Letter from the Chair of SAAC

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2019 Season

March 10, 2019

To all Soccer Academy Alliance Canada Supporters:

Soccer Academy Alliance Canada (SAAC) is the First Standard-Based Player Development Group in Canada. Since 2005, private soccer Academies in SAAC have focused on our primary mission, to systematically produce the best Canadian players in this “beautiful game”. In 2019 and for many years to come, this mission will continue, through quality coaching, best in class facilities and excellent competition, we are excited in our continual journey to develop the best players IN Canada and FOR Canada.

We would like to thank all of our Academies for their participation in the 2018 Ontario Soccer Pilot Project with the OASL.

We at SAAC are proud of the numerous players that have gone on to play professionally not only in North America but also in other parts of the world. We are also proud of sending over 600 players to Athletic Soccer Scholarships at post-secondary schools not only in Canada but also all across the United States. In 2019 and future years, this trend will continue as players will go on trial at European Academies and be offered roster spots on university teams. SAAC teams will participate in scholarship showcases, and a select number of SAAC teams have already been invited to prestigious tournaments outside of Canada.

On behalf of all of our players, staff and our entire Academy ownership group, I want to thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you on the fields this year.

Regards
Greg Stamkos
Chairman of Soccer Academy Alliance of Canada

2019 Message from the Chair

SAAC, established in 2005 with a mission to develop the best possible youth players in Canada on a continual and systematic basis. Our members offer best-in-class training, facilities and competition. In the past 14 years, Academy graduates have gone on to professional careers, trials overseas, NCAA scholarships and Canadian Universities. SAAC has some of the most experienced and educated coaches in the country, with over 75 professionally licensed coaches currently employed by its membership.

Soccer Academy Alliance of Canada is proud to have successfully operate SAAC for the past 14 years. SAAC was the first Standard Based Youth Development League in Canada.

At the end of the 2017 season, SAAC signed a 1 – year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ontario Soccer to cooperate with their OASL Academy Pilot Project for the 2018 Season. SAAC entered the Pilot Project in 2018 and assisted with the OASL League operations jointly with Ontario Soccer; temporarily suspending SAAC League Operations for the duration of the MOU.

The 2018 Pilot Project proved difficult and resulted in a significant departure in experience for SAAC youth players and their parents, overall. There were many challenges co-ordinating and operating the OASL League consisting of Academies pooling together from 4 different organizations (SAAC, OASL, CAF and some new academies). The 2018 OASL expanded from 13 academies in 2017, to 45 academies in 2018; an increase of 3 times in Academies and a player base toping over 4,500 youth players. Essentially, the player experience changed, the focus on Player Development was marginalized, and the quality standards SAAC founded and operated on for the past 14 years, could not be maintained.

Numerous SAAC Academies approached the SAAC Board of Directors and expressed their disappointment with the OASL 2018 season. A number of them requested to participate in a SAAC League operations structure in 2019 based on the founding standards established by SAAC, 14 years ago. The SAAC Board of Directors met and agreed with the Academies, applied for Associated Members Status with Ontario Soccer, and is now excited to announce SAAC will commence operation in April – 2019; working with Ontario Soccer as an Associate Member. 

SAAC will be entertaining additional membership applications through to 31 of January, 2019. See our Academy Membership Inquiries section on this website for details.

We look forward to working with our Academies once again during the 2019 season in order to continue on with our mission in the development the best youth players in Canada.

Thank You

Greg Stamkos

ANB’s Young to train with Falkirk Football Club

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13 year old Callum Young of ANB Futbol will be training with Falkirk Football Club later this August and has also been given the opportunity to train with the Glasgow Rangers. This will be the second year in a row that he has been invited by Falkirk Football Club, and the first with the Glasgow Rangers.

Young has been with ANB Futbol since he was only 6 years old. For the full article on ANB’s website, click here.

We wish you the best of luck with this amazing opportunity Callum!

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SAAC Girls Soccer Clinic: August 26th

 

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Soccer Academy Alliance Canada is proud to announce that we will be hosting a girls clinic to help build and strengthen our female divisions. At SAAC, we realize just how important growing both the male and female divisions are and we continue to strive and progress towards better development for our players. The soccer clinic will be held on August 26th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stay tuned for more information.

#SAACGameOfTheWeek July 8-9

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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!

SAAC Announce New Arrivals to 2017 Membership Class

February 16, 2017

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Soccer Academy Alliance Canada is pleased to announce the newest additions to our 2017 membership via this press release:2017-02-16-1

Congratulations to Genesis Football Academy, Faly Academy Soccer, FCBEscola Edmonton and FCBEscola Vancouver. We look forward to having you in the fold.

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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

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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 Grads Reid, Awuah and Nanco selected in MLS SuperDraft

The 2017 MLS SuperDraft was held in Los Angeles, California on Friday, January 13th and it proved to be a great day for Canadian talent.

It was also a monumental moment for two former SAAC standouts. Kwame Awuah (Sigma FC) and Adonijah Reid (ANB Futbol) were selected to New York City FC and FC Dallas respectively.

Awuah, currently a full-back at UCONN, was selected 16th overall by NYCFC. New York did not initially hold the 16th overall selection, but traded $75K in general allocation money (GAM) to the current MLS Cup Champions, Seattle Sounders in order to obtain the pick.

“I’m really excited, I can’t wait to get started with the guys. I’ve watched a lot of NYCFC games, and just to play under a great coaching staff, a great fanbase and a great city is an opportunity I won’t let go to waste,” Awuah said to NYCFC.com

On the other hand, 17-year-old Adonijah Reid of ANB Futbol was selected 40th overall by FC Dallas. Reid was the youngest player in this years draft, while also being a member of this years Generation Adidas Canada class. Reid was a vital part of ANB’s U20 Academy Cup Final win at SAAC Champhionship Weekend in November.

Via an article by TSN, Reid praises ANB Futbol for a lot of his success. “I’ve been there for five years so they’ve been with me basically through all the years I’ve been trying to develop as a good player. And I couldn’t thank them enough for all the help in making me a professional.”

One day later, former Sigma FC striker Chris Nanco saw his wait come to an end as he was drafted 55th overall to the Philadelphia Union. He was currently playing for Syracuse.

We’d like to take this time to congratulate Kwame, Adonijah and Chris on being drafted into the MLS, and we wish them continued success throughout their professional career!

You can follow their progress via their social feeds: @ChrisNanco, @King_Nijah and @kayawuah.

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