TRSA Awards Night






The first ever TRSA Awards took place Thursday, October 2 at the Derrick Golf and Winter Club. The event recognized the exceptional  efforts of our coaches, assistant coaches, managers and referees. Our outstanding referees, longstanding coaches and high performance coaching teams received trophies and certificates, while coaches of multiple teams in a single season received certificates. Al Sibilo was presented with  the TRSA Community Sponsorship Award on behalf of  Milestone Insurance and TRSA President Jane Calvert was the recipient of the President Spirit Award. Many thanks to event organizers and fundraisers Dr. Rob Agostinis, Julie Brown, and  Larry Hrycak.
Follow the link to view photos of the event. All photos by Girl Named Shirl photography. Please refrain from using these photos on social media unless specific permissions from subjects have been obtained. Thank you.

TRSA Exclusive Coach Development Opportunity (**Register by Wed – Sept 17**)

TRSA is pleased to partner with Sean Fleming – Coach Canadian Men’s National U17 Soccer Team to deliver training sessions for all of our coaches. There is no cost for TRSA Coaches or Assistant Coaches. All indoor and outdoor coaches are encouraged to attend. TRSA has selected Sept and March/April as Coach Development months.  These months have been selected as they are “shoulder” months between soccer seasons.

Brookview Hall – 280 Bulyea Road

Mon Sept 22 – U6/U8
Tues Sept 23 – No session
Wed Sept 24 – U10/U12
Thurs Sept 25 – U14/U18

The time for all dates is 6:00PM-10:00PM. The first two hours will be technical development (outside) and the last two will be a presentation on coach/player development (inside the hall).

Register by sending an email to Please include name and session. (**Register by Wed – Sept 17**)

Please bring water, a soccer ball and wear athletic clothing. Please bring a ball that is used by your age group (U6/U8 – size 3, U10/U12 – size 4, U14-U18 – size 5)
Sean Fleming – Bio:
– Born in Scotland.

- Grew up in Canada

- Teacher for 15 years

- Nominated for excellence in teaching both provincially and nationally

- Coached several provincial teams highlighted with the gold medal at the Canada Games in 2001.

- Played on provincial select teams which won National Championships.

- Played in the Alberta Major Soccer League for 15 years as well as captained the University of Alberta Soccer Team.

- Canadian Soccer Association National Staff Coach since 2002

- director of grassroots development

- instructed national coaching courses

- presented at coaching symposiums across the country

- member of wellness to world cup committee; long term player development

- Created player and coach development pathways throughout all ages and stages.

- Created national curriculum for technical development.

- Director of National Training Centre Prairies

- Many female and male players selected for national youth teams

- Canadian Men’s U17 national team head coach

- Appointed in 2008 as U17 men’s head coach

- Qualified for 2 consecutive U17 world cups, never been done in Canadian soccer history

- Had a 4 game undefeated streak within the 2 world cups, first time ever in Canadian soccer at any level in either male or female

- Many players have graduated to the senior team and U20 team.

Exercise What is that??

The time for indoor soccer fast approaches and everyone is in their back to school form. Just back from vacations time to work out the kinks and get ready for soccer.

Pre-season training is one of the best safe guards against injury that there is. Rather that just jumping into the season cold, preseason workouts are the first steps to an injury free season. There are all kinds of workouts one can do. Anything that gets you off the couch and into some action. Good luck this indoor season.



FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 – Community Photo Contest

For a chance to win one of six FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada community grand prizes, submit your photo entry via the link below:

Did you take a fun soccer photo this season? Does one of your photos capture the thrill of soccer or the spirit of community teams? Was there a special or a crazy soccer moment? Has your community caught the FIFA fever? Incorporate your soccer photo in celebration of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 coming to Edmonton this August!

Contest closes July 23, 2014.

Terwillegar Riverbend to lose Soccer Fields to First Place Housing

The City of Edmonton is moving ahead with plans to build housing on green space in the Bulyea Heights (Brookview) and Haddow neighbourhoods. The plan was first approved by City Council in November, 2006. A provincial Order in Council the same year allowed the City to proceed with the development plans without following their normal community consultation procedures. The First Place Implementation schedule posted on the City website shows that the Haddow site is scheduled for the Soil Tests and Resiting Review this year, with construction to follow in 2015. Bulyea Heights is scheduled for Soil Tests and Resiting Review in 2015, with construction taking place in 2017.

Both of these sites are now large expanses of green space that are actively used for both spontaneous recreation and organized sports such as soccer. The Terwillegar Riverbend Soccer Association (TRSA) schedules U4-6 games on open areas and U8-10 games on the rectangular fields with fixed goal posts. Our annual U10 tournament and U4 wind up party are held at the George Luck fields and there is soccer as far as the eye can see! With the playground, tennis courts and rink, the George Luck fields are truly a community gathering space for sports, walking, playing and visiting with neighbours. The same can be said for the Haddow fields, which now boasts two U8-12 fields and three U14-18 fields, as well as being the location for U4-6 games with pop-up nets.

A portion of each of these fields was originally designated for school sites back when the community was first developed. Since that time, the city has given up plans to build schools on the designated sites, which were declared surplus. Surplus sites can either be turned over to the community or disposed of by the city. The city has chosen to dispose of the fields by making them available to housing developers in support of the First Place program for first time home buyers.

We can expect to lose the two U8-12 fields at Haddow. In Brookview, the new housing is planned for the area between the four-way stop and the Brookview Community Hall. This site is currently home for our U4-6 fields and is also home to one U8 field with posts.

While the loss of these fields will be detrimental to TRSA, it will also be a loss to the communities of Brookview and Haddow. Many homeowners chose to buy in these communities because of the ample green space and the recreational and social opportunities that they afford. While the original purpose of these now surplus sites was to house a school, it is one thing to lose green space to a school, and quite another to lose it to row housing. While a school is a community hub that benefits everyone, the same cannot be said of row housing.

Numerous studies point to the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor recreational space. We are all aware of the importance of physical activity for everyone, but especially for our children. The proposed location of the housing will not only reduce the amount of green space, but it will also fragment and impede access to the remaining green space. The possibility of re-siting the planned projects to different locations within the fields could reduce fragmentation and maintain access to recreational areas.

 The nature of the First Place Housing project, and the absence of community involvement and consultation, have led to a lack of public support in Riverbend and Terwillegar for this initiative. At a meeting of the City Council Executive Committee held on May 20, 15 members of the public spoke against the project.

In these days of social media, there are many opportunities for the public to weigh in on a topic. This has given rise to a new concept, “social license”, which can be thought of as public acceptance or permission to operate. If the City of Edmonton wishes to pursue these projects in Terwillegar and Riverbend, there a few things they must do to obtain their social license to proceed.

The city must work closely with community and sports groups- the ones that are using the green space and will be most impacted by its loss. Sitting down with community leaders to discuss options would go a long way to restore lost trust. These discussions must centre around meaningful and significant aspects of the project, such as size, location, parking, roads and other infrastructure. The city must be willing to listen and consider the viewpoints of the community, and most importantly, be willing to compromise.