U8 Festivals

2019 U8 Festival Dates

June 8, 2019

hosted by Glen Shields FC
Concord/Thornhill Regional Park

June 22, 2019

hosted by Vaughan SC
Cranstan Park (MacKenzie Glen District Park)

July 6, 2019

hosted by Markham SC
Brother Andre CHS

July 20, 2019

hosted by Woodbridge SC
Holy Cross Catholic Academy

July 27, 2019

hosted by Thornhill SC
Fields to be announced

August 10, 2019

hosted by King United SC
Schomberg Osins Lions Park

August 24, 2019

hosted by Unionville-Milliken SC
Miliken Mills Soccer Field Complex

September 7, 2019

hosted by Whitchurch-Stouffville SC
Bethesda Fields




In support of Long-Term Player Development, “Festivals” will be the form of competition for both male and female players in the Under-8 age group. The festival playing format is of greater benefit to individual player development and, most importantly ensures all young players have fun.


“No Scores, No Standings and No Trophies”

At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches and teachers should create a stimulating learning environment where the atmosphere is “Freedom and Fun” . The philosophy underlying the Festival format is to focus on FUNdamentals and emphasize skill development and movement through games and activities that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting.

Grassroots Festival Guide

A comprehensive guide to help planners ensure successful Festivals.

How Soccer in Ontario is Changing

The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) is leading this change and all provinces and territories are making the transition to implementing Long Term Player Development (LTPD).