Friends of Brookline Soccer
6th Annual 3 on 3 “Street Soccer” Tournament
@ Skyline Park, June 17 & 18, 2017
1st Grade through Adult Divisions
• Each division will be limited to 12 teams with rosters of 5 players
• 3 v 3 matches will be played on 20 yd x 30 yd fields with PUG goals
• On Sunday, each team of 5 will be coached by Brookline High School players
• U10-Adult teams are guaranteed 5 matches, 10 minutes each with an additional
championship game for the top two teams
• U8’s will have a skills clinic followed by 4 ten-minute matches in a festival format.
Scores and standings will not be kept.
• Commemorative t-shirts for all players & Championship t-shirts for winners
• Concessions: barbecue, drinks, and snacks
• Friends of Brookline Soccer: The boosters club for the Brookline High School soccer
program. Money raised is used to pay assistant coaches, provide scholarship for players,
purchase equipment to support the teams, help pay for activities for our teams, and defray
the costs of the end-of-season banquet.
• Brookline Soccer Players: Playing “street soccer” is the #1 way to become a great player.
Travel to Europe, Asia, Africa, or South America, and you will see that real player
development is happening in the parks and in the streets. A ball, some friends, and a
passion for the game are all you need! We hope our event will inspire Brookline soccer
players to get out there and play, play, play!!!
Soccer may not be able to solve all the problems in the world, but it certainly can bring about friendship, goodwill and smiles, and that’s what we saw the other day at Skyline Park! Congratulations to Robert Sprague, director of Brookline Soccer Club and BHS girls’ varsity soccer coach, and Jeff Katz, BHS boys’ varsity soccer coach, for kicking off the first Brookline 3v3 “Street Soccer” Tournament.
It looked like there was a great turnout (parking was all the way down the hill and beyond), the kids had a blast, and so did all the parents, who, everywhere I turned, were talking about what a fabulous event it was. The high school soccer players got the valuable opportunity to coach all the teams, and that really added to the fun. Skyline Park, Brookline’s newest soccer field, was beautiful, and the huge grey clouds first added mystery and suspense to the event, but soon gave way to sunny skies and heated games.
My son was there with four friends from fifth and sixth grade, three from Brookline and one from Needham. We hope that this 3v3 doesn’t turn into a big competitive club event (there’s enough of that during the regular playing seasons), but stays with the informal and loosely tied relationships that kids form when they do play street soccer. Ever since my son started going to school, he also played soccer at recess, and he was the first to start playing soccer after school in the “kindergarten playground” behind Pierce. Now that he’s going into sixth grade, it’s still a sacred afternoon ritual, and he plays with any age kid who wants to join in the fun. That’s the beauty of soccer, and we’re happy to see Brookline join the rest of the world in its love for the beautiful game.
Under nearly 90-degree weather, kids from first grade to high school gathered for the third annual Street Soccer Tournament at Skyline Park. In this fundraising event sponsored by the Friends of Brookline Soccer, kids ran around in cleats and shin guards in teams of three. As they battled it out, high school players offered words of encouragement as their coaches for the day.
Jeff Katz, the founder of this annual fundraiser said that this was one of his favorite events of the year.
“Look around you,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to have this picture.”
Katz said that these types of events were important because kids could go out and try new things without fear of mistakes, as they might be in a traditional soccer game. Instead of long intense games, the children would play a series of short 10-minute matches.
Katz thought of the idea in February 2009, and said he knew it was a good idea because it would give back to the community while simultaneously making money for Brookline soccer programs.
“It’s a fundraiser you don’t feel guilty about,” he said.
To participate in the event, the teams of five would pay $100 each. Last year, the event brought in $7,000 to the program. Due to scheduling problems, fewer participated this year, but Katz still estimated the event would make between $5,000 and $6,000 this year.
Jan Van Aarsaen, a Brookline soccer coach and a father of three daughters, two of which were participating in the tournament said that he thought the event was fantastic both for his children and the community.
“Its just the atmosphere,” he said. “There’s a feeling of togetherness with this event.”
Suzanne Steele, a mother of four kids, two of which were participating in the event, said that the involvement of high school athletes was a great additional aspect for the young kids.
“It combines high schoolers with the younger people,” she said. “When they do this, I think they can see themselves as high schoolers.
Ari Zimmet, a Brookline High School soccer player, said that this was the third year he was coaching for this event, and that he hopes to continue doing it.
“It gives the kids an idea of what maybe they’re working for,” he said. “Its also just fun.”