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Canada Soccer enters new era with approval of Canadian Premier League

Posted on 6 May 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Membership unanimously supports 2026 FIFA World Cup™ bid More

Steve Reed elected President of Canada Soccer

Posted on 6 May 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer's 34th President More

Canada Soccer IT/Digital Infrastructure Current State Assessment and Needs Analysis

Posted on 22 March 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALCanada Soccer IT/Digital Infrastructure Current State Assessment and Needs AnalysisCanada Soccer is currently seeking a consultant to undertake an analysis of our information technology and digital infrastructure.Deliverable: Present a current-state assessment and produce a 5-yea More

Saskatchewan Soccer approves academy membership

Posted on 20 March 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Saskatchewan Soccer Associate (SSA) broke new ground on Saturday when its membership moved to approve acceptance of private soccer academies as full, regular members of the Association, alongside traditional youth soccer clubs and associations. The SSA is the first jurisdiction in Canada to formally More

CanadaRED contest winners to attend matches in Winnipeg, Toronto

Posted on 2 March 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

CanadaRED contest More

Statement from Canada Soccer

Posted on 1 March 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Statement from Canada Soccer re: Director, High Performance More

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2017

Posted on 24 February 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

The current call for nominations is for the following Board positions: One (1) President (three-year term) Two (2) Elected Directors (three-year term) one (1) from Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Nunavut and one (1) from Ontario Two (2) Independent Directors (three-year term More

Canada Soccer Request for Information (RFI) for a new digital platform

Posted on 14 February 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Development of web platform for Canada Soccer request for information More

Canada Soccer Announces New Roles and Expanded Positions in Technical Department

Posted on 24 January 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Hiring and expansion of several roles within the Technical Department More

Canadian content focus leads to first Generation adidas Canada MLS signings

Posted on 4 January 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer congratulates the first-ever Generation adidas Canada signings, Men’s EXCEL Program players Shamit Shome and Adonijah Reid. More

MLS Announces Collaboration with Canada Soccer on Youth Development Initiatives

Posted on 30 November 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

MLS, Canada Soccer, and U.S. Soccer agree to amendment of parameters determining the international status of players on MLS club rosters More

Canada Soccer makes equipment donation to Fort McMurray

Posted on 8 November 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer is supporting Fort McMurray’s commitment to keeping Northern Strong More

Canada Soccer partners to build three mini-pitches in MLS cities

Posted on 7 November 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

20 for 20 mini-pitches in BC, ON, QC More

Canada 2015 ranked second on Global Sports Index

Posted on 5 October 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Second on the Global Sports Index More

Canada Soccer and Saskatchewan Soccer launch REX Centre

Posted on 14 September 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Saskatchewan REX to Kick Off November 2016 More

Canada Soccer Invests in Technical Leadership with Announcement of new Director of Development

Posted on 6 September 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Jason deVos will join the organization as Director of Development More

Statement from Canada Soccer

Posted on 6 September 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer has forwarded the appropriate information to FIFA Integrity concerning the media reports of El Salvador receiving an offer in relation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers match against Canada to be played on 6 September in Vancouver, BC. FIFA Integrity, in collaboration with More

A nation celebrates as Canada rises to the podium at Rio 2016

Posted on 24 August 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Back-to-back Olympic bronze medals More

Collaboration and consistency key to Canada’s continued soccer development

Posted on 17 August 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada: a leading soccer nation More

Canada Soccer achieves a Greater Goal

Posted on 7 May 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer achieves a Greater Goal More

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Steve Reed has been elected as President of the Canada Soccer at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Members. Mr. Reed will serve the remaining three years of Mr. Montagliani's four-year term, who leaves his post after being elected President of CONCACAF.

Reed becomes the 34th president of Canada Soccer. Also announced, Nick Bontis has been appointed by the Board as Vice-President, Don Story was elected Director for Saskatchewan/Manitoba, and both John Pugh and Bob Richardson were appointed as Directors.

Reed will continue the positive momentum built by Canada Soccer in recent years, embracing the "Think Globally, Act Locally" motto that has made Canada a leading soccer nation.

