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TFC Academy hosts invitational tournament this weekend

U11 and U12 groups in action this weekend

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Lots of live soccer action this weekend in edition to TFC’s big clash on Sunday at the Red Bulls
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The third annual Fall Invitational is set to kick off this morning up at Downsview Park.

Two age groups – U11 and U12 – will take part in some 48 matches over the ensuing three days with the winners crowned on Sunday afternoon.

The invitational sees sides from around the continent converge at the KIA Training Ground for an action packed weekend of football.

The U11 division sees TFC take on sides from New York Red Bulls Academy, Houston Dynamo Academy, Ottawa South United, and York Region Soccer Association.

While in the U12 division Sporting KC Academy, Columbus Crew Academy, DC United Academy, Ottawa South United, and York Region Soccer Association.

The full schedule can be viewed at

I happened to be up there last season and was able to catch a little bit of play. And I must say, I was rather impressed with the calibre of player on hand – and the raucous support from some of the parents. All in good fun.

Houston were there last year too and they had one kid who looked the part, if only 11 or 12 years old.

It's always good to get a preview of what may be coming up from the academy in the future. Have been hearing some very good things regarding what has quietly been happening there, so this weekend offers a chance to check it out in person.