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May 19, 2021
Gary Miller
Respect in Sport
Soccer Fitness Trainer Diploma
Hidden Pandemic
Ontario Cup Deadline Extended
Futsal Survey
Coaching Adjustments
SoccerX Preferred Retail Partner
Diversity
Jumpstart Charities
Return to Play Survey Results
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Rowans Law
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OPDL Charity Shield renamed “OPDL Gary Miller Charity Shield” to mark the one-year anniversary of the soccer leader’s tragic passing
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Ontario Soccer and its membership are celebrating and reflecting on Gary Miller’s rich legacy, as a true pioneer and gentleman of the beautiful game in Ontario and across Canada.

Last Thursday was the one-year anniversary of the esteemed soccer leader’s tragic passing and to mark the occasion Ontario Soccer has announced that the prestigious “OPDL Charity Shield” will be renamed “The OPDL Gary Miller Charity Shield” in his honour.

Click here to read more about this announcement and his life.

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Respect in Sport Recertification reminder and launch of Respect in Sport RTP Incentive Program
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Ontario Soccer has issued a reminder of the recertification requirements for Respect in Sport and launched the Respect in Sport RTP Incentive Program.

In recognition of the challenging times the sport is experiencing, Respect Group are offering extra support for Ontario Soccer member organizations in two key ways.

Click here to find out more about the program and how your organization can benefit.

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Looking for something new this summer? The Soccer Fitness Trainer Diploma Level 1 has been announced
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce registration is now open for a new Soccer Fitness Trainer Diploma Level 1 which begins June 19, 2021.

The course will offer a theory component, which will be delivered online and an in-person practical component, which will take place once it is safe to resume in-person activities under the Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guidelines and Public Health Directives.

Help develop your athlete’s fitness this summer.

Click here to read more about the course and register.

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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 last week, 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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Ontario Cup 2021 registration deadline is fast approaching
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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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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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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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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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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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