United DFC Need to Know- August 5-11, 2019

TWO UDFC teams in Nova Scotia Cup!!!!- Show your support on Sunday, August 11th

Two of our AAA teams have made it to the final in the Nova Scotia Cup (Jeff Aucoin’s U15 AAA girls and Mesut Mert’s U17 AAA boys). This knock out tournament has been taking place all summer with the champion being named as Nova Scotia’s representative at the 2019 National Club Championships. It is a really big deal that two of the final cup games will feature a UDFC team. We are incredibly proud and excited.
All UDFC players, friends and families are invited to the Harbour East Turf (Burnside by the 4 pad rink) on Sunday, August 11 to cheer on our UDFC teams. Wear your UDFC clothing and bring signs and noisemakers. Be loud and proud! It will be a party!!
Watch social media and check here for more information.
Jeff Aucoin’s U15aaa Girls – Sunday August 11th 11am at Burnside- Harbour East Turf
Mesut Mert’s U17aaa Boys – Sunday August 11th 1pm at Burnside – Harbour East Turf

Volunteer Appreciation:

As the season winds down, please take the time to shake the hand of and say thank you to the volunteers who make your child’s soccer experience possible. UDFC is a great club because of our great volunteers.

UDFC partner, Accel Physiotherapy, is proud to present the UDFC Volunteer Appreciation Night for coaches, managers and their families. Please mark the event on your calendar. September 19, 2019 – 6 pm

Meet our club technical leaders – Adam, Mesut and Zach

UDFC has 3 technical leads who are very involved with the programs and players at all levels. All 3 of our technical directors (TD) supervise staff, support coaches and work together to plan the technical piece of our club. They all spend countless hours on the field and are very familiar with the players within their respective programs. They also lay the important foundation for our club and spend many, many hours behind the scenes supporting where needed and making sure programs are running well.

Our Club’s primary technical leader, Adam Miller (Director of Soccer) oversees the 4 mini-programs (U3-U10C) and works directly with our community teams and coaches (12C – U18C). He has been out at practices and games all summer long. The community coaches are in constant communication with Adam.

Mesut Mert is the Technical Director (TD) in charge of the performance program (A, AA, AAA) and has set the game model for the club. Mesut has been at games and practices for all performance teams and has provided a number of coaching development opportunities this summer.

Zach Bauld is the Skills Center TD and works directly with the players and coaches who are between 7-12 years old who have chosen player development stream. Zach has developed the UDFC skills centre model that is being followed by much of the province.


UDFC is extremely fortunate to have technical leaders of this calibre and we appreciate them very much. Most of the contact these TD’s have with parents is around conflict resolution or problem-solving. If you want to make their day, consider sending them a quick email with positive feedback to let them know the positive impact they have directly and indirectly on your child’s soccer development. Adam – dos@udfc.ca  Mesut – tdmesut@udfc.ca   Zach- tdzach@udfc.ca

Summer Camps are underway!

We are into our final 3 weeks of camp. We are still accepting registrations for our final 2 weeks.

  • Week 5 – August 12th – August 16th – Soccer Camp -Week 5 -Cole Harbour High/ Cole Harbour Place
  • Week 6 – August 19th – August 23rd – Soccer Camp -Week 6 – Dartmouth High/ Dartmouth Sportsplex

UDFC CustomTrack Suits are In!!

UDFC now have our own custom tracksuit! They have arrived at the office in all sizes for the family!

  • Youth Pant – $5520190807_155713.jpg
  • Youth Jacket – $60
  • Women’s Pant – $65
  • Women’s Jacket – $75
  • Men’s Pant – $65
  • Men’s Jacket – $75

Upcoming events:

  • UDFC walks in Eastern Passage- Cow Bay Summer Carnival Parade

Saturday, August 10. Watch for details on facebook. All UDFC players and families are welcome to participate in the parade.

  • UDFC Year End Dance

Friday, August 16. Check here for details.

Halifax Wanderers Youth Events

2019 HFX Wanderers Youth Skills Camp

Feel like a professional soccer player and be coached by Wanderers Head Coach Stephen Hart, Assistants Derek King and Mike Hunter, along with Wanderers Players!

This 3 day residential camp for players aged 13 and older will be held at Acadia University in Wolfville this August. All 4 nights of accommodation on campus at Acadia University, 3 meals a day at Acadia’s on campus cafeteria and a ticket to the Wanderers August 21st match at the Wanderers Grounds against Forge FC are included!

