Fort Saskatchewan Soccer is doing something different this year.
While adult sports have been cancelled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, youth sports can continue. However, the soccer association is asking that parents and coaches are double vaccinated since the games will be played in city facilities.
Registration is lower than normal this year, down about 150 kids. Fort Saskatchewan Soccer president Kelly Yanch attributed this to the uncertainty of COVID-19.
They are also shifting leagues this year; in the past, Fort Saskatchewan Soccer was part of the Tri-County league but has moved into Edmonton.
"That's something that we've wanted to do for a few years, and we finally got the OK, so it's a big step in improving our enrollment," said Yanch.
She explained Tri-County is made up of teams from rural communities around the area. Fort Saskatchewan is by far the largest district that was in the league, and she believes moving to Edmonton and playing in the more competitive league will help the kids with development.
Some games will also be played in Fort Saskatchewan at the Dow Centennial Centre.
They are holding a bottle drive on Saturday (Sept.25) to raise money for the association. Flyers have already been sent out. Starting at 10 a.m., volunteers will pick up bottles left on the front step, curb or driveway with the flyer attached.
Fort Saskatchewan Soccer is also looking for coaches. Details can be found here.