Due to growing interest in girls soccer Barossa United Soccer Club have decided to, for the first time ever, have a Under 15s girls team.
In the past, all junior girls have played in a mixed team until they reach the senior ranks, but Barossa United coach George Triandafyllidis says that this has not been ideal.
“When they hit the 11-13 year old range some girls stop playing - they just don’t click with the boys anymore - and they would rather play with their friends,” Mr Triandafyllidis, who has been coaching his daughter’s team for five years, said.
By giving girls the option to play in their own team, the club is expecting better outcomes for the girls.
“Their confidence is completely different,” Mr Triandafyllidis said.
“Some of the boys might not pass the ball during a game when they're in positions to score or out on the wing and it knocks their confidence.
“The girls can just go into their shell.
“When they play with their friends they just come out of their shell and they support each other which is really good to see.”
“When they play with their friends they just come out of their shell and they support each other which is really good to see.”Coach Triandafyllidis
When Barossa United announced that they would be forming a girls Under 15s team, they were impressed with the amount of interest from the community.
Ayla Loan and Ebony Triandafyllidis both jumped at the chance to get the team up and running.
Ebony has been playing for Barossa United for about 5 years and is excited for the new team.
“It used to be like 3 girls to 14 boys so it was pretty much a boys team,” said Ebony Triandafyllidis.
“They're a good group of girls so I’m really looking forward to being around them.”
Ayla, on the other hand, has joined to play in the girls team and is looking forward to “just playing soccer, running around, getting some good fitness in and making more friends.”
Barossa United made the decision to expand after they saw increased interest through the SAPSASA competitions.
“I just love the fact that in AFL and soccer and all that girls have an opportunity to join in which definitely was not there back when i was playing as a kid.”
The club is still taking registrations for their new girls team and are encouraging more people to come and get involved.
Training sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays 5.30pm - 6.30pm.