Seven-a-side soccer starts

A new soccer league in town wants to give 1-0 games the boot. Nanaimo Seven a Side soccer took to the pitch Thursday at Harewood Centennial Park with 110 players on 11 teams.

“There’s a lot of players that all played soccer growing up and they’re looking for a place to play with less commitment,” said Jordan Reems, one of the organizers.

There are no road trips to Victoria – instead, the teams gather at the field next to John Barsby Community Secondary School every Thursday night for eight weeks.

The games are co-ed, but there are no specific rules to that effect – organizers will just try to match teams against opponents of the same skill level.

Games are played on a half-sized soccer pitch, but with full-sized nets.

“Hopefully there’s high-scoring games and not as much running as a full field,” Reems said.

Organizers are hoping to hear from enough players to put together a 12th team. For more information, visit


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