Sanibel Soccer kicks off season with over 200 players
Sanibel Youth Soccer’s 2009 season kicked off under the lights on Friday, Oct. 2 at the city fields on Sanibel-Captiva Road. More than 200 players, ages 4 through 14, are registered this year.
The league consists of 20 teams in five age divisions: U-6 (Under Six) is 4 and 5 year olds; U-8 consists of 6 and 7 year olds, U-10 is 8 and 9 year olds; U-12 is 10 and 11 year olds; and U-15 is players ages 12, 13 and 14. Each division is co-ed.
In anticipation of the 2010 World Cup, teams are named after traditional and potential soccer powers.
The U-6 and U-8 divisions do not keep score, but the action has been fast and furious. In keeping with U.S. Soccer’s recommendations, these ages play three vs. three on shortened fields to maximize the touches that each player has on the ball.
In the U-10 division, Portugal has taken the lead with two victories including a close fought 2-1 win over a determined Brazil team last Friday. Italy is currently tied for second place with Brazil after squeaking out a 3-2 win over a tough Holland team.
In U-12, Brazil currently leads by three points over England and Italy. The highlight of the season so far was last Friday’s nail-biter between England and Jamaica. Led by striker Lauren Lockard, England looked like the team to beat but Jamaica played them evenly behind a strong defensive effort from Dakota Phillips, Connor Mohr and Noah Weigel. Elizabeth Depasquale, Maclane Keohane and Jana Mohr led the Jamaican attack and nearly tied the game in the last minute. In the end, England’s defense held tight to preserve a 3-2 win.
Ireland leads the U-15 division with two impressive wins over Brazil.
The action continues through mid-November. Come out and enjoy a relaxing evening watching the youth of Sanibel in action.