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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VAUGHAN, ON (September 30, 2014) — The Ontario Soccer Association and Gatorade are joining forces around the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL), the province’s first standards-based high performance program. Gatorade will sponsor the OPDL through the 2016 season as the exclusive sport beverage partner. In 2014, 34 teams from 18 clubs took more »

The 2014 Masters/Classics Regional Club Championships concluded last weekend, with the Masters (O-35 Men) in St. John, New Brunswick and the Classics (O-35 Women) in Calgary, Alberta. The Ottawa Royals represented Ontario in both the Masters and Classics divisions – a feat this club has now achieved two years in a row. The competition is more »

The quest for gold begins next week as the top club teams from across Canada will compete at the 2014 Sport Chek National Club Championships from October 8-13 in four host cities. Each province/territory has the opportunity to send a provincial/territorial champion to the competition in hopes of emerging victorious. Ontario’s representatives for the Sport more »

The Grassroots department continues putting together a practice for coaches to use with their players across the province. Each week will focus on one of the three LTPD development stages at the Grassroots level, which includes Active Start, FUNdamentals and Learn to Train. In this week’s session, the Grassroots department has focused on FUNdamentals course. more »

The Ontario Soccer Association Coaching Department in association with the Canadian Soccer Association will be offering a Futsal Coaching Course in October. For coaches looking to improve their knowledge of FIFA’s official indoor game or those looking to upgrade their skills are encouraged to attend the one-day event. Date: Saturday October 25th, 2014 Time: 9-5pm more »

Amato De Luca, an Ontario referee, national assessor and instructor, was recently invited by CONCACAF to an elite referee and assessors course in Florida. The program was led by FIFA instructors Esse Baharmast, Peter Prendergast, Rodolfo Sibrian and Hector Vergara.  Erick Samayoa and Allan Brown — FIFA Referee Fitness Instructors for the CONCACAF region – more »

Getting an education in soccer has never been so easy. The Ontario Soccer Association, through its Grassroots Soccer Development department is now working with Bishop MacDonnell Catholic High School in Guelph, to provide 23 students in its Health and Physical Education Soccer Course with instruction in soccer coaching and player development. During the semester the more »

OPDL enters its 18th week of action this Saturday. The development of Ontario’s U-13 continues Sept 27th with more footie action in two locations. Some of the best U-13 boys and girls players in the province will be competing at these two centralized venues once again, this time at Burlington’s City View Park and George more »

The Ontario Soccer Association wishes to extend its deepest condolence to the friends, family and club of Mark Holland. Mark Holland, a head coach with the Russell Soccer Club, died in a tragic car accident last week. Ontario soccer lost one of its treasured volunteers as a result.  Mark, 37-years-old was an active member of more »

Each week, Mirco Schroff, the OSA Talented Pathway Technical Director, tackles one issue and how it relates to OPDL operations. This week, Schroff has delivered an OPDL Key Message on scouting and tracking players in OPDL How do players get scouted and tracked in the OPDL? The OPDL is a development program, where the development more »

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