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.


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.”


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.”


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!


Toronto Skillz Ajax Camp

AFC Ajax Camp Information:

Toronto Skillz F.C is proud to host four (4) Academy coaches of the renowned and prestigious AFC Ajax soccer club for the inaugural AFC Ajax/Toronto Skillz FC International Summer Soccer Camp. The camp comes on the heels of our Academy’s visit to the hallowed grounds of “Sportpark De Toekomst” and the Ajax Arena for a week of training and games at the facility of one of the preeminent developmental academies globally. Staffs of both organizations were very happy with all aspects of TSFC’s visit to Amsterdam and embarked on talks to expand the collaboration to partner on camps in Toronto that would be beneficial to the long term development of Canadian soccer players who were not able to make the trip to Europe.

AFC Ajax has a storied history that includes developing the philosophy of “Total Football” that has been adopted by many of the top footballing countries and clubs worldwide. The concept of “Total Football” has shaped many of the best soccer playing teams and players for many generations and is the philosophy that Toronto Skillz FC has embraced in its Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model.

The alumni of the AFC Ajax Youth Academy reads like a who’s who of some of the most elite talent to ever set foot on soccer fields globally. They include Dutch International players Johan Cruyff, Edwin Van Der Saar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Marco Van Basten, Rafael Van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, and Nigel De Jong.

Notable alums of their first team include Frank Rijkaard, Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids, Jari Litmanen, Jaap Stam, Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Thomas Vermaelen, and Jan Vertonghen among others.

We are delighted that AFC Ajax has agreed to work with us and look forward to a long fruitful relationship that will further propel Toronto Skillz FC towards its goal of being the premier developmental academy in the country.

Ajax Coaches in attendance will be: Renaldo Landburg, Rik Verhage, Mark Van Lith and Dennis Reus

Ajax Camp Details:

  • July 25th – July 28th
  • 9am – 3pm
  • L’Amoreaux Sports Complex
  • Academy Player Costing: $475 per player
  • Camp is open to boys and girls  U8 – U17

Link to Register:


SAAC grads play big part in U20 camp



The recent U20 National Team Identification Camp held in conjunction with League 1 Ontario saw no less than 11 SAAC Academy grads selected to take part.

On the road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, Canada Soccer is deepening its talent pool through an identification camp with League1 Ontario. The four-day camp will precede an upcoming national U-20 camp for 1997-born players in the first week of September.

GK- Tayjon Campbell | CAN / Sanjaxx Lions

GK- Alex Jakma | CAN / Masters FC

GK- Corey Marques | CAN / Sigma FC

GK- Liam McQueenie | CAN / Vaughan SC

CB- Nial Higgins | CAN / Ajax SC

CB- Reginald Laryea | CAN / Sigma FC

CB- Malik Smith | CAN / ANB Futbol

CB- Saadam Yousufvai | CAN / ANB Futbol

FB- Josh Bowyer | CAN / Sanjaxx Lions

FB- Aaron D’Souza | CAN / Sigma FC

FB- Dan Manaloche | CAN / ANB Futbol

FB- Rafael Rodriguez | CAN / Kingston Clippers

M- Brandon Duarte | CAN / Oakville Bule Devils

M- Patricio Espin | CAN / Sigma FC

M- Duwayne Ewart | CAN / Vaughan SC

M- Sameer Fathazada | CAN / Toronto Skillz

M- Massimo Ferrin | CAN / Vaughan SC

M- Zachary Gowlett | CAN / Pro Stars

M- Alistair Johnston | CAN / Vaughan SC

M- Edward Lay | CAN / Vaughan SC

M- Munir Saleh | CAN / Vaughan SC

M- Fabio Vilaca | CAN / Sanjaxx Lions

M- Andrew Whiteman | CAN / Kingston Clippers

F- Andrew Gordon | Unattached

F- Noah Pio | CAN / Windsor Stars

F- Isiah Raposo | CAN / North Mississauga

F- Thomas You | CAN / Pro Stars

F- Marcel Zajac | CAN / Sigma FC

Full CSA Release