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Applications now open for 2018 Canada Soccer Active Start fests

By Staff, 03/05/18, 12:15PM EST


Learn how you can grow the game in your community

Play. Inspire. Unite. 

Canada Soccer is pleased to announce that hosting applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Active Start Soccer Fests program. As Canada’s largest national grassroots soccer program, community soccer club administrators, coaches and volunteers are encouraged to apply online today to bring a fun-filled event to your community and to help grow the game across the country.

Click here to apply for Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fests. 

Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fests have supported community soccer activity for more than 20 seasons and reached over 3.5 million Canadians through the delivery of financial grants, promotional and technical resources to clubs from coast to coast to coast. Since it’s inception, the program has distributed over one million dollars directly to community clubs across the country. With the festival schedule expected to fill-up quickly, clubs are encouraged to submit their applications early to secure their desired festival date.

“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 Fests, 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.” 

In addition to the financial and technical support provided to all festival hosts, the program’s corporate partners enhance the festival events through the provision of giveaways, facilitation of appearances by Canadian National Team athletes in select markets, and the implementation of unique technical programming at select festivals. Canada Soccer in collaboration with its corporate partners will be announcing further developments to the program later in the year. Be sure to visit for regular updates.

For more information on Canada Soccer’s Active Start Soccer Fests program and to learn how you can grow the game in your community visit Also, be sure to check out the Canada Soccer Pathway page for comprehensive grassroots resources, including detailed training plans across all ages of development.