Academy Begins Official League Play
This past weekend will go down as a monumental one in the legend of Siege’s foundation as our youth academy began official play. Our U12 boys squad has been registered with the Northeast Futsal Association, who sanctioned league play immediately.
The weekend began at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA as Coach Boris and Coach Jon took the reigns. Our first official academy match pitted us against regional rival Seacoast Victory SC, in which our young boys fought to a deserved 4-4 draw. This opening match proved to be a masterclass in the fundamentals of futsal, as both squads prioritized rapid ball movement and technical prowess on the ball. It was clear both academies valued the art of developing the players over the prioritization of results. The match ended on a bittersweet note, as Edison Chacon saw a marvelous goal called back.
After the match, the boys were forced to regroup and showed immense character at this early stage in their development as they earned an inspiring 5-3 win against Woburn Militia. Earlier last week, our staff witnessed Woburn beat Seacoast 12-2 and noticed a key flaw in their gameplan. Woburn increasingly relied on long balls, which would bypass the midfield, and find the feet of their lone forward. With this in mind, Coach Boris & Jon instructed his players to play and move as a team, countering Woburn’s strategy. The pregame scouting paid off of course, as Siege not only came away with the three points but also with the knowledge that a strategy of teamwork and sharing the ball could counter the result-focused mindset of the Woburn staff.
This, in a nutshell, is the priority of the Siege Academy. An academy focused not on team results at such an early age, but one focused on individual development to grow not only a successful football player but a successful human being.
Looking ahead, the U12 squad has six game dates scheduled throughout the winter, leading up to playoffs in March. Stay tuned as we continue to track the progress of our esteemed academy players and teams.
Written by Assistant GM Anthony Giallongo