B'ville: Indoor soccer season begins

The CNY Family Sports Centre Youth Soccer Fall/Winter Indoor league will begin training Oct. 25 and games will start Oct. 30. This will be the third season of the program, which is geared towards youth soccer players at a variety of levels.

"Many players want to continue to play soccer during the winter months," said CNYFSC manager and former player at Syracuse University Jeff Knittel, who heads the program. "Indoor soccer is fast, fun and can help players improve their overall game."

The program accepts individual or group registrations. Age groups range from U6 to U15 boys and girls.

"We see a lot of the players transition from the outdoor youth soccer organizations such as Baldwinsville Youth Soccer Association (BYSA) and play CNYFSC Youth Soccer during fall, winter and spring months," Knittel said. "We will take individuals and place them onto teams. Players are also beginning to sign up as groups if they have friends in the program."

The first session consists of nine games and 13 training sessions. United States Soccer Federation (USSF) licensed professional coaches, as well as many standout college and high school players, will coach the players.

Game information

The CNYFSC Youth Soccer games are played every Saturday beginning Oct. 30. Each player will play nine games with the season ending Jan. 22 and playoffs beginning Jan. 29. The games will kick-off anytime from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and each game is 50 minutes long consisting of two 25-minute halves.

The center will provide each individual with a CNYFSC Youth Soccer jersey and players will be placed on a team coached by a member of the staff or a volunteer parent (parents are encouraged to volunteer with help from one of the staff coaches). As player development is the number one priority, games will be used as another training tool to help each player maximize his/her potential.

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