#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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#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!

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: 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 – 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

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.