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The Government of Ontario announced on April 1 that on-field team training will be discontinued effective Saturday, April 3 for a period of 4 weeks.
Return to Play Announcement
North Toronto Soccer is looking forward to kicking off our Spring 2021 Recreational Soccer program! There are still many hurdles to overcome on our way to getting on the pitch but rest assured; if we are not in lockdown, we’ll definitely have kids kicking around a ball in May! Our Spring 2021 season will look to create a safe environment for kids to run around and get rid of some of that extra energy! We will look to adjust our programming depending on the most up-to-date guidelines at the time, which will mean our plans will adapt as we go. We anticipate beginning in the Red Zone with the hopes to move into Orange Zone at some point before or during the season.
Please see a general outline for each zone below:
- In the Grey Zone, there are limitations on the type of activities we can play;
- Restricted to groups of a maximum of 10 participants, which includes coaches
- Physical distancing of 3 metres.
- We will focus on Individualized Training; sessions will consist of individual dribbling technique and passing activities while maintaining physical distance whenever possible.
- There will be NO CONTACT
- NO spectators permitted except for ONE parent per player
- In the Red Zone, there are limitations on the type of activities we can play;
- Restricted to groups of a maximum of 25 participants, which includes coaches and match officials
- Each playing group will play activities and games with their group only to limit contact with too many other players
- We will focus on Individualized Training; sessions will consist of individual dribbling technique and passing activities while maintaining physical distance whenever possible. We will also integrate modified games while keeping these guidelines in mind
- There will be NO CONTACT whenever possible
- NO spectators permitted except for ONE parent per player
- In the Orange Zone, we will be able to play games as we will no longer need to physical distance in our playing groups. The adjustments would be as follows:
- Restricted to groups of a maximum of 100 participants, which includes coaches and match officials
- A “Competitive Bubble” can be formed with a maximum of 50 players. This Bubble will be the division teams will be playing in. E.g. Teams of 11 x 4 teams = 44 players per Bubble/Division
- We can now return to our more Traditional Training; sessions will run in a GAAG format: starting with a Game, then 2 Activities and finishing with a final Game
- NO spectators permitted except for ONLY ONE parent per player
Men's College Prep Players Commit
ANTHONY AROMATARIO commits to NCAA Soccer DI Oakland University Men's Soccer. The creative midfielder, who is on the radar of a number professional Clubs, has the ability to unlock a defence. Prior to joining NTSC in Fall 2017, Anthony played for Woodbridge SC.
NT's JUAN PABLO DELGADILLO commits to NCAA Soccer DI University of Wisconsin Green Bay Phoenix. JP is a complete midfielder who combines combative industry with flair, making him a true box-to-box player. JP joined NT in the Fall of 2018 from Rush Academy.
Huge Congrats to PARSA OLYAEIFARD on his commitment to Nipissing University Lakers Men's Soccer. The towering shot stopper is the third NTSC keeper to commit to University Soccer ahead of the Fall 2021 season. Parsa joined NT in Fall 2019 from Excel Pro Soccer Academy.
Joining U Sports this Fall will be LEO SHRIMPTON as he commits to Guelph University Men's Soccer. The talented attacker will be looking to add an extra dimension to the Gryphons this Fall. Leo joined NT in Fall 2019 having previously played OPDL for North Mississauga SC & SC Toronto.
19 Women's College Prep Players Commit
A successful day for our College Prep Program with 18 players committing. Although we are finished for today we've a whole bunch more commitments to announce over the next week! Read their stories here.
North Toronto Soccer Club W College Prep commitment as JULIANA ANDOLINA commits to Brock University, Women's Soccer of U Sports. The Attacking Midfielder will be looking to add creativity and imagination to the Badgers attack this Fall. Prior to joining NT, Juliana played OPDL for Markham SC.
ELLA BALDWIN signs with Canadian National Champions University of British Columbia of U Sports. Ella sealed the deal by impressing UBC coaches at an In-house NT Clinic. Another Nitros OPDL graduate who takes the next step to the university level.
ELENA CALDERWOOD is our third signing to Queens Gaels of U Sports. Previously with Markham SC, Elena joined the Nitros at 13 to play OPDL soccer and has turned down interest from the NCAA to further her education at Queens alongside her current L1O teammates.
Our third NCAA DI commit is CAYLA CAJILIG who is bound for Rhode Island University. The former Unionville Millliken SC OPDL Player had a host of offers after excelling over the past two years with the NT College Prep Program. She joins her sister Lexi in playing D1 Soccer.
Heading to Texas, our second NCAA D1 commit, SIERRA COTA-YARDE, signs with Prairie View A&M University. A current L1O/College Prep team player who graduated through OPDL, she is a physical presence standing at 5’10 who can’t wait to leave her mark.
North Toronto Soccer Club Women's College Prep as ISABELLA DiCARLO commits to Guelph Gryphons Women's Soccer. The dynamic midfielder will add steel to Guelph's midfield & we look forward to seeing her compete in U Sports. Before NT Izzy played with Glen Shields& Markham SC.
DEVON EISEN is signing with Queens Gaels of U Sports. Devon joins teammate Zara in completing the journey from NTSC's HL to Queens Gaels. With a keen eye for goal, they will be looking for Devon to bring that prowess to Queens.
CHIARA ENGLISH commits to Western Mustangs Women Soccer! Chiara will team up with former NTSC player Maddy Skinner at the U Sports level. Prior to joining NT, the versatile wide forward played in the OPDL with Burlington Soccer.
