“We had a pretty good turn out,” Al Wagner said while taking a moment’s rest from play. Al wiped his brow and noted the heat while thanking all of the athletes, parents and friends who turned out for the Marco Island Soccer Club fundraiser held at Mackle Park. “Today, we’re playing a challenge style 3v3. Teams are playing for five to ten minutes and the first team to get three goals wins the field. Proceeds from today’s event will help us send our teams to the National Championships held in Orlando at the Wide World of Sports July 29th-31st,” commented Joe Bartos, President of the Marco Island Soccer Club.
“3v3 tournaments can be found all over Florida. We play more locally going only as far as Englewood or Venice. You can find a tournament every weekend from April to the end of June,” added Joe.
Why has 3v3 surged to the top of popular sports? “3v3 provides younger ages with more touches on the ball. They learn to play in the right structure and use their teammates. It improves skills like handling the ball and passing, so when the kids try out for competitive teams they’re better trained. In full sided soccer the ball moves forward, in 3v3 the ball goes everywhere. 3v3 really came out of a training drill.” Joe also tells us 3v3 is off season whereas full sided soccer season runs from October through February.
“This is the second event like this we’ve held in an effort to raise funds. We have five teams to send to the National Championships, donations to the club are always appreciated,” Al is hopeful they will do well.
Volunteers chipped in to make the day successful with snow cones, popcorn, hamburgers, hot dogs, refreshments, and even little fried wheels similar to churros. “All in all it was a successful day and the kids had fun and they had a good work out,” Al said.
The Club would like to thank Cocomo’s and the Marriott for donating hamburgers & hot dogs, Ace Hardware for the popcorn, the Hurdis family (Naples Flooring Gallery) for the cupcakes, Mike Christoff of Mobile Tactics and Sticky Holster for cooking, all the parents who volunteered and all the kids and adults who came out to play!
To find out more about the Marco Island Soccer Club, visit www.marcoisland