BALLYMENA INVITATIONAL
MINI SOCCER LEAGUE

2017 LEAGUE DATES ANNOUNCED

2017 LEAGUE DATES HAVE BEEN FINALISED AS FOLLOWS 

P2 - play Saturday 20 May 2017 @ 10.30- 13:00 on 3G. Kickoff is 11.00am sharp.

This is 5-aside. Cost £20.00 per team.              Teams: 2 coaches, 5 players and up to 3 subs.

Closing date for team applications is Saturday 13 May 2017 @ 8.00pm.

P3 - play Saturday 3 June 2017 @ 10.30- 13:00 on 3G. Kickoff is 11.00am sharP

This is 5-aside. Cost £20.00 per team.  Teams: 2 coaches, 5 players and up to 3 subs.

Closing date for team application is Saturday 27 May 2017 @ 8.00pm.

P4 – play Saturday 3 June 2017 @ 1:30pm- 4.00pm on 3G. Kickoff is 2.00pm sharp.

This is 7-aside. Cost £30.00 per team.   Teams: 2 coaches, 7 players and up to 3 subs.

Closing date for team application is Saturday 27 May 2017 @ 8.00pm.

Note: P3 and P4 play on the same day.

P5 – play Saturday 10 June 2017 @ 1:30pm- 4.00pm on 3G. Kickoff is 2.00pm.

This is 7-aside. Cost £30.00 per team.   Teams: 2 coaches, 7 players and up to 3 subs.

Closing date for team application is Saturday 3 June 2017 @ 8.00pm.

P6 – play Saturday 17 June 2017 @ 1:30pm- 4.00pm on 3G. Kickoff is 2.00pm.

This is 9-aside. Cost £30.00 per team.   Teams: 2 coaches, 9 players and up to 3 subs.

Closing date for team application is Saturday 3 June 2017 @ 8.00pm. 

P7 – play Saturday 24 June 2017 @ 1:30pm- 4.00pm on 3G. Kickoff is 2.00pm.

This is 9-aside. Cost £30.00 per team.   Teams: 2 coaches, 9 players and up to 3 subs.

 

Closing date for team application is Saturday 17 June 2017 @ 8.00pm.  

NEW LEAGUE SPONSOR FOR BIMSL

Ballymena Credit Union last week became officially the main sponsor for the Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League which commences in May 2017 and each week will cater for a different age group starting with P2s going right up to P7 finishing at the beginning of July. The company's representative Shannon Gordon presented league secretary Billy O'Flaherty with a generous cheque last week which ensures enough finance to complete the competition for the season. Carniny Amateur and Youth FC, Northend United, Ballymena United Youth Academy and Star United are already committed to entering this season although FIVE new teams have shown interest in playing this small sided game version of Association Football.


Anyone who may be interested in joining the league should contact the league secretary, Billy O'Flaherty on 07850669666 for details.

LEAGUE START SET FOR SATURDAY 20TH MAY!

 LEAGUE START SET FOR 20TH MAY

The Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League sponsored by Ballymena Credit Union will commence on Saturday morning 20th May, 2017 with the opening P2 age group starting proceedings at the usual venue at Ballymena Showgrounds. The League will commence in following Saturdays up the school years until 24th June and although players can play up it is not permitted to play down unless in the case of female players who can play older.

Several new teams have shown an interest in joining Star United, Carniny Amateur and Youth FC, Northend United Youth and Ballymena United YA in the league who are current members and further details will be announced at a later date along with the date for the Annual General Meeting.

Any team interested should contact the following league secretary for details,

BILLY O'FLAHERTY
07850669666

 All children will receive a medal for taking part and there will be several games each week for teams taking part. Check here for  details and also on the Facebook Page . 

2016 LEAGUE DATES 

Ballymena Invitational Mini-Soccer League 2016 

Tournament will be played on the 3G pitch at Ballymena Showgrounds.

All teams must have insurance. If you do not already have this it can be obtained from the NIBFA.

Can teams participating please make their parents aware that there is a £1 entrance fee per adult into the 3G to watch the games.

P2 - play Saturday 7 May 2016 @ 10.00am- 12.30pm on 3G. Kickoff is 10.30am.

This is 5-aside. Cost £20.00 per team.

Teams: 2 coaches, 5 players and up to 3 subs.

Closing date for team application is Tuesday 2 May 2016 @ 8.00pm.     

P3 - play Saturday 7 May 2016 @ 1:30pm- 4.00pm on 3G. Kickoff is 2.00pm.

This is 7-aside. Cost £20.00 per team.

Teams: 2 coaches, 5 players and up to 3 subs.

Closing date for team application is Tuesday 2 May 2016 @ 8.00pm. 

Note: P2 and P3 play on the same day.

P4 – play Saturday 14 May 2016 @ 1:30pm- 4.00pm on 3G. Kickoff is 2.00pm.

This is 7-aside. Cost £30.00 per team.

 Teams: 2 coaches, 7 players and up to 3 subs.

 Closing date for team application is Tuesday 10 May 2016 @ 8.00pm.

P5 – play Saturday 21 May 2016 @ 1:30pm- 4.00pm on 3G. Kickoff is 2.00pm.

This is 7-aside. Cost £30.00 per team.

 Teams: 2 coaches, 7 players and up to 3 subs.

 Closing date for team application is Tuesday 17 May 2016 @ 8.00pm.

P6 – play Saturday 4 June 2016 @ 10.30am – 1.00pm on 3G. Kickoff is 10.30am.

