Last Edited: Dec 2017
The U8 program sees the players moving to the recommended 5v5 format of game play, and introduces referees in more slightly more structured "league" play (no scores or standings, but more structured game format).
Players who are looking to train in addition to their Friday games have the option of registering for the Academy Grassroots Training which includes technical development and games run by staff coaches and technical assistants from our older competitive teams.
This "training is extra" format ensures that all of our young players have access to the best training and coaching available at the club. It also ensure that those who want to train and develop as players, have the opportunity to do so at a good level (with others who want to be there), while those who don't wish to train or are new to the game, can start by simply enjoying the game play on Friday nights.
Players for the Jr. Academy are selected from amongst those training in the Academy Grassroots training, or from the Friday night U8 Development League.
|Level of Play:||
Players play 5 aside (5v5) games with referees.
All players are evaluated during a spring festival series during April and May. The festivals have players play in small sided games for 5 straight weeks, and allow our staff to evalaute players inorder to balance the development teams properly. See the 2018 Spring Festival Series. Playing in at least one festival is mandatory.
After the spring festival series, players will be placed in appropriate teams across the development league or Junior Academy program for the summer season, which begin in mid to late May.
Skills Development Opportunity - players have the option of training with the staff/technical coaches through the Academy Grassroots Training program, through which they can also be invited into the Jr. Academy. The program is highly recommended as players see substantial gains through the training.
|Season Length:||Mid-May to mid-August|
Games and Practices:
Extra Training Opportunity:
Spring Festival Series:
Early May 2018
May 18th, 2018
June 8, 9, 10, 2018
Player Registration Fee:
On or before March 31st: $180 (early bird discount)
After March 31st: $210
Cost includes full uniform, a soccer ball, and year-end memento.
Non-Volunteer fee: $50 per family (mandatory fee, refundable after volunteering)