After playing in the Latino Soccer League in Brandon for several years, Brandon’s Joel Snyder felt he could build a better mousetrap.
Snyder felt playing men’s soccer on a field that was meant for kids was not acceptable. “The league was run by a dictator basically, and we are a non profit board of 8 members including myself” quoted Snyder.
Some of the bigger changes for this year include:
Playing each game on actual regulation adult fields
Updated player stats and standings
Trophies and Cash Prizes courtesy of Peak Performance
MVP of the Month Award from Pizza Express
Snyder also thinks some of the good young players could get CIS scholarships, and maybe even NCAA teams could come to Brandon one day.
Currently there are 7 teams in the league:
Double Decker F.C.
F.C. Sporting Internazionale
Locally Brandon Youth Soccer will have 950 players this summer, which is about 200 players more than Hockey Brandon, to provide an example of the size of the sport at a local level. One of the major reasons of course would be cost to play either sport.
One day Joel would like to see the league have their own field, perhaps using the grounds by the Riverbank Discovery Centre. But, that is a process to be dealt with through the City of Brandon. “ Bryce Wilson at the City has been great to deal with….. we just need the land and we can do the rest”
Keep track of the league by clicking on this link.