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West Florida Flames is Excited to Continue to Offer Soccer Programming at East Lake Sports Complex!

West Florida Flames is Excited to Continue to Offer Soccer Programming at East Lake Sports Complex!

On Monday, 3/13/2017 the East Lake Recreational Advisory Board unanimously voted to give full use of the East Lake and Meadows field to West Florida Flames.

Thank you to the players and their families for your support.  Your dedication to WFF was one of the driving forces that helped WFF to retain the fields.   A special thank to the many people that worked tirelessly to help this endeavor. Their diligence, perseverance and unwavering dedication is invaluable to the West Florida Flames organization.  They worked countless hours with the East Lake Advisory board to come this successful conclusion.

As the 2016-2017 season continues, the BOD and staff are working hard to plan for the 2017-2018 season. Next up are Competitive Tryouts and a brand new website!

We look forward to continuing to provide a wide range of soccer opportunities in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

Sincerely,

West Florida Flames Board of Directors and Staff

U11 Boys Largo Winners

U11 Boys Largo Winners

Congratulations to Coach Horkan’s U11 boys for winning their division in the Largo March Madness Soccer Shootout.  The boys were undefeated in 4 games with 13 goals scored, only 2 goals allowed and 2 shutouts!  Way to go boys!

 

Future Li’l Ladies Soccer Clinics

Future Li’l Ladies Soccer Clinics

Brandon Campus Academy Coaches Remo and Fran Hernandez will host the 4th Annual Free Soccer Training Sessions for girls born 2008, 2009 and 2010 who are interested in transitioning to competitive soccer.

Focus:  Individual skills.

When:  Monday 3/27 and Tuesday 3/28. 6:00pm-7:30pm

Where:  Brandon JC Handly Field 3

All players are required to register.  CLICK HERE  to register.

For more information contact:

Remo Hernandez

remo.hernandez@flamesfc.com

813-380-4319

In Loving memory of Tony Rosso

In Loving memory of Tony Rosso

Recently, the West Florida Flames Family and surrounding communities learnt of the sad passing of local soccer legend Tony Rosso, a great soccer player, coach, friend, brother, and son.  He will be remembered for his caring heart, his deep love for soccer, and deep connection with his community. He always put others before himself, was a true and loved leader.

Tony, lost his life in a tragic and unrealistic circumstances on February 23rd 2017, aged just 34 with his whole life ahead of him.

Tony, was an incurable soccer romantic, he dedicated his life to playing dreaming of being the best and predominantly helping others. He was the soccer captain at East Lake High School. After which, he received a scholarship and played collegiate Soccer for four years at St. Leo’s University. Additionally, playing professionally, for the Florida Kickers, in the Florida Suncoast League Soccer League.

A true winner on the pitch, with endless trophies, man of the match awards, but more importantly, was revered by teammates and opponents alike, for his true sportsmanship. A truly competitive player but a Gentleman on and off the pitch. Hid opponents always greeted him with complete respect, applause and a handshake after the game.

Tony, leaves behind family members and friends with heavy hearts. It is during and beyond these tragic times where our board, managers, coaches and players send his family our prayers and strength. Tony and his Family, will always have a home with the West Florida Flames, as we will honor his name in due course after consultation with the Rosso Family.

A celebration of Tony’s life will be held on Saturday March 4th, between 3pm and 5pm, at St Ignatius RC Church, 701E Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688. All are welcome to join this celebration.

Tony will be remembered as a true local soccer legend, forever a friend to all and always in our hearts and minds. Rest in Peace Tony, we will miss you and never forget you.

