Yesterday, some of our youth players took part in a training match with the PCCU university team.
We are grateful to the PCCU coach and players for supporting our youth players. This 90 minute training match was a positive and meaningful experience for our U14 - U15 players.
The traning match took place at Bailing pitch. We joined the PCCU regular scheduled Monday training. The university team is preparing for the second phase of the Taiwan University Cup games.
This type of training is important for our youth players. But, the only reason we could schedule this Monday training is because of the school break.
We hope we could start a regular weekday late afternoon training for the SFI youth (U14 – U17). If so, we can schedule more matches like this in 2020.
I (Coach Joe) was ready to write my match report about the Victory League match this morning against FC Tigers Red.
Then, my son Elod asked me if he could help me write it. Since he played in the match, I thought he could write the first draft. Then, I will rewrite it and post it.
He showed me what he wrote. After reading it, I decided to post it unedited. So, here it is, just the way he wrote it:
Match Report by Elod (U10 Player)
After 6 matches, SFI-U10 Blues still remains unbeaten with all the matches won. And, we are still the first place in the Victory League Championship.
SFI-U10 Blues - FC Tigers Red 1:0
Today, we faced FC Tigers Red. They also won all their games before facing us today.
This was a very tough match between two strong teams, and a very emotional match as well.
Both teams had some good chances. But, after a while, we tackled an opponent player inside the box.
FC Tigers Red got a penalty. Now, the referee blows the whistle. It was shot decently.
Louis, our goalkeeper, moved and got the ball in his hands and successfully saved the penalty!
All our supportive parents were very happy and cheering after the great save from Louis.
The referee blows the whistle to end the first half. It was a very even first half. Both teams had some good chances.
We were controlling more of the match in the second half than in the first half.
We had so many good chances. We could have scored a bunch of goals, but, we just couldn't finish and score.
After a while, we finally broke the ice!
Maceo, one of our strikers, received the ball in the box and shot an amazing goal!
All our players and parents were extremely happy. Now, we take the lead!
Continuing the match with a one goal advantage, we still had a lot of chances.
But, the opponent also had a couple of chances. Louis did amazing saves to stop them.
The referee blows the final whistle. The final score is 1:0. Here goes another victory for us.
Congratulations to our team for winning all matches and being the first place in the league!
Our next match will be after Chinese New Year, against Heartbreakers, on February 16th.
We wish you a Happy Chinese New Year.
We're happy to announce that S.F.I. signed an agreement with the Taipei City Government to adopt the Bailing A. pitch for 2020 and 2021.
We will have the whole pitch for our youth training program all day on Saturdays.
We are very excited about this. We will have a chance to organize more friendly matches and tournaments for all of our age groups on Saturdays.
Looking forward to seeing you all at Bailing for our first training in 2020 this Saturday, January 11th.
After 4 matches played, SFI-U10 Blues is in the first place of the Victory League Championship.
We have a long way to go until the end of the league; but, so far so good.
We did very good in our 4 matches so far:
SFI-U10 Blues : KS Braves
SFI-U10 Blues : FC Tigers Blue
SFI-U10 Blues : Royal Oxford
SFI-U10 Blues : Holidragon
Our next match will be against Titans on December 8th.
It's a great start for the new season.
SFI U10 - KS Braves 3:1
It was a tight match, both teams played pretty well in the first half.
With Eloi’s great goal, SFI was one goal ahead in half time.
A few minutes after the second half started, KS Braves scored an equalizer goal.
With about 15 minutes left from the match the score was 1:1.
SFI had no choice but to keep attacking, if we wanted to win this match. Our attacking football in the second half eventually produced the desired results. Eloi scored 2 more goals, and with this hat-trick, SFI won the match 3:1.
Congratulation to the team, especially to our two players who just graduated to U8 from U6 this September. They did a great job in the U10 team today, playing against much older kids. Keep up the good work.
Commitment and Balance
SFI had a full commitment to win the match against TKU on Wednesday night (October 23rd.) at Bailing.
Whilst trying to stick to our footballing principles and play out from the back we made two mistakes and conceded twice early on in the match.
After conceding the 2 goals, coming from behind, SFI scored 3 goals and win 3-2 against TKU. And, our third and winning goal came from an excellent move which started with us playing out from the back.
It's safe to say that it was a well deserved victory for SFI.
Preparing for the 2020 season
SFI adult team began the series of scheduled friendly matches, preparing the squad for the CTFA First or Second division in the next season.
After 6 months of conditioning, endurance training, tryouts and training games, we played our first friendly match on Wednesday, October 23rd. at Bailing.
The opponent was a strong team. Mighty Shane FC is currently first place in the First Division of the Taipei International Football League (formerly known as OTPL).
We want to thank Mighty Shane FC for accepting our invitation for the friendly.
About the match
The Wednesday game was very competitive. This was a friendly match; but, perhaps a bit more competitive and physical than friendly matches should be. Both teams applied some aggressive tactics. But, both teams stayed mostly within the boundaries of good sportsmanship.
We would like to thank the referees for their professionalism. We all appreciated their dedication to control the match.
In conclusion, this was a competitive football match between two strong teams.
Congratulations to SFI for winning the game.
SFI - Mighty Shane FC