2021 Outdoor Festival Season

IFC Grassroots Festival Season is the initial stage of the IFC Academy Program, establishing a focus on the development and fundamentals of a soccer player in an un-pressured game environment. The Festival Season is open to soccer players from the ages of U5-U13. The aim of the program is to instill a sense of enjoyment for playing soccer with a commitment to grassroots development.


Grassroots Festivals are comprised of small sided games working in formats of 2v2, 5v5, and 8v8 soccer. By using these small sided games players are encouraged to touch the ball more frequently which is a key stepping stone on their pathway to becoming a better soccer player. They will gradually become more comfortable and confident with the soccer ball at their feet as well as becoming more technically competent players. The IFC Grassroots program operates under both the Grassroots Training and Academy formats.


Thursday Evenings

Location: Dufferin District Park


Age (Birth Year) 

2016 - 2014 @ 6:00-7:00pm

2013 - 2012 @ 7:00-8:00pm

2011 - 2008 @ 8:00-9:00pm


Thursday Dates:

June 17, 24;

July 8, 15, 22, 29;

August 5, 12, 19, 26;

September 2, 9, 16 (End-of-season tournament).





What is 'Fast-Tracking'?

(Excluded in 2020-21 due to COVID-19)
Aligned with IFC's Strategic Plan, IFC Grassroots Outdoor Festival Seasons' will be classified as a seasonal year ahead to promote the growth and development of its commitment to grassroots soccer. To determine your child's age-category this coming summer season, click the birth-year chart below:

Format & Structure

Teams will be grouped together weekly on a number of factors, and will rotate to play different opponents in three 12-minute games (U5-U6) & three 16-minute games (U7-U13). These games are designed to: 

  • Provide accelerated player development within an enjoyable atmosphere.
  • Education of the game while allowing the player to be creative, explore and make mistakes.
  • Participate in a level of soccer that the player may engage in and is comfortable with.

*Game field leaders (IFC Technical Staff)

*Scores/standings are not applicable to U5-U12 ages in accordance with Ontario Soccer Guidelines.


Each player will be provided with a training kit - jersey, shorts, socks, bag & soccer ball.

Registration Fee

Register Now and Pay Later!*

Early-Bird Fee: $200 (Ends April 1, 2021)

Regular Fee: $250

Late Fee: $275 (After May 1, 2021)

Sibling Discount: $25 discount per child. (Available after 1 registered family member)

*Payments to be processed first week of festivals.

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