This is 9-aside. Cost £30.00 per team.

Teams: 2 coaches, 9 players and up to 3 subs.

Closing date for team application is Friday 29 May 2016 @ 8.00pm.  

P7 – play Saturday 4 June 2016 @ 1:30pm- 4.00pm on 3G. Kickoff is 2.00pm.

This is 9-aside. Cost £30.00 per team.

  Teams: 2 coaches, 9 players and up to 3 subs.

  Closing date for team application is Friday 29 May 2016 @ 8.00pm.  

 

Note: P6 and P7 play on the same day.

 

2016 AGM Tuesday 19th April

The AGM of the Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th April, 2016 at the Countryman Inn, Ballymena.
Please remember to bring the following to the meeting if you intend entering this season,

Copy of team insurance
Details of teams your club may wish to enter

Hoping to see you there.

2015 P3 FIXTURES NOW AVAILABLE SAT 23RD MAY

2015 P2 FIXTURES NOW AVAILABLE SAT 16TH MAY

2015 AGM TUESDAY 28TH APRIL

As previously informed via email, this years AGM will be at the Michelin Athletic Club, Woodsiode Road, Ballymena at 8pm on Tuesday 28/4/15. In line with our constitution/rules, any changes, additions or ammendments to same must be submitted in writing to league secretary on or before 27/4/15. When you attend please be in a position to give an estimate of how many teams from your club will be entering. Thanking you in anticipation.

2015 FIXTURES COMMENCE SAT 16TH MAY

2015 Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League Dates

P2 - 16th May 1.30 – 4.00pm
P3 - 23rd May 1.30- 4.00pm (TBC)
P4 - 6th June 1.30 – 4.00pm
P5 - 13th June 1.30 – 4.00pm
P6 - 27th June 10.30 – 1.00pm
P7 - 27th June 1.30 – 4.00pm

2014 FIXTURES NOW COMPLETE

The final session of the Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League took place last Saturday afternoon for the P7 age group on the 3g facility at Ballymena Showgrounds with teams from Ballymena Youth Academy, Carniny Youth and Star United providing the competitors.

Teams enjoyed yet another glorious day of sunshine which has generally been the case for almost every week of competition this season. League secretary Billy O’Flaherty at the close of play made special mention not only to the players but the young referees who covered all the games and helped to set up. He thanked fixture secretary Sandra Christie, who was the chief organiser each week of competition and presented her with flowers as well as mentioning Chairman Arthur McClean and treasurer Henry Spence who ensured the league was always financially solvent.

Before mentioning the helpful staff at Ballymena Showgrounds  Billy thanked Wes Gregg and Mo McDowell from the Irish Football Association who have supported the league for several years. IFA Development Officer Wes Gregg finished off proceedings by thanking parents for bringing the children each week as well as the coaches who as volunteers gave of their time for the benefit of so many young people.

 

Special Merit awards were made to coaches Davy Boyd of Carniny Youth and John Devlin of Northend United Youth who have so much locally to promote grass roots football within the borough.

P7  FIXTURES SATURDAY 28TH JUNE 2014

AGE GROUPP7                 DATESaturday 28 JUNE 2014

START TIME: Please be at the entrance gate to the 3G pitch for 13:45

 Games will commence at 14:00

 

Remember to bring a warm top and waterproof coat, water to drink (no fizzy drinks). Be prepared for any type of weather!

And in the hope of lovely weather, if needed, wear sun-cream.

Games are on 3G so no metal studs in boots.

 

Games are 30 minutes long                                     Teams: 9-aside

 

Teams play 3 games.

 

Round 1                                 Time: 14:00                           

Pitch 1             BALLYMENA TOWN    v   STAR UNITED

Pitch 2             BALLYMENA UNITED    v   CARNINY FC 

 

Round 2                                  Time: 14:40

Pitch 1             BALLYMENA TOWN    v   CARNINY FC   

Pitch 2             STAR UNITED    v    BALLYMENA UNITED  

 

Round 3                               Time: 15:20

Pitch 1             BALLYMENA UNITED     v   BALLYMENA TOWN   

 

Pitch 2             STAR UNITED   v   CARNINY FC                 

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P6 Fixtures Saturday 21st June 2014

AGE GROUPP6                 DATESaturday 21 JUNE 2014

START TIME: Please be at the entrance gate to the 3G pitch for 13:45

 Games will commence at 14:00

 

Remember to bring a warm top and waterproof coat, water to drink (no fizzy drinks). Be prepared for any type of weather!

And in the hope of lovely weather, if needed, wear sun-cream.

Games are on 3G so no metal studs in boots.

 

Games are 30 minutes long                                     Teams: 9-aside

 

Teams play 3 games.

 

Round 1                                 Time: 14:00                           

Pitch 1             BALLYMENA TOWN    v   STAR UNITED

Pitch 2             BALLYMENA UNITED    v   CARNINY FC 

 

Round 2                                  Time: 14:40

Pitch 1             BALLYMENA TOWN    v   CARNINY FC   

Pitch 2             STAR UNITED    v    BALLYMENA UNITED  

 

Round 3                               Time: 15:20

Pitch 1             BALLYMENA UNITED     v   BALLYMENA TOWN   

 

Pitch 2             STAR UNITED   v   CARNINY FC                 

P7 Fixtures

The BIMSL P7 fixtures will now be held on Saturday 28th June

P6 Section Notice

TEAMS WISHING TO PLAY IN P6 AGE GROUP THIS SATURDAY 21/6/14 MUST LET SANDRA KNOW HOW MANY TEAMS THEY WISH TO ENTER BY MONDAY 16.6.14 AND HAVE ENTRY FEES FOR TEAMS WITH BILLY O'FLAHERTY BY THIS DATE

