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Canada Soccer announces new additions to Club Licensing Program

Posted on 16 June 2020 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer has approved 14 new Quality Soccer Provider clubs in British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan under its Club Licensing Program. The announcement brings the total number of clubs licensed under the Canada Soccer Youth Club Licensing Program More

Canada Soccer leads regional approach to suspension of sanctioned soccer being lifted

Posted on 5 June 2020 in Canadian Soccer Association

After announcing the suspension of all sanctioned soccer in Canada on 13 March 2020 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Canada Soccer announced its five-stage Return to Soccer Guidelines on 13 May. The majority of Canada Soccer’s 13 Provincial and Territorial Member Associations have More

Canada Soccer Outlines Return to Soccer Guidelines as Part of Safe Sport Roster

Posted on 13 May 2020 in Canadian Soccer Association

As restrictions begin to ease relating to COVID-19, Canada Soccer has announced that its member organizations must follow the “Return to Soccer Guidelines” before returning to the pitch. Guided by leadership from Canada Soccer's Sports Medicine Committee and in consultation with  fe More

Canada Soccer Nation Inside launches to connect Canadian soccer community

Posted on 30 March 2020 in Canadian Soccer Association

As part of an ongoing effort to encourage, engage and motivate the Canadian soccer community, Canada Soccer has launched the Canada Soccer Nation Inside platform to unite players, coaches, referees, volunteers, and fans who are doing their part to stay inside and off the pitch. The platform will pro More

Canada Soccer cancels upcoming home international matches in British Columbia

Posted on 13 March 2020 in Canadian Soccer Association

With the best interest of the safety of players, coaches, officials, staff, and fans, Canada Soccer has canceled upcoming home international matches in British Columbia on the FIFA calendar. The three affected matches are 27 and 31 March on Vancouver Island at Westhills Stadium and 14 April in Vanco More

Canada Soccer announces suspension of all sanctioned soccer as precaution against COVID-19

Posted on 13 March 2020 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer has suspended all sanctioned soccer activities with immediate effect after consultation with the Canada Soccer Sport Medicine Committee, public health authorities and the Provincial and Territorial Member Associations. The Canada Soccer decision impacts all domestic soccer activity as More

Canada Soccer COVID-19 update

Posted on 12 March 2020 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer values the safety of its players, coaches, officials, staff and fans as its highest priority. As the national governing body for the sport of soccer in the country, we have been and will continue to closely monitor all COVID-19 developments in consultation with the Public Health Agenc More

Canada Soccer re-iterates grassroots policy on header training

Posted on 27 February 2020 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer’s Sport Medicine Committee and Technical Department defined the rules for heading a soccer ball ahead of the 2010 season as part of its work to publish its Wellness to World Cup document that defined the organization’s Long-Term Player Development program.The policy restric More

Canada Soccer announces Club Licensing Program awards

Posted on 21 February 2020 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer has announced an initial cohort of 13 Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence Program Provincial/Territorial Youth Club Licence - Level 1 holders and eight Quality Soccer Provider clubs in Ontario, three Quality Soccer Providers in Manitoba and one in Nova Scotia. The announcement fo More

Canada Soccer to introduce eNational Team roster for FIFA eNations Cup 2020

Posted on 4 February 2020 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer is pleased to announce that it will select a roster for the April 2020 FIFA eNations Cup 2020. The FIFA eNations Cup™ will take place from 22-24 May 2020 in Denmark and is the second edition of FIFA’s official international competition with France finishing on top at the in More

Canada Soccer announces new Club Licensing Program awards

Posted on 1 February 2020 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer has announced eight new National Youth Club Licence holders in Ontario and British Columbia, as well as the initial twelve Quality Soccer Provider clubs in Saskatchewan and one club in Manitoba. The announcement follows the initial cohort of 39 National Youth Club Licence holders in Ju More

The Decade in Review – 30 big moments for Canadian soccer from the past 10 years

Posted on 31 December 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

It has been an incredible decade of growth for the beautiful game in Canada, from winning a Concacaf Women's Championship and reaching the podium in back-to-back Olympic Games to hosting the world's biggest women's sporting event, setting global and national attendance records, and securing the bid More

Canada Soccer's National Teams Year in Review

Posted on 30 December 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer's National Teams had another positive year on the international stage with a combined 2019 record of 14 wins, three draws, and seven losses across 24 "A" matches between the Men's National Team and Women's National Team. The year included participation in a seventh-consecutiv More

Statement from Canada Soccer

Posted on 20 December 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer accepts the findings of the Sport and Law Strategy Group December 2019 report related to Vancouver Whitecaps Safe Sport Practices which included a review of the handling of the removal of the club’s Head Coach who also served as Canada Soccer’s 2008 Women’s National More

