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April 7, 2021
Play ON! e-Learning Series
Match Official Webinars
Women’s National Team
Return to Play
Ontario Soccer on Breakfast Television
Toronto FC Fundraising
Letter to Chief Medical Officer
Match Official Clinics
Sport Helps Campaign
Canada Soccer Club Licensing
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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The Play ON! e-Learning Series – Session #5 – Impact of COVID-19 on Match Officials
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Ontario Soccer’s Play ON! e-Learning Series, presented by Respect in Sport, continues on April 8 at 1 p.m. with Dr. Tom Webb putting a special focus on Match Officials.

Dr. Webb, who founded the Referee and Match Official Research Network, will join us to speak about the unique challenges facing officials this summer.

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

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Register for the April Match Official webinars. Law Review is next up
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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 takes place April 13 at 7 pm and will feature a Law Review for the 2021 season.

Ensure you register early to secure your spot.

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

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16 Ontario players called to Canada Women’s National Team camp
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Canada Soccer have announced the Women’s National Team roster for the two away International Friendly matches that will take place during the April FIFA international window. Canada will face Wales and England as part of the continued preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

As part of the announcement, 16 Ontario players have been named to the squad.

Click here to find out who was selected and more about the upcoming matches.

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Government of Ontario pauses current Public Health Framework, suspends all in-person soccer activities ‘for at least four weeks’
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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 is has issued a Province-Wide Shutdown for multiple sectors of the economy.

As a result, Ontario Soccer is required to suspend all in-person soccer activities ‘for at least four weeks’ in order to comply with government orders. Ontario Soccer has been lobbying the Provincial Government to ensure that soccer has a safe Return to Play this summer and will continue to do so, on our membership’s behalf, during this difficult time.

Click here to read more about this announcement.

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Ontario Soccer speaks with Breakfast Television on the impact the pandemic has had on athletes
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Johnny Misley, Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Soccer, spoke with Breakfast Television to discuss the letter sent to Dr. David Williams, the science behind the safety of playing sport during COVID-19, how important physical activity is for kids and the response from parents.

Click here to watch the interview with Breakfast Television.

What can you do to help?

We need our members to stay involved and take action. Find out here what can be done.

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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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Ontario Soccer is continuing to work with Health and Sport Officials on this important issue
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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.

With the recent shutdown, Ontario Soccer continues to work behind the scenes to ensure a safe return for soccer this summer. In the meantime, read the letter and share it with someone you know. Or get involved by writing your local officials.

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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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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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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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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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