The Ontario Soccer Association
|The Ontario Soccer Association|
|7601 Martin Grove Road, Vaughan, ON|
|Canada L4L 9E4|
|TheOSA@soccer.on.ca The OSAWiki Master|
The Ontario Soccer Association (The OSA) was founded in 1901 and is one of the oldest and largest sport organizations in Canada dedicated to providing an opportunity for Ontarians to achieve their sporting goals through soccer. The OSA provides leadership, consultation and resources to the members within the framework of achieving the overall mission of The OSA. The OSA currently has more than 500,000 registered participants and provides development opportunities for players, coaches, referees, and administrators.
The OSA has its headquarters at The Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan. The OSA has 21 member District Associations (“Districts”). Each of these Districts has many Clubs as member organizations and there are approximately 900 Clubs province-wide. Leagues are also member organizations and can appear at any level of the organizations hierarchy.
The Ontario Soccer Association provides leadership and support for the advancement of soccer in collaboration and cooperation with our membership, partners and other stakeholders by providing exceptional and sustainable programs and services.
The essential purpose of The Association is to empower soccer and to collectively have a greater influence. In addition to the programs and services offered, notable achievements include:
- Established mini soccer as an integral part of the game’s playing structure.
- Developed and implemented the Pyramid for Play giving players an opportunity to advance through the system.
- Increased female participation as well as increased geographical representation.
- Fostered a strong united voice with all Districts represented at the Board level.
Affiliation: The Canadian Soccer Association
President: Ron Smale, Oshawa, Ontario
Executive Director: Lisa Beatty, Vaughan, Ontario
Board of Directors: 21 Directors
Executive Committee: 7 Members
Members: 21 District Associations, 14 Associate Members
Players: 2010 - 370,000 (outdoor) + 95,000 (indoor)
Coaches: 2010 - 24,500
Referees: 2010 - 11,000
Administrators: 2010 - 10,000
Total Participants: 2010 - 512,500
Corporate Divisions: The Soccer Centre (Ontario), The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum (Ontario)
Annual Budget: Approximately $9.8 million
Full Time Employees: 37
Board of Directors
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|Ugo di Federico||Vice President|
|Winnie Brown||Director at Large|
|Michael Allison||Director at Large|
|Ian Duncanson||Director at Large|
|Brenda Brown||District Representative - Durham Region S.A.|
|Dana Nahrgang||District Representative - East Central Ontario S.A.|
|Doug Martin||District Representative - Eastern Ontario District S.A.|
|John Dutot||District Representative - Elgin Middlesex S.A.|
|Mladen Moric||District Representative - Essex County S.A.|
|Al Carrafiello||District Representative - Hamilton & District S.A.|
|Alwyn Vanden Berg||District Representative - Huronia & District S.A.|
|Barry Goodwin||District Representative - Lambton Kent S.A.|
|Nick Palomba||District Representative - Niagara S.A.|
|Mandy Aparicio||District Representative - North York S.A.|
|William Hay||District Representative - Peel Halton S.A.|
|Terry Zeppa||District Representative - Sault Amateur S.A.|
|Jim Barnes||District Representative - Scarborough S.A.|
|John Labine||District Representative - Soccer North District Association|
|Robert Zanette||District Representative - Soccer Northwest Ontario|
|Position is currently vacant||District Representative - Soccer Northeastern Ontario S.A.|
|John Nador||District Representative - Southeast Ontario S.A.|
|Graham Williams||District Representative - South-West Regional S.A.|
|Sylvie Rodrigue||District Representative - Sudbury Regional S.A.|
|Charles Wyatt||District Representative - Toronto S.A.|
|Russ Turnbull||District Representative - York Region S.A.|
The OSA has five types of members:
- Active Members (District Associations)
- Associate Members (Organizations operating in more than one District)
- Professional soccer clubs operating in an International Professional League
- Life Members (an individual granted Life Membership in accordance with published rules)
- Honourary Members (an organization granted Honourary Membership in accordance with published rules)
There are currently 21 Active Members, 14 Associate Members (including 11 Leagues) and 11 Life Members. There are no Professional Soccer Club Members and no Honourary Members. The current Members are listed below by category.
