Thursday, December 1st, 2005 at 8:36 pm in Uncategorized.
The California Interscholastic Federation appears to have a love-hate relationship with soccer. One one hand, soccer is the sport for all seasons with some leagues playing in fall, some in winter and some in spring.
From a competitive standpoint, the winter season offers the best in high school soccer. Most of the top leagues – - at least around here – - play at this time. Also, teams can schedule more games than in fall or spring, players don’t have
the club conflicts, and
teams supposedly have the fields all to themselves, allowing for more
Generally, the standard of play is higher than in fall or spring.
The downside of all this is that the season is winter, when the weather is worst.
Several years ago, a winter deluge wiped out big chunks of league seasons. And though an increasing number of all-weather fields has eased many of the problems associated with the game at this time of the year, it’s still not the optimum time to play.
FieldTurf and similar surfaces mean fewer muddy, beat-up fields, though the latter still exist. Regardless, who in their right mind likes to be cold and wet? Travel to and from venues is no bargain, either. And in December, especially, afternoon contests typically end in darkness.
No other outdoor high school sport has to play in winter. Soccer seems to be the "odd sport out" at the high school level. For those who care for this sport, there has got to be some workable solution – - isn’t there?