U8 Developmental

Last Edited: Jan 2017


Program Description

At U8, the program focuses on:

The Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Stage 1: Active Start

  • Physical – Provide the environment for learning proper fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, twisting, kicking, throwing and catching.
  • Technical – The player and the ball: Running with the ball, dribbling, controlling, kicking and shooting.
  • Mental – Fun, fascination, and passion for play.

Soccer contributes to the well-being of children by engaging them in the sport while teaching them basic movements. 

The LTPD Stage 2: FUNdamentals.

  • Physical – Develop the ABCs of movement: agility, balance, co-ordination and speed, as well as running, jumping, twisting, kicking, throwing and catching.
  • Technical – Movement exercises/games designed to promote a feel for the ball: gaining ball control in receiving passes, dribbling, passing less than 25m, kicking the ball forward, and shooting on goal.
  • Tactical – Small children are egocentric – playing the ball is the most important objective. However, they now need to be introduced to co-operation between players. They gain understanding of the game through playing situations.
  • Mental – Basic awareness of environment to build game intelligence and decision making.

At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches and teachers stimulate a learning environment where the atmosphere is "Freedom and Fun."

This age group will have the option of benefitting from the Academy Grassroots Training which includes technical development and games run by club coaches and senior youth Cobra players for U5-U8 players in the club.  

 Program Details

Soccer Age:


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Level of Play:

Players play 5 aside (5v5) games. 

Player Assessments:

All players are evaluated during a mandatory evalaution day in order to provide the ability to balance the Development teams and/or to determine invitation to the Junior Academy. 

After all players have been evaluated, players will invited to the Junior Academy  or placed into balanced teams across the develoment league.  

Extra Training Opportunity - players have the option of training with the staff/technical coaches through the Academy Grassroots Training program, where they can also be invited into the Junior Academy throughout the year.

See the 2017 Summer Evaluation Games Schedule.

Season Length: Mid-May to Mid-August
Weekly Commitment:

Games and Practices:

  • Games are on Fridays at 6:30 PM (games are 40 minutes plus breaks, so roughly one hour).
  • Practices (45 minutes - station format) are once a week on Tuesdays (girls at 6pm, boys at 7pm).
  • All games and practices are located in the Orleans area.
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Extra Training Opportunity: 

Important Dates:


Evaluation Dates:

See the 2017 Summer Evaluation Schedule.

  • All players are asked to attend at least one of the evaluation dates and ideally both. 

Mid-May 2017

  • All players will be contacted by Team Officials.  

May 23rd, 2017

  • Coaches meeting (mandatory)

May 23rd, 2017

  • Coach meet and greet
  • Uniform Distribution

June 9,10,11, 2017

  • Pictures (not included in the fee)

Player Registration Fee:

On or before March 31st: $185 (early bird discount)

After March 31st: $215 

Cost includes full uniform, a soccer ball, and year-end memento.

Volunteer fee: $50 per family (mandatory fee, refundable after volunteering)

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.
  • No jewelry, hair clips or bracelets (excluding Medical Alerts) are allowed to be worn on the soccer field.  Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) Policy states that all jewelry 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.
  • Medical Alerts – Medical Alerts are allowed, but must be taped down.
  • Eyeglasses – The club strongly recommends that players who wear eyeglasses, wear sports glasses during games and practices for everyone's safety.


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