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March 17, 2021
Sport Helps Campaign
Play ON! e-Learning Series
Men’s Olympic Qualifying
Return to Play
New Strategic Plan
2021 Ontario Cup
Toronto FC Fundraising
Match Official Webinars
Match Official Registration
IModel Project
Jumpstart Charities
ONN Advocacy
Return to Play Survey Results
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Return to Play Guide
COVID-19 Liability Protection
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Take action as part of the Sport Helps Campaign. It will take just 30 seconds
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With just 30 seconds of your time, you can ensure local soccer programs have support from all levels of government to continue growing the sport in Canada.

The COVID-19 pandemics has caused many events and programs to be cancelled, reducing revenues and impacting programs from the grassroots, development and National Teams. To help offset these losses and ensure continuity of our programs, we have partnered with other national sport organizations to ask the government for added support.

Click here to find out how you can take action and support soccer.

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The Play ON! e-learning series – Session #2 – Virtual Training Best Practices
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Ontario Soccer’s Play ON! e-Learning Series, presented by Respect in Sport, continues on March 18 at 4 p.m. with an insightful presentation by a panel of technical experts featuring Natalie Bukovec (Head Coach, Ryerson Rams), Anthony Capotosto (Academy Director, TFC Academy), Radoslaw Bella (U-17 Head Coach, Slask Wroctaw) and Joey Lombardi (Director of Player and Coach Development, Brampton SC) and moderated by Ontario Soccer’s Bryan Rosenfeld.

At a time when Ontario Soccer member organizations everywhere are carefully transitioning back from a virtual training environment to returning to the training pitch, our experts will share their unique insights from the last 12 months and practical tips on how to safely Return to Play for youth players.

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

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9 Ontario players called to Canada Soccer Men’s squad to be part of Olympic Qualifying
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Canada Soccer have announced their 20-player roster for Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying in Mexico from March 18-30, 2021.

Building on the positive momentum from the Men’s National Team Program, Canada will challenge their rivals for one of two Concacaf spots up for grabs to this summer’s Olympic Games.

Canada’s first match is March 19 against El Salvador.

Click here to read more about the competition and see which Ontario players were selected to the side.

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Government of Ontario moves Lambton Public Health and Sudbury Public Health to Grey-Lockdown
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Ontario Soccer continues to work in consultation with Canada Soccer and the Government of Ontario, as we prepare for Return to Play 2021. Ontario Soccer will keep the membership updated with the most recent development surrounding Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play.

The Government of Ontario announced last week that it is moving Lambton Public Health and Sudbury Public Health to Grey-Lockdown, as they phase-in a return to the Public Health Restrictions for the remaining Public Health Units and their respective colour-coded zones.

Click here to read about the Lambton Public Health announcement and which other regions are impacted by the decision.

Click here to read about the Sudbury Public Health announcement

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There is just two weeks left! Your input is needed. Take this survey and shape the direction of soccer in Ontario.
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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.

The deadline is March 31, 2021.

Click here to take this survey and have your say.

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Registration for the 2021 Ontario Cup is now open. Come be part of the excitement this summer
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Registration for the 2021 Ontario Cup is now open.

Understanding that the public health situation remains fluid at this time, Ontario Soccer is opening up the Ontario Cup Entry process now, in anticipation of having a Provincial Championship this summer.

The 2021 Ontario Cup will mark the 105th year of its competition and the entry deadline is April 28.

Click here for more information and how to register.

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Get in on the TFC Jersey Pitch IN. Play ON! Fundraising Campaign
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As part of our efforts towards a safe Return to Play this summer, Ontario Soccer is looking for additional ways to support our member organizations to Pitch In. Play ON!

At this time, Ontario Soccer is teaming up with our Premier Partners from Toronto FC to offer an exciting fundraising opportunity.

Toronto FC has graciously stepped up to offer some of their signature jerseys at a very special Ontario Soccer member discount, while also building in a generous fundraising amount of $5 per jersey sold through participating member organizations.

In order to take advantage of this great opportunity, any interested Ontario Soccer member organizations have to request their own unique purchase code to promote within their organization’s participant base.

Click here for more information and how to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Join us for the 2021 Match Official Law Review on Tuesday
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Ontario Soccer continues to host webinars over the next month to help any interested Match Official prepare for the 2021 season.

The next webinar focuses on the Law Review for 2021. It will kick-off at 7 p.m. on Tues. March 23.

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

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Match Official registration has opened for 2021. Get early bird prices
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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.

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Update to the 2022 IModel Pilot Project
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Peter Augruso, President and Chair of the Board of Directors, has provided an update on the IModel Pilot Project.

The IModel underpins very important principles of fairness, inclusiveness and competitiveness and will enhance player development at both the Regional and District level for youth competitive soccer.

Click here to read more about the latest update.

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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.

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Ontario’s Non Profit Network continues advocacy for sport
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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.

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Return to Play Membership Survey Results
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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.

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Be in the know with COVID-19 Updates
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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.

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Review the Return to Play Guide
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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.

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COVID-19 Liability Protection Legislation receives Royal Assent
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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.

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Update on Rowan’s Law Implementation Timeline
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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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