U7-U8 Pre-Academy (Players born in 2016-2015)




What can I expect as new soccer parent?

The U7-U8 Pre-Academy is the first step towards our nationally acclaimed academy programs. Players from the foundational U5-U8 Skills Centre Grassroots program, will be invited into the Pre-Academy and grouped by ability once the season has started. This program prepares players with extra training sessions for the Ottawa TFC Academy programs that begin at the U9 category.

Players will work with some our club's most qualified coaches, running through small sided games, technical exercises (ball mastery), physical literacy (strength, speed, coordination, balance, general athleticism), and 1v1 exercises.

Pre-Academy players MUST participate in at least one of the U5-U8 Skills Centre programs. In addition, they will attend a second weekly training session with the Pre-Academy players and occasionally participate in games across the season between festival and intra-club game play.


Details about the program

  • November 16, 2022 to March 1, 2023
    • 14 indoor sessions: Wednesday, 6pm-7pm, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School (1515 Tenth Line Rd, Orléans)
    • No sessions on December 28 2022 or January 4 2023

If you are interested in this program, please fill in the following FORM. More information will be sent shortly.


What equipment does my child need?

The registration fee includes a complimentary hoodie and hat. Players are required to wear the given uniform from the Skills Centre program, protective shin guards and shoes at all sessions. Soccer cleats are allowed and recommended at all age groups but not necessary at these ages (running shoes are accepted).


Who can I contact if I have questions about the program, address my concerns, inform the coach of a particular issue with my child, etc.?

Kaden Engbers, U4-U8 Grassroots Staff Coach, kaden@ottawatfc.com

Boys: Ben Mugisha, U8-U10 Staff Coach, ben@ottawatfc.com

Girls: Jordan Lundin, U8-U10 Staff Coach, jlundin@ottawatfc.com


Player and parent requirements

Players and parents must abide by the Ottawa TFC Return to Play Protocol and the Code of Conduct.