ES Soccer RIFA League 7 aside Festivals


Team rosters, festival dates & venues are posted at this link ES Rifa festival teams  after the tryouts have concluded in Aug 2018.

RAINY SEASON/EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS- During our ES soccer season from Aug-Oct we we are in the rainy season please be aware of the procedures for any weather related cancellation on festival days. Please check the link for information if you are unsure if an event will be held due to extreme weather…Extreme weather cancellation procedures

During after school training sessions training will continue if it is raining. We will cancel or suspend sessions for lightning  or very heavy rain events or if the field becomes unsafe to play on. 

Tryouts for ES festival teams is always held at the start of the new school year in the first full week of schoolStudents need to attend all 3 sessions so that coaches can make an assessment of all players. Teams are based on ‘year born’ as stipulated by the RIFA League. 

Parents please note*-  Our goal is to get as many ES soccer players involved in teams and avoid having to ‘cut’ children after tryouts. Some considerations taken into account in team selection are; the number of teams we are allowed to enter into the league,  the number of players allowed on each team(roster size) and team balance such that all teams will have an opportunity to do well and enjoy the festival competition.  Parents/children need to be aware of the opportunity to develop leadership skills and make new friendships by playing in an ISM festivals team with children they may not normally play with. Team selection is not based on peer/friendship  groups or on groupings of players that play in club teams outside of school.
ISM enters teams in the festival competition to experience all that a competitive environment offers (winning, losing, team camaraderie, playing with sportsmanship etc). Coaches will endeavour to share playing time among the squad of team members on festival days but there is no guarantee that all players will get the same amount of playing time.
ES Gr 4  students cannot play up with our MS teams.  If your child has not experienced a competitive environment previously and you are unsure about their readiness it may be best to sign up for the ES AFAC recreational program or look to a club team outside of school to build skills and confidence without any competitive pressure as a first step.

Rifa Festivals General Information: During first season, Aug- Oct, ISM enters age group teams in the Rizal Football League cumulative 7 a side festival competition under the age guidelines/rules set by the RIFA League. Once selected to a team it is expected that students will attend both training sessions each week and attend the Saturday festivals when held during the season.

Generally festivals start at 8am and 1pm. The  C teams 9  a side for born 07-08 team festival are usually hosted at British School. Festivals are always busy and full of action(Player roster size is max of 15 players for each team 7 a side and 20 players for the C team division) Please note students who make the ISM teams are expected to attend all training sessions and be available for all festivals during the season.

For SY 2018-19 

  • ES C3 team (Born ’07-08):  Coach Eric- typically made up of Grade 4 students.
  • ES  E1 team (Born ’09-10): Coach Ryan – typically Grade 2&3 students
  • ES  E2 team (Born ’09-10): Coach Mike-typically Grade 2&3 students.
  • ES G1 and G 2 teams (Born ’11-12): Coach Mike and Coach Aaron -typically grade 1&2 students.

Our ES RIFA league soccer teams train twice per week with their coaches at the ES field from 2:15 to 3:10.

The first season practice schedule for 2018 begins from week of Aug 13, 2017 through mid Oct and will be posted on the schedules page of this blog, on notice boards around ES and at the ES field under the big tent at the start of the school year.

ISM does not provide busing to all away venues, if busing will be provided it will be indicated on the permission slip . If you require busing please indicate on your permission slip that will be issued prior to each festival. Most venues parents are responsible for drop-off/pick up of your child.

In the RIFA 7 aside cumulative competition match results in each of the festivals count toward a cumulative win/loss record and thus whether teams advance to the finals in October. The festivals are busy and full of action, please ensure your child has a towel, water bottle and sun screen with them on the day.

The ATAC game schedule pdf which is updated regularly by Triz Gonzalez (ATAC Athletics Coordinator) gives the most up to date information on where/when and who our Bearcat teams will be playing throughout the school year.

Access to the game schedule is via the ISM parent portal Use this link  to access the parent portal, log in with your user name/password and look for the ATAC Game Schedule tab, don’t forget to refresh the pdf page each time it opens to get the most current schedule. ATAC Game Schedule Users Guide


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