The landscape of the Ottawa soccer community continues to evolve and the last several
months has seen our community take some major steps forward most notably with the recent application for a professional soccer franchise that would see pro soccer come to Ottawa with the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park. While there are many years of work ahead for the parties involved there is no question that the last 12 months are likely to prove as a critical turning point for the sport in our community.
Just as the soccer landscape has evolved so has our magazine. This is our sixth issue and we continue to have great support from community leaders, executives, coaches, parents, players and volunteers. As a result we’ll be launching a new website in January. Now you can find all of your favourite stories, videos, images, tips, drills and more on-line at www.kickabout.ca . We look forward to your feedback and participation as we endeavour to make Kickabout the best possible reflection of our soccer community.
A special thanks to the ten local players that represented their respective community clubs in our ‘Starting 11’ feature. Let me say that these individuals truly exhibit the passion of soccer.
Each of them have such a profound understanding and knowledge of the game and all were tremendous ambassadors of their clubs and our local soccer community.
Also included in this issue are the groupings for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Spring Issue of Kickabout will have many features about this summer’s World Cup and I look forward to seeing our soccer community alive and passionate as we each support our respective nations.
In closing I would like to congratulate our local college and university teams – the Algonquin College Thunder Men and Women, the Carleton University Ravens Men and Women and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees on their successful seasons. The Algonquin Men’s Thunder reached the National Championship for an unprecedented 6th consecutive season marking the first time since 2003 that the team did not return home with a medal. There is a tremendous amount of local talent on each of these teams that truly proves the growth and strength of the development in Ottawa.