Club Info

Important Message from TASC Board of Directors

We are hopeful that this communication finds you, your family and friends in good health.

The Board of Directors is meeting weekly through video conferencing to remain focused and up to date on the issues relating to the suspension of soccer in our Province and Country due to the COVID-19 virus.  We are still on target to have a season of soccer activities for 2020.  We have the opportunity for a later startup than normally planned but please be assured we are working on detailed plans and activities for the community for the summer season.  Recently our Operations group who are meeting regularly as well (virtually) conducted video conferencing sessions with our Coaches and Match Officials for the 2020 summer season.  These sessions of communication will continue throughout the month of April and May.

Going forward, the Board of Directors goal is to keep you informed through bi-weekly newsletter updates through the month of April and May.  In addition, if you can volunteer as a coach or sign up for a match official responsibility to assist us that would be welcome as well.

Communication from our Provincial and National Governing Bodies

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer, have been monitoring the most recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the emerging public health crisis and are currently assessing operations and deciding cancellations on a month-to-month basis as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.

At this time, Ontario Soccer is also asking organizations at all levels of membership – District, Club and Ontario Registered Academies (ORA) – to actively communicate our official information updates to their soccer community members by posting on their website, sharing it via email and using social media. We have received a variety of direct inquiries from participants (and parents) requesting information. It is critical that all Soccer Clubs and ORAs keep their members informed during these challenging times.

As social or physical distancing is not a concern in an online, isolated environment, activities that can be completed online, such as Match Official Accreditation Clinics, some Coaching Courses, registering for future events and competitions such as Ontario Cup, or the outdoor season registration and other activities that do not require public or private gathering, will continue until further notice.

 Financing 

Please note that we are still accepting player registrations for the summer soccer season.  We have extended the opportunity to win a free registration for a girl and boy to April 30, 2020.  In addition, for those parents who have not registered their son or daughter as of April 1, 2020, the Board of Directors encourages you to do so.  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”.

 Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club Upcoming Video Conferencing Sessions

Everyone is welcome to participate on these calls and activity sessions that we are conducting virtually.  There is no charge to participate.

Match Official Education Sessions: April 2, 2020 at 7:30 p.m; April 9, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.; and April 23, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Coaching Education Sessions:         April 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and May 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

In addition to the above we are offering a special Entry Level Course for Match Officials on the weekend of April 25 and 26th 2020.  There is a cost to this course. (see website).  With the restrictions in place on physical distancing the course will be held in two parts.

To register for Coaching sessions please contact Michael Macri at m.macri26@gmail.com or call 416-451-0631

To register for Match Official sessions please contact Bruno Macri at bruno_macri10@hotmail.com or call 416-402-8078

 Summary

The Board of Directors is looking at all options and issues relating to our youth having some form of physical activity this summer.  As Charlie Brown would say “Good Grief we need to get out of our homes and residences and have some fresh air and fun at the Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club this summer”.  We are very concerned about the health and safety of your family and friends and we would never compromise on health and safety concerns.  However, when the all clear is given by the health experts and government officials, let us all be organized and in a good place where the children are back to normal summer activities and soccer competition and development is enjoyed by all. 

In the interim let’s do what the experts say, most importantly our part of maintaining social distancing, being patient with each other, wash our hands frequently and look out and care for each other.

Sincerely:

The Board of Directors

Upcoming Events

 Golf Tournament – July 29, 2020
The Board of Trade C.C. Course
20 Lloyd Street, Woodbridge, ON  L4L 1B1

Wall of Fame Gala – October 22, 2020
Fontana La Primavera Event Centre         
77 Woodstream Blvd Vaughan, ON, L4L 7Y6

For any questions, comments or concerns please call us at the office:  416-782-1578

Stay healthy!  Stay Safe!                                

Next newsletter to be issued.  April 18, 2020.

Toronto Azzurri Club History

The Toronto Azzurri was founded in 1968 as the senior expression of the Westwood Young Generation Soccer Club.
This organization has produced some of Canada’s best soccer players, many of whom have gone on to successful careers at a professional level; Players such as Robert Iarusci, Carmine Marc Antonio to name a few. These players played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) with notables such as Pele, Chinaglia, Beckenbauer, Cruyff, Eusebio and other greats.

These men anchored what was the most successful era of Canadian soccer.  Although, as time passed their loud soccer voices became only whispers.

In October 2002, Toronto Azzurri joined forces with the CS Azzurri to have a greater soccer and community presence.  Now they could finally start to give back on their ultimate vision of giving back to the game that gave them so much.