From all at the West Florida Flames Soccer Club

New Era in Girls Youth Soccer at West Florida Flames

New Era in Girls Youth Soccer at West Florida Flames

WFF Announces Development Academy Player Signings
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 marked a new chapter for our West Florida Flames players as they signed commitment letters to participate within the Development Academy Program. We are pleased that our players choose to focus on proper player development as they continue to enhance personal growth and maximize their potential to best prepare to move onto the next level.
The initial set of signings is led by a strong group of players that most have recently committed to DI college soccer programs.
Mara Rodriguez, West Virginia University, 2018 commit and Salvadorian YNT Team player. “I chose to play in the Developmental Academy because I want to be in the best environment surrounded by the best players and coaches. The DA is the best way for me to prepare myself to play Division 1 soccer at West Virginia University. The DA provides the quality and quantity of training sessions along with the highly-experienced coaches pushing me beyond my limits each day.”
Caroline Delisle, University of Central Florida, 2018 commit. “I chose to play Development Academy because I want to play in the best environment possible to make me a better player and have fun playing at the highest level.”
Jenna Oldham, Boston University, 2018 commit. “I am looking forward to being a part of the Development Academy program at WFF next season. I believe playing DA will be the best environment for me to continue to improve my technical and tactical skills that I will need to play Division 1 soccer at Boston University. DA will also provide me the opportunity to work with quality coaches and play with some of the best soccer players in the country.”
Camryn Lizardi, University of South Florida, 2018 commit. “I chose to play in theDevelopment Academy because I want to play at the highest level. I know that playing against the best competition will prepare me to play at the University of South Florida next year. I look forward to this great opportunity as I end my youth career in a program I started with since u14.”
Bree Doeble, University of Tulsa, 2018 commit.
Nicole Cook, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2018 commit. “I have decided to move back to Florida to better my soccer career by playing DA. I want to train and play at the highest level. I can’t wait to see what the DA has in store for me. I hope it gets me ready to play D1 soccer at FGCU.”
Shannon Greenwood, Western Carolina University, 2018 commit. “I chose to play in the Development Academy because I want to play at the highest level possible before I go off to play D1 Soccer at Western Carolina University, I want to surround myself with the best players and best coaches possible so I can be in a competitive environment and achieve my highest potential. The DA program has the exact training specifications to help me reach the next level.
Jordan Stack, University of Arkansas, 2019 commit. “I chose to play in the Development Academy because I want to train and play at the highest level. The coaches will push me and prepare me to play Division 1 soccer at Arkansas. I will be surrounded by players and coaches at the highest level. The DA is going to give me the challenge that I need to advance in my development.”
Brianna Sikes, The Citadel, 2019 commit. “I chose DA because it is putting me in the environment that will allow me to grow both as a player and an individual while playing at the next highest level. The WFF coaches will also help to continue to push me to be able to reach my full potential prior to playing D1 at The Citadel.”
Mary Raymond, 2019 graduate. “I chose to participate in the DA because I want to continue to challenge myself in the most competitive environment in preparation for collegiate play.”

Class of 2017 Signing Ceremony!

Class of 2017 Signing Ceremony

Celebrating with our Class of 2017 and their families as they sign their NLI’s. Missed those that couldn’t attend due to High School games and other commitments. This was a special day for our staff as they join our seniors in one of their special moments of their life.

 

WEST FLORIDA FLAMES CLASS OF 2017

GIRLS

Mikala Rhody – Vanderbilt University

Robyn Larson – Northwestern State

Sarah Mattson – Gardner Webb

Cheyenne Andrews – University of West Florida

Alexis Weaver – Northwestern State

Drew Knotts – Georgia Southern University

Kaitlyn Jones – Webber International University

Kelsey Kitchen – Youngstown State

Kayla Tillman – Alabama State University

Asela Madsen – Southeastern University

Bailey Hern – St. Leo University

Alexis Gates – Southeastern University

Angelina Troche – St. Leo University

Erika Peitersen – University of Tampa

Katie Peterson – Dayton State College

Haley Eckel – Florida Southern University

Callista Grabel – Roanoke College

Erin Brenner – Huntingdon College

Devyn Cabral – Erskine College

BOYS

Dalton Gammon – King University

Mark Domis – Florida College

Julio Valdivia – Southeastern University

Daniel Guerro – Florida College

Christopher Pope – Centre College

Nicholas Diaz – Warner University

Trent Innocenti – Richmond Academy (Leeds, England)

 

Girls DA Clinics

Girls DA Clinics

West Florida Flames (WFF) has been selected to participate within US Soccer’s Girls’ Development Academy Inaugural season, 2017-2018. WFF has set a standard for the female player development model and looks to continue and enhance within the newly established Development Academy league producing youth National team and elite Collegiate players.

The focus for WFF is to continue to promote the development of players in an elite environment that encourages players daily in all facets of the game. Creating a high standard for young players and coaches using a training methodology that stresses individual development as its primary attribute.

We are looking for players that are ready to commit to the next level of elite development within the Academy structure that are looking to follow former and current players at West Florida Flames like Jesse Scarpa, of UNC & U20 WNT, Jackie Simpson USF alum & U23 WNT, Laurel Ivory, current WFF player and U17/20 WNT.

US Soccer Development Academy Girls ID

All sessions to be held at JC Handley Park, Field #7

  • Monday, February 27th
    • 2004:  6:00PM – 7:30PM
    • 2003:  7:30PM – 9:00PM
  • Monday, March 6th
    • 1999/2000:  6:00PM – 7:30PM
    • 2001/2002:  7:30PM – 9:00PM
  • Monday, March 13th
    • 2004:  6:00PM – 7:30PM
    • 2003:  7:30PM – 9:00PM

Pre-registration is strongly advised: https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/easyreg/?ProgramID=57027

These sessions are for 1999 through 2004 ONLY, wishing to play in the US Soccer Girls Development Academy at West Florida Flames.

