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Organizers expect 650 SPJS players

South Peace Junior Soccer kicks off this week with about as many budding David Beckhams in the youth organization this year as there were a year ago. "The numbers are about the same as last year about 650 players," said SPJS president Jerry Lawrence.

South Peace Junior Soccer kicks off this week with about as many budding David Beckhams in the youth organization this year as there were a year ago.

"The numbers are about the same as last year about 650 players," said SPJS president Jerry Lawrence.

Most of the divisions will have as many mixed male and female teams in each division this year as there were last year with the exception of a couple of the younger age groups that have added a few more teams. In the U-15 division it appeared as if there would be fewer players, but in the final days of registration more players signed up and now there are as many teams as last year.

The SPJS divisions range from the Under-5s for those born in 2005 to the Under-18s for those born from 1992-1994.

The season runs from early May to late June and all games are at the Paul Loiselle Soccer Park located to the west of the fairgrounds.

Teams will play twice a week - either Monday and Wednesday nights or Tuesday and Thursday nights.

There will be two tournaments this season. The junior tournament for those in the U-10 division and lower divisions takes place June 12 and 13.

The senior tournament for those in the U-12 division and higher is slated for June 19 and 20.