Watch the OPDL Gary Miller Charity Shields finals this weekend

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Nov. 6-7, 2021

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How to watch all six OPDL Gary Miller Charity Shield matches this weekend
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Ontario Soccer’s Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) will wrap-up its seventh season this weekend, as the Ontario Soccer Centre plays host to the OPDL Gary Miller Charity Shield finals.

The U-14, U-15 and U-17 boys and girls divisions will all compete over the two days to lift the shield.

Miller, the former Ontario Soccer Director of Soccer Operations, passed away in May of 2020 and his influence on soccer in Ontario was nowhere more impactful than his working in developing the standards for OPDL.

Click here to find out the match-ups, how to watch each broadcast and more about the weekend.

Click here to enter the Gary Miler Charity Shield 50/50 draw.

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Applications are now open for the MilkUP Future Leaders – ‘Class of ’21’ Bursary
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Ontario Soccer and its newest community partner the Dairy Farmers of Ontario are proud to announce the launch of the next element of their MilkUP Future Leaders Youth Leadership Development Framework.

The MilkUP Ontario Soccer Future Leaders ‘Class of ’21’ recognizes the achievements and impact of youth in the soccer community. Award winners will receive a bursary for embodying ‘Play. Inspire. Unite’ in both their soccer community and their home community.

Click here to learn more about the program and how to nominate someone.

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DAZN and Ontario Soccer launch marketing program
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Ontario Soccer is teaming up with DAZN, a leading global sports streaming service, to bring an exciting fundraising opportunity for the 2021-22 season to its member Districts, Clubs, Academies and Leagues to support grassroots soccer across the province.

As part of the fundraising program, participating Ontario Soccer member organizations will receive a commission payment for any subscription traffic they refer.

This provides the best of both worlds to participating groups by creating potential fundraising success, while allowing their participants to watch thrilling matches involving such Canadian soccer icons as Alphonso Davies and Kadeisha Buchanan.

Click here for more information on the program and how to participate.

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Toronto FC extends special ticket offer to Ontario Soccer members
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Ontario Soccer and its Premier Partner Toronto FC are pleased to extend a special discounted ticket offer to Ontario Soccer members for the upcoming 2021 Canadian Championship Semi-Final match on Wednesday, Nov. 3 against Pacific FC at BMO Field. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Take advantage of this terrific opportunity to have a great team bonding session to kick-off the 2021-22 Indoor Season and come cheer on Toronto FC, as they are aiming to once again reach the Canadian Championship Final.

For more information, on group and individual tickets, click here and use the code: PLAYON.

Tickets in this offer start at $21 after taxes and fees.

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Finals set for League1 Ontario Men’s and Women’s divisions
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The finals are now set for the League1 Ontario Men’s and Women’s divisions.

The League1 Ontario finals will take place Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Ontario Soccer Centre.

Click here to find out who made the final, how to watch and more.

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Return to Play Guide Updates and Indoor Soccer 2021-2022
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Ontario Soccer has reviewed the new regulations with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries to confirm interpretation for sport and has now updated the Return to Play Guide in accordance with these changes.

The latest updates provide greater clarity for operations of indoor facilities and guidance on a safe indoor soccer experience this winter.

Click here for more information on the Return to Play Guide changes and Indoor Soccer 2021-2022.

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A new Goalkeeper Coach Diploma Course has been announced
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Ontario Soccer is excited to announce registration is now open for a new Goalkeeper Coach Diploma course, which begins Nov. 18, 2021 in a blended-learning format.

The course will offer a theory component, which will be delivered online and in-person practical component, will take place at the Ontario Soccer Centre under the Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guidelines and Public Health directives.

Click here to read more the course and how to register.

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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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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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Canadian Women dominant in Celebration Tour matches
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The Canadian Women’s national team won both their Celebration Tour matches in convincing fashion.

In their first match against New Zealand in Ottawa, Mississauga’s Adriana Leon scored twice while Ajax’s Nichelle Prince and London’s Jessie Fleming all scored in a 5-1 win.

In their second match, hosted in Montreal, Leon scored the lone goal to lead her side to a 1-0 victory.

Click here for a recap of the first match.

Click here for a recap of the second match.

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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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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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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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