U8 Festivals

2021 U8 Festival Dates

July 24, 2021

hosted by Markham SC
Brother Andre

August 7, 2021

hosted by IFC
Dufferin District 1 and 2

August 14, 2021

hosted by Thornhill SC
St. Robbs Catholic HS

August 21, 2021

hosted by Jarvis SC
Wismer Fields

August 28, 2021

hosted by DFC
Civic Centre (Lake Simcoe)

September 11, 2021

hosted by Glen Shields FC
Concord Thornhill Regional Park

September 18, 2021

hosted by Glen Shields FC
Concord Thornhill Regional Park

September 25, 2021

hosted by SSC
Fields to be announced




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).