District Associations: Durham Region Soccer Association, East Central Ontario Soccer Association, Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association, Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association, Essex County Soccer Association, Hamilton and District Soccer Association, Huronia District Soccer Association, Lambton Kent Soccer Association, Niagara Soccer Association, North York Soccer Association, Peel Halton Soccer Association, Sault Amateur Soccer Association, Scarborough Soccer Association, Soccer North District Association, Soccer Northeastern Ontario, Soccer Northwest Ontario , Southeast Ontario Soccer Association, South-West Regional Soccer Association, Sudbury Regional Soccer Association, Toronto Soccer Association, York Region Soccer Association
Associate Members: Canadian Soccer League, Central Girls Soccer League, Central Soccer League, East Region Soccer League, North Region Soccer League, Ontario Colleges Athletic Association, Ontario Indoor Soccer League, Ontario Soccer League, Ontario Soccer Referees’ Association, Ontario University Athletics, Ontario Women’s Soccer League, Ontario Youth Soccer League, South Region Soccer League, Western Ontario Youth Soccer League,
Life Members: Lois Brewer, Tom Doyle, Lewis Edwards, Jim Ellis, Edward Grenda, William Hoyle, Terence Kelly, George MacDonald, Alan Southard, Jack Strachan, Clive Wilkinson, Les Wilkinson
Committees: Discipline & Appeals Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Futsal Committee, Indoor Soccer Rules Review Committee, League Management Committee, Central Region League Management Committee, East Region League Management Committee, North Region League Management Committee, South Region League Management Committee, West Region League Management Committee, Ontario Cup Committee, Referee Development Committee, Staff Evaluation Committee, Technical Development Committee
Task Forces: Task Force on Facilities Development, Task Force on Governance, Task Force on Harassment & Volunteer Screening
Advisory Groups: Constitution Advisory Group, Medical Advisory Group
Beginning in 1901, with the exception of 14 years during the war, the Ontario Cup has been Ontario's most prestigious award. The largest competition of its kind in Canada, the Ontario Cup is every Club's shared passion. No other sport boasts greater geographical representation in Ontario at more age levels and in both genders.
The Ontario Cup, the provincial soccer championships, has recently involved over 600 teams. The competition begins in May, and finishes with the Cup Finals in September to determine a championship team in each of the twenty two divisions: Under 12 Boys, Under 16 Boys Tier 2, Under 18 Boys, Under 12 Girls, Under 16 Girls, Under 13 Boys, Under 16 Boys Tier 1, Under 21 Men, Under 13 Girls, Under 17 Girls, Under 14 Boys, Under 17 Boys Tier 2, Men, Under 14 Girls, Under 18 Girls, Under 15 Boys Tier 2, Under 17 Boys Tier 1, Special Olympics, Under 15 Girls, Under 21 Women, Under 15 Boys Tier 1, Women
The Ontario Cup is open to any competitively registered team in Ontario. Enty Forms are available online in early March and the deadline for entering is the end of March.
In the Ontario Cup, youth age divisions, Under 12 to Under 18, play in Tournament Rounds which lead to Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and the Cup Finals. The Under 21 Men's and Under 21 Women's play a Single-Game Knock-out Format leading to the Semi-Finals and Cup Finals on one weekend in August. The Men's, Women's and Special Olympics' divisions play a Single-Game Knock-out Format leading to the Cup Finals in September.
National Championships take place in four age levels, Under 14, Under 16, Under 18 and Senior Open. The Ontario Cup winners in those age divisions advance to the National Championships which are usually played on Thanksgiving weekend in various provinces across Canada.
The Soccer Centre
The Soccer Centre is Canada's leading competition, training, education, and exposition soccer facility. The site is like no other in Canada. It features a 130,000 sq.ft. field house that can accommodate three indoor soccer fields or one full size 11-a-side game. It has two international size outdoor grass fields, one international size outdoor artificial turf field, a sports therapy clinic, a restaurant and lounge, and is located on a 25 acre parcel of land that is easily accessible from Ontario's major highways. Tenants include The Ontario Soccer Association, The Canadian Soccer Association, The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum, and all of Ontario's Provincial Leagues.
In the fall of 2003, The Soccer Centre opened up its new artificial turf outdoor field. The project not only involved the installation of FieldTurf, which is an artificial surface that feels and plays like natural grass, but also the installallation of lights and two new change rooms. This new field will dramatically expand the outdoor playing season and eliminate the need to cancel games because of poor weather conditions. The project was the result of a collaboration between The Ontario Soccer Association, The Canadian Soccer Association, The Soccer Centre, and The City of Vaughan, and the beneficiaries of this collaboration will range from the elite national player to the individual that simply wants to play in a recreational game.
The playing surface is 105 metres long by 68 metres wide. There is a spectator area that currently can accommodate 200 individuals, however, this number will be increased for the 2004 outdoor season.
Play Soccer Presented by Rogers is a service of The Ontario Soccer Association which supports programs of The Ontario Soccer Association, Clubs and Leagues. The Ontario Soccer Association launched Play Soccer Presented by Rogers in June 2006 to promote the sport of soccer from the grassroots level through to the professional arena.
The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum
The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum (Ontario) - to give it its formal name - was incorporated in Ontario by The Ontario Soccer Association on September 24, 1997.The organization was established to:collect, record, interpret and commemorate the Soccer Heritage, celebrate individual and organisational achievements in the game, recognise the contribution of Soccer to the athletic and cultural institutions,in Canada in general, and in the Province of Ontario in particular.It operates under the auspices of, and is managed by a Board of Governors appointed by The Association.Currently, the Governors are:
- Chairman: Bruce Thomas
- Members: John Knox, John McGrane, Les Wilson, Lynne McGarrigle, John Vanderkolk, Cesar Velasco, Ron Smale
- Chairman Emeritus: William Hoyle.
- Historian: Colin Jose
Annual & Other Reports
|2009 Annual Report (pdf)|
|2008 Annual Report (pdf)|
|Other OSA Documents|
|Code of Conduct for Board & Committees (pdf)|
All of the above mentioned information has been copied directly from the OSA website.