Mr. Reed has been active in soccer for more than 50 years as a player, coach, and administrator. He has been a Canada Soccer board member since 2006 and Vice-President since 2012, He has been active as a member of several Canada Soccer committees as well as a member of the National Organising Committee for the record-breaking FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

Mr. Montagliani, meanwhile, will continue to provide an important voice for Canadian soccer as President of CONCACAF and Vice-President of FIFA. During Mr. Montagliani's tenure as President, Canada Soccer hosted the record-setting FIFA Women's World Cup, won back-to-back medals at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, and set a single-match attendance record for a Canadian national team event - of any sport - ever held in this country.

"The highlight of my time as President was, of course, the opportunity to host the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015," said Montagliani. "It was a watershed moment for Canadian soccer. The record crowds that flocked to those matches were a clear demonstration of the way the culture of soccer in our country has changed."

As part of Canada Soccer’s Strategic Plan – A Leading Soccer Nation, Mr. Montagliani was instrumental in establishing the framework for a Canadian Premier League and introducing a focus on Canadian Content in the professional game. More opportunities for Canadian players will result from the introduction of youth initiatives with MLS including the modification of the parameters that determine a player’s international status on both U.S.-based and Canadian-based MLS club rosters as well as the requirement for three Canadian players to be on the starting roster for all Canadian Championship matches.

Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at canadasoccer.com.

Canada Soccer has achieved another major milestone as a leading soccer nation with the Membership’s approval of the Canadian Premier League. The unanimous endorsement encourages Canada Soccer to further grow the game in our country through a professional league that is fully aligned with the National Teams Program.

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Members also featured the election of Mr. Steve Reed as Canada Soccer's 34th President. Mr. Reed will serve the remaining three years of Mr. Montagliani's four-year term, who leaves the post after being elected President of CONCACAF.

“I would like to thank the Canada Soccer Membership for the opportunity as we continue the incredible momentum for the sport of soccer in our country,” said Steve Reed, President-elect, Canada Soccer. "This was an important day for our sport with the unaminous approval of the Canadian Premier League along with Hamilton and Winnipeg as new members of the Association and the overwhelming support for the 2026 FIFA World Cup joint bid with USA and Mexico. I look forward to serving the Membership and building on the legacy of Victor Montagliani’s leadership of the past five years.”

The Canadian Premier League has received expressions of interest from 10 cities from across the country to participate in an all-Canadian professional soccer league and will look to evaluate those candidates in the next few months.

Canada is positioned for unprecedented growth in the coming years, most recently signing a three-member CONCACAF agreement with USA and Mexico to submit a unified bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. The historic bid, which would represent the first time that three nations would jointly host a FIFA competition, has already received the unanimous support from CONCACAF's 41 member associations.

Benchmarks from the past year were published in Canada Soccer's 2016 Annual Report (Think Globally, Act Locally) which highlights Canada Soccer's strong technical leadership, national team success, continued growth in governance of the game, and the solid financial legacy.

Among those benchmarks was a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament, voted the Top Canada Soccer Moment of 2016. Canada Soccer's Women's National Team became the first Canadian team to win back-to-back Summer Olympic medals since 1908, in fact a first-time feat for a women’s Canadian team.

Canada Soccer continues to build momentum through its 2014-18 Strategic Plan – A Leading Soccer Nation. Canada Soccer is on track and aligned with respect to the implementation and execution of the sport’s four strategic priorities:
1. Invest in Technical Leadership
2. Ensure Consistent, World-Class Performances
3. Encourage and Oversee the Growth of the Game
4. Govern the Game in Canada Professionally in Collaboration with our Partners

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Members also completes a five-year term by outgoing President Victor Montagliani, who continues in the sport as President of CONCACAF and Vice-President of FIFA. Mr. Montagliani's contributions to the sport and Canada were outlined throughout the weekend.

"No one has committed more to Canadian soccer than Victor Montagliani and he will continue to be an important voice for the sport in our country," said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. "I would like to thank Victor for his countless contributions, for his professionalism, his vision, his friendship, and, most of all, for his love of the game. We wish him well as he has been an inspiration for all of us in our great sport!"

Membership also unanimously supports 2026 FIFA World Cup™ bid
While a bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ represents Canada's global outlook, the establishment of the Canadian Premier League represents Canada Soccer acting locally to improve the sport in our country.

