Karratha soccer stars selected for overseas tournaments
A group of young Karratha soccer players are preparing to demonstrate their skills on pitches in Singapore and Thailand later this year after being selected to represent country WA at two international youth tournaments.
About 10 players from the Karratha District Junior Soccer Association have been chosen among six regional State squads to compete at the annual Singa and Phuket Cup competitions, both premier Asia-Pacific tournaments for young up-and-coming soccer stars.
KDJSA club development co-ordinator Joe Algeri said being selected for the competitions presented a huge opportunity for local players.
“You go over there to Singapore or Phuket and you don’t know who’s going to be over there,” he said.
“Influential people might see your skills, your talent — it could be just that one thing that someone might like about you, and then that’s how you get to (to start) that whole process and progression through your career.
“You want to go there and showcase what you can do because you don’t know where it’s going to lead.” Players were selected after an almost 12-month process run by Football West, which included competing at a WA country week tournament in Perth last year and attending a four-day country camp in April.
The KDJSA, which has about 600 juniors on its books, trials players for qualification into the country tournaments each year, with a similar number usually selected.
Algeri said there had been a high level of interest in try-outs this year.
Other country WA clubs with players selected for the cup sides include Port Hedland, Newman, Broome, Geraldton, the Goldfields, Albany and Esperance.
The regional WA under-12s, 14s and 16s boys and under-16s girls teams will compete in the Singa Cup in early November, while under-13 and under-15 boys squads will play at the Phuket Cup on November 26-December 3.
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