U9/U10 Festival Format
"Sportsmanship, Enjoyment and Participation"
At all travel soccer ages ASA is committed to placing players and teams into appropriate environments that foster individual and team development. In our U9 and U10 age groups there are a number of available tournaments, which we still compete in, but we feel providing a 'festival' atmosphere that encourages taking chances as a team, as a coach and as a player is most beneficial to their soccer development at this early stage.
What is a "festival" format?
- All teams have a set number of games to play during the weekend
- All opponents are known before the start of the games
- Teams do not have to worry about the potential playoff or championship game
- Scores are posted but no champion is crowned
Why play in a "festival" setting?
- Coaches are more incentivized to play all their players equally and experiment with players in different positions.
- Coaches are able to adjust tactics and observe the game without the pressure of a 'must win' environment
- Coaches are encouraged to place players on different teams and give kids a different game day experience
- Players feel more comfortable taking chances and being creative without the thought of costing their team a shot at the title
- Parents are able to focus on their player and the game being played while avoid 'scoreboard' watching
How is a "festival" competitive?
- Teams are required to list their 'competitive level' during registration so teams are placed against like competition and in an appropriate division.
- Players have a natural desire to compete, coaches are still encouraged to foster this competitive edge during the games to play at their highest level.
- Results matter. This may not be the scoreline, it can be measuring your individual players and team against their own soccer ability and standards.