SAAC Championship Weekend: Wrap-Up Report

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SAAC’s Championship Weekend 2017 at Centennial Stadium was a huge success on all ends of the spectrum. Firstly, 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. Here are the results from Day One and Two of #SAACChampionship Weekend

DAY 1:

Division Competition Time Home Away
U16 Male Academy Cup Final 11:00 AM Futuro SA
Spring Champions
FC Durham Academy
 Fall Champions
U20T2 Male Academy Cup Final 1:00 PM Sigma FC B1
 Spring Champions
ANB Futbol JR.
 Fall Champions
U20 Male Academy Cup Final 3:00 PM Sigma FC – A1
 Spring + Fall Champs
FC Durham Academy
2nd runners up

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In our first match of SAAC Championship Weekend, Spring Champions (Futuro SA) and Fall Champions (FC Durham) played a great match which saw two penalties being saved, one from each team! The game ended 3-1 with FC Durham Academy taking home the 2017 U16M Academy Cup.

U20T2 Male: vs. 

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We follow that up with Spring Champions (Sigma FC B1) who took on Fall Champions (ANB Futbol JR.) in the U20T2M Academy Cup Final. A very strong showing from ANB Futbol saw them keep a clean sheet against Sigma FC with a 3-0 victory.

U20 Male: vs.

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Finally, we wrapped up ‘Day One’ of Championship Weekend with Spring and Fall Champions (Sigma FC – A1) taking on Runners Up (FC Durham Academy) in the U20M Academy Cup Final. An absolutely enthralling match that came down to penalties! FC Durham and Sigma FC exchanged goals ultimately ending 3-3 after the full-time whistle. A save from the Sigma FC keeper corralled them to complete the treble and win the U20M Academy Cup.

DAY 2:

Division Competition Time Home Away
U13 Male Fall Challenge Final 9:30 AM Eurostar Lions ANB Futbol
U14 Male Academy Cup Final 11:30 AM Eurostar Lions
Spring Champions
ProStars FC
 Fall Champions
U15 Male Academy Cup Final 1:30 PM London FA
 Spring Champions
Rush Canada
 Fall Champions
U20 Female Academy Cup Final 3:30 PM ANB Futbol
 Spring Champions
London FA
 Fall Champions

U13 Male:  vs.

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U14 Male:  vs.

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Next up, Spring Champions (Eurostar Academy) took the field against Fall Champions (ProStars FC) in the U14 Male Academy Cup Final. From kick-off, this match had non-stop action, with Dandre Williams of Eurostar Academy scoring an incredible four goals and adding an assist. A dominant performance worthy of the U14M Academy Cup Trophy.

U15 Male: vs.

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Our next game featured Spring Champions (London FA) taking on Fall Champions (Rush Canada) in the U15M Academy Cup finals. Rush opened the scoring with an amazing lofted header, but London quickly drew level. Both teams played a tremendous game, but in the end London was able to cement the Academy Cup win with a 90th minute goal to go up 4-2.

U20 Female:  vs.

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Our final match of SAAC’s Championship Weekend was between Fall Champions (London FA) and Spring Champions (ANB Futbol) for the U20 Female Academy Cup. Although London FA burst out to a quick 2-0 lead, ANB Futbol buckled down and brought it back to 2-2. A very spirited contest saw London FA put away the eventual game winner through a penalty kick in the 80th minute.

 

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

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ANB’s Araujo signs contract with Brighton and Hove Albion FC

PRESS RELEASE:

ANB Futbol is proud to recognize the accomplishments of Jordan Araujo for signing a professional player contract with the newly promoted premiership club.

Jordan (1999 born) traveled to Portugal in July, 2017 to participate in the Brighton & Hove Albion U18 preseason training camp.  He was then invited to join the club in England, and after performing well in exhibition matches, he accepted a professional offer presented by club representatives.

Jordan has been a member of ANB Futbol since he was 9 years old, playing in various age levels throughout his development, most recently on the U20 team which won the Soccer Academy Alliance Canada (SAAC) league and cup titles in 2016.  He participated in various professional youth tournaments in Europe and many American universities offered scholarship opportunities, but Jordan decided to fulfill his life-long dream of becoming a professional futbol athlete.  He holds European documentation which allows him to sign as a seventeen-year-old under FIFA rules.

ANB Futbol Academy Director, Bassam Naim, is ecstatic with the signing:

“Jordan has been with ANB Futbol for most of his futbol life and everyone in the organization has seen him grow as a player and a person through patience, hard work, and the full backing of his family and ANB Futbol.  I could not be more proud to have been involved in his development and I look forward to seeing him face the next steps in his futbol career.”

“We would also like to thank his agent, Nicco Roffo of the Stellar Group, adidas, SAAC, and most importantly, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.”

According to Nicco Roffo, futbol intermediary of the Stellar Group:

“I could not be any happier for Jordan. He is a talented player, a top young man, and he deserves everything that comes his way. All of his hard work has paid off and I expect it to continue to do so. I am pleased for both him and ANB Futbol and I look forward to his future Success!”

 

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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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 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.

#SAACGameOfTheWeek July 29-30

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This week’s #SAACGameOfTheWeek features a U20M T2 match at St. Joan of Arc HS!

ANB White (1-0-0) vs. Pro Stars FC (0-1-0)

Kickoff starts at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday July 29th!

Follow @SAACSoccer on Twitter for live updates of the game! Also follow @SAACSoccer on Instagram for the latest pictures!

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.