SUMMERSIDE – The Subway Youth Soccer League kicks off action tonight on three fronts in the Premier Boys and Girls Under-16 divisions.
The WC Royals boys will host RC United at the Winsloe Soccer Complex at 6:30 p.m. and Hillsborough United will host Eastern Eagles on Friday at the Sherwood-Parkdale soccer complex.
The Royals will try to repeat as champions in 2014, after an exciting 2-1 victory over the Rangers in last year’s final. The Royals went on to the Club Nationals and put in a fifth-place showing in the nation with a 3-0 victory over Manitoba.
On the girls’ side, RC United will play host to WC Royals while Summerside United travels to Hillsborough United.
The other squad in the girls’ premier league, West Prince, will start league play next week.
The WC Royals girls’ team is also defending champions after a penalty kick shootout over West Prince earned them the title last year.
Like the boys, the girls also had an outstanding showing at Club Nationals last year after a close 2-1 loss to the eventual national champions, Alberta, knocked the team out of medal contention.
Both Royals teams will face stiff completion in their quest to repeat.
The teams will compete in a 12-game schedule before heading into playoffs to determine an Island champion.
The championship teams will represent P.E.I. at the National Club Championships to be held in Mount Pearl, NL.
The Subway Under-14 Boys Premier league schedule kicks off on Thursday evening on three fronts.
Last year’s champions, Eastern Eagles, travel to Summerside United, West Prince will host RC United and WC Royals play crosstown rivals Hillsborough United.
On the girls’ side, West Prince and RC United kick off a day earlier on Wednesday at the Terry Fox Sport Complex in Cornwall.
Defending Champions, Summerside United, will travel to Winsloe to play the Royals on Thursday while Hillsborough United play host to Kings County.
Both leagues will play a 15-game regular season schedule before the playoffs to determine the champions to represent P.E.I. at the Club Nationals.
Teams will not travel far as this year the P.E.I. Soccer Association has partnered with the City of Charlottetown to host the National Club Championships for the Under 14 age group.
The association and city have partnered on hosting these events before and will once again more than 1,500 players and spectators to the Island from Oct. 8-13.
The Subway Youth League First and Second Division will kick into action the following week.
A complete list of all the divisions, schedules and standing can be found at the association website – www.peisoccer.com.