Outdoor 2020 Update

Dear Coaches, Parents and Guardians of players in our TASC Outdoor 2020 program,

We trust that you are all keeping safe and well during these unparalleled times. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your patience, support, and cooperation as we continue to deliver modified programming to all participants.

Although this is not the season that we all planned for or anticipated, we are doing our very best, to navigate through all regulations and protocols as required by all levels of government, health officials and our sport governing bodies.  To keep are participants, volunteers, parents and staff safe, the TASC has and continues to purchase PPE products.  Our offices and dressing rooms continue to remain closed.

With the City of Toronto moving to Stage 3 as of July 31, 2020, we are now allowed to increase the number of players in groups and provide inter-squad games within our club only.  This now allows us to decrease our number of nights from 4 back to our originally scheduled nights of Monday and Wednesday evenings. 

I have attached for you the newest Provincial / City of Toronto guidelines we will be following.

Stage 3 Provincial Order updates:

  • Amateur and recreational sports leagues may resume so long as they do not allow prolonged or deliberate physical contact between players or if they have modifications to avoid physical contact between players.
  • Leagues must contain no more than 50 participant’s total. If participants in a league exceed 50, the league may divide into smaller groups of no more than 50. Players are not yet permitted to play against players outside of their league or group.
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports is not permitted.
  • The total number of spectators permitted to be at the facility at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two meters from every other person in the facility, and in any event cannot exceed 100 spectators for outdoor facilities.
  • The maximum limits on spectator numbers applies to spectators only, not to athletes, coaches and staff as well.

In summary as of Monday August 10, 2020, and for the balance of the summer schedule the Under 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 year old players, will now commence their training from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings.  The Under 10, 11,12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 year-old players will commence their training from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

All our health checks and protocols remain in place for every session or event we offer. 

Thank you once again for your support, patience and cooperation and trust you continue to stay safe and well.

Any questions or concerns please call the office at 416-782-1578 or e-mail information@torontoazzurri.com

 The Board of Directors

“Rising Stars” Outdoor 2020 Update

Dear Coaches, Parents and Guardians,

We continue to offer a “Rising Stars” program for athletes who are looking towards a more intense, structured form of training and skill development.

This program will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

At this time for those players who are currently registered with our summer program, there is no additional charge to attend and participate.  In this program players will be exposed to a higher more intense standard of training supervised directly by our professional Club Technical Lead Coach, Franco Perilli.  Any athlete between the age of 10 and 17 who is interested in joining this program please e-mail and register with us at information@torontoazzurri.com

All our health checks and protocols remain in place for every session or event we offer.  Our offices and dressing rooms remained closed.

Thank you once again for your support, patience and cooperation and trust you continue to stay safe and well.

If you have any further questions regarding this program please call the office at 416-782-1578.

 The Board of Directors

WE’RE STARTING – Return to Play Protocol Policies and Forms

From the Board of Directors:

As a follow-up to our newsletter of June 19, 2020, we are pleased to report that the City of Toronto Public Health unit is now allowing us to move into Phase 1 of the Ontario Soccer’s “Return to Play” plan.  As we prepare for the summer season, it will be a different program for the first 4 weeks of July.  For this first phase of soccer for the summer there will be no player contact, social distancing is maintained, individual training with a coach, no group drills and no league or exhibition games.  We are asking each parent to take a moment and read the documents posted on our website (and attached to this newsletter) that will give you an overview of our summer soccer season going forward.  Based on the facts that this is a late start to the program, we will extend the program through September 2020.  More details will be provided in early August regarding this timeline.

As we return to a normal soccer environment, we will be a implementing a very controlled process day to day, week to week, to integrate soccer back into our facility following the Public Health Units directives and adhering strictly to the Ontario Soccer’s “Return to Play” plan.  These phases of play as outlined in the plan will be constantly monitored and adjusted based on Public Health Unit directives and guidelines.  (click here to access The Plan)

We will start the process with Parent / Club “Return to Play” Orientation Sessions on Monday July 6th, and Tuesday July 7th On the Monday, Tuesday that week we will invite a parent to attend the clubhouse to ask questions, pick up equipment (water bottle, soccer ball and uniform kit) and sign-off on our “Return to Play” registration documents.  For parents who have multiple children playing in our club you will only need to attend one session to complete all the necessary paperwork and pick up your child’s equipment etc.  Watch this short video on how the orientation sessions will work.

ORIENTATION DATES AND TIMES

 Monday July 6, 2020
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
4, 5, 6, 7 yr old age groups

Monday July 6, 2020
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
14 to 17 yr old age groups

Tuesday July 7, 2020
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
8, 9 and 10 yr old age groups

Tuesday July 7, 2020
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
11, 12, and 13 yr old age groups

After these two orientation days, we will not be able to start on field activities immediately as the City of Toronto Public Health have placed a restriction whereby only 10 persons can be on a field at any given time.  To clarify, groups will have to limit the size of their training to 10 people, regardless of the facility size and space.

