The joy of soccer will be front and center, and midfield and backfield for that matter, on Saturday and Sunday as more than 140 local competitors ages 7-14, grades 1st through 8th, countries from A-Z, will take to the turf pitch of Dimond Park Field House.
Teams from around the globe will be represented, by name, in the annual Juneau Soccer Club’s Juneau 3v3 World Cup.
The tournament was started to teach kids how to problem solve and learn on their own, without the help of parents and coaches. Parents in the stands can cheer, but they are not allowed to shout directions.
Teams are comprised of four players, and each game is 16 minutes long with one player sitting out four minutes per game. The field of play will be 30 yards long by 15 yards wide, and the six-foot wide goals will be placed five yards beyond the goal line, which eliminates the need for a goalie.
The “no coaching” rule originates from the way soccer is learned by many of the great players around the globe, developing skills while youth playing “street” or “pick up” soccer.
According to the Juneau Soccer Club schedule, the Juneau 3v3 World Cup begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with the one-day junior (birthdays 8/1/00-7/31/02) and senior (8/1/98-7/31/00) play. Sunday action begins at 10 a.m. with the developmental (8/1/04-7/31/06) and Pre-Comp (8/1/02-7/31/04) play.
All games are in the Dimond Park Field House. Registration is closed but it may be possible to find a spot on the waiting list. If interested email contact is firstname.lastname@example.org or call 321-2275.