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Kids Learn Skills Through Soccer Tournament

Photo by Nick Viggiano

Coppell – Players competed in the Quickfoot Soccer Tournament at Wagon Wheel Park in Coppell on Saturday, Feb. 12.

The tournament is comprised of small sided games, which are simply games with fewer players, smaller goals and on smaller fields. With there are fewer players on the pitch, each player gets more opportunity to play.Smaller fields also make the game faster.

“We have teams coming from all over the Metroplex to play in the tournament,”Sandra Taylor, owner of the Quickfoot Soccer Tournament, said. “This is a great tournament for youth academy teams that have a free Saturday. Some teams are recreational while some are competitive and academy divisions.

“Small sided soccer is a different way of playing. There are more “touches” on the ball. By getting more “touches” a player learns to move faster, learns more control, and has to have skill in order to move on such a small field at a faster pace. Our fields are smaller, our goals are smaller, but our game is faster. It’s just as fun to watch as it is to play.

“We used to travel outside the state and host a National Championship every year,”Sandra Taylor, owner of the Quickfoot Soccer Tournament, said. “We decided a few years back to keep the tournament in the Metroplex.

“There have been a number of kids who grew up playing Quickfoot Soccer that have gone on to play in college. We love seeing their posts on FaceBook, and we share their accomplishments often,” she said.

“I came out to watch my niece play, and even though the weather was cold, I enjoy these Quickfoot tournaments,” Alan Chaillet, a Coppell resident, said. “I enjoy it because you only have to go to the tournament on Saturday, while the other tournaments last the entire weekend. My brother signed up his daughter for the Quickfoot tournaments, because it only takes up one day of his busy weekend schedule. “

“We have a great group of families, and we love to hang out together,” Wilson Pierce, coach of the Murphy Lightning, said. “Soccer has created friendships and taught these kids some good life skills The Quickfoot Tournaments are exciting and fast paced and we will continue to play.”