OPDL set to kick-off as Canadian teams continue to advance

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July 28, 2021
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Ontario Player Development League to make long awaited return
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Ontario Soccer’s Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) will officially enter its seventh season this weekend, as games kick off across the province and it will mark the return of the province’s top standards-based youth soccer high performance development program.

The OPDL, which largely operated as a ‘training-only’ program in 2020 due to the prevalent public health restrictions, will return with a full slate of competition in 2021, culminating with The OPDL Gary Miller Charity Shield in the Fall.

Click here for more about the kick-off and OPDL.

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Canadian Men advance to 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup semi-finals and will face Mexico
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Canada Soccer’s Men’s National team had a strong team performance to defeat Costa Rica 2-0 in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Quarterfinals. With the victory, Canada advance to meet Mexico in the semi-finals on July 29.

Junior Hoilett (Brampton, ON) and Stephen Eustaquio (Leamington, ON) had goals for Canada in the win.

Click here to read more about the win.

Click here to watch highlights from the game.

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Canada Women’s team advance to Tokyo 2022 Quarter-Finals with second-place finish in Group E
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Canada Women’s National Team drew Great Britain 1-1 in their final Group E matchup at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Adriana Leon (Mississauga, ON), assisted by Ashley Lawrence (Toronto, ON), scored Canada’s lone goal.

Canada now plays Brazil on July 30. The winners advance to the semi-finals and then a chance to win a medal.

Click here to read more about the match.

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Ontario Soccer Board of Director Expressions of Interest now public
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to present the Expressions of Interest it has received from candidates who wish to be considered for a position on the Ontario Soccer Board of Directors.

Nominations for the Ontario Soccer Board of Directors are now open and must be submitted by Aug. 12.

Click here for more.

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Ontario Soccer launches 50/50 Pitch In. Play ON! Raffle Fundraiser
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Ontario Soccer is excited to announce its own monthly 50/50 Pitch In. Play ON! Cash Raffle Fundraiser.

Like a traditional 50/50 raffle, one lucky winner will receive 50% of funds raised each month. A 30% share of the remaining funds raised will support our participating eligible member organizations across the province.

Click here for more on how your organization can get involved and how you can purchase tickets.

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Ontario Cup action continued across the province last weekend
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The iconic Ontario Cup continued to stage a triumphant comeback last weekend, as the 105th running of the soccer for life competition commenced for a number of other divisions last weekend.

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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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.

Click here to find the updated Return to Play Guide, including a new Declaration of Compliance Form.

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Grassroots Coach Education Program: Status Update
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce that the training of all Learning Facilitators has concluded and that member Districts, Clubs and Academies will now be able to apply to host the practical component of the Grassroots Coach Education program starting on July 26.

The courses included in the Grassroots Coach Education program are Coaching Soccer in Canada (which does not have a practical component), Active Start (U4-U-5 players), Fundamentals (U6-U8 players), Learn to Train (U9-U12 players) and Soccer for Life (U13+ players).

Click here for more information on how to host a practical component for your members.

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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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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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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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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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