U5-U8 Development Program

Last Edited: January 2019

Program Description


Click here for a detailed overview of the U5-U8 Program.

At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches and teachers stimulate a learning environment where the atmosphere is "Freedom and Fun."  As coaches, our aim is to produce what we've come to call "Soccer Ninjas":  kids who can run, jump, sprint, roll, spin and move with grace and precision, while also being comfortable with a ball at their feet. 

All sessions are run using Ontario Soccer's preferred player development model, where the kids move between skills exercises and small sided games on a rotational basis.  This maximizes their concentration, their touches and development on the ball, and ultimately their enjoyment of each session. 

For young players who are falling in love with the game and looking for some extra touches and training each week, you have the option of registering for the U5-U8 Soccer Ninjas (Pre-Academy) program which includes technical development and games run by the club's technical staff and our best technical assistant coaches.  From there, U7-U8 players can also continue into the Jr Academy program which goes 3 times per week in total. 

 Program Details

Soccer Age:

U5-U8 (Players are grouped by gender)


U5-U8 EAST - Friday nights @ Millennium Park (kick-off between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm depending on age)


U5/U6 Boys -  6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Millennium Sports Park field 1  

U5/U6 Girls -  6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Millennium Sports Park field 7 - moved to field 2 

U7 Boys -  6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Millennium Sports Park field 6

U7/U8 Girls -  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Millennium Sports Park field 11

U8 Boys -  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Millennium Sports Park field  Ultimate 


U5-U8 CENTRAL - Friday nights @ Pineview Park (kick-off 6:30 pm)

Season Length: Mid-May to mid-August (12 weeks)

3v3, 4v4 or 5v5 game play and training.  

We strive to eliminate "substitues" and have all of the kids playing as much as possible by forming adjacent games of 3v3, 4v4 or 5v5 as necessary.  Whatever is needed to keep the kids playing and active while they are at soccer.

Each session is a combination of training and small sided games.  Click here for a more detailed program overview.

Weekly Commitment:

Sessions are approximately 45 minutes in length, but plan for about an hour at the park with transitions and snack.

Each session is a combination of training and small sided games. Click here for detailed program overview.  

Extra Training Opportunity: 

Important Dates:

Click here for your team's detailed Schedule*

*detailed schedule becomes available in early May. 

Early May

  • All players will be contacted by their team coach.
  • Team schedules released

May 17, 2019

  • Meet and greet at the field - players receive uniform and ball (East prorgam only; @ Millennium)

May 24, 2019

  • Season starts (Central)

May 31, 2019

  • Season starts (East)

August 2, 2019

  • Mid Summer Break (no soccer)

August 16, 2019

  • Last day of soccer (Central)

August 23, 2019

  • Last day of soccer (East)



Player Registration Fee:

  • On or before March 31st: $180 (early bird discount)
  • After March 31st: $210 

Cost includes uniform, a soccer ball, and year-end memento (to be distributed through coaches).

Non-volunteer fee: $50 per family (mandatory fee, refundable after volunteering)

U8 Pre-season "sort-out" festivals:

Four pre-season festivals are held for U8 boys and girls only, in order to help us balance teams for the season.  All U8 players are asked to attend all of the festivals if possible.  These are straight forward, fun, 4v4 festivals, where the kids simply play for about an hour.  The festivals are not only fun, but allow us to better balance teams for the season to make for a more fun experience all summer.  


U8 Girls pre-season festivals:

April 13 - 6:00 PM - Millennium Park Turf field  CANCELLED

April 20 - 11:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field

April 27 - 11:00 AM - Ottawa U Matt Anthony Turf field

May 4 - 11:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field

May 11- 11:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field


U8 Boys pre-season festivals:

April 13 - 7:00 PM - Millennium Park Turf field  CANCELLED

April 20 - 12:00 PM - Millennium Park Turf field

April 27 - 12:00 PM - Ottawa U Matt Anthony Turf field

May 4 - 12:00 PM - Millennium Park Turf field

May 11 - 12:00 PM - Millennium Park Turf field


U7 players may request to take part in the spring festival series, if interested in joining the Jr Academy Program. U7s are also invited into the Jr Academy from scouting of the development leagues, futsal leagues, and the grassroots training program.

Player Requirements:
  • Players are required to wear protective shin guards and shoes at all games and practices. Soccer cleats are allowed and recommended at all age groups but not necessary at these ages.
  • FIFA and Onatrio Soccer  (OS) Policy states that all jewellry including, but not limited to earrings and watches must be removed.  Taping earrings is also not allowed.  Jewelry poses an unnecessary risk to all players. 
  • Casts – Hard casts are not permitted.


Please email Polina at admin@ottawatfc.com

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