Team Talk : Moment Factory FC - Surpassing our limits
Moment Factory FC joined the COED Division 1 in 2014 and was able to win the championship right of the bat. After two seasons without titles, the team around captain Marc-André Paquet is now ready to lighten up the league again. The excellent chemistry between the players could be the key factor for a successful summer.
The road to the finals in the Canadian Corporate Soccer League (CCSL) is long and full of difficulties. Every team has to overcome a bunch of unexpected challenges somewhere down the line before getting the chance to lift up the highly coveted trophy at the end of the playoffs. One of the players, who know what it takes to win a championship in his division, is Marc-André Paquet. The 46-year old Computer Scientist at Moment Factory led his teammates to the top of the COED Division 1 almost three years ago. “The competition in our league is extremely tough, but that’s the fun part of it. We are constantly forced to surpass our own limits”, said Mr. Paquet in an exclusive phone interview with the CCSL after the 1-0 loss against Manulife FC.
The sheer concentration of talent in the league let the COED Division 1 teams no other choice but to be well prepared for every match-up. Choosing the right strategy can make the difference during the last moments of a close game. Moment Factory FC is mainly trying to keep being in possession of the ball as often as possible, in order to dictate the rhythm on the pitch. “A good coordination between defense and midfield is pivotal for our game. If we are able to stick together as a group, it is hard to score against us”, clarified Mr. Paquet. On the offensive end, the captain of Moment Factory FC puts his faith primarily in the hands of Marouane Sahbi. “He is an extraordinary dribbler and responsible for the magical stuff in our team”, said Mr. Paquet with a smile on his face.
Even if regaining the title is one of the priorities of the former champion, having fun together stands out above everything else. Since Moment Factory employs more than 260 people with all kinds of different backgrounds in Montreal, the players consider match days also as occasions to get to know each other better and catch up with colleagues. “Of course, we would like to win the vast majority of our games, but it doesn’t matter if we don’t. The important thing is that we enjoy our time together and help each other out, when it gets crucial on the pitch”, said Mr. Paquet, who is called “Mappy” by his teammates.
The atmosphere among the players of Moment Factory FC remains also positive, after the final whistle of the referee ends the game. Fighting for a common goal in the COED Division 1 has a huge impact on the team spirit within the multimedia entertainment company, which was responsible for the illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge on Montreal’s 375th anniversary. “Playing soccer with each other is definitely the reason why the hierarchy in our office loosens up a bit. When we come back to work after a match, we can put the conversations about our current projects aside for a moment and discuss some other subjects first”, said Mr. Paquet.
We wish you all the best for the summer season.