Historic victory over USA by Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team tops 2019 Canada Soccer Moments

Posted on 19 December 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s historic 2:0 Concacaf Nations League defeat of rival USA at BMO Field on 15 October has been named as the top 2019 Canada Soccer Moment. The victory marked the first time the Men’s National Team registered a victory over the United States More

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2020

Posted on 18 November 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Nominations Committee of the Canada Soccer Board of Directors calls for nominations for the positions of President (for a four-year term), as well as Director (elected) and Director (independent) for three-year terms commencing after the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Members.The current call for no More

Canada Soccer statement regarding Ottawa Fury FC announcement

Posted on 8 November 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer is extremely disappointed with the announcement that the Ottawa Fury FC will suspend operations. As the national governing body for the sport of soccer in Canada, we have always supported the growth and development of all levels of soccer, including the professional game in our countr More

Canada Soccer’s Discipline Committee to respond to claims for wrongful dismissal in CPL Final

Posted on 28 October 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer today confirmed that, following the first leg of the Canadian Premier League Final between Hamilton’s Forge FC and Calgary’s Cavalry FC on Saturday 26 October 2019 in Hamilton, an intention to claim for wrongful dismissal was received in respect of Tristan Borges of Forge F More

Canada Soccer announces fines, suspensions following 28 Sept York9 FC v Cavalry FC match

Posted on 8 October 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Following the York9 FC v Cavalry FC Canadian Premier League match on Saturday 28 September 2019, Canada Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee announced that Cavalry Head Coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and midfielder Nikolas Ledgerwood of Cavalry FC and goalkeeper coach Camilo Benzi of York9 FC were charge More

Canada Soccer Disciplinary Committe rules on Canadian Championship QR2 allegations of racial comments

Posted on 26 August 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer's Disciplinary Committee has announced its decision related to the allegations of racial comments made at the completion of opening leg of the Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 2 Match 5 between Forge FC and Cavalry FC held Tuesday 4 June 2019 at Tim Horton Field, Hamilton, ON.Mr More

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Canada Soccer has approved 14 new Quality Soccer Provider clubs in British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan under its Club Licensing Program. The announcement brings the total number of clubs licensed under the Canada Soccer Youth Club Licensing Program to 78.

Organizations are granted Canada Soccer Club Licences for a period of two years and have created a collaborative work plan to ensure that they continue to meet the requirements and progress to further achieve the standards set by Canada Soccer.

Canada Soccer Quality Soccer Provider clubs must abide by the Canada Soccer’s Standards for Quality Soccer, designed to outline the minimum expectations of member organizations in Canada. It is expected that all member organizations provide a developmentally appropriate, safe, enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and welcoming playing environment for their participants, which differentiates it from non-member soccer and unorganized play. In order to be considered, member organizations must also be in good standing with their governing organization(s) and meet the expectations of membership.

Canada Soccer’s Club Licensing Program was launched in 2017 with the Canada Soccer Professional Club Licence. Canada Soccer announced the expansion of the program to youth soccer in 2018 in collaboration with Provincial and Territorial Member Associations and incorporating international best practices.

More information on the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program can be found at: https://www.canadasoccer.com/overview-s17342

Quality Soccer Provider

British Columbia

Abbotsford Soccer Association

Manitoba

Hanover Soccer Club
Transcona East End Community Centre
TRI-S Soccer Club
Winnipeg Phoenix Football Club

Newfoundland & Labrador

Feildians Athletic Association
St. John's Soccer Club
Corner Brook Minor Soccer Association
Paradise Soccer Club
Happy Valley Goose Bay Minor Soccer
Mount Pearl Soccer Association
Conception Bay South Soccer Association

Nova Scotia

Thunder FC

Saskatchewan

Swift Current Soccer Association
 

After announcing the suspension of all sanctioned soccer in Canada on 13 March 2020 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Canada Soccer announced its five-stage Return to Soccer Guidelines on 13 May. The majority of Canada Soccer’s 13 Provincial and Territorial Member Associations have submitted their Return to Soccer plans for approval and as early as 6 June, the Member Organizations from the east and west coasts of the country of PEI Soccer Association and BC Soccer will be eligible to Return to Soccer pending the local club’s completion of Phase 5 of Canada Soccer’s Return to Soccer Guidelines.

“For the past 80 plus days, Canada Soccer has worked closely with all stakeholders including our Provincial and Territorial Member Associations to ensure the health and safety of all who participate in the game of soccer in Canada,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer’s General Secretary. “Starting with the suspension of sanctioned soccer in March, countless hours of thoughtful and measured discussion and planning have gotten us to a place where we are confident we can once again provide a safe sport environment in areas of the country where the provincial and local governments have permitted a return to physical activities.”

