Triumph In The Face of Adversity

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April 14, 2021
Play ON! e-Learning Series
Women’s National Team
League1 Ontario
Return to Play
Match Official Webinars
Match Official Clinics
Toronto FC Fundraising
Letter to Chief Medical Officer
Ontario Soccer on Breakfast Television
Sport Helps Campaign
2021 Ontario Cup
Jumpstart Charities
Return to Play Survey Results
Stay Up to Date
COVID-19 Liability Protection
Rowans Law
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The Play ON! e-Learning Series – Session #6 – How to Triumph in the Face of Adversity
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Ontario Soccer’s Play ON! e-Learning Series, presented by Respect in Sport, continues today at 1 p.m. with Carmelina Moscato on how to triumph in the face of adversity.

Moscato, former Canadian Women’s National Team Player and currently the Bahamas FA Director of Women’s Football, will share her world-class playing experience and extensive coaching insights against the backdrop of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Ontario’s Return to Play.

Click here to read more about the session and register to participate.

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Canadian Women win 2-0 over England and continue to build momentum toward Olympic Games
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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team won back-to-back international matches against Wales and England with a 3-0 win over Wales and a 2-0 win over England.

Canada won their Tuesday match against England with goals by Evelyne Viens and Nichelle Prince (Ajax, ON).

Click here to read more about the matches and watch highlights from the win over England.

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League1 Ontario announces pair of appointments for 2021 season
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League1 Ontario has announced it has added two executives to their operations for the 2021 season.

Dino Rossi has been appointed as League1 Ontario Executive Chairman and John Gibson has been appointed to the League1 Ontario Board of Directors.

Click here to read the Dino Rossi announcement.

Click here to read the John Gibson announcement.

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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 that it 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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Upcoming Webinar – Information for new match officials
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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 Tuesday April 20 at 7 pm and will feature information for newer match officials and projecting professionalism.

Ensure you register early to secure your spot.

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

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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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There is still time to get in on the TFC Jersey 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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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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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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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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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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