We encourage players to attend all ID sessions if possible.

WFF Girls DA ID Clinic

Quick Questions Regarding Development Academy

What is the US Soccer Development Academy League?
The Girls’ Development Academy (DA) is part of U.S. Soccer’s global leadership position in women’s soccer and connects with its long-term plan to improve player and coach development. The mission of the program is to provide education, resources and support to directly impact the everyday environment for clubs to develop world-class female players. Creating the Girls’ DA provides the elite female player with an improved player development model in which players can focus solely on training with the appropriate number and level of games. This model focuses on developing the individual player within the club environment, which allows for additional training sessions per season to enhance player development.

What are Some of the Benefits of Playing in the Girls’ DA?
The Academy’s elite training environment promotes increased technical standards and allows for greater accountability for players and coaches. Coaches can devote more time to these areas in training. Both players and coaches must learn to deal with and manage the challenges of playing in games using international rules, which is what players will experience at the highest levels. The Academy program provides an improved environment with the proper training-to-game ratio that supports year-round periodization for development.          

Who are the Clubs Participating in the Southeast Conference?
West Florida Flames – Boca United – IMG Academy – Weston FC  – Orlando Pride – Carolina Railhawks – Charlotte Soccer Academy – United Futbol Academy – United Soccer Alliance – Concorde Fire –  NTH Tophat

How Many Games are Played and How Long is the Academy Season? How Many Showcases are Hosted Per Year?
Each Academy team plays approximately 25 to 30 league games, with an additional 6 to 9 games played over showcase events. Teams that advance from the Academy Playoffs could expect to play up to an additional 3 games. The season will likely begin in September and commence with Championships in July. Clubs will break from league play for periods of rest (including inactivity due to weather), during a winter break (December/January) and/or following the end of the regular season (July).

Will There be Continued College Exposure Within the DA?
Yes, the Academy showcases are specifically geared to college exposure and youth national team scouting. West Florida Flames will continue to provide college advisory and support for their members. We are proud of the current success rate of WFF players committing to play in college.

How Many Players Does the Academy Allow on a Roster?
There is a minimum of 32 Full-time (FT) players across the oldest two groups are required at the start of the season.

Can Younger Players Compete in Older Age Groups?
Yes, it is encouraged that younger players play up based on relative age effect, talent, development needs and opponent.

What is a Developmental Player?
A Developmental Player (DP) is a high-potential “bubble player” that trains with the DA player pool, but is better off playing games with the “second level” team from within the club. All DPs must come from within the club (proof of roster from current season required). DPs do not count against FT roster totals. DPs can play in a maximum of six (6) Academy games.

What if I Don’t Make a Development Academy team?
If you are not selected for an Academy team, you could be selected for a Pre-Academy team and selected as a Developmental Player. Players can be assigned Developmental Player status beginning October 1st of the 2017-2018 season. Pre-Academy teams will follow a similar model to the Academy teams with oversight from Academy staff.

How Many Days Does a Development Academy Team Train?
There is a requirement of four (4) times per week. The average training cycle with games equates to 3-4 trainings per week.

Where Will the West Florida Flames Academy Facility be Located?
Our current site is JC Handly Park in Brandon. We continue to evaluate our structure to further enhance our geographic capabilities.

Will I be Allowed to Play High School Sports While in the DA?
Yes, you will be able to participate in High School sports. To participate in High School sports, you must identify the timeframe of participation within the school sport as US Soccer rules prohibit participation in the Academy while participating in school sports concurrently. US Soccer is focused on the players, their development and health. Players suffer more injuries due to overuse and US Soccer wants to support players with proper periodization.

You may return to the Academy after school sports have ended. Birth years 2004 and 2003 are not permitted to participate in High School Sports.

Participating in school sports, dependent on time of season, can exclude you from trainings, scrimmages, games and showcases.

Can Academy Clubs Participate in Non-Academy Competitions?
To maintain a focus on training, Academy teams do not play in any other leagues, tournaments, State Cup competitions, ODP or All-Star events without written permission from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy staff. Full-time Academy players can only participate on their designated Academy team, with only one exception: National Team duty. Development Academy players for all teams must choose to participate in the Academy full-time with the exception of the High School Sports rule.

What is the Cost to Play in the Development Academy?
At West Florida Flames, the registration fee is $1750 plus a $80 volunteer fee that is refunded upon completing WFF volunteer hours.

What is the Travel Fee and Who Pays for Travel Expenses?
DA club players are responsible for all travel expenses. The fees are varying based on schedule provided. Estimated cost is between $1600 – $1800.

