15 Aug Triple J Auto Group youth soccer Fall 2023 season to kick off Sept. 9
[August 16, 2023 – Harmon, Guam] With the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League Fall 2023 season only three weeks away, club rosters are quickly filling up with youth athletes eager to play in the twice-yearly league.
“Our kids have been excited to come back,” said Ryan Shipman, coach and club administrator with Crushers FC. “I love seeing the joy on their faces when they are running from the car to their coaches – it makes me know I’m doing the right thing out here.”
The Crushers FC began practice sessions at the Tiyan soccer field last week for teams in four age divisions: U6, U8, U10, and U12. There is still space available for players and coaches, Shipman said.
In Adelup, the Sidekick SC started practices this week for teams in the U6, U8, U10, U12, and U15 age divisions for both boys and girls, said Gian Tenorio, Sidekick SC President.
“Every season, we look forward to accepting new players, as well as returning players to the Sidekicks,” Tenorio said. “The joy of playing soccer is an exciting and fulfilling experience that promotes camaraderie and fun for all.”
The Crushers and Sidekick SC are two of 16 clubs participating in the youth league. Other clubs entering teams into the league are the ASC Trust Islanders FC, Bank of Guam Strykers FC, Dededo Soccer Club, GPSI Southern Cobras, Guam Shipyard Wolverines, NAPA Rovers FC, Quality Distributors FC, Southern Heat, Tigers, Tumon Typhoons Soccer Club, Wings Football Club, MWR North, MWR South, and FC Barrigada Crusaders.
For youth players wanting to play in the league, their parent or guardian must first register them with one of the participating clubs through the club’s online portal on Power Up Sports. Once registered with a club, the club administrator will provide instructions to register with GFA for official inclusion on a team roster. Once on a team roster, the player is eligible to participate in the youth league.
Youth clubs are in charge of managing players registered to their teams. GFA will not be accepting player registrations without the player first registering with a club. The entire process is done online.
A listing of participating clubs and their respective administrators and representatives is online: https://guamfa.com/gfa-programs/all-leagues/youth/fall/registration-form/
In anticipation of the league’s kick off on Sept. 9, the GFA Technical Department will be conducting coaching courses beginning this weekend.
Although registration is full for Youth Coaching Certificate Course and GFA “D” Coaching Certificate Course, slots are still available for the GFA “C” Coaching Diploma Course. Registration is online at https://form.jotform.com/231908489543871 and will be open until Aug. 18 or until the course is full.
The GFA Referees Department also is offering courses for new and experienced referees. For referees with experience in the youth league for over four seasons, a refresher course will be held beginning Aug. 17. Other refresher courses at varying levels also will be held the following week. The GFA Introductory Course for youth referees begins Aug. 31. Although the introductory course is currently full, to be placed on the waiting list or for information on future courses, send an E-mail message to [email protected]
In the northern part of Guam, Dededo Soccer Club will be entering 13 teams in the youth league: three each for U6 and U8, four in U10, two in U12, and one in U15. Serving mainly the most populous villages in Guam, U12 coach Vance Manibusan said registration had already closed before the club’s first practice sessions this week. With team rosters full and set for the upcoming season, the club is better able to manage player and coach development over the course of the season through structured training sessions and also by nominating club coaches to take part in coaching courses.
“I am looking forward to the seeing the growth of players as the season progresses, not only in our club, but all the other clubs as well,” Manibusan said. “I feel that with the coaching courses that have been extended to the clubs, they give the coaches an understanding where we want our players to be as they move up in age divisions and potentially grow out of the club. Hopefully, we are able to collectively work to produce more national players to represent our island and grow our children’s opportunities.”
The Crushers FC and Southern Cobras play in a U12 Division match on opening day of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League Spring 2023 season at the GFA National Training Center in this file photo. Over 1,500 youth players played in 65 matches on opening day. File photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA
The Dededo Soccer Club U6 Girls played against the U6 ASC Trust Islanders Rosa in a U6 Division match on opening day of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League Spring 2023 season at the GFA National Training Center in this file photo. Over 1,500 youth players played in 65 matches on opening day. File photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA
The Guam Shipyard Wolverines and the Sidekick SC play in a U10 Division match on opening day of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League Spring 2023 season at the GFA National Training Center in this file photo. Over 1,500 youth players played in 65 matches on opening day. File photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA