Greater Victoria Minor Football Association


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the schedule for football throughout the year?

Each year we offer two fun seasons of football!

One is called Spring League that goes from March to June.

The other is called Fall League which starts in early August and goes to late November.

How does Flag football work?

For our Spring Season - Flag football is open to kids in Kindergarten or Grade 2. Kids in Grade 2 have the option of playing either Flag or Tackle football.

In all likelihood, there won't be dedicated teams. Teams will be picked (and balanced) for each session.

WHERE: Copley Field

WHEN: Saturday from 11:00AM-1:00PM

Sessions start in early April each year.

WHAT: Each session will involve about 1 hours of practice and then finish off with a game.

Coach: Sean Downey

What is the practice schedule?

Each team holds two practices per week for 2 hours during weekdays and will have an hour long practice and warm up before each game.


Westshore Warriors
  • Where: Belmont Turf Field
  • When: Tues & Thurs 5PM-7PM (first 4 practices) then 6PM-8PM
Saanich Wolverines
  • Where: Copley Field
  • When: Tues & Thurs 6PM-8PM
How old does my child have to be to play?

Mighty Mites (Flag)

  • Ages 5, 6 and 7 (Grades K and 2)

Atoms (Tackle)

  • Spring Ages 7, 8 and 9 (Grades 2 through 4)

  • Fall - Not available

Pee Wees (Tackle)

  • Spring - Ages 10 and 11 (Grades 5 and 6)

  • Fall - Ages 10 and 11 (Grades 5 and 6)

Junior Bantam (Tackle)

  • Spring - Ages 12 and 13 (Grades 7 and 8)

  • Fall - Ages 12 and 13 (Grades 7 and 8)

For registration, year of birth is used for placement.

Are there lots of injuries in Football?

Injuries do happen in all sports unfortunately, but we feel Football gets a bad rap compared to other sports - and there is research to support that:

Injuries Uncommon in Youth Football, Mayo Clinic Study Reports

ROCHESTER, MINN. -- A Mayo Clinic study of youth football showed that most
injuries that occurred were mild, older players appeared to be at a higher risk and that no
significant correlation exists between body weight and injury.

The study, which appears in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that the
data for athletes grades four through eight indicated that the risk of injury in youth
football does not appear greater than the risk associated with other recreational or
competitive sports.

"Our analysis showed that youth football injuries are uncommon," said Michael J. Stuart,
M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon and the principal author of the study.

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My child is not very big, is that a problem?

The wonderful thing about football is that there is a position for everyone regardless of body shape or size!

The great things is, the coaches typically arrange it so the smaller kids go against each other on the sides (Receivers and Defensive Backs) and the bigger kids go against each other in the middle (Offensive and Defensive Lineman).

Everyone is out here to play a great team sport and there truly is a position for everyone to contribute.

How much does it cost?

Registration for our Spring and Fall League is $200 plus membership dues. Membership dues are only paid once per year.

We wholeheartedly support all financial assistance programs in our area because in football, there truly is a position for every child. So, we accept assistance through KidSport, Langford Assist, Jumpstart and Athletics4Kids.

What equipment do I buy?

This is a trick question - you don't have to buy any equipment!

The league supplies all the required equipment and we regularly replenish our inventory to stay current.

The only equipment that you would need to supply are cleats and they don't need to be football cleats, soccer cleats are just fine.

We do recommend getting big water bottles as these kids get lots of exercise at practices.

Can I get a Refund?

We really want to encourage kids to try out this great game!

Since the first game doesn't start until after 4 weeks of practices, this will give each player 8 practices and one game to see what he or she thinks. The good news is that this pretty much never happens.

A player who withdraws from GVMFA Football before the second regular season game will receive a refund of registration paid, less $40 for insurance paid and registration processing.

There will be NO Refunds after the week 2 of the schedule; this includes if week 1 or week 2 your divisions team was on a BYE week.

For special circumstances, such as medical reasons (documentation maybe requested), pro-rated refunds may be available upon request.

How do I get off your mailing list?

While this does make us sad, eventually everyone leaves our mailing list as their kids get too old for football in our league.

While we do filter our outgoing email based on ages, some do slip through and reach people that don't want it, so... if you don't want to ever receive an email from us again please email us at and let us know.

How much can they expect to play during the game?

While the games are competitive, in that we do keep score and team records, GVMFA is an inclusive developmental league where every player is required to play a minimum number of plays per game. Every player is required to play a minimum of 10-plays and we have a play counter every game who keeps track. Due to safety of the game new players may not get as much playing time as veteran players, or may play outside positions until they fully grasp the game.

How long has the GVMFA been around?

Greater Victoria Minor Football, a non-profit sports organization, has been running the ball around in your community since the Spring of 1989. Teaching youth the principles of fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork and friendly competition.

Having been around for this long, we have many past GVMFA players now giving back and coaching players today!

Any more questions?

If you didn't find the answer you were looking for, drop any one of us a note at, we're eager to help - and grow football in our community!

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