Youth Soc­cer Re­turns To Sports Com­plex

Riverbank News - - NEWS - BY RIC McGIN­NIS NEWS PHO­TOS BY RIC MCGIN­NIS

While the rest of the planet is in a frenzy over FIFA World Cup Soc­cer, prospec­tive lo­cal soc­cer stars have re­turned to youth soc­cer ac­tion at the River­bank Sports Com­plex on Mor­rill Road.

River­bank’s Earth­quakes Youth Soc­cer Club be­gan its sum­mer sea­son on June 24 and will con­tinue through July 26 on Tues­days and Thurs­days. Play is di­vided into four age groups, with both girls and boys play­ing to­gether.

The teams are Un­der 6-years-old, U-8, U-11 and U-14 with games played at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The younger play­ers have sev­eral teams in each age group, but the older brack­ets are field­ing only two teams each, so they play each other in ev­ery game.

The sum­mer sea­son gives young­sters the chance to keep skills sharp in the game as well as get­ting out­side for ex­er­cise.

For those who are not soc­cer afi­ciona­dos, FIFA stands for Fédéra­tion In­ter­na­tionale de Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, which is French for In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball, as soc­cer is re­ferred to as foot­ball in many other coun­tries.

A red team player in the River­bank Earth­quakes Youth Soc­cer League ac­tion looks to pass to a team­mate. The teams, which don’t have names, but go by their jersey col­ors, con­tinue play through July 26 at the Sports Com­plex in west River­bank.

Un­der 8-year-old soc­cer play­ers have kicked off their sum­mer league play with River­bank Earth­quakes Youth Soc­cer last week. The pro­gram started on June 26 and con­tin­ues through July 26 at the Sports Com­plex on Mor­rill Road.

River­bank Earth­quake Youth Soc­cer play­ers pur­sue the ball in re­cent Thurs­day ac­tion at the Sports Com­plex on Mor­rill Road. The play­ers, both boys and girls, are di­vided into four age groups. Games will con­tinue twice a week un­til the end of July.

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