December 2 - Member Update

Dec. 02, 2021

Year End Deadlines Fast Approaching

We offer a reminder to all Members of the following deadlines that are fast approaching:
Dec. 8 - Outstanding Accounts - A gentle reminder that all outstanding accounts must be paid by December 8 to ensure MAP eligibility.
Dec. 15 - SSA Awards Nominations - At this time, based on very limited nominations the viability of the SSA Awards & Recognition program is in jeopardy. If you know of deserving players, coaches, referees, and volunteers please submit a nomination. A reminder that the nominations must be completed to be considered. Let’s make this year’s event a success.
Dec. 15 - SSA Bylaws - This is the final reminder to submit any bylaw amendments for consideration at the 2022 AGM in March.
Dec. 15 - Nominations to the SSA Board of Directors - This year there are six open positions on the Board. SSA takes pride in an open, transparent, equitable and inclusive recruitment process which welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and skill sets and experience that can be an asset on the SSA Board.
Dec. 15 - Indoor Registration - For Registration fees and Registrar Report.
Further details on all of the above deadlines are contained within this edition.

Upcoming Registration Deadlines - December 15

Indoor Registration - Deadline for the Indoor Registrar Report and fees. This will include registrations received November 1 - December 8, 2021.
If you have any questions or would like assistance, please contact Eden Senger:

Board of Director Nominations - Deadline December 15

Saskatchewan Soccer Association is calling for nominations to the SSA Board of Directors for six available positions in 2022. SSA Members will elect their Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting scheduled for March 19, 2022.
If you have any questions about the nomination process, please do not hesitate to contact the Nominations Committee chair via email
The SSA Board of Directors is a governance board consisting of a maximum of 12 Directors. The Board’s primary functions are approval of SSA Member Organizations, policy development, strategic planning, financial oversight, risk identification, and the selection and evaluation of the Executive Director.
The SSA Board of Directors has developed a process to recruit Board candidates that is open and transparent. The process works as follows:
1)  A Nomination Form (Fillable PDF) is completed by the Nominator. (Please note: Download a version of the Fillable PDF document onto your own desktop, prior to filling out the form)
2)  Nominees will complete a Director-Candidate Information (Fillable PDF) form which confirms their acceptance of the nomination and details their background, education and experience to support their Nomination. (Please note: Download a version of the Fillable PDF document onto your own desktop, prior to filling out the form).
PLEASE NOTE: Both documents must be received by the Chair of the SSA Nominations Committee by the DEADLINE: December 15, 2021.

Nominate someone for the SSA Recognition Awards 

Know someone that goes above and beyond on or off the field? SSA extends the invitation to nominate players, teams, coaches, referees, and volunteers that exemplify the Values, Vision, and Mission of the organization! Award nominees and winners will be celebrated during the Recognition Celebration on March 19 2022.
The deadline to submit nomination forms for the Saskatchewan Soccer Association Technical and Recognition Awards is on December 15.
Award Categories include the following:
Female Youth Player of the Year
Male Youth Player of the Year
Female Adult Player of the Year
Male Adult Player of the Year
Adult Futsal Player of the Year
Soccer for Life Player of the Year
Competitive for Life Award 
Multisport Athlete Award
Youth Coach of the Year
Coaching Dedication Award
Soccer For Life Coach of the Year
Youth Team of the Year
Referee of the Year
Member Organization of the Year
Soccer for Life Team of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
David Newsham Award
Forms and Criteria
To submit a nomination and for further information about the Awards and Recognition process, please click on the forms and criteria on our website. Saskatchewan Soccer Association: Website by RAMP InterActive (
Please visit this link to view the Category and Nomination Criteria.

SK Referee Appointments to U Sports Women’s Soccer Championship

Nicole Rapin (pictured above second from right) was appointed to officiate at the U Sports Women’s Soccer Championship hosted by Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia, November 18-21.
Nicole received two fourth-official appointments on the first day of the competition. The following day, Nicole officiated Cape Breton vs Western. This was followed by another appointment as a referee for the most entertaining game of the Championships - Trinity Western vs Laval. Nicole’s competition has concluded with a fourth-official appointment in the Bronze Medal semi-final.
Saskatchewan Soccer Association is very proud of all officials that have represented SK at the National Competitions!

2021 Referee Education

November 15 marked the last education session in 2021 for the Saskatchewan Elite Referee Program (SERP) and Candidates Program. This session concluded a very busy year for SSA referee development. Over various programs, Saskatchewan Soccer Association delivered 29 education and upgrading sessions. The SERP/Candidates Program (Urban and Rural), Community and Futsal accounted for over 97 hours of online education.
Saskatchewan Soccer Association would like to thank all Instructors/Assessors and Referees for their ongoing commitment to improve, their endless work, and desire to serve the game. We are looking forward to another successful year in 2022!
Referees are essential to the participant experience and advancement of the game. They deserve our respect and a supportive, abuse-free, environment. You can make a difference; always treat them well and thank them for their contributions every game!

