IFC Grassroots Festival Season is the initial stage of the IFC Academy Program, establishing a focus on the development and fundamentals of a soccer player in an un-pressured game environment. The Festival Season is open to soccer players from the ages of U4-U13. The aim of the program is to instill a sense of enjoyment for playing soccer with a commitment to grassroots development.
Grassroots Festivals are comprised of small-sided games working in formats of 2v2, 5v5, and 8v8 soccer. By using these small-sided games players are encouraged to touch the ball more frequently which is a key stepping stone on their pathway to becoming a better soccer player. They will gradually become more comfortable and confident with the soccer ball at their feet as well as becoming more technically competent players. The IFC Grassroots program operates under both the Grassroots Training and Academy formats.