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Soccer is coming back to Ontario this summer. It is time to Pitch In and Play ON!
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce that Return to Play 2021 is about to kick-off and it’s time to Pitch In. Play ON! this summer.

Following the recent announcement from the Government of Ontario to allow outdoor activities to resume, Ontario Soccer and its members have now begun implementing their plans to get 500,000 participants back on to our soccer pitches safely this summer.

Click here to read more about this exciting news.

Click here to review the Return to Play Guide.

Click here to find membership marketing assets for Pitch In. Play ON!

And if you have questions, click here for more information on upcoming Return to Play webinars.

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Today is the last day for registration in the 2021 Ontario Cup and Masters Provincial Championships
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Ontario Soccer has extended deadline to register for the 2021 Ontario Cup and Masters Provincial Championships.

The deadline, which was May 26, 2021 has now been extended to June 9, 2021.

The 2021 Ontario Cup will mark the 105th year of the competition. Come be part of the fun this summer.

Click here for more information and how to register.

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Ottawa’s Jonathan David scores three to lead Canada into second round of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifying
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Canada advanced to Concacaf’s Second Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Qatar 2022 with an emphatic 4-0 win over Suriname on Tuesday night in Chicago. The win keeps Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team perfect in 2021 with four-straight wins to finish atop Group B as they advance to the head-to-head series against Haiti.

Ottawa’s Jonathan David led the way for Canada, scoring three goals in the win.

Click here for more on the match and Canada’s next opponent.

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2021 Canadian Premier League season to begin on June 26 in Winnipeg
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The Canadian Premier League announced on Saturday evening that the 2021 season is officially set to begin on June 26, with all eight clubs, including three from Ontario, convening in Winnipeg, Manitoba to open the campaign at a single site.

The Kick-Off, as it’s been dubbed, will run from June 26 to July 24, with each CPL team playing eight matches in total at Winnipeg’s IG Field.

Click here for more on the Kick-Off and how you can watch.

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The second round of 2021 Match Official Accreditation Clinics will open on June 15
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Ontario Soccer is announcing the second round for 2021 Match Official Accreditation will begin on June 15, 2021.

Match Official students must register before June 30 to participate. If you missed the first round, make sure you don’t wait to register for this one.

Click here for more information.

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Nominations now open for 2021 Centre Circle Awards
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The Centre Circle Awards are Ontario Soccer’s highest level of recognition and are presented annually to deserving soccer leaders and organizations nominated on the basis of their outstanding contributions to the development of soccer in Ontario and Canada.

Nominations are now open and the deadline for submitting them are July 15, 2021.

Click here for more information.

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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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One spot left in the next Canada Soccer “C” Licence
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Ontario Soccer is please to announce registration for a new Canada Soccer Coach C Licence course, which begins July 5, 2021.

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

Coaches who obtain this certification will be able to be a Head Coach in some Regional Leagues and Assistant Coach in the OPDL.

Click here for more information on the course and how to register.

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Has your organization taken advantage of the SoccerX Preferred Retail Partner Fundraising Program yet? Sign up today!
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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 kicks off Pride Month with Pledge of Inclusivity
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Ontario Soccer is embracing inclusivity as a priority core organizational value.

As Ontario Soccer strives for a more inclusive game, the organization also recognizes that diversity is a great strength – one that we must uphold by keeping it at the centre of every decision we make.

For our friends in the LGBTQ+ Community, Ontario Soccer is pledging to move towards a more inclusive soccer experience.

Click here to read more about this pledge of inclusivity.

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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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Take you shot. Get Vaccinated!
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Guided by expert advice from Health Canada and Public Health Ontario, Ontario Soccer is encouraging all its eligible members to get vaccinated.

Take your shot to help us return to the game we love, while protecting the people we love.

Click here to learn more.

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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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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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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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