Member Associations’ plans for BC and PEI have been approved by the Canada Soccer Return to Soccer Panel led by medical, technical and administrative members of the organization. BC Soccer and PEI Soccer Association’s Member Organizations can consider a return upon completion of the fifth stage of the Return to Soccer Risk Assessment Tool developed by Canada Soccer in conjunction with its Sports Medicine leaders and its Member Associations.

“Over the last 3 months, BC Soccer has been committed to ensuring that health and safety is the priority and to working with our colleagues across the country,” said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer’s Executive Director. “Keeping the membership informed and working collaboratively with provincial bodies, health authorities and our Member Association peers allowed us to develop responsible return-to-soccer plans. There is much work still to be done following these initial and controlled steps forward to get the BC community back to playing soccer.”

The final step in the Return to Soccer Guidelines provides clubs with a self-assessment of their individualized plans for running soccer programing once sanctions have been lifted. The assessment includes an examination of club practices in understanding the up-to-date realities of the COVID-19 situation, provides event organizers a range of questions surrounding emergency preparedness and response plans, investigates stakeholder and partner coordination, asks for an outline of governance and risk communication policies as well as requesting details on specific mitigation measures.

“Our approved Return to Soccer Plan is a result of collaboration with our Member Organizations and we believe that all members will benefit from the Return to Soccer Risk Assessment Tool to ensure that they have addressed specific realities related to operating programming within their communities,” said Peter Wolters, Executive Director, PEI Soccer Association. “We are confident that the local realities in Prince Edward Island and Canada Soccer’s Return to Soccer Guidelines will ensure that participants return to a safe sport environment.”

As restrictions begin to ease relating to COVID-19, Canada Soccer has announced that its member organizations must follow the “Return to Soccer Guidelines” before returning to the pitch. Guided by leadership from Canada Soccer's Sports Medicine Committee and in consultation with  federal, provincial, territorial and local public health authorities, the Return to Soccer Guidelines provide member organizations with a five-step process, including a checklist of weighted questions known as the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool, all for the purpose of determining preparedness to mitigate COVID-19 risks and implications upon the resumption of soccer and related activities.
 
“Since our initial suspension of all sanctioned soccer in Canada in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic in March, we have worked closely and collaboratively with our Member Associations and relevant public health authorities as well as monitored the situation within the international soccer community,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “As stay-at-home restrictions begin to ease in parts of the country, we wanted to ensure that we expanded our Canada Soccer Safe Sport Roster to provide guidance on how best to ensure a safe return to soccer for all players, coaches, referees and administrators.” 
 
The Guidelines are primarily designed to help member organizations manage their liability and  remain compliant with all applicable public health authorities when returning to soccer and related activities. The Guidelines may help member organizations determine which new policies need to be adopted, including social and physical distancing for training, restricting the number of players participating in such training, and restricting game play.  
 
“The introduction of the Canada Soccer Safe Sport Roster in May 2019 was a strong signal from the country’s soccer leaders that the safety, enjoyment and development of our athletes is paramount,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. “Today, it is even more important that we add to our Safe Sport Roster this critical tool that will provide the necessary guidance to our valued members as we all work together to continue to curb the spread of COVID-19 while providing an opportunity for the Canadian soccer community to connect back on the pitch.”
 
The steps outlined in the Canada Soccer Return to Soccer Guidelines include:

  1. The easing of stay-at-home orders from the Federal public health authority;
  2. The easing of restrictions on public gatherings from the respective Provincial public health authority;
  3. The easing of restrictions for field and facility usage by the respective Municipal public health authority;
  4. Canada Soccer has received the Return to Soccer Plan from the Provincial or Territorial Member Association, which has been provided to the applicable Provincial or Territorial government department and/or public health authority, and where applicable, has received confirmation from the Province or Territory that it approves of the Plan; and
  5. Canada Soccer has received the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool from the member organization and has provided any comments or feedback to the member organization or its Provincial or Territorial Member, if any.

 
“The role of Canada Soccer's Sports Medicine leadership to ensure safe sport for all levels of the game in our country has never been more paramount during this COVID-19 pandemic and we have been monitoring the situation closely with public health authorities to provide direction for all Canada Soccer sanctioned programs and events,” said Dr. Andrew Pipe, Chair, Canada Soccer Sports Medicine Committee. “The Return to Soccer Guidelines will provide the best possible opportunity for success in continuing to curb the spread of COVID-19 both on and off the pitch.”

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