RICHMOND, VA (March 15, 2021) – The ECNL Boys is excited to announce that Bayside FC (RI), Skyline Elite Soccer Club (VA) and South Carolina Surf (SC) will join the nation’s most comprehensive and competitive league platform for the 2021-22 season. The addition of these three clubs will elevate competition within the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast conferences, respectively. ECNL Boys is now set to include more than 140 of the best clubs in America for the 2021-22 season, creating the next wave of leaders on and off the field in both established and new markets…..(read more)
The 2021 Winter Indoor Soccer League at the new SOCA Field House begins this weekend (Jan 2-3). Our rosters have been established and both teams have been placed in the U16 Boys division, so it should be very competitive. Please be aware of the Field House’s COVID protocols. The most noteworthy are that spectators are required to wear a mask, spectators are discouraged but one spectator allowed per player, spectators must stay on mezzanine level, and arrive no earlier that 15 minutes before game time. SOCA’s modified WISL/futsal rules are available here.
Schedules for both teams have been entered in TeamSnap. Pay close attention to the details as both our teams’ schedules will appear in your calendar. Please mark your Availability on the app and complete your Health Check on the app the day of the game.
Here are our Skyline U14B rosters, with links to respective schedules (PDF) at the bottom:
|Red Team (WBA501)||Royal Blue Team (WBA502)|
I’m proud to announce that our Skyline Elite U14 Boys took the crown in the Richmond Capital Fall Classic last weekend. It was a great way to conclude the 2020 Fall Season. The team, led by Coach Eri and Assistant Coach Drew, outscored their four opponents in the Premier Division by a 21-2 score. Thanks to SOCA and all involved for getting us through the season by following protocols during these unprecedented times. They were able to provide a positive outlet for all of the kids who have had a lot taken away from them over the past year and we are thankful for that. Happy holidays!
All SOCA Elite teams will transition to the new Skyline Elite Soccer Club (SESC) in Fall 2020. The mission of the SESC is to provide a player development environment that unifies the highest achieving players in the Skyline region, preparing them to compete within the national soccer landscape. More about the club’s mission and values can be found here.
Coach Eri will also be coaching the U12 Boys Apprentice and U18/19 Boys Elite teams this season.
He coached the U11 Boys Apprentice and U19 Boys Elite teams this past season. His first year with SOCA (2018-2019), he coached the U13 and U17 Boys Premier teams. He was also the assistant boys’ varsity soccer coach at Albemarle High School and STAB over the last couple of years.
He currently holds a USSF D coaching license and will be pursuing his USSF C license in the near future.
Coach Erivaldo is 36 years old, from Sao Paulo, Brazil and was formerly known as Erivaldo Oliveira da Silva (pre-marriage?). He started in the Sao Paulo Academy before beginning his professional soccer career in Brazil when he was 20. After about seven years with several different Brazilian teams, he moved on to play in Rwanda (about 1 1/2 years) and then Thailand (about 3 years). His position was listed as Attacker or Striker.
There are some nice highlights of him with Thailand’s Prachuap FC here. He had a sweet cartwheel-backflip goal celebration.
From SOCA Instagram posts, I know that he’s married and is a new father. I’m not sure what brought him to the US, but after coming to Charlottesville, he played local, semi-professional soccer with (now defunct) Cville FC in 2017-2018. He was the United Premier Soccer League’s Player of The Week in May 2018. There are some YouTube videos online with him in action with Cville FC. He scored five goals in a game once and appears to have been quite the scorer throughout his soccer career.
Looking forward to seeing Coach Erivaldo inject some Brazilian style and passion into the team!
Following the advice of local medical authorities SOCA is suspending all activities through April 5, effective immediately. The SOCA Board of Directors and staff will continually assess our situation and local public health status and make a further determination on April 1 whether activities will resume the week of April 6, or be further delayed. The spread of the COVID-19 virus is a rapidly evolving event with unknown impact and duration.
SOCA takes seriously its responsibility to care for the well-being of our players, coaches, referees, volunteers and families. We further understand our impact on, and responsibility to, the wider community. SOCA is broadly woven into local and surrounding communities and therefore we must earnestly consider the impact of the decision to suspend activities.
Based on expert medical advice, the best strategy for limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community is to avoid group gatherings, crowds and social contact. SOCA’s suspension of activities will break a substantial potential chain of virus transmission.
