After losing a number of key players in the off-season Barossa United women’s soccer team is looking to rebuild its line-up.
Barossa United Soccer Club established a women’s side in 2015, as coach Chris Smith looked to start up a team for his daughter, Hannah to play in.
“We established something here for women and girls who wanted to play female-only soccer,” he said.
“We’ve had a few girls come back after playing junior soccer, but quitting because they didn’t have the opportunity to play women’s soccer in the Barossa.”
Girls can play with the boys until 18 years of age, but Hannah wanted to play in an all-girls team without having to travel to Gawler, or further into the city.
“Most of our players live locally, so for them to come 10 minutes to training is a lot more comfortable for them than having to travel 40 minutes to and from,” Smith said.
United finished an incredible second on the ladder for FFSA division five in its first year, however it has lost a consistent handful of players each year due to changing commitments – losing a whopping 13 girls this year.
BUSC train every Wednesday 6:30 to 7.30pm and Sunday 8:30 to 10am at its home ground Hoffman Oval, Nuriootpa – the soccer pitch behind the Nuriootpa Football Club – the side will play on Sunday during the season.
Smith said the age, ability and social situation of current players are many and varying, with the players ranging from 13 to 45 years old.
He invites women aged 14 and over to get on board with Barossa United.
“This year division five is known as the social league, so as much as we want to be competitive and want to win there are less requirements on players,” Smith said.
“This allows us to work around people’s lifestyles… we have mothers, students, people with very stringent jobs.
“There are no prerequisites on ability… Past players, new players and players new to soccer are all welcome – we’ll do our best to give everyone a go.”
Those interested in playing for Barossa United Women’s Soccer Team can contact Chris Smith on 0487 164 962, or check out the team’s Facebook page.