#SAACGameOfTheWeek July 8-9

#SAACGameOfTheWeek

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

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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 – B2) 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 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

Talent Tuesday: Q&A with Aaliyah Scott

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Interview by: Matthew Pedias

Matthew Pedias: “First off we wanted to thank you for taking the time to do this with us. Why don’t we start off with a little introduction as to who you are on and off the field? What is your position and favourite club?

Aaliyah Scott: “My favourite club in the world is Barcelona because I like the way they play. They play tiki-taka style and they use that with the best players like Messi, Neymar, Suarez and they compliment the team really well. I play either attacking mid or wing because I like to dribble a lot, take players on and get shots in the box.”

MP: “So, why soccer? What drove you to compete in this specific sport growing up as a child?”

AS: “Well, actually my brother played when he was about six or seven, so I always grew up watching him on the sidelines everyday. I wanted to be like him. My goal was to get at least ten juggles when I was five, and I couldn’t so I kept on working at it. Eventually my brother [stopped] playing since he didn’t want to anymore, so then my mom enrolled me in soccer and it went on from there.

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MP: “If you had to compare your style of play to any player, male or female around the world, who would it be and why?”

AS: “I’d say Neymar, because I like his imagination and I try to use as much imagination on the field [as I can]. Trying stuff like 360’s or nutmegging people.”

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MP: “Do you have any pre-game rituals that get into or do you not believe in that?”

AS: “I don’t believe in that!”

MP: “What are a few characteristics that you possess as a player that makes you stand out amongst your peers? Whether that be in Toronto Skillz or the National Team Pool?

AS: “First of all, I’m very hard-working. I want to push everyday to get better and better. I’m very dedicated at home, I touch the ball as much as I can and it’s literally a part of me. Being in the national team pool is very hard, since you have to work for what you want. There’s probably 10,000 girls that are trying to get my spot on the national team so I have to keep working hard and I can never feel secure.”

MP: “Describe the atmosphere that you faced at both CONCACAF Tournaments”

AS: “I’d say it was very professional. At my age group, they are trying to make us into more mature players. Here’s an example, when we just came from the airport in Grenada, there were two police cars driving behind and in front of our team bus because they were so scared that anything could happen to us. I just felt secure. It made me feel like [I’m] a professional player. The area around the dressing room was fantastic. I saw the stands and there was at least a couple hundred or couple thousand people there and I was just like ‘they want to come watch me?”

MP: “If you could name one person either retired or still an active player, that you would consider as your role model, who would it be and why?”

AS: “I would say Ronaldinho, because he is a very technical player, and that’s like me. His attitude is very good and he taught Messi the qualities that he needs to play at Barcelona [in order to] get to the next level.”

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MP: “Although it only just began, what would you say the best moment of your career is thus far?”

AS: “I’d probably say the inter squad that I played at my camp in January, then the under 14 to under 17 NEX (National Excel) camp. It was great because that was probably the biggest deciding factor for the squad and who went to Granada. I scored two major goals, like ‘Messi goals.’ I dribbled through the whole team to score those. Being a younger player, I had to stand out in that camp because I’m smaller. I obviously have to use my strengths and show my stuff. I made the team in Grenada and that was just a great feeling to know that the inter squad pushed me there.”

MP: “So how has SAAC, and specifically Toronto Skillz helped you develop into the player you are today?”

AS: “Like I said before, they tried to develop the European style in their club. So, they brought out the confidence in me, especially Tiger and Jake. They gave me the freedom on the field. The best thing is that I play with boys. Their faster, stronger and they are smart on the ball, so I learn from them. Just getting to know them and playing with them makes me a better player.”

MP: “You mentioned you played with boys, describe what that’s like for you and how important it is to you?”

AS: “They’re bigger, faster and stronger. So you learn from that. Girls play a different style of soccer than guys, so it’s great for girls to learn that tiki-taka style and that creativeness.

MP: “What was your initial reaction when you were called to play for the Canadian National Team? Where were you when you heard?”

AS: “I was super excited. First of all, I was [young] and I didn’t think I’d make it because I’m smaller than everyone. So, I was at practice and my coaches came up to me and said ‘guess what?’ and then they said I made the National Team. I couldn’t believe it.”

MP: “Size is just an obstacle, you look at some of the best players around the world like Messi, they’re small players but they have the skill, the touch and it just make everything look natural. When you have that, size doesn’t matter at all.”

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MP: “Being in the Women’s National Excel Camp is no small feat, let alone being there at the age of 13. How hard did you have to work to get to that spot?”

AS: “I had to work really hard, doing extra fitness and working on my own more because I’m smaller and I have to stand out as much as possible. When your younger, it’s harder to make it onto the older age groups if you don’t stand out as a player.”

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MP: “How has the last year and a half been inside that national pool and how have you grown as both a player and a person?”

AS:Well, it’s been really stressful because obviously school has taken a big toll. I made a lot of sacrifices like missing weddings and such, I just have to always work really hard.”

MP: “I’m sure that whoever’s wedding it was will forgive you when you come back with an Olympic Gold medal in a couple of years. I think they’ll forgive you, just remember to take a picture with them!”

AS: “Yeah!”

MP: “What is your dream as a professional player and what do you strive to achieve?”

AS: “I want to play in Europe once I get older after University. I want to play somewhere like PSG (Paris Saint German) where all the best players play like Henry.”

MP: “What would you say is your favourite moment with SAAC/Toronto Skillz?”

AS: “My favourite moment was playing in the semi-final two-years ago in the U14 boys division. We played against FC Durham for the Fall Challenge. It was just a great experience because we beat them and it was my first ever final in SAAC. I just loved playing with the boys and dominating that game.”

MP: “What would you say to anybody that could be reading this interview on our site and want to replicate what you’ve done so far?”

AS: “I would say every player experiences setbacks. I didn’t make the World Cup squad [Current U17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan], but it’s going to push me to become a better player and to stand out more. I’d say to not let setbacks bring you down and to help them push you forward into a better player.”

On behalf of everyone here at SAAC, we want to thank Aaliyah for taking the time to talk to us and wish her nothing but success in her professional career.

Thanks to Canada Soccer for the photos.

FC Durham and Toronto Skillz talk CoachCam

SAAC: October 4th

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.

Rocky Sasitharan, FC Durham’s Girls Director of Player Development has been working with the CoachCam app for over a month and spoke very highly of the different options within the application. “I will say the different illustration options that can be incorporated in the footage is top class. Lots of different animations and lines really covers all the bases in that respect and allows the user to really be able to show what they want to show using the specific animation.”

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Meanwhile, Toronto Skillz Academy Director Jake Doodnath has been using CoachCam as an aid to help his players make better decisions on the ball.

“We have been using the Coach Cam software as a visual training aid for our players. This tool allows us to provide positive feedback and show the player different options that could have been chosen in a particular situation. Another benefit has been sharing information within our coaching staff, the videos allow coaches to share thoughts and also discuss corrections made to players during training.”

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

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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