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September 15, 2021
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Ontario Cup Finals
Sept. 18-19

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Two teams are building Ontario Cup dynasties and all the other stories you might have missed from the first weekend
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The Ontario Cup Finals came to a conclusion for eight divisions over the weekend at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

What began as over 300 teams and 6,000 athletes, was down to a final two teams, who were facing off in the 105th running of the Soccer for Life competition.

As a variety of storylines played out across the youth divisions, the two senior divisions were writing their name in the history books.

Click here to find video, match reports, photos and highlights from every Ontario Cup final on the first weekend.

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Catch all the action. Here’s how you can watch the second weekend of Ontario Cup Finals
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The Ontario Cup has staged a triumphant comeback in 2021, as the 105th running of the Soccer for Life competition has played out across the province.

On the Sept. 18-19 weekend, the U-13 Boys, U-13 Girls, U-14 Girls, U-16 Boys, U-16 Boys District and U-16 Girls finals will get their chance to etch their names on the Ontario Cup.

Click here to find out how you can take in all the action.

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Peter Augruso elected to second term as Ontario Soccer President and Chair of the Board of Directors
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Ontario Soccer has elected new members to its Board of Directors at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Members (AMM) on Saturday. This event marked the organization’s 120th annual meeting of the members since Ontario Soccer was established in 1901.

Peter Augruso of Thunder Bay was re-elected to the Ontario Soccer Board of Directors as President and will now serve his second term.

Three new faces were also elected to the Board.

Click here to find out who the new board members are and read more about the AMM.

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Government of Ontario announces further details of proof of vaccine requirements and exemptions
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The Government of Ontario has clarified further details of its proof of full vaccination (two doses play 14-day waiting period) for access to select indoor facilities, beginning on Sept. 22.

Ontario Soccer has reviewed the new regulations with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture industries to confirm the interpretation for sport.

Click here to read and understand the official regulations from the Government of Ontario.

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Ontario Soccer Player Membership Registration Fees for 2022 Outdoor Season
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On Dec. 12, 2020, the Voting Members of Ontario Soccer (District Presidents) approved new player membership registration fees for Ontario Soccer’s Outdoor Season. The Voting Members, noting the impact of the pandemic and to minimize the effect on their members, approved the new fees to go into effect for the 2022 Outdoor Season.

For the last decade, as the demand for better services and programs has grown, Ontario Soccer’s resources have not kept pace to match that demand, not to mention the cost of inflation over this period of time. Since 2012, there has been no increase in the Ontario Soccer Outdoor player membership registration fees.

Click here to learn more, or read about Ontario Soccer Membership Benefits.

Click here to watch a short video explaining the changes.

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Canada Soccer “C” Licences Announced
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce registration is now open for two new Canada Soccer Coach C Licence courses, which will begin on Sept. 22 and Oct. 5.

These courses offer a theory component (delivered online) and an in-person practical component, which will take place at the Ontario Soccer Centre, under the Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guidelines.

These courses always sell out quickly so be sure to act quickly if you want to book your spot.

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

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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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