Recreational U9-U18

Last Edited: Jan 2020


Recreational League

This is the introductory level of soccer at Ottawa TFC.  Players in the Recreational leagues can expect to play a soccer game each week as part of a balanced team, while training once a week. 

Players are asked to register as either a "central player" (Gloucester - Pineview Park area) or an "east player" (Orleans - Millennium area), depending upon their preferred geographic location to play/train.  While the club cannot promise that every player will play right in his or her back yard, we strive to put players on teams that train and play as close to home as possible, in some cases fielding entire divisions in both the east and central areas.  

Program Details

  • U9-U10 league
  • U11-U12 league
  • U13-U14 league
  • U15-U16 league
  • U17-U18 league

Boys and girls play separately in all recreational leagues. 

Unsure of your age group? 

Season Length:

Mid-May to mid-August

Game Format:

U9/U10 - 7 a-side (7v7) - 2 x 25 minutes

U11-U12 - 7 a-side (9v9) - 2 x 30 minutes

U13-U15 - 11 a-side or 9 a-side (11v11)* - 2 x 40 minutes

U16-U18 - 11 a-side or 9 a-side (11v11)- 2 x 45 minutes

Depending on the number of players registered, the Club may choose to either play 9 aside (9v9) or 11 aside (11v11) for these age groups. 

Practice Format:

U9-U12:  Station format training where players rotate between skills exercises and small sided games for 60 minutes (4 stations x 15 minutes).  

U13+:  Training run by team coaches, 30 minutes of warm-up and skills work followed by small sided games. 

Player Assessments:

Recreational leagues are open to all players. 

Players wishing to tryout for an Ottawa TFC Competitive team or an Ottawa TFC Academy team should click on one of the following links for more information: 

  1. Ottawa TFC Competitive Program U9-U18  
  2. Ottawa TFC Academy Programs U9-U18
Weekly Commitment:

One game and one practice or scrimmage per week

 Click here for projected Game and Practice fields/locations


Free Goalkeeper Training Opportunity:

  • Players who are interested in exploring the goalkeeper position can receive FREE basic goalkeeper training.
  • Register for the Intro to Keeper program.
Important Dates:

Early/Mid May 2019

  • All players will be contacted by Team Officials.  
  • Team schedules finalized and released. 

May 18, 2019??

  • Meet and greet for all divisions.

May 25, 2020

  • League play starts

July 27-30, 2020??

  • Mid summer break - no soccer this week

August 22 and 23, 2020 (Soccer Day)

  • U9-U12 Year-end festival 
  • U13 to U18 Tournament/Playoffs.


On or before March 31st: $225 (early bird discount)
After March 31st: $265

*Full uniform and ball included in registration fee. 

Non-Volunteer fee: 

$50 per family (mandatory fee, refundable after volunteering)

Player Requirements:
  • Players are required to wear protective shin guards and shoes at all games and practices.  Soccer cleats are allowed and recommended at all age groups.
  • No jewelry, hair clips or bracelets are allowed to be worn on the soccer field.  Ontario Soccer (OS) Policy states that all jewelry including, but not limited to earrings and watches must be removed.  Taping earrings is also not allowed.  Jewellry poses an unnecessary risk to all players. 
  • Casts – Hard casts are not permitted.
  • Eyeglasses – The club recommends that players who wear eyeglasses, wear sports glasses during games and practices for everyone's safety.


Please email Peter Humphries at

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