In 2004 the Toronto Azzurri joined up with the North York Hearts to have a stronger high performance team.  As a result the won the 2004 National Championship.

Profiles

Bob Iarusci – Toronto Azzurri Chairman

(born November 8, 1954 in Toronto) is a former star NASL player and member of the Canadian national soccer team.

bobiarusci_cosmosA right back, Iarusci began his NASL career with his hometown Toronto Metros-Croatia, playing the 1976 and part of 1977. He played every game as the Toronto won the league championship in ’76. Iarusci played nearly the entire 1977 season in Toronto, but was traded at the end of the season to the New York Cosmos where he saw time in one game in 1977. He also played the 1978 season in New York, as they won consecutive Soccer Bowls. He was traded in the Spring of ’79 to the Washington Diplomats and played there two seasons. Iarusci returned to the Cosmos to played 1981 through ’83, and finished with the San Diego Sockers as the league folded following its 1984 season.

Iarusci played 26 times for Canada from 1976 through 1983 and captained the team for a number of games. He scored twice, both in qualification for the 1982 World Cup and playing as sweeper. The first goal on November 1, 1980, in a 2-1 win over the U.S. in Vancouver and the second in Canada’s last match of theCONCACAF finals tournament against Cuba. The game finished 2-2 and Canada, along with Mexico, failed to qualify, finishing a point shy of second place qualifier El Salvador.

Iarusci was an inaugural member of Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, inducted in 2000. He is currently chairman of the Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club and vice president of the North York Hearts Soccer Club. He is a soccer analyst on The Fan 590‘s “The Soccer Show” and also a color commentator for Toronto FC home games on the station.

The Metros Croatia with Bob Iarusci Featured on TSN

Brian Williams narrates this great piece on how the Croatian roots run deep in the Toronto scene.

 
The North American Soccer League had as many as 24 teams during its run from 1968-1984, including the Toronto Metros, and legendary international soccer stars were imported to sell the game across the continent. But when Toronto’s team struggled, it was the Croatian community that stepped up. 
 

Source: TSN Website

Mission Statement

The Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club will deliver the highest quality sport programming, with support from our Community’s most knowledgable Soccer experts, within a “Centre of Excellence” Facility to create a fun environment while building character and leadership skills for all its participants.

With various partners, the Toronto Azzurri S.C. will build a Toronto Azzurri Youth Sports Village that provides programs to youth in Northwest Toronto. Those programs will develop positive character and deliver the skills necessary for success in life, both through the conduit of sports. In doing so, we will furnish other communities with flexible, practical templates for their own use and success.

Vision Statement for Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village

Like many others, we want to make life better for those less fortunate than us.  Like them, we blaze a path to do that. Like them, we face significant challenges. And like them, we cannot succeed alone. So we will bridge those challenges together. We will house multi-purpose indoor/outdoor facilities for innovative programs in several disciplines. From the world’s most popular, soccer, to one of the world’s oldest, tug of war, as well as several other activities. Through them we will develop the noble character our club members exemplify, and teach skills that are core to a productive life. These characteristics and skills last a lifetime.

Our high performance approach to soccer will be exported and adapted to various other sports, and ventures ranging from community work to job training to academic and life skills mentoring. Our objective, for those who participate in our Village, is success in whatever their chosen pursuits.

In facing our community’s long term challenges, we recognize there are many causes needing help, and too few people able to give that. Through a creative learning cycle, we will develop people from being less fortunate to being highly-skilled, impassioned assets to our communities. In turn, they will lead others in their successful path. In doing so, we will replace the vicious cycle of despair with a new cycle of hope.

Core Attributes
We deeply value the following attributes, which have been core to our success. They can be core to anyone’s success in virtually any pursuit:

Knowledge – Knowing what we need to know, learning that, and applying it. Knowledge + Planning = Preparation

Opportunity – Recognizing and properly using opportunities. Opportunity + Preparation = Success

Leadership – Providing the guidance, motivation knowledge to lead others to achieve goals, no matter how high the obstacles or delayed the gratification. It is not enough to merely create leaders; we must create leaders who will themselves create newer ones.

Passion – Channeling passion as a positive force, providing force, providing efforts, motivation and determination. From passion comes sacrifice, and from that eventual rewards.

Respect – Teamwork, partnerships, and any collaborative efforts require respect of others. Individual success also requires respect of oneself. In either case, it cannot be given; it must be earned.

Character – Our temperament, personality and spirit make up our character, who we are. However, who that is can be made better, character made strong.

We Teach Soccer and Build Character!