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Tillsonburg FC begins futsal leagues

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Tillsonburg Football Club is planning to operate indoor soccer for all ages this fall in a new location – At My Playground.

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And it all starts this coming weekend with the first groups on the pitch at 12 p.m.

“It’s not actually indoor soccer, it’s futsal,” said Tillsonburg FC’s Dan Oliveira. “We just say indoor soccer for convenience sake.”

It’s almost indoor soccer, but there are a few different rules. You can’t bank passes off the wall like you can in indoor soccer. It also uses a slightly smaller ball, size 4 compared to the outdoor size 5.

“The (futsal) ball has a lot more grip to it,” said Oliveira. “It’s way more controlling.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun, a lot of excitement. And a lot of just staying fit over the winter and keeping those touches on the ball.”

The youngest age group will be the 4-6 year olds who will play 20 Saturday mini games/training sessions between November and April. Registration is $50.

Youth soccer leagues will be set up for ages 7-9, 10-12 and 13-15. Each will have one-hour time slots on Saturdays, Nov. 1-Dec. 17. Registration is $50.

Coach volunteers are needed. There is a coach application link on the Tillsonburg FC website (tillsonburgfc.ca).

A co-ed adult rec league (ages 16-plus) will run Friday nights, Nov. 1-Dec. 17. Register your own team, or register as an individual ($60).

A competitive men’s league (16-plus) will tentatively run Mondays and Wednesdays ($60), Nov. 1-Dec. 17 depending on registration.

Proof of vaccination is required for anyone 12-and-older.

At My Playground is a multi-sport facility located at 60 Cedar Street (years ago known as the Special Events Centre). The plan is to put in artificial turf. Other sports, depending on the season, include baseball training, hockey training, golf, pickleball and more.

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“We’re doing a shortened season to start because in the New Year we will be getting a lot bigger space there. So we are going to do a second season from January to April and we’re going to have two fields.

“As long as we have this facility, this will be an annual thing now. It’s a great spot. And the partnership (with At My Playground) is going well. Jeff (Holman) is a great guy, he’s all about getting healthy in all aspects, all ages.”

Tillsonburg FC knows it is short notice for the soccer community, and some players have committed to out-of-town leagues.

“We quickly put it together. We weren’t going to do it because we had no facility for it. Now we’ve got At My Playground.”

For the latest information see the club’s website at tillsonburgfc.ca.

“Once we have everything decided we’re going to send out an email blast for schedules.”

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