Amherstburg Fusion host first ever soccer festival

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By Ron Giofu

By Ron Giofu

The soccer spirit was alive and well in Amherstburg last Saturday and it had nothing to do with the FIFA World Cup.

The Amherstburg Fusion, the travel arm of the Amherstburg Minor Soccer Association (AMSA), presented a county-wide soccer tournament at the Larry Bauer Soccer Complex drawing teams from the U8, U9 and U10 age groups that play in the Windsor and District Soccer League (WADSL).

“This is our festival,” said AMSA president and U10 girls coach Terry Sawchuk. “There’s approximately 37 teams from across the county. We’re expecting 1,200 athletes over the course of the day.”

Three teams from Amherstburg – U10 boys, U10 girls and U13 girls – participated in the soccer festival.

Sawchuk explained that due to changes within the Ontario Soccer Association and the Canadian Soccer Association, the league is focused on the development of players. Thus, official scorekeeping was not done and standings were not kept.

“It’s all about developmental and having kids touch the ball as much as possible and gain self-confidence,” he said.

Sawchuk said Amherstburg wasn’t the first centre to host a festival this season so they were able to learn what went well and what didn’t. He said they were getting compliments on how organized the tournament was.

“Everyone has been really positive and can’t believe what a facility we have in Amherstburg,” reported Sawchuk.

 

NETS SWIPED  Sawchuk noted that AMSA recently had to replace two “pugg” nets, which are roughly six-feet by three-feet nets shaped like a semi-circle. Roughly three weeks ago, someone entered the fieldhouse next door at the Libro Centre and took two sets of nets with a total value of $280. Sawchuk said the cost of replacing the nets came at the cost of AMSA. The nets are used for the U6 program.

He added it was noticed shortly before a Saturday game on the turf field but it was not known whether the nets were swiped after the preceding Monday or Wednesday soccer night.

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