Prizes galore were handed out to the more than 800 participants of the 2018 FFAS Summer Youth League on Aug. 11, 2018 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
Prizes ranged from school bags, coloring books, pencils, sharpeners, dictionaries, calculators and notebooks, to name a few, for the children from the ages of 4-12. For the upper age players (13-15), the top four teams received monetary prizes while all teams received drinks, boxes of chips and pizzas courtesy of the Football Federation American Samoa.
“I know that this is the one tournament that aims to help our clubs’ youth players stay healthy, and at the same time help them prepare for the upcoming school year that starts in September,” said FFAS President, and OFC vice-president, Sen. Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet. “We have been providing school supplies to our very young participants for several years now, and it is a practice we shall continue for quite a while.”
Faiivae, FFAS vice-president and FIFA Council member Sandra Fruean, treasurer Amio Mavaega-Luvu, executive committee members Rev. Ioane Evagelia and Silasila Samuelu were on hand to hand out a school bag containing supplies particular to each age group.
For the 4-6 ages, they received a schoolbag, coloring book, a set of crayons, a pencil, sharpener, ruler, ABC or numbers learning book and a Grade 1 notebook.
Children ages 7-9 received a school bag containing three pencils, a sharpener, ruler, a dictionary, calculator, one math compass set and 5 1B5 notebooks.
A schoolbag containing four pencils, a sharpener, ruler, calculator, a dictionary, one geometry & compass set, line paper and five 1B5 notebooks was given to the 10-12 age group.
“It is the hope of our executive committee and I that these school supplies will at least ease the burden from the parents of these younger players, who are vital members of our clubs as they are the future development of FFAS,” Faiivae explained.
A total of 66 teams from 11 clubs competed in the four age categories. The 4-6 and 7-9 were mixed, while the 10-12 and 13-15 were separated into a boys and girls competition each. Only the 13-15 age division was competitive with all games counted towards a top-four playoff system, while all the lower age groups’ games were held in the spirit of fun.
Vaiala Tongan repeated as champions of the boys’ 13-15 bracket, while Black Roses 1 clinched the girls’ championship.
Vaiala Tongan cruised through the entire round-robin contest undefeated, and then cruised through the playoffs on their way to a 6-3 victory over Ilaoa & To’omata. Uga Topui of Vaiala Tongan was named MVP of the division.
Black Roses 1 was the No. 2 seed at the end of the round-robin contest, with eventual MVP Aggie Pati scoring the game-winning
goal on the last minute of the game against Taputimu Youth.
“It was another great competitive year for our Summer Youth League, with children all the way to ages 12 impressing us with their skills,” said FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua. “On behalf of the president, our executive committee and our association, we would like to thank all the players, parents, coaches, clubs and our referees for a great tournament. We would also like to thank Forsgren’s and Laufou for helping us with our school supplies again this year.”