U7-U8 Junior Academy

Last edited: January 2020

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Junior Academy Program

The U7-U8 Junior Academy is a program for the most focused and dedicated U7-U8 players in Ottawa. Players train/play twice weekly under the tutelage of 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 are hosted and attended periodically throughout the season as well.

 Program Details

Soccer Age:


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Season Length:

April to September (22 weeks)

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 each week, with the odd 7v7 festival.

Player Assessments:

All U7-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 Junior Academy. 


Dates and times:

(please arrive 20 minutes prior to festival start)


U7-U8 Girls pre-season festivals series at Millennium Park Turf field:

  • April 18 - 10:20 AM - 12:00PM
  • April 25 - 10:20 AM - 12:00PM
  • May 02 - 10:20 AM - 12:00PM 


U7-U8 Boys pre-season festivals series at Millennium Park Turf field:

  • April 18 - 10:20 AM - 12:00PM 
  • April 25 - 10:20 AM - 12:00PM 
  • May 02 - 10:20 AM - 12:00PM


  • April - May 1: Pre-season festival series (see Player Assessments section above for dates and times).
  • Twice weekly training - specific day/time TBD.
  • May 14 - September 5: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM at Millennium Park (arrive for 5:45 PM)



  • April - May 1: Spring Festival Series (see Player Assessments section above for dates and times)
  • May 15 - September: Saturday mornings 8:30 AM-9:30 AM.

Note: There is a mid summer break from July 27 to August 8.


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. 

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

Base Registration Fee: $180 (if paid on or before March 31, 2020. After March 31st the fee is $210).  

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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