General Information

Please register your team as soon as possible (even before your final player selections have been made) to avoid disappointment. In the past we have had to turn down approximately 50 teams' applications for entry.

We do not need players' list when you register, only that your team exists and in which League and Division you will play this coming summer. We will close groups when they are full, even if this occurs before the regstration and withdrawal deadline of April 11, 2018.

The 24th Annual Ottawa Internationals' "Icebreaker" Soccer Tournament

Girls: May 26 and 27, 2018 - Boys: June 2 and 3, 2018

Both competitions will include two competitive categories (the "Ice" Pile and the "Snow" Bank) in all of the age groupings from U-9 to U-18 (both inclusive).

Please note that Ontario soccer association's (OSA) long-term player development matrix indicates that age groupings U-9 to U-12 are restricted to a single-day festivals.

  • The girls' U9, U10, U11 and U12 Snow Bank division will play on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
  • The girls' U9, U10, U11 and U12 Ice Pile division will play on Sunday, May 27, 2018.
  • The boys' U9, U10, U11 and U12 Snow Bank division will play on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
  • The boys' U9, U10, U11 and U12 Ice Pile division will play on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

The U-13 to U-18 age groups of this Tournament have been approved by the Ontario Soccer Association as an "ONACC" Tournament which means that only Competitive Club Teams from North America are eligible to participate. All participating teams have to be registered to play in an outdoor league during the spring or summer of 2018 in order to be eligible to compete in the Icebreaker Tournament.

The U-9 to U-12 Festivals are currently approved by the local soccer governing body, the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association (EODSA) as "Inter-Provincial Festivals" which means that teams from anywhere in Canada are eligible to apply for entry.

  • All teams must supply proof that they are registered with their District, Provincial or State soccer association.
  • All out-of-district teams must produce a Travel Permit from their home soccer association which authorizes that team to compete in the Icebreaker and that all players are registered to participate in this Tournament's class.
  • Validly certified player passbooks or cards will be the only proof of player registration that will be accepted. Improperly registered or unregistered players or teams will not be permitted to participate.
  • Teams must carry and supply proof of injury and liability insurance while participating in this event. Your team's fully-authorized or approved Travel Permit includes and proves this insurance coverage.

All festival participants will need to supply photo identification that also displays the player's date of birth. Please see the festival rules for more information regarding player identification and proof of insurance coverage

***The team entry, team withdrawal (without financial penalty) and payment deadline date is April 10, 2018.

Entry Fees

  • $290 for U-9 to U-12
  • $540 for U-13 to U-18


All of the "Icebreaker's" games will be held in the City of Ottawa, and, subject to receiving the minimum number of entries, competitions in the following age categories will be held.

Age Group Birth Dates

  • Under-9 Festival Mini Soccer - (7-a-side) Born on or after January 1, 2009
  • Under-10 Festival Mini Soccer - (7-a-side) Born on or after January 1, 2008
  • Under-11 Festival Mini Soccer - (9-a-side) Born on or after January 1, 2007
  • Under-12 Festival Mini Soccer - (9-a-side) Born on or after January 1, 2006
  • Under-13 Born on or after January 1, 2005
  • Under-14 Born on or after January 1, 2004
  • Under-15 Born on or after January 1, 2003
  • Under-16 Born on or after January 1, 2002
  • Under-17 Born on or after January 1, 2001
  • Under-18 Born on or after January 1, 2000

A minimum of six (6) and a maximum of twelve (12) teams will be eligible to compete in each Tournament Divisional Age Grouping.

Festival Age Grouping Divisions will be structured to allow each team to play four games. Divisional sizes may vary - but we need a minimum of five (5) teams to start a Festival Round-Robin. If demand warrants it, Divisions may be expanded and/or more than one Divisional Section may be established.

Register early in order to avoid disappointment. The maximum number of players per team varies depending upon the age grouping in which the team is playing. Please check the Rules pages on this web-site for your particular age group's team roster and playing limitation. In spite of the age grouping in which a player is playing, a player may be registered on only one team and in only one age group in either the Tournament and/or in the Festival.

Dual Shoot-Out" Tournament

For the twentieth year the Icebreaker will again feature the "Dual Shoot-Out" format, which guarantees each team a minimum of six (6) games, settles all games whose scores are tied at the end of regulation time by way of a Shoot-Out, and eliminates a team from further competition only after it has lost two (2) play-off round games.

A Dual Shoot-Out is a tournament whose structure differs from that of a standard round-robin or cross-over tournament in that:

  • All games that have a tied score at the end of regulation time, immediately proceed to a shoot-out in order to declare a winner, and
  • A team must lose two (2) games in the play-off rounds in order to be eliminated from further competition.

This format provides all teams with a minimum of 6 fast-paced, exciting games, while allowing all teams to remain "in the hunt" for the Tournament Championship, even if that team has lost its first four games!

The purpose of this early-season tournament is to provide each team with an opportunity:

  • to play at least six (6) short games, so as to give each team a chance to see how they "stack up" against several opponents;
  • to help to integrate or incorporate new players into their teams; and
  • to allow coaches an opportunity to experiment with new line-ups, strategies or tactics or to move players into different positions, without the pressure of having to win each game in order to advance in the Tournament.

This format was introduced to Ottawa in the 1997 edition of the "Icebreaker" and has been so favourably received and complimented by the vast majority of teams that have participated in the Icebreaker that it has become an "unofficial Ottawa tradition" to start the outdoor soccer season with the Icebreaker's "Dual Shoot-Out" format .

Icebreaker Division Definitions

U-9, U-10, U-11 and U-12 Festival Teams

  • Festival Teams are to select whether they wish to play in the stronger division (the Ice Pile) or in the standard division (the Snow Bank).
  • Soccer Alliance of Canada (SACC) teams will, whenever possible, play up by one age group in the Festival's Ice Pile Divisions.

U-13 to U-18 Tournament Teams

Ice Pile

  • ERSL U-14 to U-18 Regional (Ontario L3) teams
  • Quebec U-13 to U-18 "AA" Level teams,
  • ERSL U-13 Tier 1 teams
  • ERSL District Development U-9, U-10, U-11 and U-12 Tier 1 teams
  • Any team playing at the highest level in an Ontario Regional or a Multi-Jurisdictional League.
  • Note: OYSL (Ontario L1), LSEQ (Quebec "AAA"), OPDL, Super-Y, Soccer Academy Alliance of Canada (SAAC) and US ODP teams will play in the Ice Pool but in the next older age grouping.

Snow Bank

  • ERSL U-14 to U-18 Tier 2 or District Competitive (formerly Ontario "L4" and "L5") teams
  • Quebec U-13 to U-18 "A" Level teams
  • ERSL U-13 Tier 2 teams
  • ERSL U-9, U-10, U-11 and U-12 District Development Tier 2 teams
  • Lower Level (i.e. Ontario "L6") teams playing in a Division other than the top Division in an Ontario Regional or a Multi-Jurisdictional League.
  • Club Teams playing in an Ontario District League,
  • Recreation level teams that are "carded" to play Competitively.


Any team that is qualified to play in the Snow Bank may ask, and may be permitted, to play in the Ice Pile.

ERSL U13 Tier 1 and ERSL U-14 to U-18 Regional (Ontario L3) teams and Quebec "AA" Level teams that choose to "play up" in an older age group can also choose to play in that older age group's Snow Bank Division.

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