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Long Term Officials Development


Special thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. Ontario Soccer thanks the OTF for their support of Ontario Soccer and the LTOD initiative.


As part of the Long Term Officials Development program, we committed to keeping the Match Officials Community updated on our LTOD activities.

In the document below, you will see a list of activities and their status, as well as some charts that were created after we completed our LTOD surveys. We have steadily been reaching our Activity Goals through the first half of 2017, and are on target to reach or surpass our total goals by the end of the year. This activity update is a snapshot of what is happening in Long Term Officials Development.

The planning, administration, additional meetings, follow-up and analyzing of all surveys and post-presentation questions are in addition to what you see here.

We are looking forward to creating a community of inclusion, development and opportunity.

LTOD - The Pathway to Match Officiating Excellence 

Ontario Soccer is proud to announce the launch of the Long Term Officials Development (LTOD) program. 

Over the past three years, the Match Officials Development Committee and Staff have surveyed, conducted analysis and discussed programming with thousands of registered match officials, Districts Referee Coordinators, clubs and relevant stakeholders throughout Ontario. From that work the LTOD program has been designed and it will advance match officials development in the same way LTPD revolutionized player and coach development. 

A five-year strategic initiative, the LTOD is now an integral component of the Operational Plan of the Soccer Operations Department. LTOD will provide a standards-based education and development program, through strong leadership, inclusivity and support. 

All aspects of the Match Official Development Program will be strengthened, as Development Support Team members, Match Officials and the game will benefit from a ground breaking development and training program. 

As an important part of the roll-out of LTOD, Ontario Soccer will be hosting Regional LTOD Information Sessions across the province.

2018 LTOD Club Outreach Presentation

In 2018, Ontario saw met with 115 clubs face to face and a few more over webinar.

This is the base presentation that was used for these meetings.  Currently we are in the process of reviewing all survey responses and will have that posted online by the end of June.