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Posted: November 20, 2012 - 12:05am
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Germany's Shaylen Montgomery sounds the game horn as Frances Bennett Rivest and tournament director Carl Ferlauto look on.
Germany's Shaylen Montgomery sounds the game horn as Frances Bennett Rivest and tournament director Carl Ferlauto look on.

Kids love to run, and they love to kick things.

A lot.

It was only fitting that more than 140 local youth did just that in the annual Juneau Soccer Club Fall 3v3 World Cup on Saturday and Sunday at the Dimond Park Field House.

“This is how Messi and Pele started,” tournament director Carl Ferlauto said to a young player who was questioning a call. “Don’t speak to the referee, figure it out yourself.”

The youths did figure it out and continued on in spirited action.

Ferlauto noted, “As a coach, if I tell players how to do something they might remember it for a day. If I show them through example, they might remember it for a week. But if I can help them figure it out for themselves, they will remember it for a lifetime.”

If Ghandi played soccer, and he might have, I imagine him on a Juneau Soccer Club team.

JSC’s Director of Coaching, Matt Dusenberry, thinks that the 3v3 format is exceptionally good for development of players.

“Too often in sports, we put young kids out there in large teams and they get lost,” Dusenberry said. “Those same players who lose focus will be incredibly more involved and successful when they on a team of only three players.”

The push towards increased development of young players is something that Dusenberry has worked hard to bring to Juneau over the past years.

As a measure of success, the JSC program currently has thirteen players in collegiate programs, well above the national average for a community of Juneau’s size.

Creative ways to develop players, such as the 3v3, is just one of the tools that JSC uses to fulfill its mission and looks forward to growing the program even further.

Last weekend Ferlauto and Dusenberry divided the young soccer players into four-person teams with names ranging far across the globe, from Argentina through Turkey, and four different age classes.

The budding soccer stars competed in multiple 12-minute games and had a higher rate of fun per minute than those professional figures we see on television.

And they did it without the flops and the fakes.

This was straight forward three-on-three action with a fourth player double-tying his, or her, shoelaces in anticipation of getting in the match.

“It is fun,” Croatia’s Ann Steinman said. “And I get to kick goals.”

Croatia had just won the final championship match on Sunday over undefeated Greece.

And they had to do it twice, as the double elimination format required two losses to leave the winners circle. After a multi-goal win in game one, Croatia won in a thrilling one-point margin that saw Greece’s last kick sail just wide of the goal mouth.

Yet there were no tears. Instead teams said “so close” and high-fived and danced about.

Speaking of dancing... Dimond Park was echoing with a number of musical tunes throughout the contests that really game the tournament an international flavor.

Earlier in the day team Italy won the Development Division as the international “The Name Of The Game,” or a version of it, boomed out onto the turf.

On Saturday Australia won the Senior Division and Chile won the Juniors as Queens “We Are The Champions” and Grand Jojo’s “E Viva Mexico” were heard.

The “no coaching” rule orginates from the way soccer is learned across the globe, by developing skills while youth playing “street” or “pick up” soccer. Parents are encouraged to cheer from the viewing partitions but not shout directions.

One player, who shall remain nameless, drew much fan laughter when he shouted in their direction, “Mom, be quiet. You can’t coach me today.”

With no coaching from parents or fans the teams ran, kicked, headed and fell through day-long competitions. With required substitutions every game, all players learned to rotate on the pitch, mark opponents, shift from offense to defense, and laugh.

And I laughed as well.

How can you not laugh when kids are running around and having fun.

“Did you see me,” Italy’s Kelsey Barker told a teammate. “I accidentally scored.”

Accidentally or on purpose, the 3v3 World Cup provided more than 140 individual winners.

Well, more than 141 including me.

And I did not get kicked once.

Following are the teams and participants:

