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2012 FFAS Summer Youth League ends

“You have made this a very successful youth competition for our association,” FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet told the more than 300 players ranging from the ages of 6-17. “You are the future of our association and the executive committee, our technical staff and I see a bright one with all of you involved in it.”
“I would also like to thank the village of Pago Pago for their support of our Summer Youth League program as well.”
Iuli pointed out that another factor that made this a successful competition youth in terms of numbers was the new FFAS requirement that all clubs must field a youth and national team every competition year.
The five-day long competition featured mixed 6-8 and 9-11 divisions, a 12-14 division for boys, 15-17 for girls and 15-17 for boys.
The younger age divisions and 15-17 for the girls played for fun with no tallies of wins and losses kept while the boys 12-14 and 15-17 brackets competed in a league system format.
Ilaoa & To’omata topped the boys 12-14 division with a perfect, 11-0 record. Pesa Teoni, playing in a cast wrapped heavily with bandages and one of the shortest players on the team was named MVP for the age group.
In second place was Vaiala Tongan, followed by Utulei Youth at No. 3 and the Tafuna Jets in fourth place.
The other teams in the competition were Green Bay, Lion Heart, Pago Youth, Taputimu Youth, Kiwi Soccers, Atu’u Broncos, Black Roses and Vaitogi United.
As for the 15-17 division, it was a showdown of undefeated teams when top-seeded Utulei Youth took on No. 2 Lion Heart.
It was a thrilling match with Lion Heart storming back from 3-1 to tie it at 5-5 before the division’s eventual MVP Kaleopa Siligi scoring the winning goal to pull off a 6-5 win.
Utulei Youth has now won back-to-back Summer Youth League 15-17 boys championships with Siligi also winning back-to-back MVP awards.
With Lion Heart coming in second Atu’u Broncos finished in third place while Pago Youth came in fourth.
The other teams in the competition were Green Bay, Black Roses, Tafuna Jets, Vaitogi United and Ilaoa & To’omata.
Teams from 1-3 received trophies while all other participants were handed a box of chips and two boxes of juice each.
“We will make plans for next year’s Summer league to be extended so I hope you all look forward to that and come back for it,” Iuli said.
In a breakaway from past awards give out, FFAS decided against handing out food vouchers for the 6-8 and 9-11 divisions.
“Because school is right around the corner, we thought it best to give the children a more practical award such as school supplies,” said FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua. “So we went out and bought a whole lot of school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and compasses.
“For the very young children we also gave them crayons and coloring books and put them all together as gift bags.”
The new awards went well with all the children.

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