THUNDER BAY – Sports – Soccer Northwest Ontario (SNO) and the City of Thunder Bay are pleased to announce that the city will be hosting the 2013 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships All Stars Girls during the week of 16-20 July, 2013. Many of Canada’s top under-15 and under-16 year old girls soccer players will travel to Thunder Bay, ON to compete in the championships.
The City of Thunder Bay will provide infrastructure improvements and assistance to SNO to host the games at Chapples Soccer Park and the renovated Fort William Stadium. Opening ceremonies will take place at Fort William Stadium on 16 July, 2013.
“The sport of soccer has a storied history in our community and these championships will further build on our reputation as an excellent host for national events,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs, City of Thunder Bay. “We know the passion of our host committee and volunteers will ensure these young athletes have an experience they will remember for years to come.”
The competition will crown national all-star champions for the U-15 and U-16 Girls age groups.
“The Canadian Soccer Association National Championships All Stars bring together some of Canada’s brightest young soccer players” said Victor Montagliani, President, Canadian Soccer Association. “We look forward to Thunder Bay’s local organizing committee hosting a successful 2013 showcase.”
In addition, several Canadian and American collegiate scouts are expected to attend the week-long event to identify players for University and College scholarships.
A total of twelve teams will be participating in the championship, six from each age group. Teams from British Columbia, Alberta, a combined Manitoba/Saskatchewan, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic Canada (PEI, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia) will be represented. In all, 216 players are expected to be registered for the 2013 All Stars Girls. With Provincial Representatives, referees, assessors, coaches, trainers and medical staff, more than 300 participants will converge in Thunder Bay for the week long championship.
The Canadian Soccer Association National Championships feature the All Stars Boys and Girls competitions from 16-20 July and the Club Championships from 9-14 October. Through 12 competitions in five venues, the National Championships will welcome more than 2,700 players, staff and officials in July and October. The National Championships is the umbrella tournament for Canada’s premier amateur competitions, from the senior level Challenge Trophy and Jubilee Trophy competitions down to the U-14 youth levels.
For more information, please contact Peter Augruso, Local Organizing Committee Chair at (807) 627-1543 or through Soccer Northwest at (807) 628-8780.