U8 Festivals

2017 U8 Festival Dates & Locations

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Whitchurch Stouffviille SC - Stouffville Arena Field

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Vaughan SC - Cransten Park

Saturday, June 24, 2017 CANCELLED!

Markham SC - Mt Joy and Brother Andre

Saturday, July 8, 2017

King SC - Osin Lions Field

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Woodbridge SC - Holy Cross fields

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Oak Ridges SC - Russell Tilt/Bette Stephenson

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Unionville Milliken SC - Miliken Mills Complex

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Glen Shields FC - Concord/Thornhill Regional Park



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).