"Canada Soccer has evolved into an organisation with a business mindset, one that recognises the importance of corporate partnerships, while still investing in the grassroots, in our people, and continuing to push the envelope on the high performance side," said Victor Montagliani. "I have been honoured to have been a part of a team that, in the last decade, has taken an underestimated and undervalued Canadian football community and not only helped it find its voice, but made sure that voice was heard."

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Canada Soccer IT/Digital Infrastructure Current State Assessment and Needs Analysis

Canada Soccer is currently seeking a consultant to undertake an analysis of our information technology and digital infrastructure.

Deliverable: Present a current-state assessment and produce a 5-year roadmap for an integrated solution covering all aspects of our business operations including staffing and SLA recommendations.

Scope of work: VOIP/VPN, housed and cloud and email server administration, intranet, finance and accounting solutions, warehouse, learning, video and digital asset management leveraged through the development of web hosted application solution culminating in a website re-development for all stakeholders.

Background: Canada Soccer is in a transformational period. With a renewed focus on improving the technical aspects of our operations, we will begin by assessing our ability to serve our stakeholders through state-of-the-art delivery methods for services. At the same time, we must consider the implications to our day-to-day solutions on the IT and digital side of business and assess whether a bundled or a la carte system of infrastructure is best all the while cognizant that integrations between the solutions is a must.

Locations: Ottawa (head office), Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver

Project Overview:

The consultant will be required to:

  • Recommend a sustainable centralised management approach that combines the needs of the organisation and identifies the IT pathway, architecture, and structure including server hosting maintenance and 24/7 support;
  • Recommend best practices to better leverage existing hardware/software platforms currently in use; · Review and establish what existing platforms are currently in use, including present contract timelines and migration strategies;
  • Recommend potential upgrades and/or replacement systems where necessary based upon the operational requirements of the organization as well as establish a process of platform redundancy elimination; and
  • Establish a framework of the policies, procedures and training model required for the transformation to succeed.

Operational Requirements:

  • Solutions should be scalable over the next 5 years to allow the integration of our membership and provide them with a turnkey operation if they wish to pick from the menu of services we provide; and
  • Solutions require recommended Support Level Agreements including 24/7 maintenance and support availability.

Overview of current-state service/infrastructure identified to date:

  • VOIP IP/VPN for both internal communication, between the head office and our satellite office in Toronto, as well as external communication to our Membership and the public at large;
  • Multiplatform cloud based email solution including data backup and restoration;
  • Migration of existing internal file server/shares to the cloud (i.e. global access, versioning, indexing, security, backup and restoration);
  • Multiplatform online meeting/teleconferencing solution for both team collaboration and committee work;
  • Sage Accounting instance;
  • e-Commerce solution that is scalable to allow for a variety of user permissions for the creation, management, payment and funds distribution adhering to our current accounting codes;
  • Content Management Solution for online management and distribution of organizational information, news, national team profiles and data, preferably open source, integrated with a suite of multi-user, third-party integrations to cover form building, online voting, customer feedback, etc. integrated with person data management solution.
  • Statistical Data Management Solution to track the player/coach/match official/ event data from our National Team and Development streams for web presentation and posterity;
  • Person Data Management Solution integrated with third party e-mail marketing solution to track person data and provide a 360 view of our relationship with all stakeholders, hosted in Canada;
  • Player Registration and Movement solution integrated with a global player, coach and referee database;
  • Digital Asset Management Solution for hosting and sharing video and photo assets with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Video Content Management Solution for serving and archiving video (including live streams) to various platforms including web, mobile and set top platforms and applications;
  • Learning Management Solution to deliver coach and referee education components integrated with a variety of databases both internal and external integrated with other learning modules and the national certification body;
  • Web Analytics Suite to track online engagement deployed on all Canada Soccer web platforms and various external platforms (i.e. Ticketmaster, Magento webstore, etc.);
  • Media Monitoring Service agreement for mainstream media and social media monitoring and reporting; and
  • National teams’ athlete development and progress tracking digital platform.

Proposals should be forwarded to Joe Guest, Deputy General Secretary, Canada Soccer, (jguest@canadasoccer.com) and should include details of previous project summaries and an overview of the project staff with competencies.

Proposals must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. ET 31 March 2017

The initial assessment is required to be complete no later than 12 May 2017 with the recommendations presented on a timeline to be agreed at program launch.

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