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August 4, 2021
#CanWNT Olympics
Centre Circle Awards
Board of Directors Expressions of Interest
OPDL Kick-Off
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50/50 Pitch In. Play ON! Raffle
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Return to Play
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Rowan’s Law
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Return to Play Survey Results
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Aug. 28-28

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Sept. 11-12

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London’s Jessie Fleming sends Canada past USA into Gold Medal game against Sweden
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For the first time ever, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will play for an Olympic Gold Medal after their 1-0 win over the USA in the Tokyo Olympic Games Semi-Finals.

London’s Jessie Fleming converted a penalty in the 75th minute, which secured the momentous win for Canada and their place on the podium for a third consecutive time.

Click here to read more about this historic win.

Click here to watch members of Ontario Soccer being interviewed by Global News about what the win means to them.

Click here to watch members of Ontario Soccer speaking with City TV News about the immediate impact the success could have on their communities.

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The deadline to submit for nominations to the 2021 Centre Circle Awards is Aug. 5. Get yours in today.
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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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Nominations for the Ontario Soccer Board of Directors are due by Aug. 12
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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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OPDL kicked off its 2021 season across the province over the weekend
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Ontario Soccer’s Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) officially entered its seventh season over the weekend, as games kicked off across the province and it marked 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, returns with a full slate of competition in 2021, culminating with The OPDL Gary Miller Charity Shield in the Fall.

Click here to find results from the opening weekend.

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

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Teams continue to progress towards the iconic Ontario Cup finals
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The Ontario Cup continued to stage its triumphant comeback in 2021, as the 105th running of the soccer for life competition continued for a number of 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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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.

On Aug. 16 the first draw will take place and there is already a sizable pot emerging. Get your organization involved and get your tickets today.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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