The 23rd edition of UK Super Cup Championship sponsored by Forza recently took part on the Isle of Wight, the UK's longest standing tournament since 2001 and the UK's most fiercely competitive Men's and Women's Cups showed why it hosts the very best best soccer talent, teams, players, coaches and officials over three days of beach soccer, the famous sand made trophies designed and made by artist Jeff Dyson were once again up for grabs with both men's and women's trophies offering routes to the European Cup next summer.
The Women's Super Cup saw teams battles across the group stages with the best four teams progressing to the knockout stages, those four teams had some familiar faces from the women's beach soccer community with semi-final one being contested by IWBSA captained by England International Sarah Kempson taking on Mudeford Phoenix who have recently stepped into the senior scene after many years of competing through the youth stages of the annual Dominos Youth Beach Soccer Cups. The young side competed for many stages of the game and despite the talent the team had the IWBSA proved to strong with four England Internationals in the side showing their strength and experience during the game with Katie Scadding, Gemma Hillier, Hannah Short and Chole Marshall all impressing and winning the match 5v0.
The second semi-final was another close game with long time beach soccer attendees and local club Shanklin led by the experienced Gemma Woodford, Shanklin had some excellent young talent on show and proved they could compete but despite this South Coast Beach Soccer led by the colossal strength and skill of Becky Barron and Molly Clark won the match 3v0 with another England International Katie James chipping in with goals.
The FINAL was a clash of the titans... both teams captained arguably two of the best players in the world, Kempson and Clark both voted World player of the year and both former European Champions, however it was to be current club European Champions Clark and James who would steal the day, winning 3v0 in the final with both Molly Clark and Katie James showing their brilliance and form after such a successful European season this was to be trophy number five, South Coast Beach Soccer Forza Super Cup Champions for the first ever time taking GOLD with IWBSA taking the SILVER medals.
Special mention to the Wight Eagles who made their first appearance in the super cup performing well in the group stages.
Both South Coast Beach Soccer and IWBSA have the option to compete as Winners and Runners up in the annual European Club Championships as England representatives after winning the countries most senior championship event.