Premier Partnership with TFC and the CPL

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May 11, 2022
TFC CPL Premier Partnership
Late Gary Miller honoured by Canada Soccer
Blind Soccer at 2022 OPG
Toronto FC Coaches Chalk Talk
IModel Pilot Project
OPDL Opening Weekend
Soccer4Ukraine
Provincial Xcel Showcase Recap
Match Officials Blind Soccer camp
SoccerX Match Officials Kit Offer
Nothers Team It Up Program
MilkUP Ontario Cup 2022 Draw Results
DFO Partnership
Match Official Registration
Strategic Plan
Match Officials Recruitment
Respect in Sport
Coach Certification Requirements
Everyone is Welcome
Player Registration Fees for 2022 Outdoor Season
Upcoming Events
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TFC & CPL Become Premier Partners of Ontario Soccer
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Ontario Soccer announced a milestone partnership that will see professional soccer in Ontario uniting to support the promotion and development of the game in the province. Expanding on its existing relationship with two of the foremost leaders of the professional game in Canada, both Major League Soccer Pro-Club Toronto FC (TFC) and the Canadian Premier League (CPL), on behalf of its Ontario-based member Clubs: Forge FC, York United FC and Atlético Ottawa, are now Premier Partners of Ontario Soccer.

To read the full announcement, please click here.

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The late Gary Miller honoured by Canada Soccer with Excellence Award
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Canada Soccer held their first in-person Annual Meeting of Members since the global pandemic, as members from all over the country came together to celebrate the Canada Soccer 2022 Award Winners. This year’s list of winners included the late Gary Miller, Ontario Soccer Director of Soccer Operations, who was awarded the inaugural Tony Waiters Coaching Excellence Award.

To read more about this distinction, including comments from Canada Soccer’s Jason deVos and Ontario Soccer CEO Johnny Misley, click here.

Gary’s tremendous legacy included multiple tenures at Ontario Soccer, and he continues to be honoured every fall with the OPDL Gary Miller Charity Shield.

For the full article on the Canada Soccer 2022 Award Winners, click here.

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2022 Ontario Parasport Games 5-A-Side Soccer kicks-off May 14th
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Some of the best blind and visually impaired soccer players in Ontario will be taking the pitch this weekend in Mississauga at the 2022 Ontario Parasport Games.

Since debuting at the 2017 Ontario Parasport Games (OPG), the 5-A-Side Soccer competition has been an OPG staple and fan favourite.

The 5-A-Side Soccer competition will take place between May 14 and 15, with all matches played at the Paramount Field House indoor soccer facility. Games will be played between 10am-3pm on both Saturday and Sunday. A total of four matches will be played between Pickering FC and North Mississauga SC over the May 14-15 weekend.

For more information, click here.

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Priestman & Bradley Headline TFC’s Coaches Chalk Talk on May 12
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Toronto FC, premier partner of Ontario Soccer, is hosting a very unique opportunity for Ontario Soccer members with their Virtual Coaches Chalk Talk.

Headlining the event are Bev Priestman, Canadian Women’s National Team Head Coach, and Bob Bradley, Toronto FC Head Coach. Both coaches will join the talk for a 1-hour session and Q&A. Topics of discussion will include training, development, growth in sport, and much more! The event will be targeted at both players and coaches.

Tickets for the event cost $50, which gives you admission to the virtual Coaches Chalk Talk on May 12, and two tickets to the Toronto FC vs Orlando City MLS match on May 14th at BMO Field. Make sure to use the promo code COACHING at check out.

For tickets and event registration, click here.

Click here for more information about Toronto FC.

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IModel Pilot Project kicks-off on fields across Central Region
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After two years of collaborative planning, a pilot project for the Central Region of Ontario called the “IModel” (Integrated Model) is set to go this week on fields across Huronia, York Region, Toronto, North York and Durham Region. In total, 210 youth aged (U13-U18) competitive boys and girls teams will partake in this pilot spanning the 2022 Outdoor Season.

The new IModel concept is an innovative approach to provide a new competition and player development opportunity within the LTPD “Soccer 4 Life” competitive stream. These are the competitive levels for youth soccer at what has been known as District and Regional Level soccer.
Visit www.ontariosoccer.net/imodel for more information.

For the full article on the IModel Pilot Project, click here.

