Seven-a-side summer soccer season a smash

BALLARAT Summer Sevens is under way, with corporate teams putting on the soccer boots on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Morshead park.

The Football Federation Victoria-endorsed competition is run on a half-sized soccer pitch.

Round four began yesterday and will continue this evening.

Manager Jason Thurgood said there were a lot of goals being scored and great players and teams in the competition. 

“It’s about the charities, but as a sports person, as soon as you cross the line it becomes serious,” Thurgood said. 

The game involves a variation of soccer, where each side has six players plus a goalkeeper.

Games run with two 20-minute halves and there is no off-side. 

The series involves two men’s divisions with an 18-30 age bracket and an over-30s. 

Profits from the competition are donated to a charity chosen by the eventual winning team. 

After round three, top of the ladder for the 18-30 division is Paul McClounan’s team Shabalala, ahead of Screaming Eagles, made up of North Ballarat footballers and friends.

On top of the 30-plus division is Cougars.