Calgary Minor Soccer players trying out for provincial team this weekend
Rain or shine, the province’s best youth soccer players are gearing up for the Alberta Soccer Association (ASA) Regional Trials this weekend and the weather will likely be the last thing on their minds.
The best of the best will be showcasing their skills in both Edmonton and Calgary, all vying for a position on the provincial team with about 90 per cent of Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA) players trying out.
CMSA says it’s an exciting chance for their players to represent Alberta youth soccer.
ASA technical director Shaun Lowther says there will be hundreds of players from U13, U14, U15 and U16 from various cities trying to make the coveted team.
“There will be extremely tough decisions to make because these are the best of the best trying to make the provincial team,” Lowther explains.
“The coaches do a fantastic job scouting players and then bring together and select the best ones to move forward. But it’s definitely a tough decision process.”
There will be a boys and girls team and both cities regional tryouts will send about 15 players each to Red Deer to compete for a spot on the final team that will represent the province.
Lowther says coaches often have to make tough decisions based on positional requirements and sometimes all coaches don’t see the same thing in players.
“It’s very much a decision game of opinions at times. Some players move on to the team and others are disappointed,” he says, adding it’s not the end of the road for players not chosen.
“Just because a player didn’t make a certain team it doesn’t mean they never will. Some players develop later than others but they just have to keep playing and improving every training session, every game.”
And one thing the players can’t control this weekend is the weather, but Lowther says rain or shine the tryouts will go on.
“The fields will be a bit of a concern but we will monitor the situation and move things around if we need to. Hopefully the rain will ease up a little bit and everything can go ahead as planned.”
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