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COVID-19 Updates ~ 2020 Match Official Accreditation Clinics Move Online

By Christina Stranges, 04/03/20, 5:00PM EDT


We hope all our TITANS families are keeping well and practicing that self-isolation and social distancing.

As Ontario Soccer and Canada Soccer continue to work on a month-to-month basis, by following their madates, NFSC is now looking to the beginning of May as the next point of assessment for the upcoming season.  In the meantime, we continue to operate our office from a home base and prepare, so that when they say we are all clear, NFSC will be ready to go!

Coming up, we had scheduled Match Official/Referee Accreditation Courses for April (Small Sided Match Official) and May (Entry Level Match Official).  We have currently been told to postpone them to May,  and learned that Ontario Soccer has been working tirelessly to create an online learning platform to which they can continue to deliver these courses.  

We currently still have 2 spots available in our Small Sided Game course and 10 spots for our Entry Level course.  If you, your child, or teenager were interested in taking these courses, more information can be found on our Referee Certification page under the "More" tab to learn what is required for sign up.

We will continue to work to bring you updates, and hope everyone stays healthy, happy, and stays busy, crushing the curve and keeping the passion of the game of soccer alive in thier homes or backyards!!

Thank you,

Tim Chamberlain

NFSC President

Please see below for the update posted by Ontario Soccer today.

     Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer and governmental advisors, continues to monitor the most recent developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting public health crisis.

     In order to continue to service our Match Official membership in the best form possible, the Entry Level, Small Sided, Small Sided Assistant Referee and the Mentor Accreditation Clinics will be delivered online in 2020.

     All currently approved Clinics, and future Clinics will be moved to this new delivery method until further notice by Ontario Soccer.

     Ontario Soccer is working on the creation and implementation of this new education system and we are aiming to launch the online clinics by early May.

     In addition, Ontario Soccer is working on the planning and logistics for Match Official instructors to deliver regionally based practical sessions once the Provincial and Municipal facilities closures have concluded. These sessions will be hosted in areas where Clinic Hosts are located.

     Ontario Soccer ask that all approved Match Officials clinics maintain their status, and we will be connecting directly with host leads over the upcoming weeks. If you still wish to apply for a Clinic, this can be done through your Refcentre Administration account.

     In addition, Ontario Soccer recently addressed Match Official registration in bulletin I2020-034 and has developed a Match Official specific FAQ to address additional questions, which will be shared next week.

     Ontario Soccer appreciates your patience and understanding as we navigate through this challenging period.