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 U4-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 7v7 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) 

2018 - 2014 @ 6:30-7:30pm

2013 - 2010 @ 7:30-8:30pm


Thursday Dates:

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29;

July 6, 13, 20, 27;

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31* (End-of-season tournament).

Registration Fee

Open Enrollment Registration

Early-Bird Fee: $325 (Ends March 20, 2023)

Regular Fee: $350

Sibling Discount: $20 discount per child. (Available after 1 registered family member) Note: Email admin@intlfc.com for Sibling Discount Code.

+ Withdrawal Deadline: May 1, 2023 (Subject to admin fee) 

Format & Structure

Open team rosters will rotate to play different opponents in 3 x 12-minute games (U4-U6) & 3 x 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.

Volunteer Coaching

Sign up as a volunteer Head or Assistant Coach and receive an IFC staff polo and $50 gift card towards future programming.


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

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