Battle of the Footy Sevens

Battle-of-Toronto

Just in case any of you happen to be up in Ottawa and were thinking of attending the Toronto FC game tonight, we posted this on our Ottawa social media:

It’s the “Battle of Ontario” tonight at TD Place (or as we like to think of it “The Battle of the Footy Sevens”!)
The Ottawa Fury take on Toronto FC, and in case any of you missed it, we e-mailed out a great promotional code on Monday:
Canadian Championship
Ottawa Fury FC vs. MLS Toronto FC
Date – Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
Time: 7:30PM
Offer: Cost: $25.00
*(1) Ticket in BLACK Section for Canadian Championship Match
*(1) Voucher good for Bud/Bud Light (or soft drink) + Jumbo Hotdog or Popcorn
Promo Code: FOOTYFURY

Another Championship for (Mo) Leicester

Thursday Men's Soccer league in Brampton

After crowning three division champions on Tuesday, it was the Thursday Men’s league that came to a close on Thursday with 4 excellent teams facing off in the top division’s semi-finals.

Mo Leicester City FC had topped the table at the end of the regular season. They proved too strong for an excellent Mahajir FC, taking heavy revenge on the only team to have beaten them this season and cruising into the final with a 6-1 victory. Blackstars had a great match-up with Colo-Colo earlier in the season and the two teams had tied for 2nd in the regular season so a close semi-final was expected. It certainly played out that way with the 1-1 half-time tie lasting well into the second half. Blackstars broke the tie with a fine goal before Colo Colo pegged them back again until two late goals sent Blackstars to the final at the end of a tight, physical and thoroughly entertaining game.

The final was an equally tight affair, with neither team able to break the deadlock before half-time. Nick Chiarot played a captain’s role, opening the scoring by rolling one in off the far post for Mo Leicester. The Blackstars were soon level though, pouncing on a rebound after a decent save from the goalie. The final seemed bound for penalties but Mo Leicester worked the ball to the top of the box to allow their target man to spin off his defender and score the decisive goal though the keeper’s legs. As Blackstars pushed for an equaliser they inevitably left some gaps at the back and an excellent counter attack sealed the game and the Championship for Mo Leicester City FC in the dying minutes.

In the second division it was AEFC who flew out of the blocks to take a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately they couldn’t keep that pace up and by the time half-time rolled around Fortnite had pulled the deficit back and added a couple more to lead 4-2 at the break. When Fortnite scored another double after half-time the game looked over but AE pulled a couple back to suggest that a comeback might just be possible. However, as happened in many of the finals, the team pushing forward to try to salvage the game were hit on the break and Fortnite took the second division title with a convincing 7-4 victory.

The summer season of our Thursday Men’s league starts next week and we still have a couple of team spaces available and a single individual space available for registration. You can find full details at the Toronto Footy Sevens website.

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Toronto Footy Sevens Coed Soccer League

Tuesday Champions Round-Up

Toronto Footy Sevens Coed Soccer League

The Good Team – Tuesday Coed Champions

What was June’s game of the month? Spain vs Portugal? Germany vs Sweden? Argentina vs Nigeria? We have a different candidate for that accolade . . . Tuesday’s Coed League final between UKS United and The Good Team.

It was fitting that the top two team in the regular season made it to the final. UKS brought their regular season form onto the field straight away, quickly establishing a 2-0 first half lead. Even though they had dug themselves an early hole, The Good Team proved that they were indeed a  . . .ehm . . . “good team” by dragging themselves back into the game with a couple of goals to go into the break tied at 2-2.

It looked like a name change may be in order (perhaps “The Great Team”?) when they reversed the deficit just after half time to lead 4-2. UKS weren’t finished though. and pulled it back to 4-3 before The Good Team restored their cushion. UKS drew closer again before the big guns came out. The equaliser was a rocket from 20-yards, tying the game at 5-5 before The Good Team pulled out their own long-range artillery with another screamer to re-take the lead.

With the clock against them, UKS United pushed forward desperately looking for the equaliser but, as so often happens, were caught on the break with a killer counter-attack. A late goal pulled it back to 7-6 as time ran out, but the final whistle came before they could muster an equaliser and a classic final drew to a close with The Good Team crowned Spring Coed Champions. What. . . A. . . Game!

The Coed Division Two final didn’t quite have the same end to end magic but was an excellent game too. Pitch Please! made the early running and took the lead before being pegged back by The Misfits. Another couple of goals had Pitch Please cruising towards victory with a 3-1 lead,  only to be rocked by The Misfits pulling one bag to narrow their lead to one. Just like the division 1 final, the game went from end to end as the Misfits chased the game and both tems had their chances. Eventually though, it was Pitch Please! who took their chances to tie-up the division championship with a 5-2 scoreline.

