Activities Overview

The first three stages LTPD, which guide development up to age 12 are built around small-sided games. There are no league standings for thesis age groups; the focus is on learning and fun.


Stage 1 - Active Start

U4-U6 Female and Male

Gives the youngest players the opportunity to develop basic movement skills like running, jumping, landing, kicking, throwing, and catching in a fun setting built around informal play and positive reinforcement.

Canada Soccer Pathway Coach's Tool Kit: Stage One - Active Start


Stage 2 - FUNdamentals

U6-U8 and U6-U10 Female Male

Allows children to develop their movement ABCs— agility, balance, coordination, and speed—and learn the basics of the game while emphasizing fun, cooperation, and maximum time on the ball. 

Canada Soccer Pathway Coach's Tool Kit: Stage Two - FUNdamentals


Stage 3 - Learning to Train

U-8 / U-11 Female, U-9 / U-12 Male

This “golden age of learning,” when children become less self-centered and are more able to reflect on their actions and learn from mistakes, provides an optimal window for further development of skills. The focus is on learning by doing, building a larger repertoire of soccer movements and teaching the basic principles of play in a fun and challenging environment.

Canada Soccer Pathway Coach's Tool Kit: Stage Three - Learning to Train


How to Organize a Festival

Resources on how to effectively organizes an Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fest are available through the FIFA grassroots page.

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