CHENG, GABE - ARGENTINA

DUSENBERRY, KYLE - ARGENTINA

MILLER, MEGAN - ARGENTINA

O’BRIEN, ESHA - ARGENTINA

BUSS, KEAN - COLUMBIA

GIFFORD, WADE - COLUMBIA

RYAN, SAYLOR - COLUMBIA

WADE, FLORIAN - COLUMBIA

CAMPOS, NOLAN - ENGLAND

DALE, ANNA - ENGLAND

GOLDSTEIN, BENJAMIN - ENGLAND

KULLANDER, RYAN - ENGLAND

BENNETSEN, TAYTEN - GERMANY

DEGENER, CHRIS - GERMANY

LOVEJOY, JACK - GERMANY

MONTGOMERY, SHAYLEN - GERMANY

ARAUJO, ANTONE - ITALY

BARKER, KELSEY - ITALY

ERICKSON, BENJAMIN - ITALY

HARGRAVE, KAI - ITALY

DEAN, LUKE - NETHERLANDS

HEIDERSDORF, JAMIE - NETHERLANDS

HOLST, MARTIN - NETHERLANDS

NELSON, BODHI - NETHERLANDS

ADAMS, OWEN - PORTUGAL

CHENG, SAM - PORTUGAL

DUSENBERRY, REECE - PORTUGAL

STRONG, KARA - PORTUGAL

BROWN, MICAH - SPAIN

CHEVIS, JAHAJA - SPAIN

MAXWELL, MELISSA - SPAIN

STRONG, SYDNEY - SPAIN

ADAMS, WALLACE - BRAZIL

GOLDSTEIN, ELLA - BRAZIL

GUESNO, TREVOR - BRAZIL

WILSON, TALON - BRAZIL

COSTELLO, OWEN - COTE D’IVOIRE

HOLST, JASMIN - COTE D’IVOIRE

LOREE, REED - COTE D’IVOIRE

TERRILL, CJ - COTE D’IVOIRE

COONEY, GAGE - CROATIA

DUMAOP, KELLEN - CROATIA

RINEHART, KOLBE - CROATIA

STEINMAN, ANN - CROATIA

FRENZEL, AIDAN - ECUADOR

HOLST, ASHLYN - ECUADOR

NELSON, PORTER - ECUADOR

PETERSON, MILES - ECUADOR

MILLARD, GAVIN - FRANCE

NEWMAN, MEREDITH - FRANCE

RIVEST, BENNETT - FRANCE

YESHUA, SAGE - FRANCE

ERICKSON, LUCAS - GREECE

GOERING, EVA - GREECE

MILLER, LOGAN - GREECE

WHITE, JADEN - GREECE

COSTELLO, ELLIOT - MEXICO

HANNA, ISABELLA - MEXICO

HOLST, SAMUEL - MEXICO

STAGG, ZACHARY - MEXICO

ALPER, SOLOMON - RUSSIA

CARNEY, MATTHIAS - RUSSIA

HAIGHT, RUCHI - RUSSIA

PENN, LIAM - RUSSIA

BRADLEY, WILLOW - SWITZERLAND

DEGENER, TIM - SWITZERLAND

JOHNS, MATTHEW - SWITZERLAND

McMILLAN, ADELIE - SWITZERLAND

BENTLEY, TAYLOR - URUGUAY

ERBEN, RACHEL - URUGUAY

MILLER, GABRIEL - URUGUAY

STANLEY, JACKSON - URUGUAY

BISHOP, ADAM - Wait Listed

BROWN, JONAH - Wait Listed

GIFFORD, LARS - Wait Listed

CASHMAN, ELIZABETH - ALGERIA

CHENG, HENRY - ALGERIA

IRENO, KARINA - ALGERIA

WATSON, TAD - ALGERIA

BABCOCK, JAKE - BELGIUM

CAMPBELL, NOLAN - BELGIUM

COONEY, SKYLAR - BELGIUM

MCKENNA, KATIE - BELGIUM

DAVIES, RONAN - CHILE

DOIRON, MAX - CHILE

KOLLAR, KIERAN - CHILE

MILLER, MALIA - CHILE

HEIDERSDORF, NOAH - CZECH REP

IRELAND-HAIGHT, STEVEN - CZECH REP

MAZON, ASIANNA - CZECH REP

YADAO, BERNARD - CZECH REP

CAMPBELL, CRISPIN - DENMARK

GOERING, TATE - DENMARK

MCCORMICK, SHAY - DENMARK

PAGUIO, RAYNA - DENMARK

HAMRICK, KASEY - GHANA

MANNIX, NICOLE - GHANA

NORBERG, JACKSON - GHANA

SCHOLES, KYE - GHANA

LETTER, BRIANNAH - HUNGARY

PAGUIO, ROMAN - HUNGARY

TAYLOR-ROTH, CLEM - HUNGARY

YERKES, PHILEMON - HUNGARY

CESAR, SHAYLIN - JAPAN

GREGORY, MCKIE - JAPAN

MARNON, JAKE - JAPAN

PLOSAY, ALAN - JAPAN

BARROWS, KYRA - NORWAY

HICKOCK, DAWSON - NORWAY

HOOVER, WILL - NORWAY

McNUTT, DUGAN - NORWAY

BENTLEY, MICHAELA - SWEDEN

GOLDSTEIN, KOBY - SWEDEN

MANLULU, MARC - SWEDEN

MCDONALD, MITCHELL - SWEDEN

BURGER, JAMES - Wait Listed

CHARTIER, HAYDON - Wait Listed

COLLINS, TOBY - Wait Listed

KRIEGMONT, COOPER - Wait Listed

BRYSON, ELENA - AUSTRALIA

CAMPBELL, BEN - AUSTRALIA

MCCORMICK, JADE - AUSTRALIA

UNDURRAGA, BENJAMIN - AUSTRALIA

GIFFORD, ELLIOT - EGYPT

GREGORY, ELI - EGYPT

LAWLAR, RILEY - EGYPT

ROMANOFF, MARLENA - EGYPT

BARGER, STAR - KOREA REP

DICARLO, HALEIGH - KOREA REP

GOETZ, KANON - KOREA REP

RAMOS, ERNIE - KOREA REP

FONTANELLA, TULIO - PARAGUAY

HAMRICK, JOHN - PARAGUAY

HOLST, ERIKA - PARAGUAY

ROBINSON, LEILA - PARAGUAY

HANNA, SIENA - REP OF IRELAND

HOLST, SYDNEY - REP OF IRELAND

MOSHER, J.J. - REP OF IRELAND

RINEHART, DEVIN - REP OF IRELAND

JONES, HAILLEY - ROMANIA

PETERSON, LARS - ROMANIA

WHITE, MICHAEL - ROMANIA

WILSON, AZURE - ROMANIA

CESAR, MICHAEL - TURKEY

COLLINS, FINN - TURKEY

HEALY, IGOR - TURKEY

RIVEST, ANNA - TURKEY

Fall 3v3 World Cup Champions:

Developmental Age Group: “Italy” – Antone Araujo, Kelsey Barker, Benjamin Erickson, Kai Hargrave.

Pre-Competitive Age Group: “Croatia” – Gage Cooney, Kellen Dumaop, Kolbe Rinehart, Ann Steinman.

Juniors Age Group: “Chile” - Ronan Davies, Max Doiron, Kieran Kollar, Malia Miller.

Seniors Age Group: “Australia” - Elena Bryson, Ben Campbell, Jade McCormick, Ben Underraga.

About the Juneau Soccer Club: The Juneau Soccer Club’s primary mission is to provide youth soccer players with opportunities to build character and develop life skills while learning how to play the world’s most popular game - soccer. New members are always welcome: www.JuneauSoccer.org

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