HSF Welcomes Big Island League [FALL 18]
The Hawaii Soccer Federation (HSF) is proud to announce the establishment of its first league on Hawaiʻi Island! Beginning this fall, HSF will provide league competition that seeks to improve the path, process, and overall quality of player development on the Big Island. Clubs and independent teams will be offered state and national level competition; and individual players will be offered HSF’s regional (local), national, and international player identification programs (id²/PDP)—provided at no cost to players.
Consistent with US Club Soccer’s Youth Club Standards—one of HSF’s primary goals is to create an environment that improves the daily player experience; specifically through providing elevated league standards that call for better club structure, operation, and organization. Well led clubs generally develop better players; critically tying the establishment of HSF – Big Island, to the overall player development process.
HSF President and CEO, Vernon Kapuaʻala, appointed Rico Ferrari, as HSF’s Regional Director—charged with overseeing both indoor and outdoor programming on Hawaiʻi Island. Since 2015, Ferrari led Big Island Futsal—which experienced exponential growth in playership locally; and played a key role in hosting state and international futsal competitions in 2016 and 2017. According to Ferrari, “we wanted to create an outdoor environment that is competitive, yet nurturing; where at the end of the day, we’re all friends and one community—bettering ourselves so we can do better for our kids—while playing some nice soccer!”
HSF’s Big Island, Kauaʻi, and Maui Leagues will run concurrently with HSF's partner league–MISO Juniors–in the fall. Player identification opportunities will be offered for girls born in 2004 and 2005; and boys born in 2005 and 2006. Selections for invites to attend the Maui PDP Showcase in October will be based on a combination of subjective and objective scouting information. Since clubs and club coaches are responsible for impacting player development the most, only head coaches and directors of coaching may recommend players for potential participation in the player identification process.
League details and links to register will be released in the following weeks. Kapuaʻala commented by saying, “the establishment of HSF – Big Island will focus on the development of children as people first, and players first—before overall team results. A well-run soccer environment can have a tremendous impact on player development. I commend Rico for stepping up on behalf of the Big Island; and I commend the clubs and coaches who commit themselves to higher levels of professionalism and integrity. Better clubs develop better coaches; and better coaches develop better players. HSF is committed to providing programming that fosters that growth, and the greater soccer community will only benefit from a strong league on the Big Island.”