20 for 20 mini-pitches in BC, ON, QC
Three new asphalt mini-pitches have been installed in BC, ON and QC with funding from Canada Soccer. The MLS Works 20 for 20 mini-pitch initiative, a partnership with Canada Soccer, Adidas, and Southern New Hampshire University, saw three mini-pitches opened in ceremonies in Squamish, BC, Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC this fall.
The public pitches, built in underserved communities surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Toronto FC and Montreal Impact FC MLS Clubs, encourage open play and are designed to provide the communities surrounding with safe opportunities in support of the game.
“We’re very proud at Canada Soccer to be a part of a project that encourages unstructured play for players of all ages in these communities,” said Peter Montopoli, General Secretary, Canada Soccer. “Particularly for our youth, these unstructured opportunities for play and learning are key to developing a life-long enjoyment of the game.”
Canada Soccer is the official governing body for soccer in Canada. In partnership with its members, Canada Soccer promotes the growth and development of soccer in Canada, from grassroots to high performance, and on a national scale.
Canada Soccer outlines return to soccer guidelines. The return to soccer guidelines provide member organizations with a five-step process, including a checklist of weighted questions known as the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool.