Alberta Soccer’s Tier I to Nationals set to take place this weekend in Edmonton

Alberta Soccer

Lindsay-Anne Freire

August 21, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – The Alberta Soccer Association’s (ASA) Tier I to Nationals Competition presented by Booster Juice, the premier event of the Outdoor Youth Provincial Soccer Championships is set to take place this weekend at the ESA Complex in Edmonton.

Hosted by the Edmonton Interdistrict Youth Soccer Association (EIYSA), the tournament will kick off on Thursday, 22 August and Championship finals will all be held on Sunday, 25 August. Barrie White, Executive Director of EIYSA, understands the magnitude of this tournament, “EIYSA is very proud to be hosting this year’s U-14 to U-18 Tier I to Nationals. We have secured excellent facilities, through the Edmonton Soccer Association Complex. This pristine facility will lend itself to an excellent display of soccer talents. We have over 100 volunteers manning all aspects of this scheduled event. They aspire to provide the excellent service and assistance the 700 plus players participating deserve and they will deliver.”

This year’s event will attract roughly 720 soccer players that make up 36 teams with a place at the Canadian Soccer Association’s Club Nationals up for grabs. Male and female teams qualify from all over the province in three different age categories including U-14, U-16, and U-18 at a Tier I level, the highest level of competition for youth soccer players in the province. The competition also presents an opportunity for top level coaches and universities/colleges to scout players for their programs.

Ole Jacobsen, President of the Alberta Soccer Association, emphasized the unique opportunity the competition presents for all of those involved in soccer: “For the athletes, coaches and officials, participating in the Alberta Soccer Association Tier I to Nationals represents more than the chance to compete on a provincial elite level. It is an opportunity to proudly represent their club and district within the Alberta soccer community and eventually, if successful, represent the province at a national level. This competition is a testament to the hard work our member districts and clubs put into the development of our youth players at a U14-18 level and we would like to thank our hosting member, EIYSA, for helping to put on this showcase of impressive talent across this province.”