U8 Development League

Last Edited: Dec 2017


Program Description

At U8, the program focuses on:

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

The LTPD Stage 2: FUNdamentals.

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

The U8 program sees the players moving to the recommended 5v5 format of game play, and introduces referees in more formal "league" play (no scores or standings, but more structured game format). 

Players who are looking to train with our staff coaches 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. 

 Program Details

Soccer Age:


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Level of Play:

Players play 5 aside (5v5) games with referees.

Player Assessments:

All players are evaluated during a mandatory evalaution-games period in order to provide the ability to balance the Development teams and to begin invitations to the Junior Academy (which are ongoing). See the 2018 Summer Evaluation Schedule.

After all players have been evaluated, players will either be invited to the Junior Academy  program or placed into balanced teams across the U8 Development League.  

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.

See the 2018 Summer Evaluation Schedule (MANDATORY)

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

Games and Practices:

  • Games are on Fridays at 6:30 PM (games are 40 minutes long plus breaks, so plan for an hour at the park).
  • All games are located in the Orleans area.
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Extra Training Opportunity: 

Important Dates:


Evaluation Dates:

See the 2018 Summer Evaluation Schedule.

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


Late April 2018

  • Team Coaches meeting (mandatory)

Mid-May 2018

  • All players will be contacted by Team Officials.  

May 18th, 2018

  • Meet and greet for all teams
  • Uniform Distribution

June 8,9,10,  2018

  • Pictures (not included in the fee)

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)

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 (OS) 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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