I want to wish you a great New Year. A new year is a new beginning. As the new Regional Manager, Player Development at the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA), I wanted to take the time to reach out and introduce myself to the soccer community.
My name is Sonia Curvelo and I was born and raised in Strathroy, Ontario where my passion for the game of soccer started. I am very thankful for the opportunity to come back home to Ontario, Canada after spending the last 8 years in the United States as a Division I University Head Women’s Soccer Coach. I had the opportunity to play soccer in all levels, club, semi-pro, collegiate Division l, professional and national. I have also played in four countries, Canada, United States, Portugal and Spain. I am very excited to be back home in Canada to help grow the game of soccer in Ontario. Together, we all play an important part in growing the game for our young players in Ontario. It is important to put our young players first and do everything we can to make it the most positive and enjoyable experience. The main focus will be on long term player development (LTPD) and educating coaches, parents, and directors that will be involved in the process. I can speak from my experience that player development was the key to my success stories as a player and a coach.
My role at the OSA is to provide Districts, Clubs and Coaches with the required direction and resources for the successful implementation of the LTPD philosophy throughout Western Ontario.
The flow of information and resources between the Grassroots Department and our membership is fundamental to the development of Ontario soccer. Therefore, it is my priority to ensure all of your questions and queries are answered effectively and efficiently, and you have all the resources and tools necessary to develop and implement sustainable grassroots programs and initiatives.
I hope that over the coming weeks I can have the opportunity to discuss with you our collective efforts at ensuring our young players have the best possible environment to learn, have fun, develop and stay committed to the game like I did. Please feel free to contact me with any questions relating to the LTPD model or grassroots soccer in general.
In the meantime there is a variety of grassroots resources, including manuals, curriculums, workshops, presentations and coaching clinics that are available to aid the understanding and delivery of the LTPD model. All of these can be found on our website: http://www.ontariosoccer.net/player/grassroots
I look forward to working together as we continue to drive Canadian soccer forward.
The EMSA office will be closed from Friday, December 23, 2016 to Tuesday, January 3, 2017. The office will re-open on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Please be advised that until further notice, the EMSA Office hours of operation will be as follows:
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 4:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
London Marconi Azzurri, the Ontario Women's Provincial Champion, drew both of their group stage games in the over-30 division of the Classics Club Championships held in Winnepeg Manitoba. That qualified them for the bronze medal match where they would take on the Alberta representative. Marconi would down Alberta 2-1 and captured the bronze medal.
CONGRATULATIONS MARCONI AZZURRI WOMEN!
INFORMATION FOR THE 2017 COACHING CLINICS IS NOW POSTED ON THE COACH TAB UNDER COACHING CLINICS
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE NEW COACHING CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE MANDATORY FOR 2017
EMSA would like to congratulate Cam Vassallo and Danny Clarke for their recognition as Outstanding Sports Volunteers by the City of London. The awards presentations were held at the Western Fair District on April 13, 2016.
- Travel Permit Approvals
- GERMAN CANADIAN FC AWARDED CLUB EXCELLENCE SILVER AWARD
- 2016 ONTARIO CUP
- NEW COMPETITIONS AND TRAVEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
- 2016 Selected Showcase Tournaments Announced
- ACTIVITY/HEALTH TRACKER DEVICES
- 2016 ONTARIO INDOOR CUP CHAMPIONS
- 2016 OSA SOCCER SUMMIT
- TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR U9-U12 LIFTED TO PARTICPATE IN ROBBIE TOURNAMENT
- CPD POINT PROGRAM AT THE 2016 NSCC
- ONTARIO INDOOR CUP CHAMPIONS 2016
- PLAYER DEVELOPMENT WEBINARS
- 2016 EMSA Entry Level Clinics for Match Officials
- 2016-2018 OSA Strategic Plan Summary
- 2016 Select Showcase and Charity Tournament Applications
- 2016 PROVINCIAL B LICENSE COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT
- CSA CHANGES TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- OSA Announces the First C License Course
- OSA Technical Director Diploma Course
- EMDSL Executive Board Announcement
- London Players Heading to Vancouver
- EMSA Secretary
- New Youth League Formed
- LONDON MARCONI MEN TAKE THE NATIONAL TITLE
- DISTRICT LEAGUE AGM DATES
- 2016 NATIONAL SOCCER COACHING CONFERENCE
- FEMALE COACH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
- THE CITY OF LONDON RZONE PROGRAM
- SEVEN EMSA TEAMS PARTICIPATING IN THE ONTARIO CUP FINALS
- Alan Alderson named London Youth Academy Centre Head Coach
- Vancouver Whitecaps partner with EMSA and launch Academy Centre
- CITY OF LONDON WET FIELD GUIDELINE
- RETREAT LINE
- ALL ACCESSIBILITY SOCCER
- EXHIBITION GAMES!
- PLAYER EVALUATION FORMS
- OSA President's Message - YSLO
- OSA CLUB DEVELOPMENT LAUNCHES FIRST IN WEBINAR SERIES
- JESSIE FLEMING NAMED CANADIAN U17 FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- EMSA CLUB COACHING CLINICS