We have received guidance from the Medical Director of the Emergency Management Department at the UVA Hospital as well as UVA’s Director of Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases and International Health and believe our plan to immediately suspend activity is the responsible and proper action. We have been assured that the virus is likely present in our community, and will spread, making people ill. There is no need to panic, but there is cause for appropriate immediate action to contain the spread. COVID-19 is highly contagious and is easily transmitted. The large majority of those who contract the disease will recover without incident. Young, healthy people are at low risk for serious medical complications, while older people and those with chronic health conditions are at increased risk. The outdoor nature of SOCA’s activities reduces but does not eliminate the risk of transmission.
We intend to resume soccer programming as soon as it is safe to do so. We’ll use all available resources to reschedule activities by using alternative days, dates and times as necessary and possible. SOCA will maintain communication and provide updates to our various constituents as the situation changes and information becomes available. The specific impact on all our various programs will be examined and the plans for each will be communicated by the program directors and coordinators.
Virtually all of SOCA’s partners and affiliates are similarly suspending and cancelling activities. All the impacts on league and tournament play are not yet known. The full effects of the COVID-19 virus spread are not known at this time. Travel leagues, which include multiple communities across wide geographic areas, will be disrupted and ongoing assessment will take place.
We certainly understand that families will be concerned about fees paid to SOCA. Our intention at this point is to provide programming in full or in part, as best we are able, under these global crisis conditions. Many of SOCA’s costs associated with running the season are sunk at this point. The complete effect and impact of the pandemic are simply not known at this time and there is a reasonable likelihood of further suspension of activities as the disease spreads. Each of SOCA’s programs will be examined in the coming month(s) to determine the ability to proceed. We are not in a position to provide any refunds until the full impact of the emergency is known. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we monitor the event. Whatever decision is made on potential refunds would be done on a league wide basis rather than individually or case by case.
All community members are encouraged to adhere to good hygiene and sanitation guidelines. Wash hands frequently, avoid hand-to-hand contact with others, don’t touch your hands to your face, avoid crowds and gatherings, sanitize frequently touched surfaces often, stay home if ill, cover all coughs and sneezes, don’t share water bottles, drinks or food.
While members of the community are likely to become sick from the virus, few will have serious complications. By following accepted practices, the spread of the disease can be contained and its impact reduced. We look forward to being with our SOCA family again after the pandemic has passed.
In good health,
Our end of season tournament may seem like it’s far in the future, but hotels are already filling up in the Philadelphia area.
The few hotels that are near our designated field in the West Chester area have been filled since December. The booking agent has informed us that most hotels with availability are in the King of Prussia area, which is 30 minutes north of the high school fields we are assigned to. There may be some available 30 minutes south of the fields in the Wilmington area, just off I-95. My thinking is it cuts an hour of driving time both on the way up and on the way back if we are south of Philadelphia. I’m awaiting more information on what exactly is available and will forward soon.
Here’s a field map of Rustin High School where all U13 boys are tentatively scheduled to play.
For now, I’d like to find out if families have a preference for their hotel area. Please take the poll below and use the comments section if you have any suggestions. I included downtown Philadelphia in case some wanted to explore the city. Thank you in advance.
Philadelphia Area Hotel Preference
- Wilmington (57%, 4 Votes)
- No Preference (43%, 3 Votes)
- King of Prussia (0%, 0 Votes)
- Downtown Philadelphia (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 7
Our U13 Boys ran away with the crown in the Blue Ridge Cup Predator division. The combined score in the four games was 23-2. We’ll be posting highlight video and photos on the respective game pages soon. Go to the tournament page for all team results. Here are some post-tournament photos:
Practice was threatened by rain on Wednesday, so the Coaches decided to use the time for a team bonding social event at the local bowling alley. The boys had fun, though some onlookers were disappointed that they used the gutter guards. They split up into four teams and played two games. I believe James hit the high mark for the night with a 146.
After going up to Springfield and playing well in a 2-1 win against the Virginia State Cup Champs, the SOCA U13 Boys were home this weekend against the U14 Boys Premier team for the annual SOCA Club Day matches. They came away with a 4-2 win, but it was a fight throughout on a very hot and humid day. The team was at full strengh with the exception of Michael, who is nursing a knee injury and may be out the entire Fall season. The team misses him on the field but it’s nice to have him around the squad until he recovers. Next up is the inaugural game of the Fall 2019 CCL season when the team travels to the Virginia Beach area to play Virginia Rush.