(August 24, 2017) – The Servus Tier I Championships begin tomorrow at soccer fields throughout Sherwood Park.

Running until Sunday, the event will see 48 of Alberta’s best teams competing in 84 games across the following categories: U14, U15, U16, and U17 (for both males and females).

The Tier I Provincial Competition represents the pinnacle of youth soccer in our province, with many of Alberta’s best clubs, players, and coaches vying for the Championship Title in their respective age category. Winners of the U15 and U17 competitions will face the champions from other provinces at Canada Soccer’s National Championships in Calgary, AB and Fredericton, NB from October 4-9th.

“The Tier I to National competition brings together many of the best youth teams in Alberta, giving skilled coaches and talented players an opportunity to showcase their abilities,” said Richard Adams, Alberta Soccer Executive Director. “Ultimately, the hope is to claim a spot at Nationals and we wish each team the best of luck in this endeavor.”

Among the groups of people traveling to Sherwood Park this weekend will be 70 of Alberta Soccer’s most qualified referees. The officials will help support games that are fair, safe, and enjoyable for all participants. In addition to officiating during the day, many of the referees will also be taking advantage of education sessions in the evening – run by National instructor, Richard Sansregret.

Sherwood Park District Soccer Association, who is hosting the signature event, will welcome the teams from Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, St. Albert, and Sherwood Park.

“The Sherwood Park District Soccer Association (SPDSA) would like to thank the Alberta Soccer Association for the opportunity to host the 2017 Tier 1 Provincials.  We are excited to take in the top class display of the beautiful game throughout the Provincial weekend.   Congratulations to all the teams on a great season and earning the chance to represent your district.    We would like to wish you the best of luck this weekend.
The SPDSA is proud of the community and county that we call home, and the facilities that we have to offer.  The SPDSA would like to thank Strathcona County and their staff for the wonderful facilities that we are able to compete on all year, and are proud to share these with you this week.  The SPDSA feels that the facilities are among the best in the province and country, and we are sure you will agree.”

Schedules and results for each of the competitions can be found here, at the Alberta Soccer competitions website.