The two teams participating in this year’s competition were reigning champions, Olimpia SK FC from Saskatoon and LRUSP from Lloydminster. The format for this year’s competition was a home and away series, with the teams facing off in two matches and the winner being named by the most goals scored over the two game series.
The first game was a fast paced battle with Olimpia SK FC establishing and holding the lead through the match. A few close misses by LRUSP could have kept the game much closer than the eventual 5-0 end score.
The second game of the series saw a very technical approach by both teams, and Olimpia SK FC was able to capitalize on key scoring chances and once again, blanked LRUSP 5-0.
From: Jennifer Ellarma, SSA Coordinator of Communications and Funds Development at email@example.com, or 1-306-519-9093.
We want to wish the best of luck to one of our own Jay Tomchuk who has been invited to a National Futsal Camp in Costa Rica with the Canadian National Futsal Team.
Jay was part of the Olimpia SK Futsal team that won a Silver Medal at the 2017 National Futsal Championships! and is currently a player in the SFL Adult Mens Division – We are extremely proud to have Jay be the 1st Saskatchewan player identified for the National set up and wish you the best of luck in this amazing opportunity. We know you will do us proud. This is just the start of many more successful futsal stories for our province! We will continue to work extremely hard to elevate our standards and grow this number in the future.
The course was an opportunity for our current Futsal certified referees to continue to learn and elevate their situational understanding and knowledge of the game. This in part as an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming events that the local Saskatoon Futsal League – S.F.L. is offering beginning with the 1st Youth Elite Futsal Tournament (U-11, U-13, and U-15, boys and girls), the Youth Elite Futsal Winter League, Adult Premier Futsal Winter League (Men and Women), and play along with the 2nd Futsal World Cup in December, 2017.
Octavian Illiuta spoke on the “importance on having these courses to continue to elevate the standard of futsal refereeing in the province”.
The championships were as follows:
U-11 Boys: SAETA F.C. Second Place: TD SOCCER ACADEMY.
U-11 Girls: SUSC ACES. Second Place: LAKEWOOD.
U-13 Boys: SAETA F.C. Second Place: TD SOCCER ACADEMY.
U-13 Girls: FUSION 05. Second Place: LAKEWOOD.
U-15 Boys: SAETA F.C. Second Place: SANTOS F.C.
U-15 Girls: SAETA F.C. Second Place: BRASILLIAN BELLES F.C.
Finally, what was even more exciting was to see the quality on display and the smiles and enjoyment of the players facing good competition and participating in fast paced games. The Youth Elite Futsal Tournament was essential to provide the community a new sport option that meets their expectations, use of the free time, and practice Futsal (FIFA) that helps children and youth people, to have more solidarity, friendly, and be respectful to the difference, and be better citizens. We are building intercultural spaces in our community in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan…the tournament was a resounding success in all aspects and this was possible to the financial contribution of Saskatchewan LOTTERIES.
TARGETED AGE GROUPS:
- U11 BOYS or GIRLS (6 TEAMS) – Born: 2007 & 2008
- U13 BOYS (6 TEAMS) – Born: 2005 & 2006
- U13 GIRLS (6 TEAMS) – Born: 2005 & 2006
- U15 BOYS or Girls (6 Teams) – Born: 2003 & 2004
WHERE? Family Focus Court at Sasktel Soccer Centre
DATE OF TOURNAMENT? October 20-22nd, 2017
DAYS OF GAMES:
- Friday: 5:30 -10:30 pm
- Saturday: 8:45 am – 6:45 pm
- Sunday: 8:45 am – 1:45 pm
- U11 – $250.00
- U13 – $300.00
- U15 – $325.00
# GAMES: 3 GAMES + FINALS
ROSTER SIZE: Maximum of 12 players
CONFIRMATION DEADLINE: October 10th, 2017
FEE DEADLINE: October 10th, 2017.
HOW TO REGISTER? First, you must confirm your desired participation by emailing us back at firstname.lastname@example.org. After that, we will confirm your participation and we will request that you send the roster of your participating players. Deadline for Roster Submission is October 10th, 2017.
PRECOMPETITION MEETING: We will be having a pre-competition meeting with the accepted team delegates on Thursday October 19th at 7:30 pm at the Sasktel Soccer Centre. For out of city/province clubs, we will have a brief meeting on Friday October 20th.
For additional information, feel free to contact our league members at: email@example.com
Thank you for your interest in futsal, and we look forward to seeing you on the court!
Group A consisted of: Ukraine, Peru, Morocco & Iraq.
Group B consisted of: Nigeria, Romania, Canada & China.
Group B ended up being a very tight group with most games coming down to 2 or 3 goal differentials, and where the eventual finalists came out of this group. Canada and Nigeria were the teams to advance out of this group with a surprise China taking it to the last game to keep in suspense who would be the 2nd team to advance, but they eventually fell to Nigeria 5-3 in the last group game.
In group A, Ukraine dominated the competition finishing in 1st place with Peru coming in 2nd place.
The semifinals were set up with 2 very intriguing matches. Ukraine vs Nigeria was the clear heavy tilt and it didn’t disappoint. Nigeria jumped out to a commanding 3-0 lead before Ukraine started to make thing happen and brought the game back to 3-2. The last 5 minutes were very intense as Ukraine was pushing for the equalizer and Nigeria pushing for a more comfortable lead. Abumere Okonofua made some key saves in net for Nigeria and they finally were able to get 1 more assurance goal to end the game 4-2 and guarantee their passage to the Final.
The other semifinal Canada vs Peru on paper didn’t look as intriguing but it ended up being a very close contest. Canada led at halftime 2-0 and was dominating, with Peru’s goalkeeper keeping them in the game. The 2nd half was a very different story, Peru started to carry the play and managed to tie the game 2-2. Canada continued to create chances but couldn’t finish the game off until the last 3 minutes when they were able to capitalize on a counter attack and Marcos Henderson scored the eventual winner, and with this the Final was set up Canada vs Nigeria which promised to be a good game as they played each other in the round robin with Canada winning that match 5-4!
So the final was set, and this game didn’t disappoint! The atmosphere was great with a very good crowd on hand to watch the final. The game was a tactical battle with Canada deciding to drop and defend tight to prevent Nigeria’s counter attacks and speed as they had a much smaller bench due to injuries. On the other hand, Canada tried to take advantage of set-pieces and counter-attacks. Canada scored first of a set piece with Jerson Barandica cracking a shot to the top corner, and this is how the 1st half ended (1-0 Canada ). For the 2nd half, Canada continued to defend tight and Darko Hardi took advantage of two chances on counter attacks to extend the lead 3-0. The last 10 minutes it was the Alexander Dyachenko show! Nigeria came back with a vengeance and if it weren’t for the great saves of Dyachenko in net, this game couldn’t have been easily tied. The final whistle went and Canada were deserving Champions going undefeated through the tournament!
Top Scorer: Darko Hardi (Canada)
Best Goalie: Alexander Dyachenko (Canada)
We look forward to the 2017 Futsal World Cup where we will want to continue to expand to 12 teams and with a target date of early December for the tournament. For pictures, and more information on the tournament and what our Saskatoon Futsal League (SFL) is hoping to accomplish with Futsal in the Saskatoon Community follow us on facebook at ‘Saskatoon Futsal League´.