U7-U8 Junior Academy


Last edited: January 2019

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Junior Academy Program

The Junior Academy is a program for the most focused, and dedicated U8 players. Junior Academy players will train/play twice weekly with our Academy coaches while participating in our fun but competitive "champions league" games on Saturday mornings. Mini festivals (tournaments) against other clubs in the region will be hosted and attended periodically as well.

 Program Details

Soccer Age:


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Season Length:

April to September

Weekly Commitment:

Training twice weekly with Academy coaches and team coaches (weeknights). 

Friendly "champions league" games on Saturday mornings.

2-3 festivals against other clubs throughout the season (these are approximately half day events on weekends).

Game format:


Players play 4v4 or 5v5 with the odd 7v7 festival.


Player Assessments:

All U8 players at Ottawa TFC are evaluated throughout the Spring Festival Series in order to help balance both our Development league, as well as our Jr Academy. 


Dates and times of Spring Festival series:

(please arrive 20 minutes prior to festival start)



April 13 - 6:00 PM - Millennium Park Turf field  - CANCELLED

April 20 - 11:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field

April 27 - 11:00 AM - Ottawa U Matt Anthony Turf field

May 4 - 11:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field

May 11 - 11:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field



April 13 - 7:00 PM - Millennium Park Turf field - CANCELLED

April 20 - 12:00 PM - Millennium Park Turf field

April 27 - 12:00 PM - Ottawa U Matt Anthony Turf field

May 4 - 12:00 PM - Millennium Park Turf field

May 11 - 12:00 PM - Millennium Park Turf field



U7 players may request to take part in the spring festival series, if interested in joining the Junior Academy Program. U7s are also invited into the Junior Academy from scouting of the development leagues, futsal leagues, the grassroots training program and the Soccer Ninjas program.





Pre-season begins mid-April

Twice weekly training - specific day/time TBD.


May 14 - September 5:

Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 PM at millennium park (arrive for 5:45 pm)



April - May 10: Spring Festival Series (See schedule above)

May 15 - September: Saturday mornings 8:30 AM-10:00 AM.

There is a mid summer break from July 27 to August 3.


All Junior Academy games and practices are held at Millennium Park, with the sole exception of some festivals/tournaments hosted by other clubs across the Ottawa region.




Junior Academy Fee: $240 (Payable once accepted to the Junior Academy program). Fee includes uniform and ball. 

Note: Players must be registered in the base U5-U8 development program in order to participate. 

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.
  • Ontario Soccer (OS) Policy states that all jewellry 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. 



Please email pavel@ottawatfc.com

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