Following the 2020 Arctic Winter Games held in Whitehorse, Yukon, the Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games will include athletes from the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, Alaska, Greenland, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), Northern Alberta and the Indigenous people (Sami) of Norway, Sweden and Finland. The Games will take place between January 29 and February 4, 2023.
As per Futsal, Team Northern Alberta will have male and female representation in the Juvenile divisions (2009 born and later), as well as the Junior division (2007 born and later), adding a total of 4 teams. It is worth mentioning that players and coaches must reside above the 55th parallel to be eligible for these games.
Coach applications can be completed here – due by September 23, with coach selections completed by September 27. For additional documentation, please click here.
Coach Application link: https://forms.office.com/r/2Mt9twA7Tm
Player Registration link: http://AlbertaSoccer.rampregistrations.com/participant
Tryouts locations will be Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie. Each site will have local tryouts and then the best players will be selected from both sites to do the combined final tryouts in Fort McMurray.
Fort McMurray Local Tryouts – October 15/16
Saturday, October 15th @ Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre
Girls (born in 2009, 2010, 2011) –> 5:30pm-6:30pm
Boys (born in 2009, 2010, 2011) –> 6:30pm-7:30pm
Girls (born in 2007 & 2008) –> 7:30pm-8:30pm
Boys (born in 2007 & 2008) –> 8:30pm-9:30pm
Sunday, October 16th @ MacDonald Island Park
Girls (born in 2009, 2010, 2011) –> 9am-10:15am
Boys (born in 2009, 2010, 2011) –> 10:15am-11:30am
Girls (born in 2007 & 2008) –> 11:30am-12:45pm
Boys (born in 2007 & 2008) –> 12:45pm-2pm
Grande Prairie Local Tryouts – October 8/9 @ Eastlink Centre
Girls (born in 2009, 2010, 2011) –> October 8 12pm/October 9 12pm
Boys (born in 2009, 2010, 2011) –> October 8 1pm/October 9 1pm
Girls (born in 2007 & 2008) –> October 8 2pm/October 9 2pm
Boys (born in 2007 & 2008) –> October 8 3pm/October 9 3pm
*Final Combined Tryouts – November 5/6 in Fort MacMurray @ Anzac Recreation Centre
Saturday, November 5th
Girls (2009/10/11): 9am-10:15am
Boys (2009/10/11): 10:15am-11:30am
Girls (2007/08): 11:30am-12:45pm
Boys (2007/08): 12:45pm-2pm
Girls (2009/10/11): 2pm-3pm
Boys (2009/10/11): 3pm-4pm
Girls (2007/08): 4pm-5pm
Boys (2007/08): 5pm-6pm
Sunday, November 6th
Girls (2009/10/11): 10am-11:30am
Boys (2009/10/11): 11:30am-1pm
Girls (2007/08): 1pm-2:30pm
Boys (2007/08): 2:30pm-4pm
*: only athletes selected in the initial tryouts will be able to participate in the final tryouts.
About the Games
The Arctic Winter Games is a high-profile circumpolar sport competition for northern and arctic athletes. The Games provide an opportunity to strengthen sport development in the participants’ jurisdictions, promote the benefits of sport, build partnerships, and promote culture and values. The Games celebrate sport, social exchange and cultures. The Games provide an opportunity for the developing athlete to compete in friendly competition while sharing cultural values from northern regions around the world.