Summer Recreational U9-U18

Last Edited: Apr 2020

Summer Recreational U9-U18

Recreational League

This is the introductory level of soccer at Ottawa TFC.  Players in the Recreational leagues can expect to play a soccer game each week as part of a balanced team, while training once a week.

Players are asked to register as either a "central player" (Gloucester - Pineview Park area) or an "east player" (Orleans - Millennium area), depending upon their preferred geographic location to play and train.  While the club cannot promise that every player will play right in his or her back yard, we strive to put players on teams that train and play as close to home as possible, in some cases fielding entire divisions in both the east and central areas.  With the delayed and shortened summer season, we may have to hold all our practices and games at the Millennium Park fields; as the city re-opens the fields, we will be able to better plan that aspect of the program. For some age divisions, we also have an exciting opportunity to play with the Dragons and Internationals clubs; if this can be arranged for your age group, there will be some travel to fields in Gloucester.

Program Details

  • U9-U10 league
  • U11-U12 league
  • U13-U14 league
  • U15-U16 league
  • U17-U18 league

Boys and girls play separately in all recreational leagues.

Unsure of your age group?

Season Length:

June to August (8 weeks)

Game Format:

U9-U10 - 7 a side (7v7) - 2 x 25 minutes

U11-U12 - 7 a side (7v7) - 2 x 30 minutes

U13-U14 - 7 a side (7v7)* or 9 a side (9v9)* - 2 x 40 minutes

U15-U16 - 7 a side (7v7)* or 9 a side (9v9)* - 2 x 40 minutes

U16-U18 - 7 a side (7v7)* or 9 a side (9v9)* - 2 x 45 minutes


* Depending upon the number of players registered, the Club may choose to either play 7 a side (7v7) or 9 a side (9v9) for these age groups.

Practice Format:

U9-U12: Station format training where players rotate between skills exercises and small-sided games for 60 minutes (4 stations x 15 minutes).

U13+: Training run by team coaches, 30 minutes of warm-up and skills work followed by small-sided games.

Player Assessments:

Recreational leagues are open to all players.

Players wishing to try out for an Ottawa TFC Competitive team or an Ottawa TFC Academy team should click on one of the following links for more information:

  1. Summer Competitive Programs 2020
  2. Summer Academy Programs 2020
Weekly Commitment:

One game and one practice or scrimmage per week

 Click here for projected Game and Practice fields / locations


Free Goalkeeper Training Opportunity:

  • Players who are interested in exploring the goalkeeper position can receive FREE basic goalkeeper training.
  • Register for the Intro to Keeper program.
Important Dates:

Late June 2020

  • All players will be contacted by Team Officials.
  • Team schedules finalized and released.

Beginning of July 2020

  • Meet and greet for all divisions.

Early July 2020

  • League play starts

July 28-31, 2020

  • Mid summer break - Games ONLY.
    No practices this week.

August 22 and 23, 2020 (Soccer Day)*

  • U9-U12 Year-end festival
  • U13 to U18 Tournament / Playoffs.

* Depending upon the city's field allocations, the Club may have to cancel Soccer Day.


Note: The 2020 Summer Recreational fees have been reduced to reflect the shorter season and different uniform options (details to be determined).


Reduced Season: $130

Non-Volunteer fee:

$30 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 jewellery, hair clips or bracelets are allowed to be worn on the soccer field.  Ontario Soccer (OS) Policy states that all jewellery, including but not limited to earrings and watches, must be removed.  Taping earrings is also not allowed.  Jewellery poses an unnecessary risk to all players.
  • Casts - Hard casts are not permitted.
  • Eyeglasses - The club recommends that players who wear eyeglasses wear sports glasses during games and practices for everyone's safety.

Register for OTFC's Recreational U9-U18 Program


Please email Peter Humphries at

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