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2017 Active Start Soccer Fests Season Reaches nearly 300,000 Canadians Coast-to-Coast!

Posted on 15 December 2017 in Active Start Soccer Fests

Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fests 2017 season has wrapped-up with more than 140 community soccer clubs hosting fun-filled festivals in every Province and Territory. In 2017, Canada’s largest grassroots soccer program connected 100,000 Active Start participants under the age of 12 and nearly 300,000 total on-site attendees; including families, volunteers and coaches, across the Canadian soccer community.

As Canada’s leading grassroots soccer program, Active Start Soccer Fests deliver financial, promotional and technical resources which contribute to the hosting of community soccer celebrations in collaboration with community soccer clubs. Canada Soccer would like to recognize and thank the program’s community soccer club partners who contribute significant time and energy to create the best possible experience for young soccer players and their families, encouraging life long participation in the beautiful game.

“Children under the age of 12 who have opportunities to learn the game through free play and experience the pure joy of soccer will become those who are most likely to play the game throughout their life,” said Canada Soccer Director of Development Jason deVos. “Programs like Active Start Soccer Festivals, which provide a nurturing and supportive free play environment, are vital as they allow children to develop the love of the game that fuels the passion for soccer.”

The 2017 season was highlighted by the introduction of Toyota Canada to the family of national sponsors, joining Allstate, Teck, Mott’s and the Government of Canada in supporting the Festival program. The program’s national sponsors enhanced the festival experience for participants through fun, engaging activations at select festivals across the country. Participants had the opportunity to participate in national contests and enjoy giveaways including the Allstate ‘Win A Trip’ contest and sharp shooting activation, Toyota Ultimate Soccer Experience Contest and interactive vehicle displays, Mott’s Fruitsations snacks and enhanced on-site activations, and Canada Soccer coaches bags, stickers, temporary tattoos and participation certificates.

2018 will mark the 22nd season of the program which has reached over 3.5 Million Canadians with registration set to open in early February. As the festival schedule is expected to fill-up quickly, clubs are encouraged to submit their application early to secure a festival hosting grant on the preferred schedule date. For regular program updates, including the opening of 2018 registration and special announcements from the program partners visit

About Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fests
Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fests is a grant-based program designed to provide resources to host a soccer celebration in communities across the country. Community soccer clubs are encouraged to apply to host a festival via the online application process, and pending program space and Provincial/Territorial Soccer Association approval, will receive a program event package, which they can use to showcase their event. In addition, participating clubs will receive an festival hosting package which includes individual participation certificates and a wide array of promotional giveaways from the program’s national sponsors. For more information about Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fests program and to learn how bring a festival to your club and community, visit to the Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fest website.

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