The U8 Festival utilizes small sided fields and game format which allows for many more touches on the ball, increased playing time, and more fun for our players. The extensive positive feedback we received from our online survey underlined the positive impacts the festival format had on our teams in general.
This change has been welcomed by parents of children across the WYSL. Sara was one mother who enjoyed seeing her child play in this environment:
"I thought the whole day was fantastic. It was great to see my child play in this environment, she touched the ball more than she would normally do and just seemed to enjoy playing the game much more - As a parent I really enjoyed seeing the UK Elite trainers coach my child through the games, helping her when she needed it."
The tournament was not just a hit with parents, WYSL President Julian DiDonato also enjoyed the event:
"This is really something special, number one it's fun. The kids have a great time all in one place playing, getting a lot of touches on the ball. We really appreciate UK Elite organising the event, it's a way to really advance soccer at this age."
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