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:


Player Registration link:

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.

For additional information about the 2023 Arctic Winter Games, click here