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Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fests Set to Embark on 20th Season

Posted on 29 January 2016 in Active Start Soccer Fests

Applications now being accepted for the 2016 festival season More

2015 Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fest Season Review

Posted on 4 December 2015 in Active Start Soccer Fests

In 2015, Canada’s largest grassroots soccer program connected with over 100,000 Active Start participants aged 8-12 and more than 200,000 on-site attendees More

2015 Canada Soccer Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fests Applications Open

Posted on 26 January 2015 in Active Start Soccer Fests

Applications are now being accepted for Canada’s largest national grassroots soccer program More

Canada Soccer Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fests set for new season

Posted on 11 April 2014 in Active Start Soccer Fests

Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fests, is set for its 17th season with a number of exciting enhancements More

Final of three Canada Soccer FIFA Grassroots Course concludes Saturday in Vancouver

Posted on 8 November 2013 in Active Start Soccer Fests

Each FIFA Grassroots Course engaged 30 technical leaders from clubs and districts across Canada for a four-day course ending in a Festival where hundreds of children aged 9-12 got introduced to age-appropriate activities, small sided games, and individual skill development. More

Active Start Soccer Fests now accepting applications for 2013

Posted on 29 March 2013 in Active Start Soccer Fests

The application deadline is 28 April 2013. More

Active Start Soccer Fests are back for a 15th season!

Posted on 16 April 2012 in Active Start Soccer Fests

The deadline to apply is 23 April 2012 More

Nutrilite Active Start Soccer Fests - coming to a pitch near you!

Posted on 5 April 2011 in Active Start Soccer Fests

The Canadian Soccer Association is pleased to announce that the Nutrilite Active Start Soccer Fests program is back for another year! Building on a successful 2010 season, the Canadian Soccer Association and its national sponsors have once again partnered to deliver the largest grassroots soccer program in the country. More

Summer Fun For The Kids!

Posted on 8 August 2006 in Active Start Soccer Fests

The 2006 Tide Mini Soccer presented by CIBC program has been a huge success and we would like to invite you to join in the excitement!

Already over 200 clubs and hundreds of thousands of people have participated in the Tide Mini Soccer festivals this year! The program encourages children between the ages of 5 and 10 to learn basic soccer skills, fair play, good sportsmanship, teamwork, and have fun while doing it!

Our generous sponsors have helped us create an excellent festival package for our mini participants! In addition to samples from some of the CSA partners, certificates are provided for each child participant. More

Mini Soccer Enters 9th Year

Posted on 15 March 2006 in Active Start Soccer Fests

2006 welcomes the 9th edition of the Tide Mini Soccer Presented by CIBC, a Canadian Soccer Association initiative designed to develop basic soccer skills, fair play, and sportsmanship in a fun, family-oriented, festival-like atmosphere. Over 250,000 youngsters are expected to participate while over 500,000 people will be attending the festivals this summer.

The festivals run from March to October, but have already garnered a fair amount of attention, with the first set of kids hitting the field in the first weekend of March at two of British Columbia's premier soccer clubs, Pitt Meadows SC and Prospect Lake SC. Together, these Festivals combined for over 1,100 participants, with a total attendance of 3,500. The youth development program targets children under the age of 11 from across Canada, in all 10 provinces and all three territories. More

Festival of the month: August

Posted on 1 December 2005 in Active Start Soccer Fests

Few organizations in 2005 were able to display a Tide Mini Soccer Festival Presented by CIBC like Etobicoke Youth Soccer. The August festival was truly a celebration of grass roots soccer in Canada. Through a seamless integration of sponsor support, extensive media coverage and a clear rundown and recognition in their inter-club Fall Report, Etobicoke Youth Soccer set a new precedence for Tide Mini Soccer Festivals Presented by CIBC.

A special thanks to Joe Couto for showing hundreds of youth soccer players how this great game was meant to be played. More

CSA Launches Two New Educational Booklets

Posted on 9 November 2004 in Active Start Soccer Fests

The Canadian Soccer Association is proud to offer to the soccer community two new educational booklets: “Laws of the Game – Made Easy” and “First Steps, First Kicks – Coaching 6-10 year olds”. Both are now available in English and French and are designed for coaches, players, referees and parents who are involved in the development of the game below the age of 12. “The CSA recognizes the ever increasing need for improved services to the players, coaches, and referees at this level as it makes up close to 64 % of our membership. Assuming success with these booklets, we will need to consider providing similar tools for the older age groups. Parent-coaches need resource materials that are easy to implement, such as a soccer recipe book. So far, most people have expressed the real need for this kind of tool and are pleased to see the product,” said Sylvie Beliveau, National Staff Coach - Community Coaching Development. More

CSA Grassroots Program Scores Goals with Local Clubs

Posted on 27 May 2004 in Active Start Soccer Fests

The 2004 season of the Canadian Soccer Association's Tide Mini Soccer Presented by CIBC is off to a tremendous start. This year over 250,000 players are expected to participate. Combined with their parents, relatives, coaches, referees, and volunteers, over 400,000 people will be at the festivals this summer.

There has been unprecedented interest from local soccer clubs across Canada for the program this spring. Currently, 209 festivals have been scheduled across 10 provinces, compared with 183 scheduled last year at this time. The festivals started at the end of February and will run through to the middle of October 2004. Mini Soccer is a youth development program targeted at children between the ages of 5 and 10. The program promotes basic soccer skills, fair play, and sportsmanship in a fun, family-oriented, festival-like atmosphere.

The CSA is proud to announce the return of Tide as the program's Title Sponsor and welcomes CIBC as the program's Presenting Sponsor. “We welcome CIBC as they join Tide, in sponsoring Canada's largest grassroots sports program,” says CSA President Andy Sharpe. In addition to Tide and CIBC, national sponsors of the program include adidas and Sunny Delight. Nutella is a recent addition to the sponsor list; they have just come on board as a regional sponsor for 2004. More

CSA Confirms Commitment To Grassroots Soccer

Posted on 29 November 2000 in Active Start Soccer Fests

Ottawa, Ontario - The Canadian Soccer Association today confirmed its commitment to implementing in 2001 some of the grassroots programs which are part of the recently approved Blueprint for Success. More

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