For 28 years and 27 seasons, South Dundas United/South Dundas Soccer has operated a youth summer soccer program. Consisting of nine regular season weeks, and a two-day weekend World Cup playoff tournament, this is our largest youth soccer program. In 2023, there are over 430 youth registered playing on 38 teams across six leagues. Each week, this development soccer program has a 30-45 minute training session where players learn new skills and practice already developed skills. The remaining time each week is used for a league game ranging from 20 minutes for U5 to 40 minutes for U18. The league runs from mid-May to the end of July each year.
This program launched in 2021 and has grown to over 175 players. In 2022, there were 17 teams playing in five leagues from U6 to U18. Similar to our summer program in operation, time is spent each week in developing skills through training, followed by a league game. The season has six regular season weeks, followed by a one day playoff tournament. This outdoor soccer program runs from early-September to late October.
Winter Indoor Soccer (Futsal)
In 2022, South Dundas United/South Dundas Soccer piloted an indoor soccer/futsal program in Morrisburg. That program was operated as a drop-in, free program to gauge interest in future indoor soccer opportunities. The program was a success. Beginning in late 2023, an indoor soccer/futsal program will launch with four-team leagues playing. Registration numbers will determine if the teams will be co-ed or if separate girls and boys leagues will run. Each league will be capped at four teams per league so limited spaces will be available.
South Dundas United/South Dundas Soccer aims to bring back competitive/travelling soccer beginning in 2025. The last time this was successfully offered in Iroquois was in 2018 by the Seaway Kickers organization, which no longer exists. There are many costs involved with bringing travelling soccer back to the community, and a number of challenges including the lack of club boundaries/territories. In order for SDU to offer a return to competitive/travelling soccer, there will need to be a significant commitment/buy-in from the soccer community.