Amherstburg Soccer Club hosts ECSL soccer festival



By Ron Giofu


The fields at Larry Bauer Park were busy on the weekend as the Amherstburg Soccer Club hosted players, coaches and parents from around the area.

“This is our annual festival we are hosting for the ECSL (Essex County Soccer League,” explained Amherstburg Soccer Club (ASC) president Terry Sawchuk. “This year we had 48 teams between U8, U9 and U10. That is phenomenal. Soccer keeps growing.”

The ASC’s travel program, the Amherstburg Fusion, fielded three teams with the U9 team playing Saturday and the U8 team and the U10 team taking the pitch Sunday. Teams from across Windsor-Essex turned out as well to Larry Bauer Park, located in front of the Libro Centre. Games went off rain or shine.

Sawchuk was thrilled with not only the overall turnout, but the amount of girls that participated.

“I love to see more girls playing,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s boys or girls, it a game anyone can play.”

The Amherstburg Fusion U10 team (white jersey) competed in the rain Sunday morning against Belle River in ECSL soccer festival action at Larry Bauer Park.

The Amherstburg Fusion program has roughly 150 players overall while the co-ed house league program has just over 400. There are about 40 players in the girls-only house league division. That brings overall ASC membership to around the 600 mark, with Sawchuk stating it is the largest youth sports organization in Amherstburg.

With the World Cup being this year, Sawchuk added it always translates into increased interest in the sport locally.

ECSL festivals take place across the county from around early-May to the end of August, said Sawchuk. He added that Fusion teams are also hitting the road for tournaments, including a large one in Sarnia in mid-July.

Sawchuk thanked the volunteers for helping to present the weekend tournament and also thanked the Town of Amherstburg. Town staff helped prepare the soccer pitches once they were finally able to get onto the fields after a lot of rain earlier this year.

“Obviously, it’s a partnership with the town to make them look this way,” said Sawchuk.

Coaches and parents also praised the ASC, noting that games went off on time and the fields were well prepared.

Amherstburg Soccer Club presents annual festival



By Ron Giofu


The Libro Centre, specifically the Larry Bauer Soccer Complex in front of it, was a busy place over the weekend thanks to the Essex County Soccer League (ECSL) festival.

The Amherstburg Fusion U10 team was in action against Belle River as part of the ECSL Soccer Festival at the Libro Centre Sunday morning. Additional photos from the game are below.

The Amherstburg Fusion U10 team was in action against Belle River as part of the ECSL Soccer Festival at the Libro Centre Sunday morning. Additional photos from the game are below.

Terry Sawchuk, present of the Amherstburg Soccer Club, said this was the fourth year they have hosted the festival. He noted the tournament is getting bigger every year as it started with 30 teams in its first year.

“This year, we’ve had 59 teams,” said Sawchuk. “It’s definitely growing.”

Overall, the Amherstburg Soccer Club has over 600 members with that including house league players and players on the Amherstburg Fusion travel teams. There are ten Fusion teams this season.

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The weekend tournament featured players and teams from all over Windsor-Essex County as well as one team from Chatham-Kent. He believed the amount of teams and players was good for the town, and credited town staff with keeping the fields in great condition.

Sawchuk said people from other associations regularly say that they wish they had a complex like Amherstburg’s.

“It’s nice to be on the same page as the town,” he said.

There were four Amherstburg teams that competed Saturday with three more in action last Sunday.

Amherstburg Soccer Club hosts district festival


By Ron Giofu


Teams from around the area converged on Amherstburg over the weekend thanks to a festival hosted by the Amherstburg Soccer Club.

The local soccer association hosted its third annual Essex County Soccer League (ECSL) District Festival at the Larry Bauer Soccer Complex, located adjacent to the Libro Centre. Amherstburg Soccer Club president Terry Sawchuk said it was for U8, U9 and U10 age divisions.

“It’s grown to be for both boys and girls,” said Sawchuk.

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A total of 38 teams participated in the festival.

“They are from all around the county,” he said, adding that four of them were from Amherstburg.

This was the first of two tournaments the Amherstburg Soccer Club is holding this year with the second scheduled for July. Sawchuk said there are benefits for children who play in such festivals.

“It gives kids the opportunity to play more competitive games,” he said.

The Amherstburg Soccer Club continues to grow, Sawchuk continued, with nine travel teams known as the “Fusion” and 38 house league teams.

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“We’ve grown quite well, which we’re happy about,” he stated.

The four teams from Amherstburg are evidence of the growth of the local soccer association. Sawchuk said they only had two teams in the ECSL festival the first year it was held in Amherstburg.

“It’s great to see and hopefully we keep building and growing the program,” said Sawchuk.

Sawchuk called it “a great weekend” and they try to make it a festival-type atmosphere with music and fun.

“We incorporate fun, festival and family,” he said.

Sawchuk added the town has been very cooperative in preparing the soccer fields.

“The town’s been great making sure the fields are lined and prepped,” he said.