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Assistant Coach

Thank you, Alameda!

The generosity and spirit of the Alameda community is amazing. On Sunday, February 11, the Alameda Soccer Club held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hornet Futsal Court, located at the site of the unused tennis courts adjacent to Hornet Soccer Field. While the main funding to refinish the court came from the San Jose Earthquakes, the US Soccer Foundation, and the Alameda Soccer Club, this wonderful new facility could not have been built without the hard work and generosity of so many Alamedans. We at the Alameda Soccer Club would like to loudly thank all of the volunteers who gave so freely of their time and labor, local businesses who donated tens of thousands of dollars-worth of goods and services, and city officials who supported and advocated for this project.

We’d like to especially recognize:

Power Engineering & Construction Co. — Dan Reynolds and team for providing the labor, heavy equipment, and know-how for prepping the site for refinishing

Coker Pump & Equipment Co. — Erik Coker for the loan of the power washer used to prep the site and the generators that powered the ribbon cutting event

20/20 Productions (Andy MacKay) & Event Magic (Eddie Cantrell) — thanks to both of your companies and teams for audio visual, stage, and production expertise that made the ribbon cutting event run so smoothly

SpeedPro East Bay — Ed Owens and team for donating many of the banners for the Hornet site and printing so quickly at the last minute (they really are speedy!)

Alameda County Industries (ACI) — for garbage bins and garbage removal for the ribbon cutting event

Alameda Public Works — for the “Clear Stream Recycling Systems,” used at the ribbon cutting event and providing road closure barricades and a 4-wheel drive cart

River Rock Real Estate Group (Property Manager for Alameda Point) — for providing access to parking lots for the ribbon cutting event

Amy Wooldridge, Alameda Recreation and Parks Director — for so strongly supporting this project

Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer — for not only supporting this project but coming out on a cold and windy ribbon cutting day to say a few words and play futsal with our Champions League players

Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie — for also braving the cold and wind to come out and support the ribbon cutting event

The Alameda City Council — for supporting the opening of this wonderful new facility

And last, but definitely not least, Eugene Demmler, past president of Alameda Soccer Club whose tireless work, persistence, and vision navigated so many logistical, political, and monetary hurdles to take a once unused eyesore and turn it into a great new sports facility for the community.

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Alameda Futsal Club – Winter League

Team registration is open for AFC’s 2017 Winter League

Register your team (or teams) now and players that complete registration before 12/25 will get the early bird fee of $100/player. After 12/25, per player fees rise to $125.

  • Teams can be co-ed or single-sex at U8 and up
  • The season runs from January 7th through March 5th
  • Most games on Saturdays between 8 am and 5 pm or Sundays between 8 am and 12 pm
  • All games played at The Alameda Point Gymnasium, 1101 West Redline Avenue, Alameda, CA
  • At least a 6-game season with an end-of-season tournament
  • Minimum of 6 players, maximum of 9 players per team
    $10 sibling discount

Learn more about the 2017 Winter League and register your team at

ASC Concussion Protocol

Everyone involved in youth sports is becoming aware of the risks associated with concussions. ASC is adopting policies consistent with already published concussion guidelines from the US Soccer Federation (USSF), where our focus is on the health and safety of our players. (USSF’s full Recognize to Recover injury prevention initiative, which also includes information on cardiac safety and heat-related illnesses, can be found here).

All coaches must review the protocol and complete the online CDC training program on head trauma called “Heads UP: concussion in youth sports.”  We also encourage parents and older players to read the protocol and complete the training course.

NOTE: Coaches, parents, and players MUST COMPLY with the referee’s decision to remove a player suspected of head trauma. That player CANNOT reenter the game until cleared by a medical professional.

U15 Girls Win First Place at Kick or Treat Tournament

U15G win first in Kick or Treat

Congratulations to the U15 Girls Team for a first place finish at Fremont’s Kick or Treat Tournament this past weekend. Through aggressive first-to-the ball action, targeted passing, and great teamwork, the Islanders were able to defeat the Tracy Terminators in the championship game, 2-1.

Defenders Hannah Corpuz, Katie Hung, and Payton Dean formed the core of the Islander defense, allowing only a single goal against the Islanders all tournament. Morgan Devlin, Kendyl San Nicolas, and Mackenzie Gorman-Miller maintained tight control of the defensive wings, keeping goalie Katie Modic well protected.

Offensive efforts were led by Lauren Lum, who scored a total of four of the Islanders eight goals before leaving early in the final game after fracturing her clavicle. Olivia Sprouse scored one goal in each of games two and three, Becca Stiling scored one goal in game three, and Jackie Lim scoried the final goal of the tournament to win the championship.

Controlling the middle and feeding multiple scoring opportunities were Megan Stiling, Kenzie Taffe, Ashley Chu, and Jean Choi (another tournament casualty with a twisted ankle in game one).

Speedy healing to all our injured players—Lauren, Jean, Toby Walecka, and Celia Magee.

Go Islanders!

U15 Girls win Kick or Treat - with medals