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July 21, 2021
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The Ontario Cup kicked off across the province over the weekend
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The iconic Ontario Cup staged a triumphant comeback last weekend, as the 105th running of the soccer for life competition commenced.

Teams from across the province faced off in their effort to continue along the path to an Ontario Cup title.

Click here to find results.

Click here to find draw charts and schedules.

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Canadian Men advance to 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinals
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Canada Soccer’s Men’s National team advanced, as the second-place finisher in Group B, to the quarterfinals of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Canada defeated Martinique and Haiti before falling to the USA in the final match of the group stage.

Canada will now play Costa Rica in their quarterfinal on July 25.

Click here for more.

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Canada Women’s team draws Japan in Tokyo 2020 Olympic opener
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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National team got off to a strong start in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The women’s national team led early with a goal by Christine Sinclair, which was setup by Nichelle Prince (Ajax, Ontario).

Japan would tie it up late in the match and Canada would have to settle for the 1-1 draw. Their next match is July 24 as they take on Chile.

Click here for more coverage from Canada Soccer.

Click here for the match report.

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The deadline has been extended for nominations to the 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.

The nomination deadline has been extended to Aug. 5 to allow for members to properly acknowledge the work that has been done in their community.

Click here for more information.

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Return to Play is underway. Here is how your organization can take part in this summer’s action
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The Government of Ontario moved the province to Step 3 of their Roadmap to Re-Open, beginning on July 16, 2021, and competition has begun across much of the province.

Ontario Soccer has reviewed the regulations with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and we have confirmed the sport specific interpretations for Return to Play in Step 3.

Click here to find the updates on Step 3 and how to get your organization ready.

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Are you looking good for Return to Play? Sign up for the SoccerX Preferred Retail Partner Fundraising Program 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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Laws of the Game for the 2021-2022 season
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Canada Soccer has recently advised Member Associations that they are to be playing by the current, 2021-2022 International Football Association Board (IFAB) Laws of the Game.

It is highly recommended that all Leagues, Coaches, Technical Directors and Match Officials review the Laws of the Game.

Click here to review the changes.

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Status update on ‘Theory-Trained’ Coaches
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In order to ensure coaches can take the field in 2021, Ontario Soccer has delayed the requirement to complete the practical component of coaching courses.

Coaches who have completed the theory portion of the course, either through a Google Classroom or through the new Canada Soccer Online Grassroots Coach Education Program, will be approved to actively coach in 2021 and classified as ‘theory-trained’ until a practical component can be safely provided.

Member Clubs and Academies can contact their District to verify coaches ‘theory-trained’ status.

Click here to read more about this announcement.

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Applications are now open for tournaments, festivals, travel forms and hosting exhibition games
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Ontario Soccer’s Competition and Travel Management System (CTMS) is the platform used to manage Tournament Applications Forms, Festival Application Forms, Application to Travel Forms and Application to Host Exhibition Games Forms.

With the recent announcement by the Government of Ontario, applications forms for 2021 are once again being accepted.

Click here for more information on CTMS.

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Is there someone in your organization that needs to re-certify with the Respect in Sport 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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There has been another update on the Rowan’s Law timeline
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This July 1, 2021 would have marked the effective date for implementation of Phase 2 of the Rowan’s Law legislation, which requires sport organizations to establish Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocols for its athletes.

Recognizing the challenges still faced by Ontario sport, the Government of Ontario is postponing the effective date of Phase 2 of Rowan’s Law from July 1, 2021 to January 1, 2022.

Click here to read more about Rowan’s Law and your organization’s responsibilities.

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The third intake window for 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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Ontario Soccer announces Dairy Farmers of Ontario as a Community Partner
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Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), representing Ontario’s 3,400 + dairy producers and their families, has joined Ontario Soccer as a Community Partner and the exclusive title partner of the “MilkUp Ontario Soccer Future Leaders Program.”

Ontario Soccer is thrilled for the support of DFO will bring to youth leadership development in Ontario.

Click here to read more about this exciting announcement.

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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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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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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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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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