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The Robbie

Robbie Festival Parade
Robbie Festival Parade

World’s Largest Charitable Youth Soccer Tournament

The Robbie International Soccer Tournament was inducted into Canada Soccer Hall of Fame by the Ontario Soccer Association in November 2014

The Robbie International Soccer Tournament was founded in 1967. Since then the Robbie has donated over $1.5 million dollars to  Cystic Fibrosis Canada and Muscular Dystrophy. 

In 1967, a group of soccer enthusiasts met in John Wimbs’ living room to organize a small soccer tournament for boys. From above, they heard three year old Robbie Wimbs receiving treatment for Cystic Fibrosis. CF is an incurable disease that in 1967 took most of its victims before the age of five. There and then the organizers decided to dedicate their tournament, not just to soccer, but to fighting the disease. The Robbie was born.

Since 1967, youth teams have been coming to Toronto to play soccer and, through entry fees and various activities, raise money for children who suffer from CF. The introduction of the Girls’ division several years later prompted organizers to recognize another cause – Muscular Dystrophy. As of 2008, the Robbie has dedicated it’s attention solely to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, in memory of Robbie Wimbs. 

The Ontario Soccer Referees Association has supported the Robbie since 1967. Referees from across Ontario have been donating their services continusly over the years. The main pool of referees comes from Scarborough followed with strong support from Durham, York Region, Toronto and North York

 Thanks to the Robbie, Referees Associations and other organizations, CFC victims are living longer and with greater hope. Robbie Wimbs survived until he was 33. He lives on in the tournament he inspired.

 

Date2017 Robbie International Soccer Tournament
Saturday July 1st Preliminary Games
Sunday July 2ndPreliminary and Semi Finals Games
Monday July 3rdFinals
Date2017 Robbie Festival
Saturday June 24thUnder 8-10 and 11 Festival Games
Sunday June 25th Under 9 and 12 Festival Games