Youngsters excel at Disney World

A football team from the Cayman Islands recently won a US Nationals tournament.

During the final weekend of July a team from the Cayman Islands won the 3v3 football Under-10 Recreational division at the US Nationals. The tournament was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

The members of the team were Christian Dyer, Jona Narborough, David Pitcairn, Aaron Jarvis and Alex Cummer. The youngsters, who won a regional qualifying tournament in Tampa back in May, have now qualified for the World Championships in January 2012.

The Cayman team played strongly throughout the three day tournament. They won their four group games and qualified for the semi-final, which they won 9-3. The team then showed a lot of character in the final by coming back from a 4-1 deficit to win 7-6 in extra time through a “golden goal” scored by team captain Christian Dyer.

For the record 3v3 football consists of two 12 minute halves and games are played on a 40 yard by 30 yard soccer pitch. The goals are four feet high and 8ft wide. Teams consist of three outfield players with no goalkeeper. There are kick-ins instead of throw-ins and substitutions are unlimited. The Orlando tournament had over 400 teams from all over the US, competing in various age groups.

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