Ontario Soccer Summit Postponed Until 2022

From Ontario Soccer:

Vaughan, ON – Supporters of Ontario Soccer’s premier development event will have to wait a little longer for a return to the Summit on their development journey.

The Ontario Soccer Summit, which annually attracts Coaches, Match Officials, Administrators and Soccer Leaders from across the province and Canada, will be postponed in 2021 and return in early 2022.

The Ontario Soccer Summit attracts speakers from all over the world and recent attendees have included illustrious names such as Victor Montagliani, Vice-President of FIFA and President of Concacaf, Kris Van Der Haegen, Director of Coach Education at the Royal Belgian Football Association, Bibiana Steinhaus, FIFA Match Official and many more.

“As a result of the ongoing public health crisis, Ontario Soccer has made the difficult decision to postpone the Ontario Soccer Summit, which was to be held in Ottawa in early 2021, to 2022,” said Johnny Misley, Ontario Soccer’s Chief Executive Officer. “When the Ontario Soccer Summit returns in 2022, it will be of the calibre that our members have come to expect from Ontario Soccer.”

Since the suspension of sanctioned activities in March due to COVID-19, Ontario Soccer, has undergone tremendous efforts to ensure participants can Return to Play safely in 2020.

While soccer in Ontario has made significant progress towards a safe Return to Play, including the recent announcement of “Phase 2 – Enhanced Format for Modified Games”, the current circumstances and restrictions surrounding the global pandemic continue to pose challenges to operations and planning for events.

“Ontario Soccer will continue to work with their District partner, the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association, to plan for and put on the premier soccer development event in Ontario, which provides personal and professional development for all levels in the sport,” said Bjorn Osieck, Ontario Soccer Director of Business Operations.

Further details on Ontario Soccer Summit 2022 will be announced in the coming months.

About Ontario Soccer

Founded in 1901, Ontario Soccer is comprised of more than 650 Clubs and Private Academies servicing over 24,000 teams with 380,000 registered players, 70,000 coaches and managers, and 10,000 match officials, as well as countless volunteers, parents and supporters comprising a direct, multi-cultural community of over 1,000,000 Ontarians.

Ontario Soccer develops and delivers exceptional and sustainable programs and services throughout Ontario with the mission of providing leadership and support for the advancement of soccer in collaboration and cooperation with our membership, partners and other stakeholders. Ontario Soccer also operates the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) – the province’s premier standards based youth development program and proudly supports Canada Soccer’s National Teams, the Canadian Premier League and Toronto FC.

An overall goal of Ontario Soccer is to assist with the development of soccer as a healthy lifestyle choice, provide a talented pathway for players to excel and encourage community involvement at all levels.

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