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Ontario Soccer – Ontario Soccer Summit reached new heights in 2019 and made two exciting announcements on the final day
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The Ontario Soccer Summit, presented by Respect in Sport, hit new heights in 2019. 

On the final day of the 2019 Ontario Soccer Summit, Ontario Soccer announced the date, location of the host city and district for the 2020 Ontario Soccer Summit. 

The headline, keynote speaker, was also announced and it has set a high benchmark for 2020. 

Click here to find out the host city and headline keynote speaker. 

Read and watch the recaps from all three days at Ontario Soccer Summit 2019. Day 1 was electric, John Herdman had people talking on Day 2 and Day 3 the focus was female. 


WATCH – Discover. Develop. Excel. – A Journey through Ontario Soccer Summit weekend
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Lauren Maharaj wasn’t joking when she said the 2019 Ontario Soccer Summit was the biggest ever. 

Here she is to prove it to you as she takes you on a journey through the entire conference weekend to experience what it means to discover, develop and excel. 

Click here to watch the last episode of 2019. 


2019 Ontario Recognized Academies and Ontario Academy Soccer League details announced 
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce the Ontario Recognized Academies (ORA) approved the Ontario Soccer Board of Directors for the 2019 season. 

54 Academies are now part of the ORA program, with 40 Academies having renewed their ORA status from 2018 and 14 successful new applications. 

ORA organizations have demonstrated an ability to meet technical and administrative standards set by Ontario Soccer. 

Click here to find out more about ORA and OASL.


The deadline to nominate for the 2019 Centre Circle Awards is March 15
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The Centre Circle Awards, presented by Nothers, 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. 

Ontario Soccer recognizes soccer leaders annually through the Centre Circle Awards and this year, the 2019 Centre Circle Awards will be presented in Toronto on June 15, 2019. 

The deadline for submitting nominations to Ontario Soccer is March 15, 2019. 

Click here for more information on Centre Circle Awards. 



WATCH – Ontario Soccer Strategic Plan: Reflections and Ambitions
Ontario Soccer announced its 2019-2021 Strategic Plan early in 2019. 

This weekend, at Ontario Soccer Summit, delegates got a first look back on the recent successes at Ontario Soccer and a deeper dive into the areas Ontario Soccer will target over the next three years. 

Click here to watch the Ontario Soccer Strategic Plan: Reflections and Ambitions. 


Best Practices Guide unveiled for match official development 
Ontario Soccer is investing in its Match Officials. 

As part of its Long Term Officials Development (LTOD), a strategic initiative aimed at providing standards-based education and development for Match Officials, Ontario Soccer unveiled the Club Best Practice guide – a Comprehensive Guideline for Match Officials Development Programming at the Club level. 

The first of its kind, the document will be used to assist Club head referees with the programming at their Clubs and raise the level of match officiating across the province. 

Click here to find out more about the guide. 

Click here to watch a video discussing how the guide will help develop match officials. 


Two C-License Coaching Courses have been announced 
Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce the date and location of upcoming Coach Development opportunities. 

Two C-License Coaching Courses have been announced. 

Click here to find out more about the coaching courses and how to register. 


Applications open for Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program 
Ontario Soccer has opened applications to the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program

Clubs and Private Academies wishing to apply for the highest level within the program, “National Youth Club License” must be accepted into OPDL via the Application and Selection Process, recently outlined. 

Click here for more information on the entire program. 


Playing up research project in partnership with Queens University
Ontario Soccer, through the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and in partnership with the Performance Lab for the Advancement of Youth in Sport (PLAYS) at Queen’s University is conducting research to examine the prevalence of ‘playing up’ in youth soccer. 

In order to better understand and quantify the movement of players into older age groups, the research group would like to review data gathered by Ontario Districts and Clubs. 

Click here for more information on the research project. 


Club Excellence Awardees for 2019 honoured on Summit weekend 
Ontario Soccer honoured the 2019 Club Excellence Awards as part of the Ontario Soccer Summit 2019 festivities in London, ON, this weekend. 

Clubs were on hand to be recognized and were presented with plaques Ontario Soccer President Peter Augruso and SportsEngine’s John Weinerth. 

Click here to find out who was honoured. 


Canada to face Sweden for bronze at 2019 Algarve Cup
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National team will face Sweden in the third-place match at the 2019 Algarve Cup on Wednesday, March 6. 

The match kicks off at 12 p.m. and can be watched live on 

Click here for more information. 


Need help getting used to OSCAR? Check out our resources
Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce the launch of its new registration platform, which will serve to connect soccer in the province like never before. 

