We are coming to the close of another fantastic year in the GCASL. The league has grown and we are now the second largest league in the State, which, I hope means that we are doing something right. We launched Leagueapps at the start of the year, which has automated our registration system and hopefully made the process easier on our players. It has been a learning process for us too and we hope the new season will be even easier than the first. You see that orange button on our website, just click on that and it will take you to our leagueapps website.
We had another successful 7v7 tournament this summer, the biggest and best one yet, with 33 teams from around the State coming to Naples. Our league had 7 teams participating in the tournament to make it an even 40 teams this year. We had teams in the Open, Coed, O40, O50 and O60 divisions. One of our open teams, FC Bihor, won their division in a thrilling final match against a very good Brazilian team from Miami. I hope we can get more of our teams to enter next year.
As usual, our O40’s, O50’s and O60’s teams represented the GCASL in the Florida Classic in January and in the State Cup in April. This year we are starting an Open 11v11 league which I hope will lead to our open teams getting into these tournaments next year. I think this would be a great experience for the players.
There’s talk of some of our O40 and O50 players going down to Trinidad at the end of October to play in a tournament and for a little “liming”. The Trini’s, as we call them, sent three teams to this year’s Florida Classic. After the tournament, we hosted two of their teams in Naples and treated them to some good ole GCASL hospitality. In any event, a trip to Trinidad is in order and I hope it happens this year.
I look forward to the start of the new season in September and hope all the players have a fun and safe year.