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Name change, merger latest moves by Richmond adult soccer association

The Richmond Senior Soccer Association is no more. But local adult players need not fret. The league hasn’t packed it in, but simply changed its name to better reflect the players it serves. Effective immediately, but in full use next season, the RSSA will become the Richmond Adult Soccer Association. At a special meeting this month, league officials also passed a resolution to merge with the Richmond Six-a-Side Soccer League, a spring league whose games are played from April to July. “The intent is to have one association and multiple (adult soccer) leagues under that one umbrella,” said RSSA president Steve Valenzuela. The name change also reflects a move by BC Soccer to move away from the potential misunderstanding that the name senior may imply—that it’s soccer for those 55 and older. “From a marketing perspective it make a whole lot of sense,” added Valenzuela, who said it’s important that all adult soccer players in Richmond realize there’s an opportunity for them to participate in the game. Merging with the six-a-side league, Valenzuela said, also provides a potentially smoother transition for graduating youth soccer players and or teams to adult soccer.

 

“There’s an immediate opportunity to play spring soccer and, more importantly, provide a training ground for those players while enabling them to get used to playing bigger, faster and stronger players,” he said. “So when the regular season begins it’s not as much of a shock.”

Efforts to further grow the master’s division, and to introduce a women’s division, are ongoing, said Valenzuela.

“I think we’ve made some progress over the past year in both areas, but we don’t want to muck it up,” he said. “We want both to be in place for the longterm.”

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