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Ontario Soccer Association – Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex and Trent Universitywill play host to next year’s premier soccer development event

Oct. 5, 2016 | Vaughan, ON – The Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) announced today that it will be hosting the Ontario Soccer Summit 2017 at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex and Trent University (Durham Campus) from March 3-5.

The Ontario Soccer Summit, which provides personal and professional development opportunities for coaches, match officials, administrators and soccer leaders across Ontario, drew over 500 attendees to the March 2016 event held at the University of Guelph, with notable speakers coming from around the world to share their expertise.  

“The Ontario Soccer Summit is the premier development event for soccer in Ontario,” said Johnny Misley, Executive Director of the OSA. “In selecting Oshawa and previous hosts, we are strategically highlighting areas around the province, where we can deliver comprehensive educational opportunities to allow our soccer leaders to discover, develop, and excel in the areas of coaching, high-performance, match official development, soccer administration and more.”

The Oshawa Civic Centre boasts an international FIFA size 100 metre x 70 metre artificial turf playing field that can be configured into two or four fields for optimal on-field learning.

Trent University (Durham Campus), which is steps from the Oshawa Civic Centre, will offer an intimate setting, which is ideal for the immersive Ontario Soccer Summit learning experience that delegates enjoyed so greatly in 2016.

With restaurants and hotels nearby, as well as close proximity to the Oshawa Go Station, the Ontario Soccer Summit 2017 looks set to draw in another record crowd.

“We are excited to begin rolling out the 2017 roster of speakers for the Ontario Soccer Summit,” said Gary Miller, Technical Director of the OSA. “Once again the OSA staff has scoured the globe to find the foremost experts in their field and bring them to Ontario and continue the development we are seeing across all levels in Ontario.”

The Ontario Soccer Summit confirmed speakers will begin being announced in the coming weeks and months.

In addition, as part of this marquee event, the Ontario Soccer Summit will also play host to the Club Excellence Awards and will feature panel discussions with the featured presenters.

The Ontario Soccer Summit is an excellent opportunity for key OSA partners to connect with members of the soccer community.

“The Ontario Soccer Summit is an excellent forum for soccer thought leadership to emerge,” said Bjorn Osieck, OSA Director of Business Operations. “It will allow us, in concert with our co-hosts from the Durham Region Soccer Association, to once again create tremendous synergies between our membership and key corporate and sport partners to take soccer in Ontario to the next level.” 

Check the Ontario Soccer website regularly for updates on speakers, events or how to become a Soccer Summit partner.  

Media Contact 

Ben Rycroft | Ontario Soccer Association Communications Manager | 905-254-9390 ext. 255 | Email:

About the Ontario Soccer Association

Founded in 1901, The Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) is the largest provincial sports organization in Canada. Its members include more than 650 Clubs servicing over 24,000 teams with 380,000 registered players, 70,000 coaches and managers, and 10,000 match officials. The OSA develops and delivers exceptional and sustainable programs and services throughout Ontario with the mission of providing leadership and support for the advancement of soccer in collaboration and cooperation with our membership, partners and other stakeholders. The OSA also operates League1 Ontario, a provincial professional-amateur men’s and women’s league as well as the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL).