The sun sets on Ontario Cup 2021


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September 22, 2021
Ontario Cup finals
Canada vs Panama
Vaccine Requirements
Ontario Soccer Summit
Match Official Development
C Licences
50/50 Pitch In. Play ON! Raffle
2021 Election
Player Registration Fees for 2022 Outdoor Season
OPDL action
Talent on Location Days
Coaching Association of Ontario
#CanWNT Olympics
Laws of the Game
Grassroots Coach Education
Rowan’s Law
Stay Up to Date
Return to Play Survey Results
COVID-19 Liability Protection
Centre Circle Awards
Oct. 3, 2021

The Gary Miller OPDL Charity Shield
Nov. 6-7, 2021

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The sun sets on Ontario Cup 2021
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The Ontario Cup Finals came to a conclusion for six more divisions over the weekend at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

This was the first major competition that Ontario Soccer has run in the post-pandemic era and with consistent crowds throughout the two weekends and even larger numbers watching online, it has been a wildly successful Return to Play in the province.

What began as over 600 teams and 12,000 athletes, was down to a final two teams, who were facing off in the 105th running of the Soccer for Life competition.

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

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


Tickets go on sale Friday for Canada vs Panama World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers in Toronto
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Individual tickets for Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers against Panama on Oct. 13 at BMO Field in Toronto will go on sale to the public on Sept. 24.

Canada Soccer are calling on all Canadians to demonstrate their support on Canada’s quest for Qatar by helping build a ‘sea of red’ inside the stadium on match day.

Click here for more information and how you can get tickets.


Updated Return to Play Guide and Clarification on 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 and updated its Return to Play Guide in accordance with provincial regulations.

In addition to the updates to the Return to Play Guide, the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture industries has clarified further exemptions.

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


Update on Ontario Soccer Summit 2022
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Looking ahead to February of 2022, Ontario Soccer has worked closely with our District partner, the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association, to plan for the Ontario Soccer Summit 2022, as the premier development event in Ontario.

Unfortunately, after receiving feedback from the membership and being guided by the data, Ontario Soccer has made the decision to delay the hosting of the Ontario Soccer Summit in Ottawa until February 2023.

Click here for more information on this announcement.


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Ontario Cup serves as development opportunity for Match Officials
The Ontario Cup competition is an outstanding platform that offers opportunity for players and coaches to develop. It also serves as a valuable environment for Ontario Soccer’s upcoming and developing Match Officials.

For three young match officials and their mentor, this year’s Ontario Cup was a reflection of the success of the Long Term Match Officials Development program and all that it can do.

Click here to read more about their story.


Canada Soccer “C” Licences Announced
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.


There is still time left to get in on the next Pitch In. Play ON! raffle
There is just a few days left until the next drawing of the Pitch In. Play ON! 50/50 raffle.

In the last draw, Kevin French of Thunder Bay, took home $790.

Click here to support your local organization and get your tickets today.


Peter Augruso elected to second term as Ontario Soccer President and Chair of the Board of Directors
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.


Ontario Soccer Player Membership Registration Fees for 2022 Outdoor Season
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.


OPDL action continued across the province over the weekend
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.


Here is how to have your players recommended for ToLD
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.


Ontario Soccer Return to Play efforts recognized by Coaches Association of Ontario
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.


Congratulations to the Canadian Olympic Women’s Soccer Team for Winning Gold
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.


Laws of the Game for the 2021-2022 season
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.


Applications are now open for tournaments, festivals, travel forms and hosting exhibition games
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.


Grassroots Coach Education Program: Status Update
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.


There has been another update on the Rowan’s Law timeline
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.


Be in the know with COVID-19 Updates
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.


Return to Play Membership Survey Results
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.


COVID-19 Liability Protection Legislation receives Royal Assent
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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