University and College Soccer wrap-up

Saskatchewan Soccer Association is proud to have helped develop so many athletes through the Regional Excellence Program (REX) and EXCEL programs that have gone on to have success at the University and College levels this past year. Many of these young athletes have moved far away from home and are participating in programs across the continent. Here’s a look at some of these young athletes and where they’ve moved on to.
On November 21, MacEwan University women’s soccer team defeated Trinity Western Spartans in the U Sports final in Cape Breton Nova Scotia. Two members of the national champion MacEwan University Griffins women’s soccer team developed their soccer skills in Saskatchewan before joining the Edmonton based University. Brenna Paquin and Renee DeCorby have both trained in the Saskatchewan Soccer Association REX program based in Saskatoon. Congratulations to Brenna and Renee on your championship season at MacEwan University.
The University of Ottawa Gee-Gee’s had a great year, going undefeated in regular season play. Goalkeeper Cassidy Joslin and midfielder Nammi Nguyen both former SSA REX athletes competed for the University of Ottawa. Representing SSA REX at the University of New Brunswick were strikers Danika Diehl and Madison Goertz, as well as goalkeeper Brynn Nash. The Brandon University Bobcats women’s soccer team has five SSA players on the roster. Defender Emily Bussiere, midfielders Brogan Henry, Kenadie Janzen, and Kylie Van De Woestyne and forward Kiyanna Arevalo, all with SSA roots. Representing SSA REX at Ontario Tech University is defender Tia Schaffer.
Former SSA REX athletes competing at the University level in the United States this year include Claire Abrey, midfielder at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Penny Mulenga is playing as a midfielder for Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Haley Krahenbil is a midfielder for Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Sarah Ochitwa is a defender for Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Midfielders Maddy St. Yves and Crystyn Isbister along with defender Skylar Hall are all representing SSA at Minot State University in North Dakota.
Closer to home, representing SSA REX at the University of Regina were midfielders Ally Schneider, Taylor Bubnick, Zoe Icton and defender Delaney Rhinehart. Representing SSA REX at the University of Saskatchewan were forward Naleya Kobussen, defender Georgina Gannitsos-Clark, midfielder Caitlin Stroeder and goalkeeper Chloe Bailey.
On the men’s side representing SSA is Ryan Ko defender for the University of Guelph Gryphons in Ontario. Zach Wildman is a midfielder on the University of Calgary Dinos. South of the border Luke Washenfelder is a defender for the Wilmington College Quakers in Ohio.

2022 Saskatchewan Soccer Association SaskTel Indoor Provincial Championships Entry Information

Saskatchewan Soccer Association (SSA), in partnership with Saskatoon Youth Soccer Inc. (SYSI) and FC Regina (FCR), are very pleased to confirm the following information and deadlines for the 2022 SaskTel Indoor Youth Provincial Championships and the 2022 Adult Futsal Provincials:
Team registration is available on the SSA website by clicking here.
All participants to these SSA events must be in compliance with SSA Covid-19 Policy.
The entry fee will be $600 (6 aside), $700 (9 aside) and $650 (Adult Futsal).
The associated entry fee must be submitted to your local Member Organization. Your Member Organization will forward all team registration fees to the SSA, in advance of the Entry Deadline. Late team registrations will not be accepted.
Rosters will be submitted using the online platform, with additional information on this process to be forwarded to all teams following the entry deadline.
Rulebooks for all competitions will be posted soon on the SSA website. Participants are expected to review the Rulebooks before the competition.
SSA would like to thank FC Regina and Saskatoon Youth Soccer for serving as hosts for these prestigious competitions. We look forward to welcoming teams from across the province for a celebration of soccer!
We also want to thank SaskTel our title sponsor and Directwest for their ongoing support.
For more information on the S4L Provincial Championships, please visit the SSA website or contact Octavian Iliuta at For questions related to Coach Certification, please contact Markus Reinkens at

Everyone’s Game Objectives for 2022

After a review of the 2021 Everyone’s Game strategy it was determined that more work needs to be done and our current objectives will be carried over into 2022. Our strategy will continue to foster diversity, inclusion, and equity through our programs and services.
We encourage all our members to review Everyone’s Game Strategy and Brochure to spark ideas for strategies within your own organizations.
Each week visit Everyone’s Game Resource Centre on our weekly communication to find informational and inspirational articles, member interviews, and developmental opportunities.
Educational Resource:
Engaging Girls and Women in Sport Mini Series - Part 2: Data - Why you need it & How to collect it. In this webinar you’ll hear from academic experts and sport practitioners on the importance of data collection and evaluation; where to look for and find data, tips for mining data for insights and how to leverage data to improve your programs.
In case you missed it, check out the recording from the first part of the series.

SSA Calendar of Events & Deadlines

Recordings of past webinars and COVID-19 member calls can be found on our YouTube Channel.
See our full Calendar of Events on our website.
December 8 - All past due fees for 2021 must be paid in order to remain MAP eligible.
December 15:
- Indoor Registration and Fees - for all registrations received Nov 1 - Dec 8
February 20-26Saskatchewan Winter Games
March 19: SSA Annual General Meeting

As a reminder, please continue to take care of yourself, your families, and others. 
We encourage everyone to be fully vaccinated.
Wash your hands frequently (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
Stay home if you are sick
Our sport is underway during the pandemic. It's a challenging time, but support from our partners allows us to offer opportunities for kids to play. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. Nous reconnaissons l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.

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