U8 Festivals

2018 U8 Festival Dates & Locations

Saturday, May 12, 2018

TBD

Saturday, May 26, 2018

TBD

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Glen Shields FC - Concord/Thornhill Regional Park

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Vaughan SC - Cranston Park

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Markham SC - Mt. Joy / Brother Andre

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Woodbridge SC - Holy Cross

Saturday, August 11, 2018

TBD

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Unionville Milliken SC - Miliken Mills Complex

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Whitchurch-Stouffville SC - Bethesda Park

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Glen Shields FC - Concord/Thornhill Regional Park

 

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).