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The OPDL kicks-off its 8th season with upwards of 3,500 players
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The Ontario Player Development League (OPDL), Ontario Soccer’s youth high performance league, has officially entered its eight season, with games kicking-off all across the province last weekend.

With more than 190 teams registered across all OPDL divisions for the 2022 season, there will be upwards of 3,500 full-time players competing and developing through the OPDL and Talented Pathway.

Visit OPDL.ca for results, schedules, scores, and more!

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Ottawa South United initiative “Help The Kids Play” Fund has great impact for new Canadian Ukrainians
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Ottawa South United (OSU) launched its “Help the Kids Play” Fund to support Ukrainian settlement efforts by local community organizers to assist individuals and families as they relocate to Ottawa. This initiative is driven by OSU’s belief in the power of sport as a positive mechanism of inclusion for newcomers to our communities. OSU will sponsor up to twenty youth or adults, who wish to play soccer in its catchment area this year, and will actively engage the community to support further participation, should greater demand for these spots require it.

To learn more about or support this initiative, visit the Ukrainian Settlement Helpers Ottawa group on Facebook.

Contact OSU to make a donation or to provide soccer equipment to these Ukrainian children and families.

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Ontario & Québec Shine Bright at the 2022 Provincial Xcel Showcase
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The 2022 Provincial Xcel Showcase Ontario vs Québec Series, presented by Gatorade Canada, has wrapped up with the event being deemed a tremendous success! Squads representing Ontario Soccer and Soccer Québec played a fierce and intense competition, finishing with an even series record of 6 wins, 6 losses, and 6 draws.

Top players from the U14, U15, U16, and U18 divisions participated in a three-match series between April 29 and May 1, 2022.

Ontario Soccer provided a livestream broadcast of six games over the course of the weekend. To watch the archived game broadcasts, visit the Ontario Soccer Livestream channel.

Click here for more information on the Provincial Xcel program and 2022 Provincial Xcel Showcase Ontario vs Quebec Series.

Click here to view the photo gallery from the 2022 Provincial Xcel Showcase Ontario vs Québec Series.

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David Figliano accredited as first Blind Soccer Instructor in Ontario
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Selected by Ontario Soccer to attend a groundbreaking 3-day Blind Soccer camp at the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre, three match officials and one instructor came together in preparation of the 2022 Ontario Parasport Games. Ontario Soccer worked alongside Pickering FC Executive Director Matt Greenwood to identify match officials with experience working para soccer. The three match officials selected to attend the camp were Donia Torabi (EODSA), Amanda Kwan (NYSA), Farhad Habibi (PHSA). David Figliano (YRSA) made history by becoming the first accredited Blind Soccer Instructor in Ontario.

Ontario Blind Sports hosted the historic camp, which welcomed 16 coaches, 10 visually impaired players, and the 4 aforementioned match officials.

Click here to learn more about match officials, and register to become a referee today!

For more information about 5-A-Side Blind Soccer at the 2022 Ontario Parasport Games, click here.

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SoccerX Offering 50% Savings for Ontario Soccer Match Officials
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Ontario Soccer is excited to provide an exclusive & time-limited offer for Registered Ontario Soccer Match Officials, brought to you by SoccerX. In partnership with our friends at SoccerX, Ontario Soccer has put together an exclusive, limited time, special match official kit offer, which can benefit both new and returning match officials, with a special discount of 50%!

This is an outstanding opportunity for new and returning match officials to get a new kit at a great price! But don’t delay, as this offer is only available until May 26, 2022. For more details on the exclusive SoccerX Match Officials Kit promo, please click here.

For further information, please contact Nicky Pearson, Sr. Manager Match Officials.

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Nothers Team It Up Program Helps Support Ontario Soccer Member Clubs
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Ontario Soccer is partnering with Nothers – The Award Store, to bring you the Team It Up program, an exciting cost savings opportunity for the 2022-23 season to our member Districts, Clubs, and Leagues, supporting grassroots soccer across the Province.

The Nothers Team It Up program is proud to provide a subsidy to help our member Districts, Clubs, and Leagues with award expenses to bring you some budget relief during this recovery season.

Under the Ontario Soccer umbrella, the more organizations that participate and Team It Up to take advantage of this great program, the more each individual medal will be subsidized. Think of it as organizations teaming up together along with Ontario Soccer to get the best price for medals possible.

For a detailed program breakdown, please click here.

Please contact Brad Harwood at Nothers – The Award Store for more information.