P5 Fixtures Completed

The P5 age group of the Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League got under way on Saturday in warm conditions with teams from Carniny Youth and Ballymena United Youth Academy serving up a feast of football. The standard of football played really was impressive and all those taking part deserve credit for what was a great days football. At the close of play league secretary Billy O’Flaherty paid tribute not only to the children taking part but their parents for bringing them and their coaches for giving of their time as volunteers. He also paid special thanks to Showgrounds staff and to Ballymena coach Michael Watterson, a very humble man who is much respected by all in grass roots youth football. The presentation on the day was made by another former league player as has been the case each week with Ballymena United player Caolan Loughran who had played for All Saints FC several years ago under the tutorship of coach Gerry Sexton. Caolan like so many former league players has played senior football this season. This Saturday 21/6/14 will see the P6 age group take place at the usual venue in 9 a side format. 

P5 Fixtures Sat 14th June 2014

 

AGE GROUPP5                 DATESaturday 14 JUNE 2014

START TIME: Please be at the entrance gate to the 3G pitch for 13:45

 Games will commence at 14:00

 

Remember to bring a warm top and waterproof coat, water to drink (no fizzy drinks). Be prepared for any type of weather!

And in the hope of lovely weather, if needed, wear sun-cream.

Games are on 3G so no metal studs in boots.

Games are 20 minutes long                                     Teams: 7-aside 

Teams play 5 games. 

Round 1                                 Time: 14:00                           

Pitch 1             CARNINY AMATEURS   v   BALLYMENA TOWN   

Pitch 2             NORTHEND UNITED    v   CARNINY FC 

Pitch 3             BALLYMENA UNITED    v   CARNINY YOUTH  

 

Round 2                                  Time: 14:25

Pitch 1             CARNINY AMATEURS  v   CARNINY YOUTH    

Pitch 2             BALLYMENA TOWN    v   CARNINY FC   

Pitch 3             BALLYMENA UNITED   v   NORTHEND UNITED 

 

Round 3                               Time: 14:50

Pitch 1             CARNINY AMATEURS   v   NORTHEND UNITED   

Pitch 2             CARNINY FC    v   BALLYMENA UNITED     

Pitch 3             CARNINY YOUTH   v   BALLYMENA TOWN   

 

Round 4                               Time: 15:15

Pitch 1             BALLYMENA UNITED   v   CARNINY AMATEURS

Pitch 2             CARNINY YOUTH   v   CARNINY FC   

Pitch 3             BALLYMENA   TOWN   v   NORTHEND UNITED   

 

Round 5                               Time: 15:40

Pitch 1             CARNINY FC    v   CARNINY AMATEURS

Pitch 2             NORTHEND UNITED   v   CARNINY YOUTH  

Pitch 3             BALLYMENA UNITED   v   BALLYMENA TOWN   

 

 

P4 Fixtures Completed

Six teams from Carniny Youth, Ballymena United Youth Academy and Northend United Youth beat the inclement weather to play the P4 section of the Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League on Saturday on the 3g surface at Ballymena Showgrounds. An enjoyable day was had by all as each team played out five small sided games and at the conclusion of the day every competitor received a medal for taking part from Ballymena United goalkeeper McAuley Cairns himself having played in the mini soccer league for Carniny as well as Northend and BUFC Youth Academy in youth football. Each team also received a match ball from IFA Development Officer, Wes Gregg who was on hand to help organise and set up the event. This Saturday 14th June will see the P5 children take part and all teams are reminded to pay attention to the league website for instructions before they can participate.

P4 FIXTURES SAT 7th JUNE

AGE GROUPP4                 DATESaturday 7 JUNE 2014

START TIME: Please be at the entrance gate to the 3G pitch for 13:45

 Games will commence at 14:00

 

Remember to bring a warm top and waterproof coat, water to drink (no fizzy drinks). Be prepared for any type of weather!

And in the hope of lovely weather, if needed, wear sun-cream.

Games are on 3G so no metal studs in boots.

Games are 20 minutes long                                     Teams: 7-aside

 

Teams play 5 games.

 

Round 1                                 Time: 14:00                           

Pitch 1             NORTHEND YOUTH    v   CARNINY AMATEURS

Pitch 2             NORTHEND UNITED   v   CARNINY YOUTH  

Pitch 3             BALLYMENA UNITED   v   BALLYMENA TOWN   

 

Round 2                                  Time: 14:25

Pitch 1             CARNINY AMATEURS  v   CARNINY YOUTH    

Pitch 2             BALLYMENA TOWN    v   NORTHEND YOUTH   

Pitch 3             BALLYMENA UNITED   v   NORTHEND UNITED 

 

Round 3                               Time: 14:50

Pitch 1             CARNINY AMATEURS   v   NORTHEND UNITED   

Pitch 2             NORTHEND YOUTH    v   BALLYMENA UNITED     

Pitch 3             CARNINY YOUTH   v   BALLYMENA TOWN   

Round 4                               Time: 15:15

Pitch 1             BALLYMENA UNITED   v   CARNINY AMATEURS

Pitch 2             CARNINY YOUTH   v   NORTHEND YOUTH   

Pitch 3             BALLYMENA   TOWN   v   NORTHEND UNITED   

 

Round 5                               Time: 15:40

Pitch 1             CARNINY AMATEURS   v   BALLYMENA TOWN   

Pitch 2             NORTHEND UNITED    v   NORTHEND YOUTH 

 

Pitch 3             BALLYMENA UNITED    v   CARNINY YOUTH   

P3 FIXTURES SAT 24TH MAY

AGE GROUPP3                  DATESaturday 24 MAY 2014

START TIME: Please be at the entrance gate to the 3G pitch for 13:45

Games will commence at 14:00

 

Remember to bring a warm top and waterproof coat, water to drink (no fizzy drinks). Be prepared for any type of weather!

