Grassroots (U4-U12)

What is Grassroots?

Grassroots is the most important part of the player pathway. This is where we give children their first experience in soccer. Ensuring that this experience is fun, enjoyable and safe is essential. 





October 10, 2023



Mini Program


The objective of the winter Mini Soccer Program is to provide our U4-8 year old players with a fun, safe, and enjoyable environment which allows them to explore and learn the game. The program is designed to incorporate lots of contact and time with the ball, and will emphasize fun, games, and physical literacy development. Depending on the number of participants, groups may be boys, girls and/or co-ed.

Age groups:

U4 born in 2020

U5 born in 2019

U6 born in 2018

U7 born in 2017

U8 born in 2016


Skill Centre Program


United DFC’s Skill Centre programs are designed to provide the players with a fun, social experience that continues to grow a love for soccer as well as teaching the fundamental and foundational developmental aspects of soccer. 

Skill Centres are open to all players, including those that have not played soccer before! There is a capacity of 40 players per program based on our current club infrastructure capacity (facility time) and coach ratio.

Age groups:

U8/U9 born in 2016 / 2015

U10/U11 born in 2014/2013


Community Recreation Program


 This program is designed for players who are interested in playing pick up games once a week in a local gym rather than attending skills center practice sessions and festival games. Coaching will be at a minimum with a focus on playing games.

Age groups:

U9/U10 born in 2015 / 2014

U11/U12 born in 2013 / 2012


U12 Pre-Performance Program


The U12 Pre-Performance Program is designed for players who intend to graduate into the performance pathway with United DFC. This program demands more commitment from players in comparison to the community/recreation stream and is designed with the intention to develop players into our competitive stream of U13AA.

This program will consist of 2 x practices per week on turf at East Coast Varsity and Sunday games in the NSSL U12A division. The season will span from mid-October until March with a break in December. The United DFC pre-performance program is aligned with Canada Soccer’s Grassroots Standards.

Age groups:

U12 born in 2012


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