UDFC Jersey-4-Life Program

United DFC Jersey-4-Life Program

United DFC requires all players that wear the United DFC Adidas navy jersey and make a one-time payment of $60 to purchase their “Jersey-4-Life”.   This means that a player will purchase a navy jersey for $60 through our online store and keep that jersey for the rest of their United DFC youth playing career. When the player outgrows the navy jersey, it can be brought into the office and switched for a larger size in the same number (if available) for no charge. When the player has finished playing soccer, United DFC will offer a “buy back” for their Adidas navy United DFC jersey in good condition for $20, provided the club will be utilizing this jersey for at least one year after the jersey is returned.  With this program, and with your help in maintaining the jerseys in good shape, United DFC plans to keep using our current Adidas navy jerseys for another 4- 5 more years (8-10 seasons). To purchase any club clothing, including Jersey for Life and alternates, visit https://udfc.ca/udfc-shop

Benefits for members:

  • No more hassle of arranging for jersey deposit cheques
  • Players own their jerseys
  • Best Fit jersey
  • Avoiding the inconvenience of jerseys needing to be returned between seasons

The Jersey-4-Life Program affects the following programs:

  • U12 A & B;
  • U13-18 A & B;
  • U13 AA, U15AA/AAA & U17AAA; U18AA and
  • Others as designated.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THE JERSEY-4-LIFE PROGRAM

What about players who don’t wear the Adidas navy United DFC jerseys?

Our Mini players (U3-U8 community) wear Timbit uniforms that are donated by Tim Hortons so are exempt from this program. Our U10/12 Community summer players that play in the local league don’t wear the United DFC Adidas navy uniforms because they play other United DFC teams in the same league.  We will continue with a jersey deposit system for this program as they are only used in the summer months. When those players graduate into a program that wears the navy jerseys (U12 A and U13 and older) then they will be asked to purchase a navy “Jersey-4-Life”.

What about those players that require the Green Alternate Dry fit jerseys?

Just like players are asked to purchase and wear the navy dry-fit training shirts for $20, players will be required to purchase a green dry-fit alternate numbered jersey for $20 that they will keep. Like the training shirts, a new alternate will not need to be purchased until it is worn out or the player outgrows it. This way, every United DFC player who wears a navy jersey will also have a matching green alternate.

The following programs will require participants to purchase the green Alternate Shirt:

  • U12 A & B;
  • U13-18 A & B;
  • U13 AA, U15AA/AAA & U17AAA; U18AA and
  • Others as may be designated.

What happens when players have the same numbers?

In the Skill Centre programs, numbered jerseys are optional and players are permitted to have matching numbers.  On the older teams, different jersey numbers are required; therefore if you need a different number or if parents want their children to have unique numbers, the jersey can be exchanged at the office for no cost to get a jersey with a different number.

What happens if my child loses or damages their jersey?

No change from the current program.  Currently, if a player loses or damages a jersey, they must pay for the replacement before the player is given another. With the “Jersey-4-Life” program, when a player loses or damages a jersey, they must purchase a new “Jersey-4-Life” for $60.

My older child owns a “Jersey-4-Life” and doesn’t want to play anymore. Can I give it to my younger child or nephew?

Yes, the jersey belongs to you. You may pass it onto another player who would then own it for life or we will buy back the jersey for $20 (if the jersey is in good condition).

My child only wants to play summer soccer. Do I return the jersey?

Not necessarily. You have the option to sell back the jersey for $20 at any time, however you will need to re-purchase the jersey for $60 should your child opt to play again. If your child plans to play the following summer it may make more sense to hold onto the jersey until the next season. This way, if they decide not to play at that time, you can always sell the jersey (in good condition) back to the club at that time for $20.

Will the club change jerseys and I will be stuck with an old jersey?

United DFC designed and purchased our Adidas navy jerseys in 2018 to be used for at least 5-6 years (10-12 seasons). As we get closer to 2023, we will examine our inventory and decide if we are going to replace the jerseys and select a new jersey design or continue with the same jersey. Closer to 2023, the club “buy back” fee of $20 may decrease.  When the jerseys are replaced, it is anticipated that we will begin another “Jersey-4-Life” program.

My child plays Mini Timbits Soccer or U10/12 Community Soccer and doesn’t have an Adidas navy jersey or green alternate. Could I buy my child a “Jersey-4-Life” or may I buy one for myself as a parent to wear to games and special events?

Certainly, all of our United DFC members are welcome to participate in the “Jersey-4-Life” program for $60 (pending size availability) or purchase a green alternate for $20.  It is very easy to replenish our inventory of green jerseys but the navy inventory is limited.

Why are we doing this?

There are a number of reasons, including:

  • Many people no longer have cheques for jersey deposits
  • Administrative and time consuming process for both players and staff.  In particular, it is a considerable burden on volunteer coaches and managers to deal with the jersey process (including jersey deposits, managing sizes, managing numbers, collecting jerseys, etc.). We would like to take this burden away from our volunteers who already do so much.
  • It is extremely difficult and inefficient to distribute and collect 120 + sets of jerseys in the right size and numbers twice a year. It makes for a very hectic pre-season and we feel our members will be better served for the office and technical staff and volunteer equipment managers to be available for member support rather than making uniform sets.
  • Players will always have a jersey that fits and can get the proper size when they outgrow their current “Jersey-4-Life”.
  • We will be passing on program savings thereby helping to ensure registration fees remain more consistent from year to year.
  • Unfortunately, every year we lose a few jerseys. This costs the membership money. With “Jersey-4-Life”, all members are responsible for their own jerseys and none will be lost.