• Wes Parker (left), 18, and Caroline Rivera (right), 15, challenge for the ball during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Child, Youth and School Services “3v3” soccer tournament held June 28 on Husky Field.

    CYS Services 3v3: playing for kicks

    Wes Parker (left), 18, and Caroline Rivera (right), 15, challenge for the ball during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Child, Youth and School Services “3v3” soccer tournament held June 28 on Husky Field.

  • Justin Green (in blue), 12, outruns Cameron Riff, 10, to take control of the ball and subsequently score for “Team Ice Cream” during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Child, Youth and School Services “3v3” soccer tournament held June 28 on Husky Field.

    CYS Services 3v3: playing for kicks

    Justin Green (in blue), 12, outruns Cameron Riff, 10, to take control of the ball and subsequently score for “Team Ice Cream” during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Child, Youth and School Services “3v3” soccer tournament held June 28 on Husky...

  • The Red Bulls (from left), Matt Freeman, 9, Joshua Bonar, 8, Katelyn Darnell, 8, and Pascal Aldinger, 9, high five their coach, Bart Bonar, after winning their division during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Child, Youth and School Services “3v3” soccer tournament held June 28 on Husky Field.

    CYS Services 3v3: playing for kicks

    The Red Bulls (from left), Matt Freeman, 9, Joshua Bonar, 8, Katelyn Darnell, 8, and Pascal Aldinger, 9, high five their coach, Bart Bonar, after winning their division during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Child, Youth and School Services “3v3”...

  • Andrea Garcia (from right to left), Jannah Kalai and Abii Birkse, all 12, take a break in the shade during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Child, Youth and School Services “3v3” soccer tournament held June 28 on Husky Field.

    CYS Services 3v3: playing for kicks

    Andrea Garcia (from right to left), Jannah Kalai and Abii Birkse, all 12, take a break in the shade during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Child, Youth and School Services “3v3” soccer tournament held June 28 on Husky Field.

STUTTGART, Germany -- While the season may be over, soccer players were still able to get their kicks during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Child, Youth and School Services “3v3” soccer tournament held June 28 on Husky Field.

The tournament was designed to give soccer players a chance to play and work on their technical skills, according to Caitlin Smith, CYS Services sports director.

With “3v3,” or three on three soccer, each team may only have three players on the field at a time. The field is considerably smaller than a regulation soccer pitch, and there is no goal keeper.

With four age divisions, 8-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18, the tournament gave “everybody an option to play,” Smith said.

The small field gives players the opportunity to build on their technique. “They have to move around a lot and work on those tight foot skills,” she added.

USAG Stuttgart has a large youth soccer program. It is one of only a few communities that can field two soccer seasons. “It’s hugely popular. We’re averaging 800 kids per season, if not more,” Smith said.

Tabitha Camacho attended the tournament to watch her sons, Jacob and Joshua, play.

“We’re a soccer family,” she said, as she explained the appeal of the game. “It’s exercise, it’s outdoors, it teaches commitment, and it’s only 90 minutes.”

“You don’t need a bat, mitts or equipment. You just need a ball and a little bit of space,” Camacho said.

Because son Jacob also plays for a German team, her family has had the opportunity to get involved in the German community.

“We’ve met some phenomenal families. It really bonds [the German and American] communities,” she said.

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