Summer soccer

Southern Tablelands Football Association summer soccer competition has kicked off with about 18 teams of mixed ages participating in a fun, afternoon after school or work series of games. Organiser, Robert Scott senior said he was really pleased with the response to this year’s competition.

MIXED TEAMS: Astor and Panthers with a mix of male, female senior and junior players in action on the Cookbundoon fields on November 2. Photo: Darryl Fernance

MIXED TEAMS: Astor and Panthers with a mix of male, female senior and junior players in action on the Cookbundoon fields on November 2. Photo: Darryl Fernance

“We did not do any serious advertising but the teams, which are not entirely played along club lines have been quick to form,” Scott said. “The competition is played on a small field, with smaller goals and with six players on the field at a time.

 “The teams must be a mix of senior and junior, male and female players.” 

Much like Ultimate Frisbee there are no referees for the round games and the emphasis is on fun, fitness and improving or maintaining skill levels over the summer season. Players do have to be registered and pay a modest fee for the season.

 “We are thrilled with the enthusiastic support we have received,” Scott said. “It could be likened to backyard soccer where, mums, dads and the kids involved.”

The team names reflect the fun, not club, nature of the game.  Play is on Thursday at the Cookbundoon sports fields, starting at 6pm, with the second games at 6.45pm. The halves are 20 minutes with a five minute break for drinks.