U8 Festivals

2022 U8 Festival Dates

May 28, 2022

hosted by Glen Shields
Concord Thornhill

June 11, 2022

hosted by Markham SC
Field TBD

June 25, 2022

hosted by UMSC
Milliken Mills Complex

July 9, 2022

hosted by Thornhill SC
Bayview Reservoir

July 23, 2022

hosted by Markham SC
Field TBD

August 13, 2022

hosted by Woodbridge SC
Field TBD

August 20, 2022

hosted by IFC
Dufferin District

August 27, 2022

hosted by Stouffville SC
Field TBD

September 10, 2022

hosted by Glen Shields
Field TBD




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).