Six months is a long time to go without soccer, but when the Fort St. John Soccer Club indoor season begins early October, players will be eager to get back on the pitch and make up for lost time. The club shut down in the middle of March, and wasn't able to hold any sort of outdoor season.
The club will begin playing in the Kids Arena Fieldhouse, which recently had new turf installed. The Fieldhouse reopens Sept. 8, and will be ready for game action as soon as the season gets underway.
Shortly after that, the club will begin playing in a second location — the Fort St. John Curling Club — as well. News of the partnership was announced Sept. 2, and will give the soccer club additional space and a surface specifically designed for futsal.
"The province and viaSport just moved into Phase 3 so there is a bit of adjusting to do, but we'll be focussing on practices to start and getting kids back on the pitch," said club president Darren Snider.
When the inter-games do start, teams will have only three kids on the bench at a time, instead of the usual six. There are five players on the field per team at all times for both indoor soccer and futsal, and teams going from eight to 11 players could make for more teams and a different-looking schedule.
As for the curling rink, a dividing wall is being constructed down the middle of the playing pad, which will separate the curling ice from the soccer field. The wall may take a while to construct, making the target date to begin playing there Oct 15.
The soccer club is purchasing a removeable floor, as well as nets, and paying for the cost of the equipment and field estimated at $200,000.
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