The Panama City Beach Pirates and Bay United Soccer Club welcomed in 3v3 Live this weekend, a soccer tour that qualified tournament participants for the Disney World Open Championships in January.
Both male and female divisions were offered, from adult down to U7's, and some young superstars were out on the pitch Saturday too. The Gulf Coast Stingrays are based out of PCB, and are the reigning National Champs in the U6 3v3 division. Stringrays head coach Ward Chester says it's a great experience for the guys to be National Champs, and they wouldn't be as talented as they are without playing 3v3.
"Their skill level is way higher then it would have been if they hadn't played 3v3," said Coach Chester. "They have really good first touches, good passes. These boys usually play the U9 bracket and they're all U7 players right now when they play full sided. There's a huge transition because they pass and they look a lot smaller then the other boys, but they get out there and they play with anybody. Especially at their age, there's not many boys that can play with them full sided."
Saturday's 3v3 soccer tournament was a one day event, with pool play followed by single elimination to decide each age bracket winner.