North Toronto Soccer Club makes it TEN NCAAA Soccer DI2021 commitments as TIERRA GARNISS signs on at Rhode Island University. The three-time Team Ontario player is a proven goal machine at youth level, and we are sure she will be just as prolific for the RAMS!
ANGELICA GEORGOPOULOS will be the fourth Nitro to head along Hwy 401 for 2021 as she commits to Queens Gaels of U Sports. Previously with Unionville Milliken SC Angelica impressed the Queens coaching staff during NTSC College Prep vs. Queens in early 2020.
ARDEN LAROSE will be the 2nd Nitros GK to compete in the NCAA D1 in 2021 as she commits to University of South Florida. Formerly with Richmond Hill, Arden will be a dual athlete running both track with University of South Florida Athletics and playing soccer for the Bulls.
First up with the NCAA commitment is MADELEINE PENMAN-DERSTINE who signs with D1 powerhouse University of South Florida. After a strong 2019 venturing out to Connecticut with the NT College Prep team, it’s fair to say Maddy had her choice of schools.
The seventh NCAA D1 commit of our 2021 class, SAGE PRINCE signs with Alabama based Troy University The direct & pacy forward first connected with Troy at a NT in-house clinic and will look to add a different dimension to the Trojans forward line.
Three-time Team Ontario Player ALYA RUKEN is North Toronto Soccer Club's 8th NCAA D1 signing as she commits to University of Buffalo. Alya, who has been with the Club from the age of 6, will link up with former NT teammate Olivia Bizzoni in upstate NY.
Kicking things off on Signing Day with ZARA SHERIDAN, who is one of four signing with Queens Gaels, in U Sports. Zara started her journey at Nitros as a 5-year-old and has since excelled at the OPDL and College Prep/L1O level.
Another Nitro heading to Florida as JILLIAN THERRIEN signs with NCAA D1 Stetson University. Jillian's dominant performances vs. NCAA opposition during our Feb trip to Florida impressed all, but the former Richmond Hill SC player decided that her future lay with Stetson University.
Our Fourth NCAA D1 commit is QUINTIN TOSTEVIN who signs with Ohio University. Quintin first joined the Club as an 8-year-old, excelled playing at the OPDL level, and is now a mainstay on the North Toronto Nitros League 1O/College Prep team
Forward MONTANNA WILCOX signs with Ryerson University of U Sports. The NTSC OPDL graduate joins former NT player Kaleigh McKye in Toronto and the Ryerson Rams will be hoping her prolific record in front of goal continues at the university level!
NIA WILSON is the 9th North Toronto Soccer Club player to commit to NCAA Soccer DI for 2021 as she signs with the Troy Trojans Women's Soccer Team. The talented forward will be looking make an impact alongside current NT Teammate SAGE PRINCE in Alabama.
The North Toronto Sports Foundation has raised $200,000 in donations and grants in the past 2 years, to fund community programs including Special Olympics Soccer, Para Soccer, schools programs and financial support for players from families experiencing low income. The need for support programs is increasing, while costs of delivering programs are higher during the pandemic. Thank you to all of the North Toronto Soccer families who have made donations.
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Congratulations Ralph! Nitros first TFC top team star
North Toronto Nitros graduate Ralph Priso has won a top team contract with Toronto FC! We've got the inside story in an exclusive ntsoccer.com three-part series. To read the inside story Click Here.
2020 Annual General Meeting
At the club's Annual General Meeting on November 30, 3 Directors were elected for 3-year terms.
In Board of Directors elections, Jen Bennett and Shamez Mangalji were elected for the first time. Helena Ruken was elected to a second term and will serve as Chair and President.
- Jen is the parent of 2 young athletes, a club volunteer, Professor of Sport Management at Humber College, and Chef de Mission of Team Ontario at the 2017 and 2019 Canada Games.
- Shamez is the parent of 3 children playing in North Toronto Nitros programs including 2 in OPDL, is a lifelong soccer and hockey player, and works in the financial sector.
- Helena is the parent of 4 children including 3 daughters in Nitros programs, has been the Chair of the Recreational Soccer Committee, and founded the club Schools Programs.
North Toronto Soccer in first group to be granted a
NATIONAL YOUTH CLUB LICENSE
"Canada Soccer is pleased to announce that 39 clubs in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario have been provisionally granted the Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence.
As the highest amateur youth club designation in the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program, the National Youth Club Licence recognizes the highest achieving organizations from across Canada. The Program is a key component to Canada Soccer’s Safe Sport Roster that was announced with unanimous support by its membership in May 2019.
“We are pleased to announce the exemplary 39 National Youth Club Licence holders that have worked diligently over the past 12 months to demonstrate a willingness to improve, to collaborate, and most importantly to raise the level of youth football in our country,” said Jason deVos, Canada Soccer’s Director of Development. “Each club worked with Canada Soccer and their respective Provincial and Territorial Member Association to define a roadmap of standards designed to improve the experience for all who participate in the game.”
The organizations have been granted the National Youth Club Licence for a period of two years and have created a collaborative work plan to ensure that they continue to meet the requirements and progress to further achieve the standards set by Canada Soccer. National Youth Club Licence holders display characteristics and demonstrate behaviours aligned with the highest expectations of governance, administration, infrastructure, and technical; support their Provincial and Territorial Member Association and Canada Soccer Pathways; and must participate in standards-based leagues in their Province or Territory by 2020." August 1, 2019 canadasoccer
Special Olympics Soccer in North Toronto
North Toronto is partnering with Special Olympics Ontario and The Rotary Club of Toronto-Eglinton to present a Special Olympics program for players ages 7 to 18 who have an intellectual disability. More details can be found here.
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