The Californian reports on an inaugural soccer program designed for girls 8 and younger in Salinas.
The recreational program will serve as an introduction to these young players of the fundamentals and rules of the game. It is operated in cooperation with two national programs — the Girls Scouts and the El Camino Real Futbol League, which is part of the United States Soccer Federation.
The affiliation with the Girls Scouts and the United States Soccer Federation makes it a full-fledged program. In addition, all the coaches and referees are licensed and all received age-appropriate training. The El Camino Real league has eight girls' traveling teams, ranging in ages from 9 to 15.
32 girls have signed up for the program so far. The girls were divided into six teams and will take part in 4-on-4 games every Sunday. The teams will also get together for practices two to three times a week.