Tune in to the Ontario Cup finals this weekend

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Nearly 300 teams entered. It’s now down to last 28. Here is how to watch the first eight Ontario Cup 2021 finals this weekend
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After an amazing summer of competition, the 105th running of the Ontario Cup finals will conclude for eight divisions this weekend.

For the U-14 Boys, U-15 Girls, U-15 Boys, U-17 Boys, U-17 Girls, U-16 Girls District, Women’s and Men’s divisions, their Ontario Cup campaigns will come to an end.

Who will be victorious? You will have to tune into find out who will be crowned champion of this soccer-for-life competition.

Click here to read more about who has qualified for the finals, schedules and how to watch each game.

Click here to subscribe to the Ontario Soccer livestream channel and be notified whenever a match kicks-off.

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After earning an important away draw against the USA, Canada faces El Salvador tonight in Toronto
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Canada showed plenty of heart and intensity as they picked of their second 1-1 draw in the September window, following a similar score against Honduras in Toronto. Tonight they will face El Salvador at BMO Field as they look for their first win of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers.

Tickets for the highly anticipated match against El Salvador have sold out.

You can watch on OneSoccer and Sportsnet at 7:30 p.m.

Click here for more information on Canada’s run so far.

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The 2021 Ontario Soccer AMM and Board of Director Elections will take place this Saturday.
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The Nominations Committee has completed the 2021 nomination process and has presented a slate of candidates for the Ontario Soccer District Associations (Voting Members) in accordance with the organization’s bylaws.

Click here to find out who has been nominated.

The Ontario Soccer voting and non-voting members have been advised that the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Members (AMM) is scheduled to take place on Sept. 11, 2021.

Click here for more information on the AMM.

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OPDL action continued across the province over the weekend
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Ontario Soccer’s Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) has entered its seventh season, as action continued across the province.

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 this week in OPDL action.

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Here is how to have your players recommended for ToLD
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The Ontario Soccer Provincial Xcel Program has released the player recommendation process for Technical Staff or Member Organizations, which now appears on the Ontario Soccer website.

This process allows players in Ontario, currently participating outside the Talented Player Pathway, to have the opportunity to be recommended by a certified and qualified Ontario Soccer Member Organization Head Coach or Technical Director.

Click here for more information on the process, Provincial Screening Competitions and Provincial Xcel.

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Gloucester Celtic win Masters Provincial Championship in Penalty Shootout Thriller
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The Masters Provincial Championships, the first provincial championship held in the post-covid era, concluded with a penalty thriller in the final match of the tournament.

And as the first provincial championship held since 2019, it didn’t disappoint as Gloucester Celtic and Scarborough Malvern Magic, two luminary sides, went to battle for 90 + minutes at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York on Sunday.

Click here to read more about the match.

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Ontario Soccer Return to Play efforts recognized by Coaches Association of Ontario
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The Coaches Association of Ontario (CA0) recently recognized Ontario Soccer and its Return to Play work.

The CAO noted the thoroughness of the Return to Play Guide and the speed in which Ontario Soccer was able to deliver it to the membership following the Government of Ontario announcement.

Click here to read the feature on Ontario Soccer.

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Congratulations to the Canadian Olympic Women’s Soccer Team for Winning Gold
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The Canadian Women’s National Team has won a Gold Medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, defeating Sweden in penalties 1-1 (3-2).

It would be hard to overstate the momentous nature of this accomplishment. History has been made.

First, congratulations to Team Canada and Canada Soccer. You have inspired a nation of young women and athletes who will now grow up with the vision of Canadian Soccer players standing atop the Olympic podium.

“You need to see it to be it” is a phrase we often use when discussing the development of young women in soccer. The accomplishment shall leave an enormous legacy for future generations to come.

Click here to read the full message of support from Peter Augruso, President/Chair Ontario Soccer Board of Directors and Johnny Misley, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Soccer.

Click here for more coverage of the win.

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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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