A double dose of Villains in Calgary minor soccer action
By April Cruz
The Calgary minor soccer matches played during the U8 summer league never disappoint when it comes to entertainment. Not to say that every game played by seven and eight year olds is just ‘beehive’ soccer, meaning a swarm of them just following the ball around. That’s typically reserved for the U6′s and under.
Last night, it was a brother team show down as the Villains Storm challenged the Villains Strikers.
There were some great moves, lost of good passes and many shots taken on each net. It was proof that on both sides, their level of understanding on how to play the game has progressed.
Rik Hofland, Villains Storm U8 coach, was impressed with all of the Villains players.
“I think it very well! It was a very fair match with a lot of good play from both teams,” he said. “Both sides had to keep running, one of us had only one sub and the other had none.”
The Storm boys have improved throughout the summer league in the eyes of their coach.
“We have two more matches and two more training sessions. Mondays we have training and Wednesdays we have games,” Hofland shared. “It’s nice, since the beginning, when we started with this little group and now, you can see that they play much more as a team. Individually they’ve become a bit stronger but as a team they’ve become a lot stronger. They’re passing, they know each other’s names and know what to expect. It’s working really well.”
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There’s only two more Wednesdays left of the U8 boys summer league. A sign that the season of outdoor soccer really is coming to a close.
Much like two – 30 minute halves of a Calgary minor soccer U8 game, it’s gone too fast.
There’s always the indoor season, thank goodness.
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