Ontario Soccer Club & Academy Registry (OSCAR), previously referred to as the Member Management Registration System, has been built in association with SportsEngine, the Official Technology Partner of Ontario Soccer and will now let Clubs and Academies connect their real-time participation registration data on a single platform. 

Click here to read more about OSCAR. 


Play. Inspire. Unite. Podcast – Featuring: Lyn Wallington on OSCAR
The Play Inspire Unite Podcast is an interview series which features conversations with influential people from within Ontario Soccer and Ontario Soccer membership. Discussing issues which impact the province, it’s designed to highlight the work of those who are showing us how to Play, Inspire and Unite others in our community. 

This week on the podcast, Lyn Wallington, Director of Member Relations & Human Resources at Ontario Soccer, joins us to discuss OSCAR (Ontario Soccer Club & Academy Registry), address many of the questions from the membership and give her insights on what the future of OSCAR will look like. 

Click here to watch the Play. Inspire. Unite. podcast. 


Official Registration System Registry 
Effective January 28, 2019, Ontario Soccer, in partnership with SportsEngine, launched the Ontario Soccer Club and Academy Registry (OSCAR). 

In alignment with the successful launch and transition to OSCAR, powered by SportsEngine, the former registration system, ‘AIMS’ has now been retired for any future registrations seasons. 

Click here for more information on OSCAR. 


WATCH – Making Moves for Gender Equity 
Want the inside story on Ontario Soccer’s Gender Equity strategy? 

Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), spoke with Johnny Misley, Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Soccer, last week, live on Facebook.

Click here to watch the CAAWS event on Facebook. 


Four Ontario Futsal Cup champions crowned 
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Four more Ontario Futsal Cup champions were crowned recently, as divisional championships wrapped up for the U-14 and U-16 boys and girls divisions. 

Click here to find out who won the U-16 Boys Ontario Futsal Cup. 

Click here to find out who won the U-16 Girls Ontario Futsal Cup. 

Click here to find out who won the U-14 Boys Ontario Futsal Cup. 

Click here to find out who won the U-14 Girls Ontario Futsal Cup.


Ontario Player Development League RFP now open for clubs and academies
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The Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) will open March 1, 2019 for clubs and academies. 

The RFP document is currently available on the Ontario Soccer website. 

Click here for important information on the 2019 process. 


CBC report on abuse of athletes
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Following a recent CBC report, which detailed crimes of abuse against minors in different sports, Ontario Soccer is taking the opportunity to remind the Districts, Leagues, Clubs and Academies of the available programs offered, which can assist in creating safe and positive environments. 

Additionally, please refer to Ontario Soccer policies for more information on creating these environments. 

Click here for more on the programs and policies. 


Belle River FC edge Unionville-Milliken to win U-13 Boys Ontario Futsal Cup
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The first Ontario Futsal Cup title of 2019 has been decided. 

Belle River FC downed Unionville-Milliken 5-4 to win the U-13 Boys Ontario Futsal Cup, in a back and forth affair that saw both sides lead. 

Click here for more on the U-13 Boys Ontario Futsal Cup final. 


Final two OPDL Charity Shield winners present their cheques to charity
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The final two OPDL Charity Shield winners got their chance to present their cheques to charity recently. 

The Woodbridge Strikers donated to the Canadian Liver Foundation and Toronto FC Academy donated to the Ronald McDonald House. 

Click here for more on the OPDL Charity Shield winners and their charities. 


Roll-out of Canada Soccer’s Club Licensing Program continues 
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Ontario Soccer is preparing to roll-out the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program across the province. 

The roll-out includes workshops that are available for Districts, Leagues, Club and Academies. 

Applications to join the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program will open in March 2019. 

Click here for more information on workshops and how to apply. 


Cheque payments moving to Electronic Payments via EFT
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Ontario Soccer has reviewed the time it takes to process payments to members and suppliers. In addition, Ontario Soccer has reviewed with our bankers, the incidence of and increasing potential for fraud in relation to the preparation and distribution of paper cheques. 

Accordingly, Ontario Soccer are transitioning all payments made by cheque to electronic payments. 

Click here for more information on this change. 


Ontario Soccer releases 2019-2021 Strategic Plan
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce its, Board of Directors approved, new Strategic Plan for 2019-2021, which will serve as a road map for soccer in the province over the next three years. 

The Strategic Plan will focus on four key areas of the sport and within those areas, each have three Strategic Initiatives where Ontario Soccer will look at tackling opportunities on and off the field. 

Click here to read more about the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan.