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March 31, 2021
Letter to Chief Medical Officer
What you can do next
Play ON! e-Learning Series
Return to Play
New Strategic Plan
Match Official Registration
Match Official Clinics
Match Official Webinars
Toronto FC Fundraising
Canada Soccer Club Licensing
Sport Helps Campaign
National Championships
2021 Ontario Cup
Ontario Registered Academies
Jumpstart Charities
Return to Play Survey Results
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COVID-19 Liability Protection
Rowans Law
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We are requesting the support from the Chief Medical Officer for Ontario Soccer to safely enhance the health of Ontarians
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Ontario Soccer issued a letter on March 25 addressed to Dr. David Williams, the Chief Medical Officer of Ontario.

The letter, which can be read here, reviews the science showing that sport is safe for youth athletes, addresses our concerns if another outdoor season passes without competition and lays out simple requests to help soccer and sport safely recover.

Read the letter, share it on social media or with someone you know and get involved in getting us back on the fields this summer.

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You have shared the letter, now what else can you do? Get you and your organization involved
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The initial response to Ontario Soccer’s call to action from the Chief Medical Officer has been fantastic.

The membership, media and politicians are all getting involved but there is still more work to do.

Ontario Soccer will continue fighting for our membership at the provincial level. We ask that you join us in doing the same in your communities.

Click here to find out what the next steps are that you can take to help soccer recover and get back on the fields this summer.

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The Play ON! e-Learning Series – Session #4 – Resiliency and Mental Health in Youth Athletes
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Ontario Soccer’s Play ON! e-Learning Series, presented by Respect in Sport, continues on April at 1 p.m. with Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt leading a session on Resiliency and Mental Health in Youth Athletes.

Dr. Vaillancourt will discuss three key aspects that all soccer leaders must know about and take responsibility for.

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

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Government of Ontario makes changes for team training in Grey-Lockdown, move three regions into new levels
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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 making changes for team training in Grey-Lockdown and moving three regions into new levels.

Click here to read about the changes to team training in Grey-Lockdown and two regions moving to new levels.

Click here to read about Middlesex-London being moved to Red-Control.

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Today is the last day 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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Today is the last day to get Match Official early bird registration
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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.

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The 2021 Match Official Accreditation Clinics are now open
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce that the 2021 Match Officials Accreditation Entry Level and Small Sided Clinics are now open and new Match Official students can register on Ref Centre.

Ontario Soccer has received an increased level of interest from many new students for this custom-built system.

Click here to read more about the clinics and steps organizations and members can take.

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Register for the April Match Official webinars
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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.

With three new webinars now available for registration in April, be sure to sign up soon as these sessions fill up fast.

Click herefor more information on all the webinars 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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Applications Update on Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program
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Ontario Soccer is providing an update on the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program in Ontario for 2021 and at this time a new application window for the program remains closed until further notice.

While monitoring the status of Return to Play across the province, Ontario Soccer is assessing the strategy and plan to re-open the window of applications to the program.

Click here to read more about this.

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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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Canada Soccer announces hosts for the 2022-24 National Championships
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Canada Soccer has announced the locations for three future editions of its National Championships.

From 2022 to 2024, three Ontario cities will play host of various competitions.

Click here to find out which cities will play host.

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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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Update on Ontario Registered Academies for 2021
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Ontario Soccer has posted an update for Ontario Registered Academies (ORA) in 2021.

In order to be eligible to compete for Outdoor 2021, all ORAs must complete their membership and registration applications with their District Association in accordance with their membership registration procedures.

Click here for more on the update on ORAs in 2021.

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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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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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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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