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Active Start Soccer Fests celebrates Canadian Soccer in 2018

Posted on 29 November 2018 in Active Start Soccer Fests

Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fests 2018 season has wrapped-up with 140 community soccer clubs hosting fun-filled festivals in every Province and Territory from coast-to-coast. Over the past year, Canada’s largest grassroots soccer program connected nearly 100,000 Active Start participants under the age of 12 and over 205,000 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. “The Active Start Soccer Fests program, which creates a positive environment for children to enjoy the game, are crucial to developing a lifelong love of the sport.”

The 2018 festival season saw national program partners Toyota and Allstate contribute to the positive participant experience by activating at more than 75 festivals combined, with highlights including the opportunity to participate in national contests including the Allstate ‘Win A Trip’ contest and sharp shooting activation, Toyota’s interactive vehicle displays and other contests. Festival participants enjoyed giveaways from Canada Soccer and its partners including Canada Soccer string bags, temporary tattoos and participation certificates.

2019 will mark the 23rd season of the program which has reached over 4 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 2019 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 a 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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