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

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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 July 15-16

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This Week’s #SAACGameOfTheWeek features a U20M T2 match at St. Joan of Arc HS!

International FC (1-7-0) vs. FC Durham Blue (1-5-2)

Kickoff starts bright and early at 9 a.m. this Saturday July 15th! This is the first meeting of the year between the two teams.

Follow @SAACSoccer on Twitter for live updates of the game! Also follow @SAACSoccer on Instagram for the latest pictures!

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This Week’s #SAACGameOfTheWeek features a U20F match at St. Joan of Arc HS!

Toronto Skillz FC (0-3-1) vs. FC Durham 01G White (1-2-0)

Kickoff starts at 4 p.m. this Sunday July 9th! Last time these two teams met, FC Durham 01G White won 4-0.

Follow @SAACSoccer on Twitter for live updates of the game! Also follow @SAACSoccer on Instagram for the latest pictures!

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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.

Twitter: @SAACSoccer

Instagram: @SAACSoccer

YouTube: SAACTvCanada

Signing Day – Social Media Gallery

Yesterday was “National Signing Day” and several players within SAAC have put pen to paper and were officially signed to their respective colleges/universities. Don’t have Twitter? Here is a Social Media gallery for those selected players who were signed yesterday.

Congratulations to all and we wish you nothing but success in the future!

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SAAC News: National Signing Day

SAAC Press Release

February 1, 2017

It is National Signing Day and SAAC has some tremendous news to announce!

Below is a list of academy players within SAAC that have signed with colleges/universities today. We wish them continued success and growth in the sport!

Faisal Ghaffur (Sigma FC) – Akron University

Sean Merrick (Sigma FC) – College of the Holy Cross

Simon Triantafillou (Sigma FC) – Syracuse University

Interestingly enough, Chris Nanco who was recently selected 55th overall by the Philadelphia Union at the 2017 MLS SuperDraft is also a Sigma FC and Syracuse grad. He shared some kind words for Simon and Sigma via Twitter:

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Lindsay Albani (FC Durham) – Jacksonville State University

Bayley Sullivan (FC Durham) – Niagara University

Remeya Ganesh (FC Durham) Mississippi Valley State Unviersity

Ronia Pierre-Louis (FC Durham) – Mississippi Valley State University

Tia Williams (FC Durham) – Morehead State University

Co-Founder of FC Durham Academy, Rich Hirst, had some kind words for Williams in an interview with the Morehead State Eagles:

It is exciting for Tia and her family to be joining the Morehead State University family,” Hirst said. “Tia has been in our academy program for four years and has taken many strides forward on the field, in the classroom, and as a person. She will be a tremendous asset to the women’s soccer program and the university culture.” See the full article, here.

Congratulations to all academies and especially the players on taking the next step in their careers. All the best going forward and we hope to hear of your continued success!

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SAAC: IFC and FCD talk CoachCam

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In July, Soccer Academy Alliance Canada announced a working partnership with CoachCam. Since then, some of the academies within our membership have had the opportunity to use the app in their day-to-day soccer activities.

Frank Iaizzo of International FC (IFC) raves about CoachCam’s ability to provide video analysis to coaches/managers post-game. “[CoachCam is] a great visual tool that allows coaches and athletes to review, analyze and problem-solve training/match analytics,” Iaizzo said.

On one hand it helps coaches visualize what went wrong/right during a particular game. However, Frank also believes it helps drive player development.

“[It is] a uniquely stimulating way to enforce development principles in training/match situations. ”

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On the other hand, Rocky Sasitharan, FC Durham’s Girls Director of Player Development has used CoachCam to help convey tactical decisions to his players.

“We’ve used CoachCam for a couple of months now and have completed a total of 9 different video analysis of different games. The different illustration choices allow us as coaches to convey to our players exactly what we want them to see. Using video to help our teams recognize both their technical and tactical successes and breakdowns is paramount in aiding their development. CoachCam offers a very simple approach to video analysis and we’ve gone as far as to even let our players take part in breaking down the film that we have, ” Sasitharan said.

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For more information on CoachCam, please visit their website and follow them on their social feed: @sts_coachcam.

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