 19, 2021 and run through to Mar. 31, 2021. After April 1, 2021, the full fees will apply.

Click here for more on Match Official Registration and early bird discounts.

Click here for an update on Match Official Accreditation Clinics.


16 Ontario players selected to Canadian Women’s squad
Canada Soccer have announced the Women’s National Team roster for the 2021 SheBelieves Cup. This will mark Canada’s first participation at the four-team international tournament, which takes place Feb. 18-24 in Orlando, Florida.

16 Ontario players have been selected to the squad and will be with the squad when the tournament opens up against the USA on Feb. 18.

Click here to find out which Ontario players have been selected and read more about the competition.


Ontario’s Non Profit Network continues advocacy for sport
The Ontario Non Profit Network (ONN) continues to advocate before the Government of Ontario on behalf of amateur sport and non-profit organizations.

ONN has made a number of key recommendations to the Government of Ontario regarding the 2021 provincial budget, stabilization funding for non-profits and other initiatives to further aid in the support of non-profits.

Click here to read ONN’s pre-budget submissions.


Is there an area of soccer that you think need more development? Take this survey and shape the direction of soccer in Ontario
Ontario Soccer is asking for your help in shaping the future of soccer in Ontario.

Club and Academy Board, staff, volunteers, coaches, match officials, parents and players are all encourage to take this Strategic Plan survey.

Your responses will have a direct impact on where the sport goes from 2022-2026.

Click here to take this survey and have your say.


Canada Soccer announces first-ever eNational Championships
Canada Soccer has announced the first-ever eNational Championships which will take place Feb. 20 with Provincial and Territorial Qualifiers culminating in the eNational Championship Finals live on Feb. 27-28.

Registration is now open for players aged 16+.

Click here for more information and how to register.


League1 Ontario expands Men’s and Women’s Divisions
League1 Ontario got off to an exciting start in 2021 with two announcements that will expand the league’s reach across Ontario.

League1 Ontario has announced that it will be expanding the Men’s division with four new teams and the women’s division with three new teams for the 2021 season.

Click here to read the announcement and find out which teams will be joining the Men’s Division.

Click here to read the announcement and find out which teams will be joining the Women’s Division.


Return to Play Membership Survey Results
In November of 2020, the Ontario Soccer membership took part in a Return to Play survey, which sought input on how Return to Play had been implemented for our sport across the province, during the ongoing public health crisis.

Thanks to the membership of Ontario Soccer, we received a significant response to our Return to Play Survey and that data has directly assisted us in reviewing the impact that the Return to Play Guide and Plan had on the community as well as how membership have managed through the pandemic.

Click here to read more about this and to find the results of the survey.


The Ontario Futsal Cup 2021 has been cancelled, will return in 2022
In light of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Soccer has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 edition of the Ontario Futsal Cup.

As well, Canada Soccer has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Futsal Canadian Championships.

Click here for more on this announcement.


Be in the know with COVID-19 Updates
The Ontario Soccer COVID-19 Updates page has all the latest news on COVID-19 as it relates to our membership.

On the page you will find all the bulletins sent to membership, FAQs and additional resources that will help you prepare for 2021.

Click here to review the COVID-19 Updates page.


Review the Return to Play Guide
There have been a number of updates to the Return to Play Guide throughout 2020.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to review the most up-to-date Return to Play Guide and review any updates that you may have missed throughout the year.

Ensure your organization’s Return to Play plan is aligned with the Return to Play Guide so that when we’re able to safely return to the field, your organization will be ready.

Click here to review the Return to Play Guide.


COVID-19 Liability Protection Legislation receives Royal Assent
The Government of Ontario has announced that the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act 2020 has now received Royal Assent.

This Act, which is now law, will provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to exposure to COVID-19.

This topic has been a top priority among amateur sport organizations in Ontario. Ontario Soccer has been actively advocating for months, in front of various key decision making bodies, to protect all levels of amateur sport who are following Return to Play Safety protocols during the global pandemic.

Click herefor more on this and the protection it now provides for Clubs, Academies and Districts.


Review this Ontario Outdoor Cup 2021 Information
With the ever-evolving changes to the COVID-19 situation, Ontario Soccer is planning for a 2021 Ontario Cup, which is similar to other years.

However, there may be a need for greater flexibility and potential modifications to the competition structures as time progresses.

Click here to read updates on the Ontario Cup 2021.


Update on Rowan’s Law Implementation Timeline
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Ontario made the decision earlier this year to postpone the effective date of Part 2 implementation of Rowan’s Law from July 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021.

In light of the resurgence of COVID-19 and the public health measures in place to help slow the spread of the virus, the Government of Ontario has made the decision to defer the effective date of their Part 2 implementation of Rowan’s Law from Jan. 1, 2021 to July 1, 2021.

Click here to read the full update on Rowan’s Law.


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