Soccer 5 Academy Mini Soccer Program, also referred to as small sided soccer, makes its South Florida debut at three popular Miami-Dade County-owned parks — Tropical Park, located at 7900 SW 40 St.; Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave., and Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65 St. in Hialeah.
Headed by Soccer 5’s director of coaching development Alan Georgeson, who has over 15 years of experience in Europe in mini/small sided soccer, kids ages 3-12 will learn about the history of mini soccer, the basics of how to play, reasons why mini soccer is the preferred form of soccer play for kids, youth, and even adults, and will have the opportunity to play in 3v3 up to 7v7 matches to gain long-lasting experience in the sport.
Until now, mini soccer in parks only was available at Kendall Soccer Park. With its recent grand opening of Soccer 5 Tropical Park and its third location at Amelia Earhart Park, mini/small sided soccer now will be available across the county, providing a greater opportunity for children and families to access the proper 4G turf game fields specifically designed for “5v5,” “6v6” and “7v7” games, that until now were difficult to come by.
With smaller fields on which to play, mini soccer is much easier for young children or children who have never played to learn the sport. In addition, mini soccer is designed for competitive play against less number of players, providing more opportunity for pick-up games, as well as more opportunity to play the ball making mini soccer popular with older players too. Soccer 5 Tropical Park is open Monday through Friday, 3 p.m.-midnight, and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-midnight, providing Soccer 5 Academy programs, team programs, and summer, winter, and spring-break camps.
For more information or to register for the program, visit www.miamisoccer5.com.
“I cannot thank Miami-Dade Parks and our Soccer 5 coaching staff enough for making our dream of developing small sided soccer for kids in the Greater Miami area a reality,” said Alan Georgeson, Soccer 5 Miami director of Kids Soccer Development. “It is an exciting time for us at Soccer 5 as we continue to expand our Kids Academy in South Florida built on the success of our public/ private partnership with Miami-Dade Parks and the Parks Foundation of Miami Dade,” he added.
“The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is delighted to partner with The Soccer 5 vision to provide an outstanding experience for this community through soccer,” said Allison Diego, director of Business Development, Fundraising and Advocacy for Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. “We are happy to be a part of this important child sports development,” she added.
Soccer 5 USA is the evolution of 5v5 soccer in the USA, a game for all ages and skill levels for all who play soccer, talk soccer, and shop soccer. Its mission is to promote the game of soccer in every city around the USA via its platform of Soccer 5 USA operations, Soccer 5 live video and forums, the Soccer 5 Academy and a Soccer 5 shop powered by passion!
For more information on Soccer 5 USA, contact Scott Georgeson, president, US Soccer 5 LLC, at 1-888-575-2976.
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