Once we are given permission to enter phase two of the “Return to Play” plan, all age groups will then be allowed to participate in inter-squad games and activities.   One issue we need to understand is that projected dates on implementation of each phase of the “Return to Play” program cannot be confirmed or anticipated.  It is anticipated that each phase of the “Return to Play” plan will last between two to four weeks.  We will do our best each week to keep you informed of progress from a timing perspective.

In following the Public Health Unit’s directives and guidelines, we have already implemented very progressive and deliberate steps to ensure all safety and disinfecting practices and protocols are in place at the Club.  On arrival at the club, you will witness new changes and initiatives.  We have produced a video for you to view which will show you what to expect on your arrival the first night.  All our initiatives are all geared towards enhancing the health and well-being of our players, coaches, match officials and parents.  The Ontario Soccer “Return to Play” plan will provide us with the tools and resources needed to ensure we constantly and consistently maintain a safe environment for everyone at the Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club.

It is good to see that progress is being made in reinstating all aspects of community activities.  Working together, we will have a different type of summer soccer season this year; however, please be assured we will provide the best programs and services that we can at Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club.

In summary, having seen all the changes and adjustments being made across sport in the province of Ontario, the Board of Directors has agreed that those parents not wanting to participate for the 2020 summer soccer program will receive a full credit voucher which will be applied to the 2021 summer soccer season.  For those parents who are participating through the 2020 summer program you will receive a $50.00 credit voucher towards your 2021 Summer Soccer season registration fee. 

We continue to work hard at providing the best services and programs that we can under the current conditions.  We thank every one of you for your patience, understanding and continued support.

More details will follow this week! 

Contact Tracing Log Form

Declaration of Compliance COVID-19 Waiver

Emergency Response Plan Flow Chart

Guidelines for Coaches

Guidelines for Players

Health Check, Medical Clearance & Contact Tracing Policy

Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims & Indemnity Agreement

Symptoms Checklist

Training, Equipment Safety & Cleaning

Youth – Informed Consent & Assumption of Risk Agreement

Students – EARN UP TO $5,000 Towards Post-Secondary Education This Summer by Volunteering with TASC!

We have volunteer opportunities with TASC and you can earn credit towards the CSSG.

Join TASC this summer to help your community…..it could also help support your return to school this fall.

The COVID-19 crisis has created many health, social and economic challenges.  Just as you’re concerned about your ability to save for your education and secure future employment, not-for-profits face disruptions to the essential community services they provide.

In response, the Government of Canada has created the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), a program that will provide post-secondary students with safe, inclusive and accessible learning and volunteer opportunities to address relevant COVID-19 challenges at Canadian not-for-profits this summer.  Participating students will also be eligible to apply for the CSSG – from $1,000 to $5,000 to be used towards post secondary education and expenses.

How the CSSG benefits you:

 Working with TASC and your fellow students (we are recruiting up to 50 volunteers for our club) in our community, you can put your interests and abilities to work for a not-for-profit cause this summer.

You can give back in an intentional way, plus enjoy these benefits:
1. Valuable on-the-job training and work experience
2. Eligibility to apply for the CSSG
3. Meet new people and have a great summer

We need your help to support our community, so apply today!

CSSG_Letter to Student Volunteers

CSSG_Program Overview for Volunteers

2020 Outdoor Soccer Registration

The Board having recognized the financial difficulties families may be facing during this COVID 19 crisis has approved a deferred payment registration process for your son and/or daughter for the upcoming summer soccer season.  With this deferred payment option, you may register up to and including May 1st 2020.  This deferred registration fee of $0.00 will hold a spot for your son and or daughter in our summer soccer program. 

When the all clear is given by health experts and the physical distancing restrictions are removed, and people are back to working within normal environments, we will collect the registration fee from you.  The registration fee will be based on our 2020 early bird pricing format contingent on the age of your son and or daughter.  We will also set up registration payment plans as necessary to ease the financial burden that everyone is facing today.  As our Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Mr. Bob Iarusci has stated “we must put trust in each other and do the right thing for our children, our families and our communities”.

Register for Summer Soccer

Registration for the 2020 outdoor season is in progress. We have made it easy by providing 3 options.

  1. Use our online registration service.
  2. You can register in person at the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sports Village.
  3. Download the registration form in PDF format.

By registering with the Toronto Azzurri, you have read and understood the parents and players Code of Conduct.

1. Register Online

Register and pay with cash. You can register now but you must arrange to pay either in cash at our office located at 4995 Keele Street or by mailing a cheque payable to Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club.  Vistit the “Contact Us” page for office hours.
Register and pay with a credit card.  Your credit card will be billed.  (We care about your credit card security. Find out more.)

