fishman Posted August 19, 2004 Share Posted August 19, 2004 I won't flog the dead horse too much on this issue, but many people in the Edmonton area have discussed the merits of the former Aviators franchise's alignment with the EMSA organization, in the hopes of drawing on the many thousands of players / parents regsitered therein. As part of that discussion, the EMSA / EIYSA debate arose; that is, the ongoing fight within the greater Edmonton area between two associations for control of Tier 1 and 2 play. Indeed, many people felt the Aviators / EMSA agreement was another power play in this ridiculous struggle. The EIYSA group is certainly not without its problems; however, if results are important to elite competitors, one need only look at the playdowns now being contested. The top 2 teams qualify for the provincial championships...for a look, go to either homepage (www.eiysa.com OR www.edmontonsoccer.com) and peek at the stats. Some groups are finished, while the others are to play their final matches in the next day or two. As it is, it seems very likely that 11 of the 16 teams to advance to provincials are EIYSA clubs. This post's intention is not to go over the Aviators failures again; rather, it is to get some chit-chat about the political problems in amateur soccer. It is just very frustrating to see the cannibalization occuring in the Edmonton area. Not only are competing clubs vying for players, competing associations are fighting the same fight. The losers? Elite players looking for the best competition...as it is, leagues are diluted. Too bad. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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