Celebrate our Olympic champions this Saturday

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October 20, 2021
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15 Ontario players will represent Canada as part of the Celebration Tour match in Ottawa this Saturday
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Canada Soccer have confirmed that all 22 Olympic champions have been called into the upcoming Women’s National Team Celebration Tour for the October international window in Ottawa.

Of the players selected, 15 of these athletes got their start at Ontario clubs and academies.

Make sure you come out and support our own and celebrate the Olympic Gold Medal win.

Click here for more on the players selected, the match and how to buy tickets.

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Ontario Soccer members get free access to this Keeping Girls in Sport resource until end of October
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In celebration of International Day of the Girl, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, Canadian Women & Sport and Respect Group have partnered to offer Ontario Soccer members free access to the industry-leading Gender Equity resource Keeping Girls in Sport (KGIS).

Ontario Soccer is encouraging coaches and activity leaders at your organization to take advantage of this resource, which aims to empower them to create safe, respectful environments for girls to participate in sport and physical activity. Free access is available to Ontario Soccer members until Oct. 31, 2021.

Click here for more information on this resource and how to take advantage of this offer.

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Canada Men’s National team wins 4-1 over Panama in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers
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The Canadian Men’s National team remains undefeated in World Cup Qatar Qualifying and earned three crucial home points by defeating Panama 4-1 at BMO Field.

Brampton’s Tajon Buchanan and Jonathan David combined for three goals while Alphonso Davies scored the winner.

It was the largest attendance ever for a Men’s National Team in Toronto and the fourth largest ever in Canada for a Men’s National team match with 26,622 fans in attendance.

Click here for more on the match recap.

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Government of Ontario announces Verify Ontario app availability
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The Government of Ontario announced on Oct. 15, 2021 that it has launched the “Verify Ontario” app for businesses.

Ontario’s official mobile application for businesses is designed to scan COVID-19 proof of vaccination at entry.

Click here for information on the app, how organization’s can download it and how individuals can also download their proof of vaccination new QR code.

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Playoffs approach for League1 Ontario Men’s and Women’s divisions
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The playoff picture for the League1 Ontario Men’s and Women’s divisions became clearer this week as a number of teams qualified while a few others remained on the bubble.

Get caught up on all the action.

Click here to read the latest from the League1 Ontario men’s and women’s action.

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Ontario Soccer has updated the Recommended Grassroots Standards
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Earlier in 2021, Canada Soccer launched their new recommended Grassroots Standards to be implemented across the country.

Through collaboration with Canada Soccer, including input from Ontario Soccer’s Technical Advisory Committee, an updated version of Ontario Soccer’s Recommended Grassroots Standards were established to better address the realities of soccer within our province.

Click here to read more about this, the implementation guidelines and review the new Recommended Grassroots Standards.

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Updated information on Government of Ontario decision to lift capacity restrictions in select settings
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The Government of Ontario announced that they are cautiously lifting capacity limits in select settings.

Ontario Soccer has reviewed the announcement with the Ministry of Heritage, Sports, Tourism and Culture, as it relates to organized team sports and have advised the membership of the changes.

Click here to review the update and announcement from the Government of Ontario.

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Make sure your players get seen. Recommend them 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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The next winner of the Pitch In. Play ON! raffle has been announced
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The next drawing of the Pitch In. Play ON! 50/50 raffle is underway.

In the last draw, Samantha Hoffmann, from Oro-Medonte, took home $307.50.

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

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Ontario Soccer selects five high school graduates as 2021 MilkUP future leaders
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As a new addition to Ontario Soccer’s prestigious Centre Circle Awards this year, the MilkUP Ontario Soccer Future Leaders Award recognized five youth in their graduating year of high school, who have made an outstanding impact on the local soccer community as a leader, player, coach, match official or administrator.

As part of this award, each recipient will receive a $2,500 education bursary that will help to offset some of their post-secondary education costs.

Click here to find out who won and read more about the recipients.

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President’s Award and Brian Avey Award announced at 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.

Ontario Soccer recognized the Centre Circle Award recipients at an event held virtually on Sunday.

In addition to those who had been previously announced, the President’s Award and the Brian Avey Award were presented to two deserving recipients

Click here to find out the winners.

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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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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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The sun sets on Ontario Cup 2021
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The Ontario Cup Finals came to a conclusion for six more divisions recently 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.

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Ontario Cup serves as development opportunity for Match Officials
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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.

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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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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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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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