And in the hope of lovely weather, if needed, wear sun-cream.

P3 Games are on 3G so no metal studs in boots.

Games are 10 minutes long                                    Teams: 5-aside

Teams play 7 games.

 

Round 1                                 Time: 14:00                           

Pitch 1             BALLYMENA UNITED   v   CARNINY AMATEURS
Pitch 2             CARNINY YOUTH   v   NORTHEND YOUTH  
Pitch 3             BALLYMENA TOWN    v   STAR UNITED  
Pitch4              NORTHEND GALAXIO    v   NORTHEND UNITED

Round 2                                  Time: 14:15

Pitch 1             STAR UNITED   v   BALLYMENA UNITED
Pitch 2             NORTHEND YOUTH    v   CARNINY AMATEURS
Pitch 3             NORTHEND UNITED    v   BALLYMENA TOWN  
Pitch4              NORTHEND GALAXIO    v   CARNINY YOUTH  

Round 3                               Time: 14:30

Pitch 1             BALLYMENA UNITED   v   NORTHEND YOUTH  
Pitch 2             STAR UNITED   v   NORTHEND UNITED  
Pitch 3             BALLYMENA TOWN    v   CARNINY YOUTH  
Pitch4              CARNINY AMATEURS   v   NORTHEND GALAXIO   

 

Round 4                               Time: 14:45

Pitch 1             NORTHEND GALAXIO    v   NORTHEND YOUTH
Pitch 2             NORTHEND UNITED    v   BALLYMENA UNITED  
Pitch 3             BALLYMENA TOWN    v   CARNINY AMATEURS
Pitch4              CARNINY YOUTH   v   STAR UNITED  

BREAK

Round 5                               Time: 15:10

Pitch 1             BALLYMENA UNITED    v   NORTHEND GALAXIO
Pitch 2             NORTHEND UNITED    v   CARNINY YOUTH  
Pitch 3             NORTHEND YOUTH    v   BALLYMENA TOWN  
Pitch4              STAR UNITED   v   CARNINY AMATEURS 

 

Round 6                              Time: 15:25

Pitch 1             CARNINY YOUTH   v   BALLYMENA UNITED
Pitch 2             CARNINY AMATEURS   v   NORTHEND UNITED  
Pitch 3             BALLYMENA TOWN    v   NORTHEND GALAXIO
Pitch4              STAR UNITED   v   NORTHEND YOUTH   

 

Round 7                             Time: 15:40

Pitch 1             CARNINY YOUTH   v   CARNINY AMATEURS
Pitch 2             NORTHEND UNITED    v   NORTHEND YOUTH  
Pitch 3             BALLYMENA UNITED    v   BALLYMENA TOWN
Pitch4              NORTHEND GALAXIO   v   STAR UNITED   

P2 FIXTURES SAT 24TH MAY

AGE GROUPP2                  DATESaturday 24 MAY 2014

START TIME: Please be at the entrance gate to the 3G pitch for 13:45

Games will commence at 14:00 

Remember to bring a warm top and waterproof coat, water to drink (no fizzy drinks). Be prepared for any type of weather!

And in the hope of lovely weather, if needed, wear sun-cream.

P2  games are on GRASS.

Teams sitting out each round may have a penalty shootout and dribbling competition.

Games are 10 minutes long                                    Teams: 5-aside

 

Round 1                                 Time: 14:00                                       

Pitch 1       CARNINY YOUTH    v    NORTHEND  VIKINGS  
Pitch 2       BALLYMENA TOWN   v    NORTHEND MADRID 
SITOUT: Ballymena United

Round 2                                  Time: 14:15

Pitch 1       NORTHEND MADRID    v    NORTHEND  VIKINGS
Pitch 2       BALLYMENA UNITED    v    BALLYMENA TOWN 
SITOUT: Carniny Youth

Round 3                               Time: 14:30

Pitch 1       CARNINY YOUTH    v    NORTHEND MADRID 
Pitch 2      NORTHEND  VIKINGS   v    BALLYMENA UNITED
SITOUT: Ballymena Town

Round 4                               Time: 14:45

Pitch 1       CARNINY YOUTH   v    BALLYMENA UNITED
Pitch 2       BALLYMENA TOWN    v    NORTHEND VIKINGS 

SITOUT: Northend Madrid

Round 5                               Time: 15:00

Pitch 1       BALLYMENA TOWN     v    CARNINY YOUTH
Pitch 2       BALLYMENA UNITED    v    NORTHEND MADRID
SITOUT: Northend Vikings

10 minute break

Round 6                              Time: 15:20

Pitch 1       NORTHEND VIKINGS   v    CARNINY YOUTH
Pitch 2       BALLYMENA UNITED    v    NORTHEND MADRID
SITOUT: Ballymena Town

Round 7                             Time: 15:45

Pitch 1        BALLYMENA TOWN       v    CARNINY YOUTH
Pitch 2       BALLYMENA UNITED    v    NORTHEND MADRID
SITOUT: Northend Viking

P2 combined with P3 for Sat 24th May

The P2 section of the BIMSL will now be combined with the P3 Section which will be held on Saturday 24th May 2014.

