The final cost of the club t-shirt is ¥1,546 each, Please give the exact amount to Mr Frater in room 324 on November 21 or November 28, thank you.The following players/managers ordered a shirt:
I have booked the field from 10:00am to 1:00pm on Monday November 27 for an optional practice. All players are welcome, if you can come. Hopefully most of you will be back from your holidays by then.
This week I would like to split the squad into two groups, so that everyone can have 8 vs 8 playing time on the whole field. Players should please come to practice on the following days (note that Yuka, Koki and Nana are down for both days):
08:30am A team and B team on field for warm-up
09:30am SOIS A vs MBIS A
10:40am SOIS B vs MBIS B
11:50am SOIS A vs SOIS B (optional for players who can stay until 12:45pm)
Congratulations to the CA Falcons on their win this year, particularly as their squad struggled with injuries and they played the semi-final and final without any substitutes.
As always it was a pleasure to host the teams from ISSH and Nagoya. Thank you for making the long trip down.
Some of the results may have been disappointing for the Sabers, but as always our teams played with great spirit and will be much stronger for the experience. Of the 30 SOIS players in our three teams, only 7 were in middle school soccer last year, so the tournament was always going to represent quite a challenge. Considering a quarter of the A team, half the B team and the whole C team had no more than two weeks' experience with soccer, they played incredibly well and with a lot of heart. Highlights for the Sabers include the A team's great comeback from 3-0 down against ISSH, the close games between the B team's really close games with CA A and NIS A, and the C team's win over NIS B. Coach Rumble and I are really proud of the whole squad.
The following players have been selected to represent SOIS at the Sabers Invitational Tournament on Friday and Saturday this week. Please contact the coach as soon as possible if you cannot play for some reason.
Remember that even if you are not in the team this time, we will take 4 teams to WJAA next month, so you need to keep practicing and improving for that tournament, and next season.
Janet Jones - Asuka Hong - Haruka Batai - Momoka Fujii - Renon Ohno
The following players have been selected to play against Nagoya International School in Nagoya on Saturday, 28 October. Please make sure you complete the online permission form as soon as possible. Details of the trip (departure and arrival times etc.) can be found here.
Thank you to everyone who played over the summer. It was great to see the new players adjusting so well to high school soccer, and wonderful to see 5 of our best Varsity team graduates playing again.
Below, from left to right, are graduate Varsity players Miki Chisoku, Ai Kano, Sakiko Otsuki, Kanako Tsutsumi and Natsuho Oura
Four Dr Fukuda Scholar-Athletes of the Year (and four of the best soccer players to have worn the Sabers uniform) together!
From left to right: Haruna Tomiguchi (2017), Ai Kano (2016), Sakiko Otsuki (2015) and Natsuho Oura (2014)
Here's a wonderful team goal from Juventus. Four passes, four players, and the ball doesn't touch the ground once before it is in the net. Great first-touch play!
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The two tournament finals ended in draws, although both were lost on penalties.
Most importantly, we hope that Leona recovers soon from the knee injury that ended her season in early March.
Thank you to everyone for another wonderfully enjoyable season of great football.
Congratulations to the Sabers Girls HS soccer team who were runners-up in the 2017 AISA tournament hosted by Seoul International School this weekend. The girls were also awarded the AISA sportsmanship award by their fellow players and the competing schools' coaches. Our thanks go out to the athletics department, students and homestay families from SIS who showed such warm hospitality to our players. Congratulations too to the winning team, Korea International School, who won the title after an exciting and very hard-fought final went to penalties.
The meeting place at Kansai Airport is indicated here with a star. Please be there by 9:30am on Thursday morning.
Here's a great volley goal from yesterday's game between Liverpool and Stoke City. Watch Roberto Firmino's technique...
SOIS 8 - 0 Keimei HS
Goals: Suono (5), Ami, Lilian, Ririko
As this is the last game before our final tournament next week, we will only take the AISA squad to Keimei HS this weekend. Please bring WHITE uniforms.
Click here to download the map to Keimei HS.
Thank you to all of the players who attended the games, and put in such a great effort over the three days.
The following players are available for the games against 3 Japanese high schools next week.
Congratulations to the team for their superb performances at WJAA in Yokohama. The team won all pool games and their semifinal comfortably, and played an epic final against CA. One of the other coaches called it "the most impressive attacking team at the tournament [SOIS] against the most impressive defensive team [CA]". In the end it was a hard-fought 0-0 draw, followed by 22 penalties, with every player on both teams, including the goalies, taking a spot kick. Although Haruna made some spectacular diving saves, we lost by one in the sudden-death penalty shootout. So a 2nd place finish, but with so many superb individual performances and an inspired team performance from everyone, the tournament was really a great success. We can now look forward to a very exciting AISA tournament in Seoul next month.
The only sad note was the injury to our young wizard midfielder, Leona Yanagi, who has a suspected torn ligament in her knee (again). We wish her a speedy recovery, although past experience suggests it may require an operation and a lengthy lay-off from all sports, and a tough rehabilitation period after that.
The following players have been selected for the WJAA and AISA tournaments this season
Please make sure you submit the 'green' permission sheets to me as soon as possible to confirm you are allowed to go to AISA.
Other squad players:
Please keep practicing hard this season, it will be your turn to play in the tournaments next year.
This Saturday is our final chance to play 11 a-side on a full size field before the WJAA tournament in two weeks. Therefore we need everyone to please come to Sanda so that we can put two 11 a-side teams on the field for a full 90-minute game.
HS: Mr Kono