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NSCAC July Newsletter

Monday, July 10, 2017

NSCAC in attendance at Robbie International Youth Tournament

The NSCAC was proud to attend the media kickoff to the 51st annual Robbie Soccer Tournament, the world’s largest international youth tournament for charity. NSCAC Director of Marketing & Communications Alf De Blasis was honoured to serve as MC for the event, which kicked off a Canada Day long weekend of activity across the Greater Toronto Area. NSCAC Executive Director John DeBenedictis and member coach Gerald Pezet (pictured below) staffed a desk at Robbie headquarters at the Delta East Hotel in Scarborough as representatives from more than 150 teams filed in to collect their welcome packages which included a NSCAC membership form. The Robbie has been the recipient of numerous distinctions over the years, including the first Ontario Soccer Centre Circle Award, a star on Scarborough’s Walk of Fame for its community building efforts, and induction into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014.

Canadian Arena Soccer Association joins national soccer landscape

Mississauga, ON hosted the official unveiling of the newly established Canadian Arena Soccer Association (CASA) and the National Arena Soccer Team (group picture at left). NSCAC executives were in attendance as the CASA made several significant announcements, including its first National Team Technical Director, indoor soccer superstar and Mississauga’s own Hector Marinaro Jr., and its first National Team Head Coach, Giuliano Oliviero, a veteran of indoor and outdoor soccer in Canada and the US. CASA also announced it will be participating at

the 2018 World Cup of Arena Soccer in Mexico and will also stage an international friendly vs Mexico on Oct. 1 at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre, the official national team headquarters and training site. Tickets to that event will go on sale Aug. 1. NSCAC invites members to Toronto FC Coaches Open House The NSCAC extends an invitation to its member coaches to attend the annual Toronto FC Tim Horton’s Coaches Open House, a free clinic for

Ontario coaches, August 13th from 8:30am to 1pm at Toronto’s BMO Field. The event will include on and off-pitch seminars with TFC first team and academy coaches. Everyone attending receives a participant package. To register, click on the following link:

NSCAC invites members to attend a special clinic in September

The NSCAC would also like to invite its members to a special coaches clinic in September. Sports scientist Richard Bucciarelli (pictured at left and below), owner of Soccer Fitness Inc., who joined our June 10 clinic in Thornhill, will return to conduct a clinic based on research he and his colleagues presented at the World Conference on Science and Soccer in Rennes, France last month. Richard’s 3-hour clinic will focus on three different research studies including:

  1. Effectiveness of speed endurance vs. plyometric training on speed, power and high-intensity running ability in elite Canadian youth female soccer players.

  2. A comparison of speed and high intensity running ability between Canadian and Uruguayan professional academy soccer players.

  3. Match Analysis of a Canadian Women’s University Soccer Team over the course of a full competitive season.

We urge our members to attend this unique clinic that combines a

classroom lecture with an on-field component demonstrating the training protocols from the first study. The exact date and location of the clinic will be confirmed in the coming days and member coaches can register by visiting our website, NSCAC Members Eligible for Discount from Soccer Fitness

Don’t forget, Richard is offering NSCAC member coaches a 15% discount on the next live edition of his Soccer Fitness Trainer’s Course from Oct. 13-15 at Trio Sportsplex in Vaughan, ON. NSCAC members save 15% on the “early bird” price of $300 (+tax) per person, until Sept. 1. After that date, NSCAC members still save 15% on the regular price of $350 (+tax) per person. Members must access a promo code to register. Details on this exclusive member discount offer are available at More information on the Soccer Fitness Trainer’s Course is available at In addition, Richard’s Online Soccer Fitness Trainer’s Course is now open for registration. Users can register from his website,, or via this link:

Contribute to or Advertise in the Journal

The inaugural issue of The Journal for Soccer Coaches (pictured, above left), the NSCAC’s official publication, was very well received upon its April release. A digital version of the publication can be found on our website, Our Fall issue is planned for release in September and, with that in mind, we would like to invite soccer coaches across the country to submit their articles, session plans, training tips and all other contributions to the Journal’s Managing Editor, Alf De Blasis, at For those in the soccer retail and services industries, if you would like to inquire about advertising in the next issue of the Journal, please contact the NSCAC’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Alf De Blasis, at 20% Discount on Uhlsport Products

Uhlsport is offering NSCAC members an exclusive discount of 20% OFF the regular price of their products. You can make your purchase on-line or at most soccer specialty stores that carry the Uhlsport brand. Uhlsport (pictured, above right) is known as the #1 Goalkeeping brand in the world but actually offers a complete line of soccer products. Once you become a NSCAC member, you will receive a welcome package that includes a special UHLSPORT discount code. This code will allow you access to a 20% discount for the duration of your membership. To enable this and other exclusive offers, NSCAC members are reminded to request access to the Members Only page at Please sign in with your e-mail address and request permission to access the page. This process may take 24-48 hours. Name this Newsletter and win exclusive NSCAC apparel!

Finally, we’d like to remind you to take part in our “Name the Newsletter” Contest. We want the Canadian soccer coaching community to be an active participant in all our member correspondence so we’re giving you the opportunity to name this newsletter. Send us as many titles as you can think of as often as you like and we’ll narrow it down to the three most popular choices and give you a chance to decide the winner through an online poll. The contributor of the winning name will receive a prize package including exclusive NSCAC apparel! Only registered NSCAC members are eligible for the prize. To become a NSCAC member, select the Join tab at and click on the NSCAC logo. Please submit your names to Alf De Blasis at and please add “NSCAC Newsletter Contest” to the subject line. Good Luck!

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