On Saturday, soccer player took the field for a tournament a Frank Brown Park in a very different style of play then traditional soccer. These youngsters taking part in a 3v3 tourney, where there's no goalie, and just three players per team playing in two 12 minutes halves on a shortened field.
Saturday's tournament was sponsored by Semi-Pro team Panama City Beach Pirates and Bay United soccer club. It featured 66 teams from across the southeast, ranging from just five years old to adult play.
3v3 is obviously a much faster paced game then traditional soccer, and tournament director Neal Rickmers says 3v3 is an excellent training tool- especially for younger players.
"The beauty of 3v3 is that the players get a lot more touches. It's a very fast game with the transition from offense to defense, it's just a lot of fun," he says. "While the players are playing and having a great time, they are also learning how to pass, trap, move into space, and make things happen on the field. Panama City is a great location especially with the beach right here. Then plan is we're going to be doing more tournaments during the year but we really wanted to do one pre-Christmas just to get everybody together and have some soccer fun during the down time with the clubs."
Rickmers says 3v3 plans on hosting around four tournaments next year in Bay County.