Join us for summer coed soccer

All four of our finalists will be back to try to defend their title (or go one better) in the summer season. There are already 17 teams signed up to start next week, but we can still fit in another handful of teams (or individual sign-ups). If you want to join the upcoming summer season of the Tuesday Coed League, head over to the Toronto Footy Sevens website for full details and registration or e-mail us at chris@footysevens.com.

Toronto Footy Sevens Coed Soccer League

Pitch Please!- Tuesday Coed Div 2 Champions

Tuesday Men’s League Final

The World Cup enters the knock-out stage and brings with it the nerve-shredding tension of penalty shoot-outs. We had one of our own last night with the Tuesday Men’s league final matching all of the late drama we’ve seen in so many games in this World Cup.

Mean Machine were off and running with an early goal, but couldn’t keep it for long against an always potent United Brothers forward line. The teams went into the break locked at 1-1 and neither team managed to add to their lead as the game clock ticked towards the end of the match. The breakthough finally came when Mean Machine looked to have won it in the final minutes, but United Brothers weren’t quite done yet, sending the game to penalty kicks with a late, late equaliser.

As always the shoot-out was a tense affair, with both goalkeepers making some magnificent saves. However it was Mean Machine that triumphed in the end to take the title and derail United Brothers quest to become the first two-time Toronto Footy Sevens champions.

Sign-up for our summer men’s leagues at the Toronto Footy Sevens website.

Toronto Footy Sevens Soccer leagues at Heart Lake Secondary School in Brampton

Mean Machine – Tuesday Men’s Champions

 

Registration evening for kids and adult soccer in Brampton

Registration Evening for Spring Adult and Kids Soccer

Registration evening for kids and adult soccer in Brampton

Toronto Footy Sevens is hosting a registration night for our upcoming coed, women’s and men’s leagues at the new field at Heart Lake Secondary School as well as our Footy For All children’s soccer programs for ages 4-11. Although online registration is always available, some players and parents had asked about paying cash or registering in person and we will be hosting a registration evening on April 4th. Drop by any time between 7pm and 9pm and we’ll be available to answer questions, take cash or credit card registrations and provide you with any details you may need about the upcoming season.

Whether it is our adult rec soccer leagues, Footy For All kids soccer programs or renting the field, Ryan, Andrew and Chris will be available to answer any of your questions.

  • Where: Room 129, Heart Lake Secondary School, 296 Conestoga Drive, Brampton
  • When: 7-9pm on Wednesday April 4th.

About our adult soccer leagues:

Our spring soccer leagues kick off in the first week of May and run through until the end of June. You can register a whole team for $750 or as an individual for only $85 for any of the 9-week leagues. All of the leagues are 7 vs 7, fully refereed and played on the brand new turf fields at Heart Lake Secondary School. We will also have a summer season in July and August and a fall season in September and October.

About our kids soccer programs:

Our spring program is designed to give 4-11 year-old kids a fun soccer experience with our great team of coaches and volunteers. For parents it offers a simple, convenient youth soccer option at a great price.

Our coaches will be working on skill development and refining technique for part of the session. However, our main focus is that the boys and girls in the program have fun and enjoy their soccer. No try-outs or kids left on the bench while the star players get all the playing time. We’ll treat all our players the same with a supportive environment and equal opportunity for all.

Spring 2018 will be our 2nd season of Footy For All programming at the new facility. We will also be offering a summer season in July and August and a fall season in September and October.

Worst Dive Ever? Spare a thought for the ref!

Dive

BBC Sport highlighted this incredible dive during a Chilean Primera Division game, and it really is something to see. We can’t think of ever having seen many more blatant or ridiculous dives than this.

That being said, when you see it from the other angle (about 0:50 on the clip), you can see why the referee could have been taken in by it. From the angle the ref would have been looking at it, the movement of the defenders leg behind the diving forward could easily have been mistaken for a foul, especially at full speed without the benefit of multiple angles and slow motion.

It just shows how tough a job referees have. So the next time you are playing and can’t believe that a ref missed or called something that was really clear to you . . . cut them some slack, it may look completely different from their angle!

Fortunately we’ve never seen dives like that in our leagues, and if you want to join us for men’s, women’s and coed spring 7vs7 soccer in Brampton, you can register a team for only $750 or individually for $85 at toronto.footysevens.com.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/43472827