Summer Youth League 2014 ends on high note
Another great year, another great finish to our Summer Youth League,” declared FFAS President, Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet, upon closing the youth competition on Saturday, July 19 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
“Every year we see an increase in numbers for this tournament and this year is no exception,” Faiivae pointed out. “And as we have been doing for the past two years, this year is no different with our focus on developing soccer among our youth and also promoting education.”
That target has seen FFAS hand out prizes in the form of school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, calculators and drafting compass sets. The newest addition this year is not the wrapping of these items but packing them into school bags for more than 300 children from the 6-8 and 9-11 age groups.
“All of these prizes are being provided to you by our association, Football Federation American Samoa because school is just around the corner and you are going to need those school supplies,” Faiivae explained before personally handing out the prizes to the enthusiastic players. Executive committee members Sandra Fruean and Amio Mavaega-Luvu and CEO Tavita Taumua were on hand to assist Faiivae in handing out the school bags filled with goodies.
As for the competitive age groups, teams showcased their promising players that will take the torch from their club’s national league senior players within the next five to six years.
“Every year the boys and girls 12-14 and 15-17 age groups continue to show their improvements technically on the field and it is a great sight to see,” Taumua explained.
“Our technical department is happy with some of our youth coaches developing their club youth players to improve their performance and skill levels,” said FFAS Technical Director Rupeni Luvu.
Elliot Lelei of Green Bay scored twice in the final against Atu’u Broncos on his way to earning the division’s MVP award.
Green Bay won the championship 2-0 while Vaiala Tongan won the game for third place after beating FC SKBC 1-0.
Ilaoa & To’omata beat Utulei Youth 2-1 in a comeback win during the final of the Girls 12-14 division.
Julianna Aperosa was named MVP after helping Ilaoa & To’omata to the championship trophy.
PanSa won 2-1 over Green Bay in the game for third place.
Vaiala Tongan steamrolled through the competition with no losses and only one tie while winning 11 times. In the final, it was a breeze as they beat Ilaoa & To’omata 3-0.
Lekina Afu of Vaiala Tongan was named MVP of the division due to his excellent contolling of the game tempo as well as his attackers and defenders during the competition.