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May 5, 2021
Hidden Pandemic
Play ON! e-Learning Series
SoccerX Preferred Retail Partner
Futsal Survey
Coaching Adjustments
Diversity Officer
Diversity
Ontario Cup Deadline Extended
Match Official Clinics
Sport Helps Campaign
Sport Helps Campaign
Jumpstart Charities
Return to Play Survey Results
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COVID-19 Liability Protection
Rowans Law
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Ontario Soccer calls on Premier Doug Ford to address the Hidden Pandemic impacting youth athletes across the province
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Ontario Soccer urgently renewed its pleas to the Government of Ontario today, asking them to once again rescind the ban on organized outdoor sports.

With every passing day that children are kept away from soccer pitches, baseball diamonds, basketball courts and other outdoor playing fields and facilities, a mental health crisis of massive proportions grows.

Click here to read the letter to Premier Doug Ford and share it in your community.

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The Play ON! e-Learning Series – Session #9 – Resiliency and Mental Health in Young Athletes
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Ontario Soccer’s Play ON! e-Learning Series, presented by Respect in Sport, continues Thursday at 1 p.m. with Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt and Chelsea Spencer returning to lead a discussion on Resiliency and Mental Health in Young Athletes.

Set against the backdrop of National Mental Health Week, this session will against look at the key aspects soccer leaders must all know and take responsibility for.

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

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Ontario Soccer launches SoccerX Preferred Retail Partner Fundraising Program
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Ontario Soccer is teaming up with our Official Soccer Apparel and Equipment Supplier, SoccerX to offer an exciting fundraising opportunity: the SoccerX Preferred Retail Partner Program.

Through the SoccerX Preferred Retail Partner Program, your organization can empower its participants to save 15% off online at soccerx.com on all footwear equipment and gear they need to get back on the pitch this outdoor season, while also supporting your own organization.

Click here for more information and how your organization can participate.

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Take this Ontario Soccer Futsal Survey, Help Us Grow the Game
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Ontario Soccer is looking to gain a better understanding of the Futsal landscape in the province so that we can begin building a futsal strategy which includes: coach education, match official education and competition structure.

To do that, Ontario Soccer is asking Districts, Clubs, Academies, Coaches and Match Officials to take a survey on your futsal experience in Ontario. Please select the survey most appropriate to your experience and help us grow the game.

Click here for more on the surveys.

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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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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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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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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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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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