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Ontario Soccer – How to watch the Ontario Indoor Cup finals this Sunday
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The Ontario Indoor Cup finals will take place this Sunday at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan. 

The competition wraps up for the U-14 Boys and Girls and U-16 Boys and Girls divisions this weekend. 

For those that cannot attend in person, the games will be broadcast via the Ontario Soccer Livestream channel. 

Click here for more information on how you can watch. 

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Applications for Quest for Gold funding due by Jan. 31, 2019
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Ontario Soccer is proud to announce details for the application process for the 2018-2019 Quest for Gold Athlete Assistance Program. 

All required information must be submitted no later than Jan. 31, 2019. 

Click here for more information. 

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Details announced for upcoming B-License Part 1 Course 
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Ontario Soccer has announced the date and location of an upcoming B-License Part 1 course. 

The Ontario Soccer Centre will play host to the course from April 1-5, 2019. 

Applications are now open and the deadline to register is March 5. 

Click here for more information on the course and requirements. 

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Next C-License course for 2019 announced 
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce the date and location of an upcoming C-License Coaching Course. 

The course will be held in Woodbridge, Ont., at the Ontario Soccer Centre. Upon applying, coaches will be provided with further details regarding location, times and other information. 

Click here for details on the C License courses. 

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WATCH – Discover. Develop. Excel. – Episode # 3
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Is it even possible for us to make this year’s Ontario Soccer Summit even bigger than it already is? 

The answer is yes. Lauren Maharaj is back to keep you up to date on all the exciting additions to this year’s event including two special panels and the groups in our community who are making it possible for Ontario Soccer to make a serious splash in London on March 1-3. 

Regular pricing is only available until Feb. 7 though and with the deadline approaching tickets are starting to go fast. 

Click here to watch the latest Discover. Develop. Excel. and for more information on how to get tickets. 

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Play Inspire Unite Podcast – Episode #8 – Soccer Summit edition 
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, Nancy Spotton, CEO of MPWR, returns to the podcast to answer questions from her last appearance, to discuss how the attract top talent to your club, district or academy and to talk about what the expect from her keynote speech at Ontario Soccer Summit 2019. 

Click here to watch this episode of Play Inspire Unite. 

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Register 10 people for Ontario Soccer Summit and win a scarf
There are great group discounts available to the Ontario Soccer Summit 2019 for your Club, District or Academy to assist in making this destination event a team-building opportunity for you in 2019. 

And if you’re organizing a group of ten or more, you’re already a winner. Every person which organizes a group of 10 or more for the Ontario Soccer Summit 2019 will received a limited-edition Ontario Soccer scarf. 

Click here for more information on tickets and how to win. 

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Blind Soccer gets set to kick-off at Ontario Parasport Games 
Competitive Blind 5-a-side soccer makes a welcome return to Ontario next month as the Ontario Parasport Games are hosted across the region of Durham from Feb. 8-10. 

5-a-side soccer is played by athletes with a visual impairment. The game is played on a smaller pitch than able-bodied soccer and the pitch is enclosed by boards. 

Click here for more information on the 5-a-side event. 

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Canada Soccer announces updated Coach Education Pathway 

Canada Soccer has announced the dates for its expanded 2019 Coach Education License Program schedule. 

As part of its focus on grassroots development, the program includes new age and stage-specific offerings, as well as plans for updated and expanded offering for coaches working in the top development environments across the country, including the professional club environment. 

Click here to read more about this exciting initiative. 

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Respect in Sport mandatory requirements for 2019 

Ontario Soccer are once again asking the Districts, Clubs and Academies to remind their members on the mandatory educational requirements, as part of an approved March 2016 Ontario Soccer Board of Directors rollout, of the RIS Activity Leader Program.

These information bulletins (I2016-031 – April 4, 2016, I2016-032 – April, 5, 2016, I2016-055 – Nov. 11, 2016, A2017-008 – March, 23, 2017 ) were sent alerting the Ontario Soccer community to these requirements.

Click here for more information on the approved five-year mandatory program phase-in process. 

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Canadian Championship expands to 13 teams across Canada 

Canada Soccer’s newly expanded Battle of the North will feature a 13-team format when the 2019 Canadian Championship kicks off May 15. 

The first qualifying round will be played May 15 and May 22 and will feature the Vaughan Azzurri, the League1 Ontario winners as well as some of Ontario’s Canadian Premier League teams. 

Click here for more on the competition. 

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Joe Fletcher, Ontario match official, retires from active duty 

After a storied 25-year career as a respected FIFA and Canada Soccer Assistant Match Official, Niagara native Joe Fletcher will no longer be visible on the touchline. 

Fletcher will hang up his whistle this year but he will be continuing to give back to the match official community. 

Click here to read about his career and where you can see him speak very soon. 

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Discipline and Appeals fees have been updated for 2019 

To ensure objective, impartial review of Appeal cases, Ontario Soccer uses a third party, external counsel.

There has been a substantial increase in the volume of Appeal Cases incurred at the Provincial level.

Ontario Soccer has an obligation to the membership to ensure that the costs of the Discipline and Appeals process are covered.

Accordingly, Ontario Soccer has made several key changes to various fees associated with the Discipline and Appeals process. These changes are effective immediately and apply to all new cases with Ontario Soccer.

Click here for more information on the updated fees. 

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Two Ontario athletes selected in Top 10 of 2019 MLS SuperDraft
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Ontario athletes were front and centre at the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. 

Ajax native and Canada Soccer’s U-20 National team goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair was drafted seventh overall. 

Brampton native Tajon Buchanan went to the New England Revolution with the ninth pick. 

Click here to read more about their success stories. 

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15 Ontario athletes called to Canadian Women’s National team
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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National team will launch their all-important 2019 season with two matches in Spain, including a training match against Switzerland and an international friendly against Norway. 

Fifteen Ontario athletes have been called into the squad, including one OPDL graduate. 

Click here to find out which Ontario players were called. 

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Ontario Soccer Summit adds exciting panel discussions to 2019 event
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Ontario Soccer is pleased to announce the addition of two panel discussions at the Ontario Soccer Summit 2019. 

The Ontario Soccer Summit, presented by Respect in Sport, which attracts speakers from across the soccer spectrum, will on their depth of experience for these two engaging panels, which will be held at Wolf Performance Hall in London from March 1-3, 2019. 

The first panel, titled Soccer Now, will feature voices from the local, provincial, national and continental perspectives. The second panel, titled Keeping Girls in Sport, will have an important discussion with leaders from across sport. 

Click here to find out more about the two panel discussions. 

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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. 

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