Indoor 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 environment. The Festival program is open to soccer players from the ages of U5-U12. The aim of the program is to instil 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.

Fall/Winter Festivals - Vaughan Sportsplex II

Schedule and Formats:

U5-U6 (2015-2014) will play 2v2 from 1:00-2:00pm

U7-U8-U9 (2013 to 2011) will play 5v5 from 2:00-3:00pm

U10-U11-U12 (2010 to 2008) will play 7v7 from 2:00-3:00pm

Teams will be grouped together weekly on a number of factors, and will rotate to play different opponents in three 16-minute games. 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.


Each player will be provided with a training kit including a jersey, shorts, socks and bag.


Festival Fees:

Early Bird Fee: $275

(Deadline: Sep-14-2019)

Regular Fee: $325

Sibling Discount: $25 discount per child.

Fall/Winter Festival Dates:

October 20, 27;

November 3, 10, 17, 24;

December 1, 8; 

January 12, 19, 26;

February 2, 9, 23;

March 1, 8, 15, 29;

April 5, 19.


Festival Season Notes:

End of Season Clinic will run on 

Saturday, April 25th.

Festival Officials: 

Game field leaders, no referees. 


Not applicable to U5-U12 age groups.