(ALBERTA) – The most renowned adult provincial league in Canada is set to officially kick off this weekend with 10 games taking place in Edmonton and Lethbridge.
The AMSL provides high level competition to the top men’s and women’s teams in the cities of Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Lethbridge. Started in 1992, the league features 8 Women’s Teams and 8 Men’s Teams with players who have played at some of the top levels of soccer both nationally and internationally. Edmonton Victoria player, Selenia Iacchelli, the league’s 2012 MVP is just one example of an exceptional player who played in the AMSL. Iacchelli will feature in Canada’s Women’s National Team at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.
Home field advantage at Canada Soccer’s National Club Championships will be on the minds of all AMSL teams this season as the National Jubilee and Challenge Cup are both set to take place in Calgary this October. The league has always been notorious for producing some of the best adult teams nationally with Alberta women’s teams winning 5 of the last 11 national championships and Alberta men’s teams winning 6 of the last 21 championships. Last year, Edmonton Victoria brought home their second successive Jubilee Cup while the Calgary Callies finished as finalists in the Challenge Cup.
Last year’s AMSL Champions will look to repeat this season while trying to add Provincial Champions to their achievements. Edmonton Northwest United ran away with the women’s league in 2014 with a record of 12-1-1 and had the league MVP in Lauren Granberg. On the men’s side, Lethbridge FC had a remarkable comeback season having finished second last in 2013 to winning their first ever AMSL title in 2014. Led by league MVP Colin Pattison, Coach of the Year Sean Carey and league leading scorer Almir Gazic, the team’s resiliency helped them to win the league title.
A full 2015 schedule is available at http://www.albertamsl.com/Games_Schedules.aspx Media interested in AMSL matches are invited to attend and conduct interviews at all AMSL matches. Media and fans are also encouraged to follow @AlbertaSoccer on Twitter in addition to all of the AMSL clubs who are now active on Twitter for updates and results.