Outlook: The job for Sigma coaches working with the A1 squad this winter has been all about making the players smarter, tactically, on the field.
Smyrniotis likes the determined nature of the A1 squad. They are a vocal group on the field when they play, he says, and have developed in to a solid, cohesive unit.
Thanks to the recent success of SIGMA graduates at the university level, the Sigma A1 squad has been well-scouted by visiting university coaches.
According to Smyrniotis, as many as 12 college coaches have come to watch the boys train since Sept. 10. As well, there have been two scouting weekends, and several trips to schools.
"We've had 12 coaches up specifically to watch them," he said. "Getting that exposure locally, without having to travel is important. That has been carved out because of our older group, and the reputation they have established."
"This is a good league structure for these players," he said, referring to the fact that the league games will end in early August to allow players to prepare for the return to school. For the few 1992, this means leaving home for university. "The guys will be able to refine their game tactically in a league such as the OSL U21. We will be able to push tactics to a new level and this will only work to enhance our players understanding of situations in the game"
With the U21 league finishing up in August the core of the U21 team (15 players born in 1993) will be pressed into service later in the summer to fill out the roster for the SIGMA FC senior men's squad, that will lose several players when they return to universities in the States or Canada.
Quote: "We've had 12 coaches up specifically to watch them. Getting that exposure locally, without having to travel is important."
SIGMA A1 (1992/93)