Few spots still left for youth soccer here

Mitch Calvert

Registration has come and gone for the upcoming Fort Frances Youth Soccer season, with nearly 500 players registered for the eight-week season that’s scheduled to kick off April 27.
FFYS is still accepting a limited number of late registrations until March 31, with an additional $20 late fee.
Those interested can contact Tara Redford at 274-2261.
“We will have the perfect-sized teams this year, conducive for providing a great opportunity for the players to learn and get more playing time,” Redford wrote in an e-mail to the Times.
“Enrolment is limited as we only have a limited amount of space remaining.”
Redford said several new protocols are being implemented this year due to the requirements being placed on the club by Soccer Northwest and Ontario Soccer Association, mainly to ensure that players are properly registered and insured prior to season start.
“[So] this is why registration was earlier this year,” she noted.
FFYS has organized a mandatory coaches’ meeting, which is scheduled for the nights of April 6-8, which gives potential coaches the flexibility to choose which one to attend.
“There are some new forms for them to complete in order to be registered into the database system,” Redford noted. “The coaches and refs will be contacted by one of the board members to give them further information.”
Added regulations require certified referees for the older age groups who play with a full field, although Redford said they have enough qualified referees for those games.
“We’re just running a one-day, couple hours of time, clinic for refs for the younger age groups,” she added. “They just go through the rules and some important information, and that will happen sometime later in April.”
There was a $5 hike in registration fees at all levels this year due to inflation.
“Squirts” (four-year-olds) costs $40 per player while Divisions I-III have jumped to $50 per child (not including the $20 late fee).
Games that require the full field (Divisions IV and V) were bumped up to $65, plus the late fee.
All age groups encourage inclusion for all skill levels, with both boys and girls sharing the same field and playing together.