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

SAAC: December 23

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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Championship Weekend: Day Two Results

Written by: Matthew Pedias

SAAC’s Championship Weekend at Centennial Stadium was a huge success. 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.

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U13 Male:  vs. 

To kick-off¬†“Day Two” of SAAC Championship Weekend, Premier Soccer Institute and Rush Canada (White) battled for the¬†U13M Challenge Final. Rush opened the scoring early on, then added to the lead early in the second-half. They held on to the clean sheet, topping Premier 2-0 and securing the U13M Fall Challenge Trophy. Congratulations to both teams on a hard fought match and good luck in the competitive stream next season!

U14 Male:  vs. 

Next up, Spring Champions (Rush Canada) took the field against Fall Champions (FC Durham) in the U14 Male Academy Cup Final. From kick-off, this match had non-stop action. FC Durham jumped ahead to a 2-0 lead, but there was no quit in Rush Canada, who quickly responded with a goal of their own. Then, in the dying minutes they were awarded a penalty kick and made no mistake tying the game 2-2.

An incredible match from the first whistle, they then went straight to penalty kicks. In the end, FC Durham was able to regain their composure and win 6-5 on penalties. We congratulate both teams on such an amazing game as well as a fantastic season!

U14 Female: vs. 

Our next game featured Spring and Fall Champions (FC Durham) taking on second-seeded London FA. Despite FC Durham being undefeated in both the Spring and Fall campaign, this match was extremely close. At halftime, neither team was able to find the score-sheet. While both teams had their chances, it was FC Durham that broke the deadlock and managed to pull out the 1-0 victory. With that, they completed the treble as Fall, Spring and Academy Cup Champions! Well done to both teams on a very entertaining match as well as a great season.

U16 Female:  vs. 

Our final match of SAAC’s Championship Weekend was between Fall Champions (Rush Canada) and Spring Champions (FC Durham) for the U16 Female Academy Cup. Rush Canada burst out of the gate with a goal within the first five minutes. Shortly after, they added to their lead through a cross in the box. However, FC Durham did not quit and answered back with a goal of their own making it 2-1 heading into halftime. Rush seemed to regain composure, and scored almost immediately after halftime to go up 3-1. That would be the final score as Rush Canada secured the U16F Academy Cup! Congratulations to both teams on a hard fought match.

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

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Championship Weekend: Day One Results

Written by: Matthew Pedias

SAAC’s Championship Weekend at Centennial Stadium was a huge success. 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.

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U15 Male:  vs. 

The opening match of Championship Weekend kicked off with Spring Champions (Toronto Skillz) and Fall Champions (Rush Canada) battling it out for the U15M Academy Cup. It was a very tense game, as neither team was able to find the back of the net in regulation time. Thus, going straight to penalty kicks. In the end, Rush Canada won 5-4 on penalties, with the final moment being captured below. SAAC congratulates both teams on a spirited affair! Great match.

U16 Male: vs. 

Next up, Spring Champions (ANB Futbol) took on Fall Champions (Power FC) in the U16M Academy Cup Final. After a scoreless first half, ANB stormed out with two goals and seemed to put the game out of reach. However, Power responded quickly after with a goal of their own. The final moments were exhilarating as Power attempted to find the tying goal, but ANB were able to hang on and secure a 2-1 victory. SAAC congratulations both teams on a great match!

U17 Male: vs. 

We follow that up with Spring Champions (FC Durham) who took on Fall Champions (Sigma FC РB2) in the U17M Academy Cup Final. FC Durham opened the scoring moments before the end of the first half, then added to their lead early in the second half! Sigma FC kept the game close with a goal shortly after that to bring them within one, but FC Durham quickly responded put the game out of reach shortly after and came out with a 3-1 victory to claim the U17M Academy Cup! Congratulations to both academies on their respective trophies.

U20 Male: vs. 

Finally, we wrapped up ‘Day One’ of Championship Weekend with Spring Champions (Sigma FC – B1) taking on Fall Champions (ANB Futbol) in the U20M Academy Cup Final. An absolutely enthralling match that came down to the wire! Sigma FC went ahead early, but ANB responded with three consecutive goals. Sigma FC then cut into the lead shortly after, making it 3-2 with just over 20 minutes to play. ANB seemed to seal the victory after going up 4-2, but Sigma FC was not going down without a fight. They pulled one back in the dying minutes off of a corner kick, and now it’s 4-3! However, ANB stayed composed and were able to lock down the win and take home the U20M Academy Cup.