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The MilkUP Ontario Cup 2022 Draw Results Are In!
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The MilkUP Ontario Cup, the Provincial Soccer Championship for the LTPD Soccer for Life Stream, is the largest Club competition of its kind in Canada.

This year will mark the 106th edition of the MilkUP Ontario Cup, with 17 divisions participating.

The MilkUP Ontario Cup 2022 Draw results are posted on the Ontario Soccer website. Click here to view the MilkUP Ontario Cup 2022 Draw results.

Follow Ontario Soccer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share in the excitement of the MilkUP Ontario Cup 2022!

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Ontario Soccer Announces Premier Partnership with Dairy Farmers of Ontario
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Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), the marketing group representing Ontario dairy farmers and the largest sector of Ontario agriculture, has expanded its collaboration with Ontario Soccer to become the newest Premier Partner of the provincial organization, and the exclusive title partner of the prestigious Ontario Cup Provincial Championships.

The MilkUP Ontario Cup, the Provincial Soccer Championship for the LTPD Soccer for Life Stream, is the largest Club competition of its kind in Canada. One of the oldest sporting events in the country, Ontario Soccer’s Ontario Cup was first staged in 1901. The MilkUP Ontario Cup 2022 will mark the 106th edition of the competition and celebrate the arrival of DFO as the newest title partner.

Ontario Soccer is thrilled with the continued support DFO will bring to Youth leadership development.

Click here to learn more about this partnership.

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Ontario Soccer extends special discounted match official incentive program for 2022 season
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Ontario Soccer Match Official registration opened in January 2022. Early bird discounted incentive fees were offered to officials from the opening of registration through to March 31, 2022.

In order to support Match Official registration, Ontario Soccer has extended the special discounted match official incentive program for the balance of the 2022 season.

Click here to learn more about Match Official Registration.

Click here to watch and share this Match Official Recruitment Video with people you know.

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Ontario Soccer announces its new 2022-2026 Strategic Plan
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce the Board of Directors, newly approved, 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, which will serve as a road map for soccer in Ontario over the next five years.

The Strategic Plan will focus on three key areas of our sport – Govern, Grow and Develop and is fully aligned with the same three strategic pillars and plan terms as our national governing body, Canada Soccer.

Within these pillars, each have three strategic initiatives where Ontario Soccer will create new opportunities on and off the field of play.

Click here to learn more about the Strategic Plan.

Click here to watch the Strategic Plan video.

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Use these Match Official Recruitment and Retention Tools in your community
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Ontario Soccer are pleased to provide our members with a series of new Match Official Recruitment and Retention materials that can aid in reaching out to your community.

With Annual Registration and Match Official Accreditation Clinics now open, these materials can be used on social media, your websites, shared via email and in your facilities.

Click here to find out more about Match Official Recruitment.

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Respect in Sport Recertification Reminder
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The Respect in Sport Activity Leader Program is mandatory for technical leaders (Coach and Match Officials) and is valid for a period of five years. The RIS Activity Leader certification is also valid and transferable across all sports.

Ontario Soccer encourages all Member Districts and Clubs to educate your membership of this mandatory requirement.

Click here to review the program and find out more about re-certification.

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Updates on Coach Certification Requirements and Grassroots Education Hosting Guide
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Ontario Soccer has provided an update on the Canada Soccer Grassroots Coach Education Program in Ontario.

Ontario Soccer has confirmed that the waiver for coaches to be registered and actively coaching with only ‘Theory-trained’ status will no longer be in effect in the 2022 Outdoor Season.

To support this, Ontario Soccer has updated the Grassroots Education Guide.

Click here to read more about this announcement and find the Grassroots Education Guide.

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“Everyone is Welcome” Return to Outdoor Soccer marketing campaign launched
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Building on the success of last season’s Return to Play marketing efforts, Ontario Soccer’s “Everyone is Welcome” campaign seeks to both heighten the energy and excitement for players to get back on the pitch this summer, while rebuilding consumer confidence and registrations at the Member Club level.

It also accentuates Ontario Soccer’s steadfast commitment to bringing about lasting culture change by embracing diversity, equity and inclusion across all aspects of our game.

Ontario Soccer has provided members with a comprehensive starter kit of digital resources and marketing assets to all our member organizations for full use effective immediately.

Click here for more on the campaign and how to access the digital assets.

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Reminder: 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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