Canadian U-16 boys to play and train in Saskatoon
Posted on 31 July 2007 in All Men's TeamsCanada's men's U-16 team has grouped in Saskatoon for a one-week camp under coach Sean Fleming. The camp runs 30 July to 6 August at the Sasktel Soccer Centre. The camp is a joint venture between the Canadian Soccer Association, Saskatchewan Soccer Association, and Saskatoon Youth Soccer, Inc.
"It's always exciting when we can have a Canadian national team visit Saskatchewan," says Jeannette Kuc, president of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association. "What makes this even greater is the opportunity for our grassroots players to meet and practise with them. All levels of play in soccer are important; seeing them come together like this is inspiring and rewarding."
Along with their training, Canada's U-16 team will compete in a pair of exhibition matches against a men's all-star team, Huskie United FC. The matches are 4 August (17.30) and 5 August (18.00).
The Canadian junior team will also host Kid's Soccer in the Park, a drop-in soccer camp for all interested youth and mini-soccer players. The park dates are 31 July (College Park and Silverwood Heights), 1 August (Westmount and Pleasant Hill) and 2 August (Confederation Park and Warman) from 13.00-14.00. The camps encourage kids to drop by and take part in drills with the national junior-team players.
It is great for the Grassroots and the national teams to work together to promote the great sport of soccer, says Fleming. It is important for national-team players to be exposed to young players as they may be able to plant some dreams for these players.
The Canadian U-16 camp features players born in 1991 or later. These players will be eligible for the next two FIFA U-20 World Cups (2009 and 2011), albeit most would likely challenge for a position on the 2011 team. Players born in 1992 would also be eligible for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2009.