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GCYSL hosts spooky soccer tourney

Gold Country Youth Soccer players got into the holiday spirit for the Halloween Jamboree Oct. 18.
Submitted by Dave Pistone |

The Gold Country Youth Soccer League (GCYSL) held its annual Halloween Jamboree on Oct. 18.

Players dressed in costumes or wacky hair with face paintings and ears to play soccer in this U8-U12 invitational event. Utilizing four local fields, 32 teams and over 800 kids participating, this costumed soccer event is a family and player favorite. GCYSL field marshals and even the referees dressed for this eerily fun event. Soccer families and fans set up awnings, lunches and treats for their teams. Banners were displayed and some extra spooky touches were added.

The Jamboree winners in the U8 division were the Fire Monkeys, King Cobras, Cheetahs and Wolves. In the U10 division, the Rapids and the Wolfpack were the winners with the Wolfpack marching to their win while wearing fuzzy wolf ears. The U12 winning teams were the Blurrs and the Thunderbirds, who tore up the field (literally) on their way to winning.

The GCYSL holds events like these for the soccer playing youth of the community in addition to its regular league play. The recreational soccer season runs from August to November with teams participating in 10-12 games, as well as practices each week. Sign-ups for the season start In May. Competitive soccer begins earlier and runs through December.

The GCYSL has had some very generous donors and sponsors. A local running group, the Tuesday/Friday Hikers, made a large contribution in memory of one of their members last year. That donation was repeated again this year by one of their team members.

These donations have enabled some very eager and excited kids to be able to participate on teams, meet new friends, get some great exercise and just enjoy being a kid with a ball on a field. These donations aid families with multiple kids playing soccer and families that could not afford to play at all. With more than 1,200 players participating, soccer is one of the most popular sports in Nevada County.

From players to referees to coaches to local business sponsors to private contributors, Gold Country Youth Soccer is truly a community affair. For more information about the recreational or competitive programs available, or to see more pictures from the Jamboree, visit the GCYSL website at http://www.goldcountrysoccer.org or email info@goldcountrysoccer.org.

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