Those clubs wishing to enter teams for the P2 and P3 sections should have their registration forms and payment with League Treasurer, Mr Henry Spence by tonight Friday 16th May 2014. Teams names should also be forwarded to Fixtures secretary, Sandra Christie.

P2 SECTION SAT 17TH MAY CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances the P2 section of the BISML scheduled for Sat 17th May has been CANCELLED.

Please keep an eye out on this page and official website -www.ballymenaminisoccer.org for further announcementsto unforeseen circumstances the P2 section of the BISML scheduled for Sat 17th May has been CANCELLED.

Please keep an eye out on this page and official website - www.ballymenaminisoccer.org for further announcementsto unforeseen circumstances the P2 section of the BISML scheduled for Sat 17th May has been CANCELLED.

Please keep an eye out on this page and official website - www.ballymenaminisoccer.org for further announcements

P2s Kick off League Sat 17th May!

The P2 age group will kick the league off this year on Saturday 17 May 2014 @ 2.00pm on the 3G pitch at Ballymena Showgrounds This is 5-aside.
Closing date for team application is Friday 09 May 2014 @ 8.00pm. 
Teams: 2 coaches, 5 players and up to 3 subs.           

2014 BIMSL Schedule

P2 - Sat 17th May 2014
P3 - Sat 24th May 2014
P4 - Sat 7th June 2014
P5 - Sat 14th June 2014
P6 & 7 Sat 21st June 2014 

BIMSL Badge Competition

The Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League are running a competition for the design of a badge for the local league. Prospective 'artists' out there should send their ideas/artwork on paper to ,

THE SECRETARY
BALLYMENA INVITATIONAL MINI SOCCER LEAGUE
BALLYMENA SHOWGROUNDS
WARDEN STREET
BALLYMENA

The winning design will receive a prize and have their work on league materials.

P7 Day Brings League to a close for 2013

Saturday past saw the P7 section bring to a close this seasons Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League in the thirteenth season of this celebrated competition. Six teams from Star United, Antrim Rovers, Ballymena Utd Youth Academy and Carniny Youth took part in this small sided games initiative involving over 70 children from throughout the Borough. A large support of parents , family and friends also attended the 3g venue at Ballymena Showgrounds which has proven to be a very suitable 'home' for the League since its move at the beginning of the year.  Local sponsor and McDonalds restaurant manager Karl Black was in attendance and not only helped league Chairman Arthur McClean with the presentation but provided fruit juice drinks for the children taking part. At the close of proceedings the league secretary, Billy O'Flaherty thanked all the over 50 teams ( 500 children ) who competed in the six age groups, the supportive parents/friends and the respective team coaches. Special thanks were also relayed to the staff at Ballymena Showgrounds and league fixture secretary, Sandra Christie who ensured the smooth running of the project each week. The Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League which is an accredited IFA Games Development Centre is something that the organisers and the Borough of Ballymena can be proud of.

P6s PLAY THROUGH THE RAIN!

The P6 age group of the Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League involved seven teams last Saturday from Carniny Youth, Ballymena Youth Academy, Antrim Rovers and Kells & Connor Cougars in games of nine a side football at this IFA approved Games Development Centre. The weather on the day was far from favourable although the constant showers failed to dampen the spirits of the competitors with each team playing six ten minute games. The league secretary Billy O'Flaherty was a guest last week of the IFA at Cooke Rugby Club in Belfast as they officially launched their small sided games programme. Attending on the day were the IFA President    
Jim Shaw and several Northern Ireland Internationals including David Healy who spoke about his experiences of football when a young boy in Northern Ireland. Compère of the event was IFA coaching supremo, Mr Dessie Currie.
The league have had a recent visit by IFA Staff who are impressed with the way it conducts its business within the Associations guidelines. This Saturday is the final week of this years competition with six teams competing from Ballymena Youth Academy, Carniny Youth, Star Utd and Antrim Rovers starting as usual at 2pm on the 3g facility at Ballymena Showgrounds. For all the latest information on the local league check the leagues website.

P7 Fixtures Saturday 22nd June

P7   Saturday 22 June 2013   First games kick-off: 2pm sharp

Match 1

Pitch 1:  Ballymena Utd   v   Antrim Rovers
Pitch 2:  Carniny Youth   v   Star Utd
Pitch 3: 
Ballymena Town   v   Carniny Amateurs  

Match 2

Pitch 1:  Star Utd   v   Ballymena Utd
Pitch 2:  
Ballymena Town   v   Carniny Youth
Pitch 3:  Carniny Amateurs     v   Antrim Rovers

Match 3

Pitch 1:  Ballymena Utd   v   Carniny Amateurs
Pitch 2:  Star Utd   v   
Ballymena Town

Pitch 3:  Antrim Rovers v   Carniny Youth   

Match 4

Pitch 1:  Ballymena Town   v   Ballymena Utd
Pitch 2:  Antrim Rovers    v   Star Utd
Pitch 3:  Carniny Amateurs   v   Carniny Youth

Match 5

Pitch 1: Ballymena Utd   v   Carniny Youth   
Pitch 2: Ballymena Town   v   Antrim Rovers   
Pitch 3:  Carniny Amateurs   v   Star Utd

NOTE:

All players and coaches: Please be at the gate into the 3G at 13:50.
Kick-off is at 14:00 sharp (2pm sharp)
Hopefully if all games start at the same time we will get them all played within our allotted 2 hours.
All teams are in one group.  9-aside
3 pitches will be used.
Matches are 15 mins long.
Break of 5 mins after every game for water drinks, changing pitches etc.

