26 nations represented at Juneau World Cup

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010

In the second-ever Juneau 3v3 World Cup, players ages 7-14 played in an all-day soccer tournament without the supervision of coaches or parents to help them gain team building and problem solving skills at Dimond Park Field House.

Matthew Tynan / Juneau Empire
Matthew Tynan / Juneau Empire

"This one crept up a little fast and it's been a little hectic but it came off pretty well," Juneau 3v3 World Cup Event Director Carl Ferlauto said. "This is something that was based off an idea of something that I experienced as a young player, playing in New York. We used to get dropped off at the Nassau Coliseum by our parents and we would play an all-day tournament with randomly put together teams.

"You'd play all day long and you'd socialize and hang out with friends and learn to work together."

"I hope the kids learned that you don't need an organized opportunity, you can play this stuff on your own."

The kids' favorite part seemed to be just playing soccer with their friends without the supervision of coaches or parents.

"It's fun because there's no coaching and we're all just playing around, having a fun time," Brain Holst, a member of Turkey in the seniors division, said.

Noah Spengler, a member of Scotland in the Juniors Division, said he had a lot of fun and liked the relaxed environment of the field house.

"It's fun because it's really small. You don't have to do a lot of running and it's not too serious. It's also nice to hang out with your friends," he said.

Tournament results

In the Developmental division, the Netherlands blanked Italy 3-0 to take the title. Team Netherlands consisted of Wallace Adams, Ashlyn Holst, Logan Miller and Tyler Puhlick.

In the Pre-Competitive division, England edged Denmark 2-1. Representing England were: Shaylin Cesar, Henry Cheng, Max Doiron and Mckie Gregory.

Scotland defeated Gahna 5-3 in the Juniors Division. Team Scotland included: Erika Holst, Christopher Isaak, Ernie Ramos and Noah Spengler.

In the Seniors Division Portugal topped Switzerland 7-5. Riley Olson, Kelson Rounds-Mcphearson and Jeremiah Stephens made up the Portugal roster.



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