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

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Adonijah Read Signs with HAC Le HAVRE, France.

ANB Futbol’s vision is to become Canada’s leading soccer development organization.  Its mission is to identify Canadian soccer talent, and to maximize the potential of players at any level, through professional coaching and training and participation in a standards based inter-academy youth league. 

For more information on the programs offered by ANB Futbol, refer to our website at www.anbfutbol.com telephone 905-313-8661, email info@anbfutbol.com

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Former ANB Futbol striker and SAAC Inter-Academy Competition participant for 6 years,  signs with France Ligue 2 club!

SAAC is proud to recognize the accomplishments of former ANB Futbol player Adonijah Reid who signed a contract with the French Ligue 2 club, HAC Le HAVRE.

Reid (1999 born) was a member of ANB Futbol from the age of 12 to 17.  In early 2017, Reid was selected as one of the first recipients of a Generation Adidas Canada contract with Major League Soccer and was subsequently chosen by FC Dallas in the 2nd round (40th overall) of the 2017 MLS draft.  Over the past two years, Reid was with FC Dallas and loaned to Ottawa Fury (USL).  He has also been part of the Canada Men’s National team program, representing Canada at the CONCACAF U20 tournament in Nov. 2018.  Most recently, he was on trial with HAC Le HAVRE and the club decided to extend a contract based on his performance.

ANB Futbol has a strong relationship with various French clubs, especially HAC Le HAVRE, where a number of young ANB athletes have gone on trial and the club is actively following their progress during their annual visits to Canada.  Reid’s move to France was also facilitated through the work of Stellar Group, his representative agency.

ANB Futbol Academy Director, Bassam Naim, is happy for the young player:

“Adonijah has professional experience in North America and now we will see his abilities against some of the best players in the world.  Le HAVRE has a great reputation in developing players to a highest level.  I look forward to seeing him face the next steps in his futbol career. I only wish him the best!  We would also like to thank his agent, Nicco Roffo of the Stellar Group, Adidas, and Major League Soccer.”

ANB Futbol is a proud founding member of Soccer Academy Alliance Canada  and participates fully in all SAAC standards based, development  venues for youth ages U8 – U13 and the inter-academy competitive venues for young competitive athletes ages U14 – U20. SAAC is entering its 14th year of operations for the 2019 season.  If your dream is to become a world class competitive FUTballer, contact a SAAC member Academy closest to you. 

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

Former ANB player renews contract in Serie A

Sept, 2017 (RELEASE) – Former female ANB Futbol athlete, Madison Solow (1992 born), has renewed her professional contract in Italy with newly promoted Serie A women’s club, Fimauto Valpolicella (female division of Serie A club Chievo Verona).  Fimauto Valpolicella (http://www.asdvalpo.it) won the women Serie B title in 2016 with Madison being a regular starter on the 1st team.  During the summer, Madison was offered a professional contract with two French clubs (ASPTT Albi and Rodez AF) after showing well in official trials.  However, she was happy with the Italian club and decided to stay in Verona, Italy.  A recent article of her decision can be found here: http://www.tggialloblu.it/pages/620084/calcio_donne/valpo_fimauto_con_solow_domani_a_sassuolo.html

Madison trained & played with ANB Futbol during her youth development years.  She was part of the Canadian Youth national team program and received a soccer scholarship from University of California (Irvine) where she graduated in 2014.  After graduation, Madison traveled to Europe to play with various clubs.  At the senior international level, Madison has represented Poland during the 2015 Euro Qualification phase.  During her offseason time in Canada, Madison would continue her training at ANB Futbol.

“Despite Mady receiving two official offers from French clubs, we fully respect Mady’s decision to stay in Italy and we wish her much success.  She will be playing at the highest level of female futbol in Italy!  As can be read in the article, she is an integral part of Fimauto Valpolicella plans.  I know she will do well since she has a fantastic work ethic and strong technical abilities built from her training days at ANB Futbol,” says ANB Academy Director, Bassam Naim.

 

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SAAC Girls Clinic Registration: August 26th

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We’ve confirmed that we will be hosting our girls soccer clinic on August 26th at The Hangar, located in Downsview Park!

Prices for the clinic are as follows:

  • Morning Session: $40
  • Afternoon Session: $40
  • Full Day: $60

Clinic Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. No refunds available.

Snacks and beverages will be provided to those who attend, although, we encourage players to bring a separate refillable water bottle.

The Clinic will involve:

  • Drills with academy coaches, activities, games, technical drills, giveaways, scrimmage games and much more!
  • Lunch will be provided to those staying for the “Full Session”
  • Every person that registers will receive a “Canada vs. Jamaica” postcard
  • The first 42 people to come to the event will receive a “Canada vs. Jamaica” poster!
  • 4 Mini Canada Soccer Balls and 2 Pairs of Tickets for “Canada vs. Jamaica” will be raffled off to those who do full day sessions. People who register for full day sessions will obtain 1 raffle ticket and have the option to purchase more.

Online registration has closed, you may do a walk-in entry on the day of the clinic with cash only.

Contact saac.operations@gmail.com with the subject line “2017 SAAC Girls Clinic” for any further questions.

Adonijah Reid, Former ANB Futbol Player, Joins Ottawa Fury FC

Adonijah Reid, a 17-year-old Generation Adidas forward who formerly played for ANB Futbol has joined Ottawa Fury FC in the North American Soccer League.

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Adnoijah Reid being interviewed last November at our SAAC Championship weekend.

Reid was chosen 40th in the 2017 MLS Superdraft by FC Dallas. He is one of the two Canadian Generation Adidas players to ever be selected in the MLS SuperDraft.

For the full details of the Adonijah Reid signing, click here!

 

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