The first year of the Winter Indoor Soccer League, a collaboration between the Huntsville and Bracebridge soccer clubs, was a huge success.
The league wrapped up its season with a final day of fun games on Sunday, April 14 at Riverside Public School. “It was a great day of soccer fun,” said Ted Maduri, vice president of the Huntsville Soccer Club.
The league was formed so that kids could continue to play their sport, perfecting their skills and keeping a competitive edge throughout the winter months. The program ran for 10 Sundays at Riverside P.S. in Huntsville and at BMLSS in Bracebridge.
There were 60 players divided into two divisions, the U10 Division for seven to nine-year-olds which had four teams, and the U13 Division for 10 to 12-year-olds which had six teams. All played in the competitive environments provided by both soccer clubs. There was great support and several volunteers who helped make the 10-week program work.
On the final day of games, teams played in a three-on-three tournament format with each team playing four games apiece. The stands were filled with fans, family and friends their to cheer on the teams and keep them on top of their game with orange slices and granola bars.
Team Yellow—Andrew Maduri, Abbey Wood, Will Pellett and Neil Schenker (Sadie Gardiner was absent), coached by Scott Wood—took top spot in the U13 tournament after playing all four of their games undefeated.
The U10 Division’s Team Yellow also came out victorious. Players Beckett Raglin, Sarah Mackay, and Tyler Forbes were coached by Chris Occhiuizi.
Each league participant was also awarded a certificate from the Indoor Soccer Program.
Both clubs are gearing up for the outdoor season, but have already started planning for next year’s indoor league thanks to this year’s success.
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