Due to the continued success and interest in our Academy Program we are very pleased to announce that we have added another class to meet increasing demand.
We will now be offering two classes on Monday and Wednesday during our Spring Phase.
For more specific information on the classes please check out our Spring Academy Program Page.
In our latest player profile feature we have selected one of our more senior players and U12 Development Team Player Diego.
BEST POSITION: Attacking Center Mid
FAVOURITE SOCCER PLAYER: Neymar Jr
FAVOURITE TEAM: Crystal Palace
FAVOURITE COLOUR BOOTS: Black and White
FAVOURITE OTHER SPORT: Ski
ADIDAS OR NIKE: Nike
WHAT COUNTRY, OTHER THAN CANADA, COULD YOU PLAY FOR: Brazil
MESSI OR RONALDO: Messi
FAVOURITE FOOD: Sushi
Parents Comments: Since Diego was 6 years old, he always has a ball on his feet, inside and outside the house. As a parent, I have to be very patient 🙂 Diego practices at home every day and has watched thousands of videos on soccer tricks and skills.
Diego will also be playing Futsal in Rio with a local soccer club called Bebola during his upcoming visit to Brazil !
Coaches Comments: All of us at Soccaskool wish Diego lots of luck and success as he heads off to Brazil for a month to train and play futsal. He is one of our very best players, and we are sure that he is going to do well. Diego is a pleasure to coach and work with. He has a great personality with excellent ability, we are going to miss him !
Soccaskool U9s travelled to Penticton this weekend to play a pair of matches against Excelsior U10/11. These teams played against each other in a double header last month, with Penticton making full use of their advantage in size and strength to record a couple of comfortable victories.
It looked like this weekends games were going to follow the exact same pattern, as the opening match kicked off and the home team once again utilized the long ball to race into an immediate 2-0 lead. However, this time the Soccaskool players knew what to expect and were better prepared and did not panic. Our new defensive partnership of Axl and Mateo along with debut goalkeeper Presley behind them remained composed and began to look comfortable nullifying the threat of the long ball. Meanwhile our players were encouraged to be patient, keep passing the ball and to work hard as a group to keep building the play. As a result Soccaskool began to enjoy long periods of possession and soon started to create goal scoring opportunities. When striker Jackson popped in the first goal from close range to bring it back to 2-1 the Soccaskool players visibly grew in confidence. After that, our team played some great soccer which was very entertaining to watch. The goals started to come with Soccaskool dominating possession with Jacob in fine form controlling the match from centre midfield as well as scoring two goals. Another goal for Jackson, and a hat trick from the very dangerous Callum would give Soccaskool a very nice 7-4 win.
The second game was also very entertaining to watch, with more excellent soccer from Soccaskool on display. Penticton also played their part with increased efforts to try and play good possession based soccer. The result was a well balanced, evenly matched game between two good teams. Another goal each from Jacob and Jackson would complete both of their hat tricks for the day, and give Soccaskool a very well earned 2-0 win. Great game, well done to both sets of players.
This U9 team is taking shape very nicely. Every player contributed to two excellent performances and showed great growth in their decision making and concentration.
Player of the day has to go to Jacob, who was quite simply outstanding in both games.
U10 Development Team continued its good form this weekend at the Penticton Indoor Tournament, and picked up their first medals of the season!
Playing in the U11/12 B Division, Soccaskool opened the event with an early morning demolition job of the hosts. Our passing was too crisp and our attacking play was way too fast for Penticton to handle as we romped to an 11-0 win. Multiple goals from strike force of Liam, Chase and Luka got the job done for us. Our central midfield duo of Charlie and Sam dominated the game from start to finish. This partnership in midfield continues to get better and is going to be a match for any team that we play against this year.
The second game of the day was a completely different affair, as we came up against EFS (Vernon) U11/12 boys. The Vernon team contained several excellent U12 players who were significantly bigger and faster than our group. However Soccaskool were able to show how much the other side of their game has also improved, as they were forced to defend for long periods of the game. Outstanding performances from Jack, Connor and Player of the Day, Kayden, meant that we kept a well earned clean sheet. At the other end, we are always very dangerous in front of goal, and strikes from Liam and Chase gave us an excellent 2-0 victory. As a result we finished unbeaten, top of the division, and with a gold medal to take home !
Our U11/12 team played in the same tournament at the U11/12 A Division and had a much more mixed bag of results. In the opening game against Penticton, we enjoyed long spells of possession and were looking very comfortable with a 3-0 lead going into the last 10 minutes of the game, goals from Daxton (2) and Koen. However, with several key players missing from the squad, Soccaskool were never quite able to finish off the game, and Penticton rallied at the end with 3 quick goals to earn themselves a 3-3 draw. Soccaskool were very disappointed to throw away a winning lead but, all in all, a very exciting game to watch with some good U12 soccer on display. Continue reading U10 Development Team strikes gold
This weekend our new U9 development team made the trip to Penticton to play a selection of u9/u10 Penticton Pinnacles.
The group in only their second round of games made a bright start, were passing the ball well and looked the more likely of the two teams to open the scoring. However as the games went on it was clear to see that we were going to have to battle against a very direct style of play.
Despite this promising start and some half chances there were no early goals as a reward for our good early play and pressure and after absorbing the early pressure, Penticton themselves with their direct style of play began creating lots of pressure in and around the Soccaskool net and fired themselves into a commanding lead with a salvo of quickfire goals. Our Soccaskool group took some time to compose themselves and regroup before showing glimpses of what they were capable of as the game went on but were outgunned in a game of contrasting styles. Final score in game 1 was 9-2 Penticton (Goalscorers – Finn & Sam)
In game 2 our Soccaskool looked to build on their strong finish in game 1 and indeed showed lots more promise with their consistent efforts to play a possession based game involving playing out from the back resulting in some excellent passing moves and undoubtedly greater influence in game 2. This game would be much more closely contested and we were able to have much more possession and create many more chances, which with some better decision making may have resulted in more goals. Game 2 final score 8-4 (Goalscorers – Hudson (2), Sam & Axl
All in an excellent developmental exercise and experience for our young players and affirmation for Soccaskool that we will steadfastly continue to develop and encourage our players how to become skillful and effective soccer players by promoting a possession based game which will challenge the decision making and technical skills of our players. Its the “moments of brilliance” in these games that mean much more than any scorelines during these very important developmental years.
Great job to everyone on the day !