U8 Festivals

2020 U8 Festival Dates

May 23, 2020

TBA
TBA

June 13, 2020

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

June 27, 2020

hosted by Kleinburg Nobleton SC
Field TBA

July 11, 2020

hosted by Woodbridge SC
Holy Cross Catholic Academy

July 25, 2020

Glen Shields FC
Concord/Thornhill Park

August 8, 2020

hosted by Thornhill SC
Bayview Reservoir

August 22, 2020

hosted by King United SC
Osin Lions Park, Schomberg

September 12, 2020

hosted by Whitchurch-Stouffville SC
Bethesda Fields

 

 

Purpose

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.

Philosophy

“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).