Are There Scholarships Available in the Development Academy?
Yes, both West Florida Flames and US Soccer Development Academy offer a scholarship program to support families in need. West Florida Flames Soccer Club strives to provide an opportunity to play soccer at all levels despite financial limitations.

How Does Someone Tryout for a West Florida Flames DA Team?
Anyone interested in being identified can contact the Girls Director of Coaching, Jorge “Yoyo” Zavala, at jzavala@fcflames.com to participate in a regular training session. Also, there are open ID camps in February and March. Check our club website for Camp ID details and registration info http://fcflames.com/wff-girls-development-academy-id-clinics/

For more information on the Development Academy http://www.ussoccerda.com/girls-academy-faqs

 

U14 Boys CDL Showcase Champs!

U14 Boys CDL Showcase Champs!

After winning the first 3 games (1:0 against Clearwater Chargers, 5:1 against Florida Kraze, and 3:2 against West Pasco) this weekend, they walked away with a 2:1 Championship win against the Clearwater Chargers this afternoon. Coach Alex Stenson and assistant coach Dante Panella are very proud of our players and our team.
cdl-champions-u14

Congratulations to the U12 East boys at West Pines Tournament

Congratulations to the U12 East boys at West Pines Tournament

Congratulations to Coach Gary and the U12 East Boys!

USA’s -West Florida Flames’ ENCL- Ivory: This World Cup has changed my life

USA’s -West Florida Flames’ ENCL- Ivory: This World Cup has changed my life

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

USA’s Ivory: This World Cup has changed my life

(FIFA.com)

As you might expect from a player with her surname, Laurel Ivory is a pretty solid customer. Indeed, the USA goalkeeper is so resilient, it was hard to keep count of just how many saves she made in her side’s three games at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016. Unfortunately for them, those stops were not enough to help the Stars and Stripes through to the next round, after successive defeats to Ghana and Japan – both matches they had initially led.

What’s more, Ivory also exhibited a high degree of mental resilience, when talking to FIFA.com just moments after leaving the field at the Amman International Stadium following the 3-2 reverse against the Japanese that spelt the end of USA’s tournament. “The last two games have been unfortunate: they were games we should and could have won,” said the custodian, her gaze firm and her chin up, determined to face the disappointment head on. “Unfortunately, we haven’t achieved what we’d wanted to.”

And though she admitted that, in the end, the best team won, she also felt that during long stretches of the game, the US had held the upper hand. “We really had Japan against the ropes but I’m sure that, at half-time, something happened in the dressing room that changed their mindset,” said Ivory, who made a host of decisive saves over the course of the match.

“They [Japan] were trailing [at the interval] and they managed to turn the game around completely. I gave everything to try and stop them scoring and I tried to help my team-mates as well as I possibly could. We were fantastic in the first half, especially in defence, but we weren’t able to hold out for the whole game.”

While some of her colleagues were still crying inconsolably in the dressing room, Ivory had already moved past that stage, and was equally quick to downplay her individual display. “Playing at a World Cup is something we’ve dreamed about since we were little, and that dream ended tonight. For that reason it’s hard, right now, to focus on the positives,” said the West Florida Flames keeper.

“I’ve given my best and tried to do my bit to put my team in the best position possible. But if in the end that’s not enough to win, you can’t allow yourself to be satisfied with a good [individual] performance.”

In it for the long haul
That is just one of many lessons Ivory will take from her time at Jordan 2016. “I’ve learned so much from this championship, it’s changed my life,” said the winner of the Golden Glove at this year’s CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. “This is my first World Cup, my first experience of conditions almost like those in pro football. To be honest I’ve loved it and I’m really keen to stay on this path.”

Her dream of a bright footballing future, however, predates her World Cup debut by some distance, with Ivory catching the football bug when first kicking a ball around aged four. And after being heartbroken in mid-2013 upon missing out on selection for a regional representative side, it was her mother Jackie who stepped in to raise her spirits, asserting that the race to her goal was a marathon not a sprint.

It is this long-term perspective that is helping the young No1 keep her head now that her Middle Eastern sojourn is now over. “Of course it would have been fantastic to win this U-17 World Cup. But we also know that we [the USA] have never won this competition and, even so, at senior level we’re the world champions,” added Ivory, who was called into the national team set-up in September 2015.

“It’s a long-term philosophy: our whole career and footballing futures are at stake. We all have the ambition of one day reaching the senior side and this tournament is a big step forward in itself,” she said, as the interview concluded. “We needed to taste the atmosphere at a global competition; we needed to know how it feels to lose at one, and the emotions you go through in these situations. Everything we’ve experienced here is important for the future of this team.”

 

 

 

 

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