P6 FIXTURES SATURDAY 15TH JUNE

Ballymena Mini-Soccer League

P6   Saturday 15 June 2013   First games kick-off: 2pm sharp

Match 1
Pitch 1:  Carniny Amateurs   v   Ballymena Utd
Pitch 2:  Kells & Connor Cougars    v   Carniny Youth
Pitch 3:  Antrim Rovers 1 Ballymena Town   
FREE TEAM:  Antrim Rovers 2 

Match 2
Pitch 1:  Ballymena Town   v   Carniny Amateurs   
Pitch 2: Antrim Rovers 2   v   Kells & Connor Cougars   
Pitch 3:  Carniny Youth   v   Antrim Rovers 1
FREE TEAM:  Ballymena Utd

Match 3
Pitch 1:  Ballymena Utd   v   Ballymena Town 
Pitch 2:  Antrim Rovers 1   v   Antrim Rovers 2
Pitch 3:  Carniny Amateurs   v   Carniny Youth   
FREE TEAM:  Kells & Connor Cougars

Match 4
Pitch 1:  Ballymena Utd   v   Carniny Youth   
Pitch 2:  Antrim Rovers 1   v   Kells & Connor Cougars   
Pitch 3:  Carniny Amateurs   v   Antrim Rovers 2 
FREE TEAM:  Ballymena Town

Match 5
Pitch 1:  Carniny Youth    Ballymena Town   
Pitch 2:  Kells & Connor Cougars    Carniny Amateurs   
Pitch 3:  Antrim Rovers 2    Ballymena Utd   
FREE TEAM:  Antrim Rovers 1

Match 6
Pitch 1:  Ballymena Utd    Kells & Connor Cougars   
Pitch 2:  Carniny Amateurs    Antrim Rovers 1
Pitch 3:  Ballymena Town   v   Antrim Rovers 2   
FREE TEAM:  Carniny Youth

Match 7
Pitch 1: Kells & Connor Cougars   v   Ballymena Town  
Pitch 2:  Antrim Rovers 1   v   Ballymena Utd   
Pitch 3:  Antrim Rovers 2    Carniny Youth   
FREE TEAM:  Carniny Amateurs

NOTE:
All players and coaches: Please be at the gate into the 3G at 13:50.
Kick-off is at 14:00 sharp (2pm sharp)
Hopefully if all games start at the same time we will get them all played within our allotted 2 hours.
All teams are in one group.  9-aside
3 pitches will be used.
Matches are 10 mins long.
Break of up to 5 mins after every game for water drinks, changing pitches etc.

 

P5s ENJOY FOOTIE IN THE SUN!

Saturday saw the children from the P5 age group of the Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League welcome several guests to the initiative played in brilliant sunshine. Head of the IFA grass roots within N.Ireland Football, Ian Stewart, could not help but be impressed by the football on show from the nine teams in competition and the league organisers were grateful to Ian taking the time to visit the Seven Towers.  Also calling in  to visit the league was former player with Antrim Rovers and current Ipswich Town and Northern Ireland international, Josh Carson which highlights the fact that the ethos of small sided football can only improve the standard of the game in Northern Ireland. Josh played for several years during his formative years and speaking afterwards encouraged the children to work hard at training and listen to their coaches if they are to reap the benefits. Young player, Rachael Dennison presented Josh with a token from the league who are without doubt proud of Josh's achievements to date and can only hope that others will forward a similar route.

 

This Saturday 15th June will see the p6 age group compete in nine a side games on the 3g surface at Ballymena Showgrounds with teams from Kells & Connor Cougars, Antrim Rovers, Ballymena Youth Academy and Carniny Youth kick off as usual from 2pm to 4pm.

P5 AGE GROUP SAT 8TH JUNE

P5   Saturday 08 June 2013   First games kick-off: 2pm sharp

Match 1

Pitch 1:  Carniny Amateurs            v   Ballymena Utd
Pitch 2:  Ballymena Town              v   Star Utd
Pitch 3:  Carniny Youth                   v   Carniny Pumas
Pitch 4:   Kells & Connor Cougars   v   Antrim Rovers
FREE TEAM:  Carniny Colts

Match 2
Pitch 1:  Ballymena Utd          Carniny Youth
Pitch 2:  Carniny Amateurs    v   Star Utd
Pitch 3:  Carniny Colts          v   Kells & Connor Cougars
Pitch 4:  Antrim Rovers         v   Ballymena Town
FREE TEAM:  Carniny Pumas

Match 3
Pitch 1:  Carniny Pumas       v   Ballymena Utd  
Pitch 2:  Carniny Youth        v   Star Utd
Pitch 3:  Carniny Amateurs   v   Antrim Rovers 
Pitch 4:  Ballymena Town     v   Carniny Colts
FREE TEAM:  Kells & Connor Cougars

Match 4
Pitch 1:  Kells & Connor Cougars   v   Ballymena Town   
Pitch 2:  Star Utd                     v   Carniny Pumas
Pitch 3:  Carniny Colts                  v   Carniny Amateurs
Pitch 4:  Antrim Rovers                 Carniny Youth
FREE TEAM:  Ballymena Utd

