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April 28, 2021
Diversity Officer
Play ON! e-Learning Series
Coaching Adjustments
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Ontario Cup Deadline Extended
Match Official Clinics
Toronto FC Fundraising
Government Announcement
Sport Helps Campaign
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Return to Play Survey Results
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COVID-19 Liability Protection
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Sandra Riberdy, Leadership Expert and Well-Known Advocate for Cultural Change, named Diversity Officer for Ontario Soccer
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce the appointment of Sandra Riberdy as the Diversity Officer for Ontario Soccer.

Riberdy is a Lead Agile Coach – Program Director with Manulife and has over 20 years experience leading strategic programming and transformations, global technology, telecommunications and financial industries.

The Diversity Officer will work closely with Ontario Soccer’s CEO and the Ontario Soccer membership to implement the Anti-Racism, Access and Equity Committee’s work.

Click here to read more about the announcement and Sandra Riberdy.

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The Play ON! e-Learning Series – Session #8 – Fostering Diversity and Combatting Racism in Soccer
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Ontario Soccer’s Play ON! e-Learning Series, presented by Respect in Sport, continues Thursday at 1 p.m. with Paul Martin, Director – Ontario, Canada Soccer Board of Directors to highlight a leader’s role in fostering diversity and combatting racism in soccer.

Martin is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences at Centennial College, where he is also an active member of the Anti-Black Racism Task Force. In his work, Paul helps students understand our world through his teachings on Global Citizenship – From Social Analysis to Social Action.

Click here to read more about the upcoming session and Paul’s work.

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COVID-19 Specific Coaching Certification Adjustment
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Ontario Soccer is cognizant of the difficulties that COVID-19 restrictions present for coaches aiming to complete the practical components of Coach Education.

In order to allow our Coaches to continue with their education and to work towards their Coach Education Program Certifications, Ontario Soccer has temporarily delayed the requirement to complete the practical component in order to coach in 2021.

Click here for more information on the specifics of this announcement.

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Ontario Soccer members launch advocacy campaign for youth athletes
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17 Community Sports Organizations from across Ontario Soccer’s membership, urged Premier Doug Ford on Tuesday to see the impact the ongoing lockdowns are having on an athlete’s mental health.

Their surveying showed that 2 in 5 Ontario youth identify they are suffering from Anxiety / Stress / Worry as a result of the pause of sport.

Take a minute and read through their letter to Ford and review their work on athlete mental health.

Click here for see an example of this fantastic initiative.

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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 sports organizations, 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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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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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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