SAAC Championship Weekend: Wrap-Up Report

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SAAC’s Championship Weekend 2017 at Centennial Stadium was a huge success on all ends of the spectrum. Firstly, we would like to take this time to thank all SAAC Academies who put in a tremendous amount of work in both on and off the pitch the entire season and especially preparing for SAAC Championship Weekend. We congratulate all of you on a tremendous season and are already looking forward to seeing you again in the Spring. Here are the results from Day One and Two of #SAACChampionship Weekend

DAY 1:

Division Competition Time Home Away
U16 Male Academy Cup Final 11:00 AM Futuro SA
Spring Champions
FC Durham Academy
 Fall Champions
U20T2 Male Academy Cup Final 1:00 PM Sigma FC B1
 Spring Champions
ANB Futbol JR.
 Fall Champions
U20 Male Academy Cup Final 3:00 PM Sigma FC – A1
 Spring + Fall Champs
FC Durham Academy
2nd runners up

U16 Male: Futuro-Shiled-with-Argentina-Blue(PMS-2905)vs. 

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In our first match of SAAC Championship Weekend, Spring Champions (Futuro SA) and Fall Champions (FC Durham) played a great match which saw two penalties being saved, one from each team! The game ended 3-1 with FC Durham Academy taking home the 2017 U16M Academy Cup.

U20T2 Male: vs. 

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We follow that up with Spring Champions (Sigma FC B1) who took on Fall Champions (ANB Futbol JR.) in the U20T2M Academy Cup Final. A very strong showing from ANB Futbol saw them keep a clean sheet against Sigma FC with a 3-0 victory.

U20 Male: vs.

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Finally, we wrapped up ‘Day One’ of Championship Weekend with Spring and Fall Champions (Sigma FC – A1) taking on Runners Up (FC Durham Academy) in the U20M Academy Cup Final. An absolutely enthralling match that came down to penalties! FC Durham and Sigma FC exchanged goals ultimately ending 3-3 after the full-time whistle. A save from the Sigma FC keeper corralled them to complete the treble and win the U20M Academy Cup.

DAY 2:

Division Competition Time Home Away
U13 Male Fall Challenge Final 9:30 AM Eurostar Lions ANB Futbol
U14 Male Academy Cup Final 11:30 AM Eurostar Lions
Spring Champions
ProStars FC
 Fall Champions
U15 Male Academy Cup Final 1:30 PM London FA
 Spring Champions
Rush Canada
 Fall Champions
U20 Female Academy Cup Final 3:30 PM ANB Futbol
 Spring Champions
London FA
 Fall Champions

U13 Male:  vs.

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U14 Male:  vs.

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Next up, Spring Champions (Eurostar Academy) took the field against Fall Champions (ProStars FC) in the U14 Male Academy Cup Final. From kick-off, this match had non-stop action, with Dandre Williams of Eurostar Academy scoring an incredible four goals and adding an assist. A dominant performance worthy of the U14M Academy Cup Trophy.

U15 Male: vs.

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Our next game featured Spring Champions (London FA) taking on Fall Champions (Rush Canada) in the U15M Academy Cup finals. Rush opened the scoring with an amazing lofted header, but London quickly drew level. Both teams played a tremendous game, but in the end London was able to cement the Academy Cup win with a 90th minute goal to go up 4-2.

U20 Female:  vs.

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Our final match of SAAC’s Championship Weekend was between Fall Champions (London FA) and Spring Champions (ANB Futbol) for the U20 Female Academy Cup. Although London FA burst out to a quick 2-0 lead, ANB Futbol buckled down and brought it back to 2-2. A very spirited contest saw London FA put away the eventual game winner through a penalty kick in the 80th minute.

 

Congratulations to all SAAC Academy teams and we look forward to another successful season next year! Enjoy the break.

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#SAACGameOfTheWeek

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Soccer Academy Alliance Canada is proud to announce #SAACGameOfTheWeek!

#SAACGameOfTheWeek will showcase one game that will have live tweets and in-game updates as an attempt to further promote the talent around our league!

Our first #SAACGameOfTheWeek will be announced shortly for this upcoming weekend. Stay tuned to our social feeds for all the latest information.

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SAAC Spring Results

SAAC News Release:

As another enthralling spring season in SAAC comes to a close, it is time to announce the champions in each respective division. We would like to thank all SAAC Academies for participating and making it another spring season to remember.

U14 – Male 

Rush Canada has taken the crown after being two points back prior to the last game of the season. It was down to the wire, but they secured the title with a win over Premier SI on August 21.

U14 – Female

Congratulations to FC Durham Academy for finishing first place this year. They finished the season with an undefeated record of five-wins and two-draws.

U15 – Male 

Congratulations to Toronto Skillz for finishing first place this year. Finishing the season with an overall record of eight-wins, one-loss and one-draw is quite the feat. FC Durham can pull into a tie with Skillz if they take a win over ANB Futbol, but Toronto Skillz hold the tiebreaker with a 2-1 win over FC Durham.

U16 – Male 

Congratulations to ANB Futbol for finishing first place this year. ANB went undefeated with seven-wins and three-draws during the course of the season.

U16 – Female

Congratulations to FC Durham for a stellar season! It came down to the last game of the season, but FC Durham was able to edge out Rush Canada to become this years U16 Female Champions. They finished with a record of eight-wins, one-tie and one-loss.

U17 – Male 

Congratulations to FC Durham for finishing in the top spot this year. An error was recently fixed to the final standings. It was a close race between Durham and Eurostar, but with a record of seven-wins and three-draws, they were able to cement themselves at the top of the table.

U20 – Male 

Congratulations to Sigma FC for finishing in the top spot this year. Maintaining an undefeated record of eight-wins and two-draws is a great accomplishment. Well done!

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EuroStar players make their mark in Rome

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Four Eurostar players were invited to attend a training camp with S.S. Lazio Youth Academy this past August.  Adam Nalywaiko (98), Kian Newell (99), Adam Morphy (99), and Sosa Emovan (00) travelled to Rome, Italy along with Eurostar Director, Luka Shaqiri and two managers.  The boys participated in a pre-season conditioning camp and exhibition games with their respective Lazio age groups receiving up to 5 hours of daily practice time.  The 2-3 coaches assigned per team plus a dedicated agility coach provided a disciplined and high intensity experience.  As the oldest Eurostar player, Adam Nalywaiko progressed very well through the week and was invited to participate in a practice session with the Lazio Primavera squad.  Lazio provided Adam with the full professional soccer player treatment and he showed extremely well playing up two years.

During their visit, the players attended a Lazio v Bassano Virtus Coppa Italia game as well as a Roma v Fiorentina opening season game – both at Stadio Olimpico.

This was an incredible learning experience overall for the Eurostar players to be part of a professional organization.  The Lazio coaches were very impressed overall with their quality and technical ability.  As a result, the Lazio director has invited all four boys to return for additional training and tryouts in 2015.