Winter is coming, so it must be soccer season.
Most northern B.C. communities are putting football (the pure term) behind them, as the pumpkins get frosted, but not in Quesnel. This city has a rare and helpful indoor facility for getting a leg up on the popular recreational sport. Registration is now underway for the upcoming adult season.
“The Quesnel Mixed Adult Soccer Association (QMASA) is a great place to play for adults at every level,” said league president Mike Page. “We have two divisions, a non-competitive and competitive division that continues to grow each year. We currently have 12 teams registered and we play on the new Quesnel Youth Soccer fields. It is cheap, fun soccer for everyone every summer and winter.”
Registration is open and will run until Oct. 5. The fall-winter season goes from Oct. 10 to March 14.
“We run all summer, from the end of June through July-August, on outdoor fields,” said Page. “Our fall-winter league goes from October until just before spring break. That’s indoors.”
The competition can be intense, but good-natured. Page stressed that the purposes of the league are having fun and enjoying the sport for the sake of fitness and community spirit. There are regulations about ensuring there is always inclusion of males and females on the pitch at all times, and anyone who wants to join is welcome to take part, regardless of past experience.
“Players rate themselves (at the time of registration) and then we do a draw and place players on teams that way,” he said. “It gives people a chance to play with different people each fall-winter season. In saying that, you are able to link with one other person if you don’t want to join by yourself.”
There is also a tournament hosted by the QMASA at the end of April, which attracts out of town teams as well as from Quesnel.
Registration is posted on the QMASA Facebook page, and you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.