When you complete and submit the online form, you will receive a confirmation email confirming your registration. To qualify for current pricing, payment must be received by April 30, 2020. 

2. Register in Person – OFFICE CLOSED

For all on-site registration, you must go to the  LiUNA Clubhouse at the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sports Village – 4995 Keele Street Toronto

Weekday Registration

Monday – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday Registration Dates

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Shoes and Shin Guards are available for purchase in our office.

  • Shoes are $20 each pair
  • Shinguards are $10 each pair

When you show up for registration, you will need your child’s birth certificate and a registration fee payable by either cash or cheque.

Note: Credit card or Debit services are not available at the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sports Village.

3. Download the Form

Download the PDF Registration form.  Complete the form and either email, fax or mail the information to the Azzurri office. If you mail the form, please enclose a cheque only…do not send cash in the mail.  You can also pay in person at the Azzurri office.  Contact info.   A copy of your child’s birth certificate is required at registration.

2020 Pricing

Fee schedules are based on assigned divisions.  

Year Born Assigned Division 2020 Fees
2016 4 Yr Old $225.00
2015 5 Yr Old $250.00
2014 6 Yr Old $250.00
2013 7 Yr Old $275.00
2012 8 Yr Old $275.00
2011 9 Yr Old $275.00
2010 10 Yr Old $275.00
2009 11 Yr Old $275.00
2008 12 Yr Old $275.00
2007 13 Yr Old $275.00
2006 14 Yr Old $275.00
2005 15 Yr Old $275.00
2004 16 Yr Old $275.00

Virtual Active Start Training Program with TFC, Tim Horton’s and Nothers

Dear Members,

On behalf of the Board of Directors we hope that you, your family, and relatives are healthy and well.

Thank you for registering your child with the Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club for the 2020 outdoor season. 

To begin our summer program, we are excited to announce the launch of our newest Virtual Active Start Video Training program in partnership with Toronto FC, Tim Hortons, and Nothers.  This multi-club virtual program is being launched across Ontario as a new initiative to stay engaged in soccer until it is deemed safe and appropriate to return to play by Health Officials and our Governing Body.

This new program is being launched as an extension of our current Active Start program, where we will be releasing a 6-week video series focusing on development and physical literacy.  Each video will be 10 to 15 minutes and can be accessed on demand throughout the entire 6 weeks.  Keep your eye out for a special guest each week who will be guiding you through each video!

The virtual program is available free of charge to our existing 4 – 7 year old’s registered with our club.  At the end of the 6-week program, each participant will be awarded with a Certificate of Completion to recognize their commitment and hard work throughout the weeks!

To register for this program:

  1. Return email confirming your participation in this program
  2. Include for confirmation: your child’s name, age, date of birth

If you have any inquiries or questions regarding the program, please contact Louise Garneau-Ross via email at activestart@torontoazzurri.com

We look forward to launching this exciting Virtual program on Monday June 15, 2020 and offering other soccer resources to our members during these times.

Yours in soccer,

Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club
Board of Directors

Hold the Date – 22nd Annual Toronto Azzurri SC Golf Tournament

Come one, Come all – it’s that time of year again – GOLF!!

The Toronto Azzurri SC Golf Tournament this year is being held on Wednesday September 2 at The Country Club.  Bring your fiends out for a beautiful day of golf.  Included with your registration fee is:  A round of golf, lunch, dinner and lots of fun.

For tickets, contact Bobby Iarusci at 416.476.6907 or bob.iarusci@icloud.com

 

 

4th Annual Wall of Fame – Rescheduled – October 22

The 4th Annual Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club Wall of Fame has been rescheduled to place on Thursday October 22 starting at 6:30 p.m.  Our inductees this year include:  

    • Pioneers / Builders:  Alberto DiGiovanni and Pasquale Fioccola
    • Players:  Frank Riga
    • Media:  Tony Pavia
    • Coaches / Managers:  Peter Pinizotto
    • Special Recognition:  Ralph Ciccia and Joe Mancuso

The inductee’s bio’s will be uploaded over the next couple of days.
The evening starts with the antipasto at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Come join the soccer community in recognizing the contributions of the above people. 
Tickets are $125/person and are  available through the office at 416-782-1578

Here are our inductees:

ALBERTO DiGIOVANNI

Alberto was born in Roccamorice(PE) in the region of Abruzzo, Italy. In 1963, he left Italy to join his family in Toronto. He attended the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s college, graduating with Hons B.A. and eventually earning a Masters Degree in Italian Language and Literature in 1973.

