In each of the last few years all divisions of The Robbie, both Festival (U8-12) and International Tournament (U13-18) have reached capacity and each year we’ve had wait lists in most divisions. Despite a wicked 2019 winter, applications are actually slightly ahead of 2018 when we totalled 450 teams.
The Robbie is the only charity event sanctioned by Ontario Soccer. Festival teams are exempt from travel distance limits, and participation in The Robbie does not count as a memorable event. The Festival is now open also to Under 8 teams. Some districts including Durham, Toronto and Peel Halton allow festival age teams to blackout Robbie weekend, freeing teams from regular schedules, so their teams can participate if they wish in The Robbie.
Year after year about 25% of Tournament teams travel from well beyond the Greater Toronto Area, not just from Ontario but also Quebec and other provinces as well as the U.S.A., Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.
Since 1967, The Robbie has supported Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Total donations from The Robbie have reached almost $2-million.