A total of 17 Match Officials proudly represented Ontario at the U Sports and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Soccer Championships this past weekend.
Top Match Officials from multiple provinces were hand-picked to officiate these high-stakes games, fulfilling their duties with the utmost professionalism and care.
"We are proud of the Ontario Match Officials who attended the U Sports and CCAA Championships this year, and performed with distinction," said David Barrie, Ontario Soccer's Manager of Match Official Development. "These tournaments can be challenging, which is a testament to the high-level abilities and all-round professionalism within the Ontario Match Official community.”
The 2023 U Sports Championships took place from November 8-12 at Queens University in Kingston, ON on the women's side, and at Cape Breton University in Sydney, NS for the men. Shout out to Ontario's Joe Audi who served as the Supervisor of Officials at the Kingston competition!
As for the 2023 CCAA Championships, the men's competition unfolded at St. Clair College in Windsor, ON while the women's squads played at Holland College in Charlottesville, PEI from November 7-11. Two leaders in Ontario's Match Official community supported these events. Donia Torabi was a Match Official Coach at the CCAA Women's Championship and John Oliva served as an Assessor at the matches out west.
(SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA)
Congrats to Twayne for being the AR in the Gold Medal match!
Congrats to Vasyl and Joey for acting as ARs in the Gold Medal Match, and to Nivin and Nick for acting as Referee and AR in the Bronze Medal match!
Congrats to Amanda for being the 4th Official in the Bronze Medal match!
(CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND)
Congrats to Beth who was the AR in the Gold Medal Match, and Teodara for being the AR in the Bronze Medal match!
It was also great to see Brian Novogradac appointed to the U Sports Championship in Sydney. Brian started refereeing in Ontario and completed the Regional Upgrading Program in 2019 before moving to Nova Scotia to continue his journey as a Match Official.
Please note, the application window is currently open for the 2024 Regional and Provincial Upgrading Programs!
The deadline to apply is November 15, 2023.