Boys and girls of all ages turned out on Saturday morning for the first day of fall soccer at the YMCA of South Boston and Halifax County.

This past Saturday close to 80 kids ranging in age from 3-18 stepped onto the field for the first games of the YMCA of South Boston and Halifax County fall soccer league. While the YMCA holds indoor soccer each winter, this is the biggest soccer program held at the YMCA in close to two decades, according to Kristen Zerbato, executive director at the YMCA.

With the VYSA and AYSO soccer programs not having any leagues this fall, along with middle school and high school soccer players that have not been allowed on their fields since March, the YMCA welcomed all of those players to their league, leading to the large turnout last weekend.

Zerbato said they are trying to keep the kids in the community moving during these times where so many things have been shut down, postponed or canceled. They are playing 3 v 3 and 4 v 4 in the league depending on the turnout at each age group.

The response from the community about the YMCA soccer league has been “super positive” Zerbato said. Even though the age range is a challenge in getting all of the kids matched up together, she said that the positive response and the large turnout shows just how much the community cares about the children and in supporting their local YMCA.

Games for the league are played every Saturday and practices take place during the week. The season lasts for eight weeks and will conclude on Nov. 14.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV