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Wesley Chapel youth soccer program booming with 275 teams, 900 players

WESLEY CHAPEL

It's a like a baby boom for soccer players.

The Wesley Chapel Athletic Association's Soccer League has tripled in size in its four short years of existence.

Practicing and playing at Wesley Chapel District Park off Boyette and Overpass roads, the league has more than 1,000 players combined on the competitive and rec teams.

"It's exploded up this way," director of coaching Bryn Lloyd said. "I used to do this job full time up in Minnesota and then came here to do it part time. Now, it's become a full-time job again."

Three years ago when Lloyd took over, there were just six competitive teams. That number doubled to 12 last year, and this season looks to have 22 teams. As for the rec teams, there will be more than 100. In all, there will be about 275 competitive players and more than 900 rec players.

But this has more to do than the crusadelike move many people have made to Wesley Chapel over the past decade. The soccer league, whose competitive teams are named the Flames, are doing just that.

They're catching fire.

"It helps its a new program and we're also doing things the right way," Lloyd said. "I like to teach soccer the right way and I think that's show with all of our teams and coaches. I think people are seeing that and realizing that.

"Plus the kids are having fun and enjoying (it) and that's the most important part. Besides, we don't mind if we keep growing."

What's going on in your neighborhood? Let us know and we might come document it. Tell about an event, a game,

a practice, an outing, a tournament — anything! There's a lot going on in the community and we want to know about it.

Contact Community Sports Editor Mike Camunas and tell him what's happening. Call him at (352) 544-1771 or e-mail him

at mcamunas@sptimes.com. We live in this community, so let's talk to each other.

By the numbers

6



teams three years ago

12



teams last year

22



teams this year

275



competitive players

900+



recreational players

Wesley Chapel youth soccer program booming with 275 teams, 900 players 10/08/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 4:36pm]
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