Alberto has been a champion of the perserverence and promotion of the Italian culture and language for the Italian community primarily in the GTA geography. He has served as President for many cultural organizations such as the Dante Alighieri Society of Toronto.  The Multicultural Theatre Assn. of Ontario and the Metro Communities for International Language. In 1976, Alberto founded the Centro Scuola/Canadian Centre, an institution to promote Italian language through educational and cultural programming with its hub located at the Columbus Center(Lawrence Ave. & Dufferin St.)

In 1983, following Italy’s World Cup Soccer victory in Spain, Alberto gave birth to a Heritage Soccer Tournament involving 32 teams from the GTA. Its success inspired Alberto to create the Centro Scuola Sport Program which included the formation of the C.S. Azzurri SC.  Between 1985-2001, the C.S. Azzurri teams won the prestigious Ontario Cup 15 times! In fact, sparked by annual league and cup trophies, C.S. Azzurri suddenly became the most decorated youth Club in Ontario.. Alberto also organized the participation of C.S. Azzurri teams to participate in the ‘Giochi della Gioventu’ international Tournament winning on three occassions.  C.S. Azzurri was the first N.A. Club to be invited to the world renown Viareggio and Beppe Viola youth Tournaments in Italy.

Together with the Italian Federazione Gioco Calcio, Alberto started up a Soccer School featuring the legendary Francesco Rocca as the head coach. Alberto is very proud to haave been one of two people outside of Italy to have ever been presented the ‘Stella D’Oro al Merito Italiana’ given by CONI(Commitato Olympico Nazionale Nazionale Italiana).

In 2002, Alberto received the ‘Meritorious Service Award’ for his contributions to the growth of Soccer in Ontario.

PASQUALE FIOCCOLA

Pasquale Fioccola was one of Toronto’s most passionate Soccer builders.  He fought constantly for his community youth and the local soccer player.

Born in Marigliano (NA) Italy, Pasquale arrived in Toronto January 1959.  He quickly got a job as a car washer on Brock Avenue and then a few months later gained employment at a local body shop where he learned the trade.  In the 1970’s Pasquale also became a spray painter trouble shooter for the RM Paint Co. until her opened up Milford Auto Collision in 1979.

Pasquale loved Soccer….especially Napoli, and he also loved working with his community youth.  Pasquale lived on Pauline Avenue in the 1960’s and in association with the parish priest from St. Sebastian Church, he built a friendship that saw him come up with a plan to stop young children from getting mixed up with the drug scene on the streets.  He started The Pauline Soccer Club that included 4 competitive teams (12 – 15 year olds).  He was able to assign these teams to quality coaches such as Angelo Angelucci, Lou Tozzi, Adam Pagliaroli and Guy Fracassi.  Pasquale sponsored each team and the registration fees for some of his players from “challenged families”.  Pauline Soccer Club Under 16 team which became the Toronto Jets, won the Metro Cup and went to Montreal for the Canadian Club Cup.

The following year, the Toronto Jets entered into the National Soccer League (NSL) and became one of the GTA’s strongest minor soccer systems.  Pasquale is proud to have help develop many top players including Branco Segota.  The Jets won the Canadian Youth Cup in Vancouver.

In 1985, Pasquale and then Toronto Italia owner Rocco LoFrance agreed to have Pasquale take over the team and that year under coach Peter Pinizzotto and GM Pagliaroli, Italia won the treble – League/Cup/National Club Championships.  Pasquale also brought in the Diego Maradona as guest player for Toronto Italia vs NSL All-Stars.  Pasquale recalls his attempt to keep the NSL alive urging the league members to adopt a salary and spending cap but that motion was rejected at the board table.

Pasquale thanks his family for their unwavering support.  He could never have realized his soccer goals without the love and support of his wife Maria and children Luigi, Luisa, Lucy and Rosa. 

Stadium Field Rental

  • $80.00 per hour.
  • Premium grass field.  Fenced in.
  • Stadium lights included.
  • FIFA full size.
  • Full size and small size nets available for use.
  • Dressing Rooms available.

 For more details or bookings please call 289-314-5588.

Book your Event at the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village

Do you need a facility to run your event?  Consider booking our fields and activity room.

Please contact our office for available dates and times.

Details…

  • 2 Hour facility and soccer field availability
  • 1 hour field usage
  • 1 hour party room usage
  • 1 Party Size Pizza & 1 Case of Water
  • Cost: $300.00

Toronto Azzurri will supply…

  • Parking
  • Audio Visual Equipment Usage
  • Activity Room Usage
  • Snack Bar Area/Holding Room Usage
  • 5 Serving Tables
  • Up to 50 chairs
  • Large Beverage Vessel Usage
  • Washroom Facility
  • Subject to Availability – BBQ Station

The Toronto Azzurri L.I.U.N.A. Clubhouse is wheelchair accessible.