Story by Jeff Gard/jgsportsmedia.com
The summer schedule was wiped out, but plans for the Northumberland Soccer Club’s indoor season are moving ahead.
In fact, registration is now open until around the end of October for the divisions that include ages 4-18 for youth as well as 19-and-up for adults.
“We’re excited that we can provide something where our members have an opportunity to get into an organized structured physical activity again,” said Northumberland Soccer president Ryan Goodall. “It’s been quite a few months they’ve been waiting to be able to do something like this.”
The registration fee is $175 per player. Players must wear indoor running shoes or indoor turf shoes and shin guards. The club provides socks, shorts and jerseys for the players.
The season is expected to start Nov. 15 for adults and Nov. 16 for other ages, subject to final approval from the Baltimore Recreation Centre and Cobourg Community Centre.
Proposed plans for the divisions are: U7 on Wednesdays, 6 and 7 p.m., at the CCC; U9 on Thursdays, 6 and 7 p.m., at the CCC; U11 on Thursdays at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. at the Baltimore turf; U13 on Wednesdays at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. at the Baltimore turf; U15 on Tuesdays at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. at the Baltimore turf; U18 on Mondays or Wednesdays at 6 and 7 p.m. at the Baltimore turf; Ladies on Sunday at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. at the Baltimore turf; and Men on Sundays at 8 and 9 p.m. at the Baltimore turf. Game days are subject to change.
“We just have to get everything confirmed with both venues,” Goodall said. “They have to approve our protocols and also get our insurance certificate.”
As of right now, there will be spectators allowed for games at the CCC due to capacity limits. Only players, coaches and officials will be permitted in the gym.
Goodall said the club isn’t sure yet how many people will be allowed at the Baltimore arena.
Everything, he noted, is subject to change depending on COVID-19 cases in the province.
In the meantime, Goodall is pleased the club has the opportunity to offer indoor soccer, which offers a different experience for players than the outdoor game.
“Indoor, typically because it is a smaller space, there’s faster movement of the ball so it’s a very quick-paced game if the players are playing it the way they’re supposed to,” he said. “You can have some fairly high-scoring games. Outdoor it may be 2-0 by the end. You’ll see games indoor, it could be 11-9.”
With games played at 5-on-5, plus goalies, players have a great chance to develop their skills.
“There’s way more opportunity for you to actually touch the ball,” Goodall said.