Hundreds of children braved one of the hottest days on record to play in Clark County Soccer Association’s inaugural 3v3 Live soccer tournament at Woehrle Fields on Saturday.
With temperatures hitting a sizzling 106 degrees, reportedly just one degree shy of the area all-time high of July 15, 1936, youngsters up to high-school age were well looked after.
“We had misting stations throughout the complex to help keep the players and spectators cool,” said CCSA president Paul Duckworth. “Everyone had a great time and there were no heat-related issues with the players.”
Teams came from as far away as Cincinnati, Lexington and Evansville, with over 200 children participating in front of hundreds of spectators. Games for the 41 participating teams started early at 8 a.m. and most age groups were finished by 12 noon.
The fast-paced, fun, skill-building games are played on small fields (40 by 30 yards) with no goalies. As the name suggests, the games are three against three, and squads are made up of five or six players.
“Having played in these tournaments locally and regionally, and seeing how much fun the kids have, we decided to work with the 3v3 Live group and secured the tournament at CCSA for 2012 and beyond,” said Duckworth.
“There were lots of very favorable comments by both players and parents that they loved it.”
Many of local teams did well, including Southern Indiana United’s U15s who came second in the open high school division, losing in the final to an all-senior squad from Corydon.
Players of the top three teams in each division received custom medals, while the top four qualified for the regional final of their choice. The closest one will be staged in Elizabethtown, Ky., on August 4.
The top three teams there qualify for the national finals at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in January.
Meanwhile, registration is now open for the Clark County Soccer fall season for players from U6 to U15. You can register online at www.clarkcountysoccer.com until July 29, with games starting on September 8.