Successful six-a-side league going strong

It’s been one of the more popular summer programs for a number of years and the six-a-side league is still going strong.

The six-a-side soccer league in Qualicum Beach is in its fifth week and competition is still going strong. The league will play three more weeks and then will have its playoffs to determine the 2015 league champion.

It’s been one of the more popular summer programs for a number of years and the six-a-side soccer league is still going strong all these years later.

For the past 18 years, the six-a-side league has featured a ton of players from all across Vancouver Island, and travelers from far and wide, coming in to give it a shot and enjoy the beautiful game.

“We’ve been getting lots of numbers for years,” coordinator Rod Morrison said.

“We capped things off at 102 players this year, with a number on the subs list as well. It’s mostly players from around the Oceanside area but we get guys coming in from Nanaimo, Courtenay and Port Alberni. Then we get the odd traveler in here too, people that are here visiting friends and family that come out and discover what we’ve got going on.”

What started out as more of a way to introduce the high school players to some of the more senior soccer players in local leagues, Morrison has seen the numbers maintain their hold over the years regardless of the age groups coming in.

“It’s a great way to get people together,” Morrison said. “You come out here and see that we’ve got a good mix of younger and older players on the same team, getting to know one another. It gives those players who are playing in school still a chance to keep in shape over the summer and still be able to enjoy a competitive atmosphere. I think that’s really a great thing to have, getting people together who love playing this game.”

Currently in their fifth week, the six-aside league will run for another three weeks before wrapping up it’s season with an evening of playoff games.

It’s been a competitive league so far but it’s all in good fun.

“They enjoy it,” Morrison said.

“You can see the competition come out every time they’re out there but at the end of it all, everyone is shaking hands and laughing and having a good time. In the end, it’s all about having a good time.”

There has been more of a youth movement that has been coming in over the last few years and it’s something that’s been noticed in the age of those signing up to play in the league.

“The older players have been on the decline a little,” Morrison said.

“But it’s not because they’re not interested. Most of them come out here and see just how quick the game is with all these younger players coming out. We’ve still got good numbers with the older grouping that comes out but it’s definitely swinging in favour of the younger crowd. But that’s a positive sign, in anything really, seeing the younger people becoming more and more interested in what we’ve got going on. It really bodes well for our league and it really shows that there’s interest around the community and surrounding areas as well, which is what we like to see when it comes to the game of soccer here in Oceanside.”

Just Posted

Fill the fire engines in District 69 for 2018

Firefighters set to conduct annual food and toy drive

Grandmothers to Grandmothers host annual Christmas Extravaganza

Crafts, baked goods, knitting and many more homemade treasures available at fundraiser

Vancouver Island brewery re-brands again after cryptic new logo failed

Victoria-based brewers said goodbye to confusing hexagon logo

Gridiron Whalers go marching past Saints

Ballenas defence holds off surging Langley to secure spot in playoff quarterfinals

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Surging Rangers beat visiting Canucks 2-1

Goalie Lundqvist ties Plante on all-time wins list

VIDEO: Newcomer kids see first Canadian snowfall

Children arrived in Canada with their mother and two siblings last week from Eritrea

Calgary 2026 leader expects close vote in Winter Games plebiscite

Residents to choose in a non-binding vote on Tuesday whether they want city to bid on 2026 Olympics

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

B.C. health care payroll tax approved, takes effect Jan. 1

Employers calculating cost, including property taxes increases

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Most Read