Everything we do at JPSA is for a purpose. Everything we teach the kids, the speeches we give, the training sessions we plan; the list goes on and on! So, why these unique academy tournaments? The purpose is mainly for the players to be given the opportunity to play with the energy and desire from within their hearts and the freedom to make different decisions within the game that they may not feel during their season games and/or competitions. We do get involved by teaching certain components of the game and giving ideas to the players but most importantly, we make the tournament fun and exciting by giving the power to the players to own the game. The emotion, excitement and suspense from the players, together with the respect, sportsmanship and education that’s being enforced throughout is what makes these tournaments so special to us! Our tournament this past Saturday, March 9th was nothing short of this. The international favorites in the Junior, Senior and Masters divisions were present from 12pm – 4pm and the coaches, referees, spectators, supporters and passersby all had the honor of watching these mini professionals enjoy this beautiful game.
In the 12pm Juniors division, we had AC Milan who came 1st place and showed their true professionalism and class throughout the afternoon games. Napoli came in a close second, Roma following in 3rd and unfortunately for the Palumbo Soccer staff, Juventus didn’t have a great result falling in 4th place.
Our Seniors division at 1:30pm was an absolute joy to be a part of and watch from behind the net. Atletico Madrid came away with the title and the trophy in this group with Barcelona falling behind in 2nd, Sevilla in 3rd and Real Madrid (with Cristiano Ronaldo rostered and dressed) in last place.
The Masters division was at 2:40pm and is always a very well balanced tournament. The maturity, confidence and pure love for the game was shown through all their faces on Saturday. Our 1st place champions were Werder Bremen with Peyton Case leading the team. 2nd Place will go to Dortmund and 3rd to Shalke. The tournament concluded just at 4:00PM with the medal distribution a winners picture and Hugs at dismissal! The soccer SNL final games kicked off right after this tournament. Stay tuned for our next blog on how the SNL turned out!