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

Championship Weekend: Day Two Preview

We are a few days away from SAAC‚Äôs Championship Weekend at Centennial Stadium. All SAAC Academies have put in a tremendous amount of work on and off the pitch to prepare for this weekend and we would like to congratulate all of them for getting this far! With that said, let‚Äôs have a look at the match-ups on ‚ÄėDay Two.‚Äô

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U13 Male:  vs. 

We start off “Day Two” of SAAC Championship Weekend with the U13 Challenge Final, where Rush Canada White will take on Premier Soccer Institute. Join us for what should surely be an entertaining game! Kick-off begins at 9:30 AM.

U14 Male:  vs. 

Next up, Spring Champions, Rush Canada take the field against Fall Champions, FC Durham in the U14 Male Academy Cup Final. Rush Canada ended the Spring campaign with an impressive record of eight wins, one loss and one draw. Meanwhile, FC Durham was dominant in the Fall, collecting nine wins and one loss. In their last match-up, FC Durham defeated Rush Canada by a score of 6-0. Kick-off begins at 11:30 AM.

U14 Female: vs. 

We’re not done yet! Our next game features Spring and Fall Champions, FC Durham taking on second-seeded London FA. FC Durham went undefeated in both the Spring and Fall campaign,¬†picking up 11 wins and two draws between both¬†seasons. London had a strong Fall campaign, collecting five wins, one draw and one loss. In their last¬†match-up, FC Durham defeated London FA¬†by a score of 5-0.¬†Kick-off begins at 1:30 PM.

U16 Female:  vs. 

Our final match of SAAC’s Championship Weekend is between Fall Champions, Rush Canada and Spring Champions, FC Durham for the U16 Female Academy Cup. Rush Canada finished the Fall season with a record of six wins, one loss and two draws. Meanwhile, FC Durham also put up a strong Spring campaign with a record of eight wins, one draw and one loss. In their last¬†match-up, FC Durham defeated Rush Canada by a score of 1-0. Kick-off begins at 3:30 PM.

Good luck to all SAAC Academy teams and we look forward to seeing everyone on Day Two of Championship Weekend!

SAAC

Championship Weekend: Day One Preview

We are a few days away from SAAC’s Championship Weekend at Centennial Stadium. All SAAC Academies have put in a tremendous amount of work on and off the pitch to prepare for this weekend and we would like to congratulate all of them for getting this far! With that said, let’s have a look at the match-ups on ‘Day One.’

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U15 Male:  vs. 

The opening match of Championship Weekend is a U15 match between Spring Champions Toronto Skillz and Fall Champions Rush Canada. Rush Canada come into the match with an unbeaten record, claiming 10 wins out of 10 in the Fall season. Meanwhile, Toronto Skillz finished the Spring season with a strong record of eight wins, one loss and one draw. In their last match-up, Rush Canada defeated Toronto Skillz by a score of 5-0. Kick-off begins at 9:30 AM.

U16 Male: vs. 

Next up, Spring Champions ANB Futbol look to defeat last years U16 Cup Champion, Power FC in the Academy Cup Final. ANB finished the Spring season unbeaten, with a record of seven wins and three draws. On the other hand, Power FC also put up an impressive Fall campaign, winning eight games with one loss and one draw. In their last match-up, ANB defeated Power by a score of 5-1. Kick off begins at 11:30 AM.

U17 Male: vs. 

We follow that up with Spring Champions FC Durham taking on Fall Champions Sigma FC – B2. Last year, EuroStar won the U17 Academy Cup, so we will be getting a new Cup Champion this season! FC Durham went unbeaten in the fall season, picking up seven wins and three draws. Not to be outdone, Sigma FC finished the Fall campaign with eight wins and two losses. In their last match-up, FC Durham defeated Sigma FC by a score of 5-2. Kick-off begins at 1:30 PM.

U20 Male: vs. 

Finally, we wrap up ‘Day One’ of Championship Weekend with Spring Champions Sigma FC – B1 taking on Fall Champions ANB Futbol in the U20 Academy Cup Final. Sigma FC went undefeated in the Spring season, picking up eight wins and two draws. Meanwhile, ANB also collected an impressive record of eight wins and two draws. In their last match-up, ANB defeated Sigma FC by a score of 3-1. Kick-off begins at 3:30.

Good luck to all SAAC Academy teams and we look forward to seeing everyone on Day One of Championship Weekend!SAAC