Match 5
Pitch 1:  Kells & Connor Cougars   v   Carniny Amateurs   
Pitch 2:  Star Utd   v   Ballymena Utd
Pitch 3:  Carniny Colts   v   Carniny Youth
Pitch 4:  Antrim Rovers    Carniny Pumas
FREE TEAM:  Ballymena Town

Match 6
Pitch 1:  Carniny Youth   v   Kells & Connor Cougars  
Pitch 2:  Ballymena Utd   v   Antrim Rovers
Pitch 3:  Carniny Amateurs   v   Ballymena Town   
Pitch 4:  Carniny Pumas   v   Carniny Colts
FREE TEAM:  Star Utd

Match 7
Pitch 1:  Ballymena Town    Carniny Youth
Pitch 2:  Antrim Rovers   v   Star Utd
Pitch 3:  Carniny Colts    Ballymena Utd
Pitch 4:  Kells & Connor Cougars   v   Carniny Pumas
FREE TEAM:  Carniny Amateurs

Match 8
Pitch 1:  Carniny Youth   v   Carniny Amateurs
Pitch 2:  Star Utd    Carniny Colts
Pitch 3:  Carniny Pumas    Ballymena Town  
Pitch 4:  Ballymena Utd    Kells & Connor Cougars   
FREE TEAM:  Antrim Rovers

Match 9
Pitch 1:  Carniny Amateurs   v   Carniny Pumas 
Pitch 2:  Carniny Colts   v   Antrim Rovers
Pitch 3:  Ballymena Town    Ballymena Utd
Pitch 4:  Kells & Connor Cougars   v   Star Utd
FREE TEAM:  Carniny Youth

NOTE:

 

Please be at the gate into the 3G at 13:50. Kick-off is at 14:00 sharp (2pm sharp)
Hopefully if all games start at the same time we will get them all played within our allotted 2 hours.
All teams are in one group. 7-aside.
4 pitches will be used.
Matches are 10mins long.
Break of up to 5 mins after every 2 games for water drinks, changing pitches etc.

P4 Age Group Sat 1st June

The league enjoyed another Saturday of football for all eight teams in competition in the P4 age group on the 3G surface at Ballymena Showgrounds playing seven a side games.
Teams from Carniny Youth, Ballymena Youth Academy, Kells & Connor Coogars and Antrim Rovers enjoyed the day which will continue this Saturday at the same venue starting again at 2pm with the P5 age group with the following teams participating,

  • BALLYMENA TOWN
  • BALLYMENA UNITED
  • KELLS & CONNOR COUGARS
  • ANTRIM ROVERS
  • STAR UNITED
  • CARNINY YOUTH
  • CARNINY AMATEURS
  • CARNINY COLTS
  • CARNINY PUMA'S

P4 AGE GROUP SAT 1ST JUNE

P4  Saturday 01 June 2013

Match 1

Pitch 1:  Antrim Rovers 2     v   Ballymena Utd Youth
Pitch 2:  Ballymena Town     v   Carniny Colts
Pitch 3:  Carniny Youth    v   Carniny Amateurs
Pitch 4:  Antrim Rovers 1    v   Kells & Connor Cougars

Match 2

Pitch 1:  Carniny Colts                  v   Antrim Rovers 2
Pitch 2:  Carniny Amateurs           v   Ballymena Utd Youth
Pitch 3:  Kells & Connor Cougars   v   Ballymena Town
Pitch 4:  Antrim Rovers 1             v   Carniny Youth 

Match 3

Pitch 1:  Antrim Rovers 2          v   Carniny Amateurs
Pitch 2:  Carniny Colts              v   Kells & Connor Cougars
pitch 3:  Ballymena Utd Youth   v   Antrim Rovers 1
Pitch 4:  Ballymena Town         v   Carniny Youth

Match 4

Pitch 1:  Kells & Connor Cougars    v   Antrim Rovers 2
Pitch 2:  Antrim Rovers 1              v   Carniny Amateurs
Pitch 3:  Carniny Youth                 v   Carniny Colts
Pitch 4:  Ballymena Town             v   Ballymena Utd Youth

Match 5

Pitch 1:  Antrim Rovers 2              v   Antrim Rovers 1
Pitch 2:  Kells & Connor Cougars   v   Carniny Youth
Pitch 3:  Carniny Amateurs           v   Ballymena Town
Pitch 4:  Carniny Colts                  v   Ballymena Utd Youth

Match 6

Pitch 1:  Carniny Youth             v   Antrim Rovers 2
Pitch 2:  Ballymena Town         v   Antrim Rovers 1
Pitch 3:  Ballymena Utd Youth   v   Kells & Connor Cougars
Pitch 4:  Carniny Colts              v   Carniny Amateurs

Match 7

Pitch 1:  Antrim Rovers 2              v   Ballymena Town
Pitch 2:  Carniny Youth                 v   Ballymena Utd Youth
Pitch 3:  Antrim Rovers 1              v   Carniny Colts
Pitch 4:  Kells & Connor Cougars   v   Carniny Amateurs

NOTE:

All teams are in one group. 7-aside.

4 pitches will be used.

Matches are 10mins long.

Break of up to 5 mins between games for water drinks etc.

 

After game 3, an extra 5 minute break.

P3 Age group

The ever popular Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer league continued last Saturday with the P3 age group. Despite the atrocious weather on the day two teams each from Carniny Youth, Ballymena Utd YA, Kells and Connor Cougars and Antrim Rovers all enjoyed a good day of football with the rain doing little to dampen the enthusiasm of Players and Coaches alike. With the League also being played on the Showgrounds 3G pitch this year it meant that the football was able to beat the weather.  

