Guam – The 2011 Cars Plus GFA Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League Spring Season is set to kick off this Saturday with a full slate of matches.
The highlight will be the U18 All-Girls League, a pilot program that is aimed at developing the skills of the island’s female soccer players.
“The goal is to try to establish the league for high-school aged girls and eventually middle-school age as well,” GFA Executive Director Cheri Stewart said. She added that a similar trial was attempted in 2006, but several problems kept it from becoming a reality. However, Stewart now believes they have been overcome.
“We’ve grown so much since 2006 and the women’s program has become stronger,” Stewart said. There will be seven teams in the 9-a-side league, three more than expected.
Also on Saturday, the Wings Under-16 and ASC Islanders Under-14 teams will look to defend their crowns they won last fall. All in all, a total of 106 different teams and estimated 1,300 players will take the field that day, with the Islanders being the biggest club with 15 teams and Sidekicks and Wings following with 12 apiece.
The season will run for nine weeks with a jamboree for Under-6, -8, -10, and -12 divisions on the 10th week. The Under-14 division will have a special playoff format and the U16 division winner will be based on most points gained.
The new world-class third-generation artificial turf field is set to go this weekend. It is not only the first artificial turf field in Guam, but also in Micronesia and will help alleviate the stress on the natural grass fields, GFA President Richard Lai said.
“No water or chemicals are needed to maintain the field. Now we can play football all year round without worry about down time for maintenance,” Lai said.
Information from a press release.