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April 21, 2021
Return to Play
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Allow Ontario’s youth to Return to Play to enhance provincial health
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Ontario Soccer has sent a new letter calling on Premier Doug Ford to reverse the decision to stop all outdoor, organized and controlled sports, as they provide an essential avenue for our youth and adult participants to stay healthy and fit, with a demonstrated minimal risk of community transmission.

This is not just our opinion.

Immediately following the Provincial Government’s decision, the Canadian Pediatric Society issued an open letter calling for a full reversal of the decisions which are damaging our youth participants.

Click here to read the letter and share it within your community.

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What our members can do right now to help as Ontario Soccer continues to lobby the Provincial Government
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Ontario Soccer are encouraging our membership to again respectfully contact their local MPs, MPPs, Municipal Authorities and Public Health Units to share this letter and lobby them to make change at the grassroots level.

The letter can be replicated and used for your own local efforts.

Click here for how to take these steps in your community.

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Ontario Soccer takes steps to create a more equitable future for soccer and break down systemic barriers of entry to sport
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As one of the country’s largest sport association, Ontario Soccer has the responsibility to lead by example in advancing racial equity. We recognize that it’s our responsibility to build a diverse, inclusive, accessible and respectful organization and to ensure our members and volunteers have a voice and the opportunity to full contribute.

Ontario Soccer’s Diversity Advisory Sub-Committee recently shared its report and recommendations to the Ontario Soccer Board of Directors for discussion and review.

Click here to read more about this and find the adopted recommendations.

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The Play ON! e-Learning Series – Session #7 – Return to Play Best Practices
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Ontario Soccer’s Play ON! e-Learning Series, presented by Respect in Sport, continues Thursday at 1 p.m. with four community leaders who will share their Return to Play Best Practices.

Representing a geographically diverse spectrum of Ontario Soccer member organizations ranging from purely recreational grassroots soccer to full-service clubs and Ontario Player Development League License Holders, the panelists are all united in their battle to overcome the impact Covid-19 has had on our sport.

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

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Ontario Cup 2021 registration deadline extended
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The 2021 Ontario Cup will mark the 105th year of the competition.

Ontario Soccer, in consideration of the current restrictions, has modified the Ontario Cup competition schedule for 2021. The new schedule reflects a later start date that will see the Ontario Cup commence in July. As such, the Ontario Cup Entry Deadline, which was April 28 has now been extended to May 26.

Click here for more on this decision and how to register your team.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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