The League will take a break next week with the Ballymena Agricultural show taking place at the Showgrounds next Saturday. The action will resume on Saturday 1st June at 2pm with the P4 age group.  

Team registrations and fees should be with the Treasurer Mr Henry Spence by Saturday 25th May at the latest. Forms can be downloaded from the official league website - http://www.ballymenaminisoccer.org.uk/ where all the latest news and photos from the league can also be found. The league also has a page on Facebook found simply by searching, Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League.

LEAGUE BREAK

The league will take a break next week - Sat 25th May due to the Ballymena Agricultural Show.

The action will resume Sat 1st June with the P4 group

See you all then! 

LEAGUE FIXTURES SAT 18TH MAY 2013

Fixtures for Saturday 18th May 2013

P3 Age Group

GROUP 1

Match 1 - Start time: 14:10                                                                   

Pitch 1   Kells & Connor Cougars 1   v   Northend Youth
Pitch 2  Antrim Rovers 1                 v   Ballymena Utd
    

Match 2 - Start time: 14:30                                                                          

Pitch 1   Carniny Amateurs    v   Antrim Rovers 1
Pitch 2   Ballymena Utd         v   Kells & Connor Cougars 1 

Match 3 - Start time: 14:50                                                                               

Pitch 1  Ballymena  Utd         v   Northend Youth
Pitch 2  Carniny Amateurs     v   Kells & Connor Cougars 1 

Match 4 - Start time: 15:10                                                                                  

Pitch 1 - Kells & Connor Cougars 1   v   Antrim Rovers 1 
Pitch 2 - Northend Youth               v   Carniny Amateurs     

Match 5 - Start time: 15:30                                                                                

Pitch 1 - Carniny Amateurs     v   Ballymena Utd
Pitch 2 - Antrim Rovers 1        v    Northend Youth

GROUP 2

Match 1 - 14:10
Pitch 3 - Kells & Connor Cougars 2   v   Northend Colts
Pitch 4 - Antrim Rovers 2                v   Ballymena Town              

Match 2 - Start time: 14:30 

Pitch 3 - Carniny Youth     v   Kells & Connor Cougars 2
Pitch 4 - Northend Colts   v   Antrim Rovers 2 

Match 3 - Start time: 14:50                                                                               

Pitch 3 - Northend Colts   v   Ballymena  Town  
Pitch 4 - Carniny Youth     v   Antrim Rovers 2 

Match 4 - Start time: 15:10                                                                                  

Pitch 3 - Antrim Rovers 2   v   Kells & Connor Cougars 2  
Pitch 4 - Ballymena Town   v   Carniny Youth    

Match 5 - Start time: 15:30                                                                                  

Pitch 3 - Carniny Youth                    v   Northend Colts  
Pitch 4 - Kells & Connor Cougars 2   v    Ballymena Town   

 

2013 LEAGUE KICKS OFF!

 

The Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League kicked off for its 13th season with seven teams in the P2 age group at the 3g facility at Ballymena Showgrounds. It was ‘four seasons in one day’ for the young age group who deserve a lot of credit for playing in sometimes difficult conditions. Teams from Carniny Youth, Ballymena Youth Academy, Star Utd, Northend and Antrim Rovers took part in the festival of football which will resume this Saturday 18th May, 2013 at 2pm at the same venue with the P3 age group. 

 

LEAGUE FIXTURES SAT 11TH MAY 2013

FIRST MATCHES KICK OFF AT 2PM SHARP

MATCH 1
Antrim Rovers    v  Star Utd
Northend Utd v   Carniny Youth
Carniny Amateurs v  Ballymena Utd

MATCH 2
Ballymena Town v  Northend Utd
Ballymena Utd v  Antrim Rovers
Carniny Youth v  Carniny Amateurs

MATCH 3
Star Utd v  Ballymena Utd
Carniny Amateurs v  Ballymena Town
Antrim Rovers v  Carniny Youth

MATCH 4
Carniny Amateurs v  Northend Utd
Star Utd v  Carniny Youth
Antrim Rovers v  Ballymena Town

MATCH 5
Carniny Youth v  Ballymena Utd
Northend Utd v   Antrim Rovers
Ballymena Town v  Star Utd

MATCH 6
Antrim Rovers v  Carniny Amateurs
Ballymena Utd v  Ballymena Town
Star Utd v  Northend Utd

MATCH 7
Ballymena Town v  Carniny Youth
Carniny Amateurs v  Star Utd
Northend Utd v  Ballymena Utd


AGE GROUP DATES

Competition dates for the various age groups as follows; 

P 2 SATURDAY 11th MAY
P 3 SATURDAY 18TH MAY 
P 4 SATURDAY 1ST JUNE 
P 5 SATURDAY  8TH JUNE
P 6 SATURDAY 15TH JUNE 
P 7 SATURDAY 22ND JUNE 
 
Team managers to see important information on Registration Forms page  

LEAGUE STARTS SATURDAY 11TH MAY

The 2013 Ballymena Invitational Mini Soccer League commences Saturday 11th May at the Ballymena Showgrounds on the 3G pitch.

Team registration forms are available here 

ORGANISATION OF 2013 TOURNAMENT

Organisation of 2013 Tournament.

- Age groups will be P2 - P7.

P2 and P3 will play 5-aside; P4 and P5 at 7 aside; P6 and P7 at 9-aside.

- Play one day per age group.

- Entry Fees at £25 per team for P2 and P3.  Other age groups will be £35 per team.