Junior Ravens Soccer is part of Carleton University’s Junior Ravens program. These programs concentrate on developing fundamental skills and techniques to lay the foundations for more advanced learning in the future.

Registration for our Junior Ravens spring soccer program will open on Wednesday, April 10 at 9:00am

Information about the 2024 spring program can be found below

2024 Junior Ravens Spring Soccer

The SPRING PROGRAM will have  7 lessons running on Saturday mornings from May 4 to June 22 (no program running on May 18).

 The program will run outdoors on Ravens Field

Ages 5 & 6 years old = 9:00am to 10:00am

Ages 7 to 8 years old = 10:00am to 11:00am

Ages 9 to 10 years old = 11:00am to 12:00pm

Ages 8 – 12 Years old & FAST Program = 11:00am to 12:00pm

Parking in Lot P5 is included in your program fees but must be validated each time you park with the HotSpot link provided in our welcome e-mail. The HotSpot link will only be active during program hours.

REGISTER: Junior Ravens Spring Soccer ($119)

We kindly request that parents and unregistered children remain on the outer boundary of the field during lessons. Additionally, we ask that registered children starting their lessons at later times to wait until the ongoing lesson concludes before going onto the field.

Program Structure

The Junior Ravens Soccer program has 3 sessions which take place in the spring, fall and winter. The program is overseen by the head coach of our varsity men’s soccer team Marcelo Plada:

The program structure is built around 3 core values and is

  • Developing young soccer players to reach their potential, regardless of current skill level.
  • Promoting a love of the sport and wider knowledge of the game.
  • Creating a culture of fair play and respect for teammates, opponents, coaches and the game itself.

Each week the 1 hour program is broken into 4 x 10-12 minute circuits, which the players rotate through keeping them engaged in four different skill building activities. Training circuits will consist of everything from small sided games, physical literacy, obstacle courses, fun soccer related games and specific skill development.

Players will be placed in groups of no more than 15 at the start of the program and will remain in their group for the duration of the program. 

The main objectives of our program has always been to create a fun safe environment where kids can learn the fundamentals of the game, and grow a passion for soccer and sport in general. We encourage personal growth through exciting challenges, teamwork and building friendships. We are taking an exploratory approach to the relationship of space and movement and how it applies to soccer. The game of soccer is our vehicle but we are strong believers in multisport athletes, where development of spatial and movement skills are transferable through all sports.

Continuing for Spring 2024:

F.A.S.T. Program (Fundamentals – Advanced – Specific – Training) Ages 8 to 12 years old

Our Junior Ravens soccer program is geared towards beginner players. Our Junior Ravens F.A.S.T. soccer program will add an additional component for intermediate to advanced players (ages 8 to 12 years old) to further their fundamental enjoyment of the game. We are excited as this will expose players to soccer specific concepts in a fun and safe environment. The priority is to develop individual skills and ability in the areas of:
1) Controlling the Ball
2) Running with the ball
3) Passing the ball
4) Shooting
5) Special Techniques (Volley’s, Feints, Goalkeeping, Defending)

Players will receive quality instruction from a combination of Carleton soccer, coaching staff, alumnus, and current men and women varsity players.  With the goal of providing explanations, and trigger points for various soccer actions delivered within the session. We hope to create an environment for players to use their imagination, creativity so that they may develop through trial and error. Our flexible and fluid approach will allow us to work with various age groups at one time, keeping true to our F.A.S.T approach.

Schedule, Location & Price

The SPRING program will take place outdoors on Ravens Field. 

The program is open to all children who are 5 to 12 years old. The SPRING PROGRAM has 7 lessons running Saturday mornings from May 4 to June 22 (there is no program on May 18). The cost of the program is $119. 

Ages and Times are divided into the following

  • 5 & 6 year olds: 9:00am to 10:00am
  • 7 & 8 year olds: 10:00am to 11:00am
  • 9 & 10 year olds: 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • 8 to 12 year olds (F.A.S.T. Program): 11:00am to 12:00pm

*Soccer cleats and shin pads are optional for ages 5 to 8 and are recommended for ages 9 to 10.

Soccer cleats and shin pads are required for the F.A.S.T. program

For questions regarding programming details or any other aspect of the Junior Ravens Soccer Program please contact michael.cicchillitti@carleton.ca


Registration by phone or in person is on available during our hours of operation. Register online 24/7. To register in person, visit our Welcome Centre in the Alumni Hall.