Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Soccer sanctioned activities have been suspended until further notice. These activities include, but are not limited to, all competitions, training, coach and match official education and team building activities.
As well, Ontario Soccer has extended the annual deadline for Match Official registration to April 30th (from March 31st) with no late fees applicable until after this new date.
SWSRA intends to follow the lead of Ontario Soccer, as the safety and well-being of our members is our utmost priority. Therefore, we would like to inform you that the education session and membership meeting originally scheduled for March 30, 2020, has been cancelled. Our next meeting is currently scheduled for April 27, 2020.
We will keep you posted as new updates become available.
Referee – it’s the most thankless job in sports. Senior correspondent Rick Westhead takes a look at the people wearing the stripes and the state of officiating technology. The 2-part TSN Original series “Ref, You Suck” is available here.
Congratulations to our very own Silviu Petrescu on officiating his 150th MLS match between Real Salt Lake and the Philadelphia Union! It wasn’t an easy game as Silviu had three VAR decisions, a possible dismissal, an offside, and the ball in and out of play leading to a goal. He also had five cautions throughout the eventful night. Silviu had this to say about reaching the milestone. “To reach 150 games in the middle in the MLS was my dream come true. When I did the 1st game in Toronto in 2007, I didn’t expect this long run in my soccer career, but with hard work and commitment and support from your family everything is possible.” We wish him all the best as he continues to referee both in the MLS and CPL.