What: HFX Wanderers FC Youth Skills Camp
When: August 21st-25th
Where: Acadia University in Wolfville
Who: All passionate soccer players at the age of 13 and older
Cost: $395 (residence, meals and Wanderers ticket included)
Wanderers Youth Skills Camp Register here

Halifax Wanderers – Rover’s 4v4 Challenge Cup

Our mascot Rover is hosting a special tournament for young soccer players aged 7-13. We will set up mini pitches at the Wanderers Grounds and guarantee a minimum of 4 games for each team. This is a fun way to experience playing on Wanderers Grounds and, who knows, you might meet a Wanderers player or two and have the chance to be the first winner of Rover’s Cup!

What: 2019 Rover’s 4v4 Challenge Cup
When: September 7th & 8th
Where: The Wanderers Grounds
Who: Children born in 2005-2012
Team Size: 7 players
Cost: $315 ($45 per player)

4 v4 Challenge Cup Register here

UDFC Premier Teams Update:

Mens – The UDFC AAA Premier Men’s team is currently in first place.

Women- The UDFC AAA Premier Women’s team is currently in third place.

Click here for the full schedule and standings.

NSSL FINALS ANNOUNCEMENT: As a result of a partnership between the NSSL, Soccer Nova Scotia and HFX Wanderers the downtown Halifax home stadium of the HFX Wanderers will be hosting the finals of the 2019 NSSL Men’s and Women’s, on August 17,2019

For the first time, the top men and women’s teams in the league will play for their respective titles in a doubleheader at the iconic Wanderers grounds.  The stadium will provide an opportunity for the province’s best amateur senior players to play in a professional venue.

The women’s final will kick-off at 3 pm with the men taking to the field at 5:30 pm

Tickets for the doubleheader are general admission and are priced at $ 15 for adults, with youth tickets (12 and under) priced at $ 10. Prices include taxes but are subject to an online service fee. Tickets are available online now at  www.tickethalifax.com/go/NSSL-Finals

Congratulations to our teams who have represented UDFC out of province.

Jamie Leck’s U12 Whitecap Boys enjoyed a very successful tournament in Montreal last weekend. This team represented UDFC very well.

UDFC 50/50 – Congratulations to 50/50 winner – Theo Mitchell 

Theo collected the ~ $2500 prize!

#WhyiPlay campaign- UDFC wins contest!!  

Congratulations to Jessica Lee and the UDFC U12 Whitecap girls for winning first place in the Soccer NS contest.
UDFC will receive $2500 for a club development initiative (proposal pending). Thanks to all who voted.

Looking for UDFC Volunteers:

We are looking for:

  • A volunteer/ group to organize a UDFC water stop at the Eastern Passage Maritime Race Weekend – September 14
  • A volunteer/ group to organize the UDFC entry into the Cole Harbour Harvest Festival Parade – September 7
  • Many volunteers to help with inventory on a day in August (date pending)

Email susans@udfc.ca if you are interested in taking the lead or helping out with any of these events.

Have some downtime?

Listen to Soccer NS’s Podcast about working with parents in sport

Working with Parents in Sport (S4Ep2)

Email needtoknow@udfc.ca and media@udfc.ca to share wonderful news with the club!

You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @UnitedDFC.

Help us celebrate – tweet on social media when great things happen to UDFC players and families. Email needtoknow@udfc.ca for anything you think should be communicated in Need To Know. Deadline is Sunday at noon each week.

Summary of Important Dates:

  • August 5th – August 9th – Soccer Camp -Week 4- Dartmouth High
  • August 10th – UDFC in the Eastern Passage- Cow Bay Summer Carnival Parade (watch for details on Facebook)
  • August 11 – UDFC in the NS Cup finals 11:00 am and 1:00 pm Harbour East/ Burnside Turf – come on out!!
  • Week 5 – August 12th – August 16th – Soccer Camp -Week 5 -Cole Harbour
  • August 16- UDFC Year-End Dance
  • August 17- NSSL Senior Finals – Women’s 3:00, Men’s 5:30 – Wanderers Grounds
  • Aug 17/18 Soccer by the Sea Year End Jamboree for U10C, 12C and mini teams
  • August 21-25 HFX Wanderers FC Youth Skills Camp
  • Week 6 – August 19th – August 23rd – Soccer Camp -Week 6 – Dartmouth High
  • September 7- UDFC in the Cole Harbour Harvest Festival Parade
  • September 7th & 8th-  2019 Rover’s 4v4 Challenge Cup (Halifax Wanderers)
  • September 14- UDFC water stop at the Maritime Race Weekend
  • September 19- Accel Physiotherapy Volunteer Appreciation Event
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