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Joe Fletcher Added To Ontario Soccer Summit Roster

By OSA News, 01/10/17, 9:15PM EST


The Ontario Soccer Association is pleased to announce Joe Fletcher, one of Canada's top match officials, will be speaking at the Ontario Soccer Summit 2017. 

Fletcher, a returning speaker, will be leading discussions and learning opportunities at March 3-5 event and his inclusion is an important pillar in the developmental learnings offered at the Ontario Soccer Summit. 

“As the Ontario Soccer Summit has grown so too has the programming that we’re providing for Ontario’s match officials,” said Nicky Pearson, Manager of Match Official Development. “We’re proud to have back one of the most notable faces in the match official community in Joe Fletcher. His expertise is invaluable to young officials. And we’re excited to offer a whole range of new programming in 2017.” 

Fletcher was chosen to the list of FIFA Assistant Referees in 2007 and since then he has refereed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, 2013 World Club Cup in Morocco and the 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup in Columbia. 

Most recently Fletcher was appointed to the 2016 Copa America Centenario and also participated in the 2012 Olympics. His 25-year experience as a match official at various level is invaluable and he regularly referees in the MLS and continues to give back to refereeing development within Ontario. 

“There are not enough educational opportunities for match officials, yet we need to learn and improve the same way players do,” Fletcher said. “At the Ontario Soccer Summit, referees have the chance to do some practical on-field training as well as classroom teaching with the best instructors the province has to offer, alongside Ontario's top match officials.” 

The host venue for the Ontario Soccer Summit 2017 is the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex and Trent University and the event runs March 3-5, 2017.

The Oshawa Civic Centre boasts an international FIFA size 100 metre x 70 metre artificial turf playing field that can be configured into two or four fields for on-field learning.

Trent University, which is steps from the Oshawa Civic Centre, will offer an intimate setting, which is optimal for the immersive Soccer Summit learning experience.

Tickets are now on sale for the Ontario Soccer Summit and can be purchased here.

There are reduced rates for those booking groups of 5-20 attendees and even greater discounts for those booking 20 or more.

Also, the 2017 event will feature reduced pricing for youth (under 18 years of age) attendees. In addition, Female Mentorship Program participants, Learning Facilitators and District Administrators all receive special pricing.

Check back regularly on the Ontario Soccer Summit news page for updates on speakers, ticketing and events.