MIDDLETOWN, NJ: New Jersey Youth Soccer recently held another round of its 4v4 Club Foundation Program at the Normandy Turf Field in Middletown. The NJYS 4v4 Club Foundation Program is designed to provide a fun hour of open play and friendly competition to 7U-8U boys and girls.
This event was made up of participants from Marlboro, World Elite, Millstone and Middletown Soccer Clubs. To ensure a great experience for all involved, it was run by NJYS Coaching Instructors Rick Meana and Richard Williams. Coach Meana serves as NJYS Director of Coaching, while Coach Williams brings extensive professional experience that includes time in Major League Soccer with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, NY/NJ MetroStars and New England Revolution.
“The 4v4 Foundation Program is a great concept which is supported by the fun that the players have during the session,” explained Joe Giunta, Middletown SC Coach. “I would love to see this programming continue to grow as I think it truly helps with the development of younger players.”
Due to previous sessions and participation, the boys and girls were thrilled to take part in the friendly scrimmages as they worked to develop key areas of their game. The 4v4 game format forces the players to be in constant contact with the ball, which maximizes engagement and skill acquisition.
“We witnessed something special as we watched young players navigate their way through a maze of legs in a small-sided soccer learning and playing environment,” said Meana. “Experimentation and instinct are the tools these youngsters used to solve the challenges they experienced at this fun event!”
According to a press release by the 4v4 Club Foundation Program:
About NJ Youth Soccer Association
New Jersey Youth Soccer, a 501(c) (3) organization affiliated with U.S. Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation, is comprised of more than 100,000 players from 5 to 19-years-old; 20,000+ coaches; and thousands of volunteers. Members collectively support the sport of soccer through training, practice, competition and the spirit of good sportsmanship. The association features recreational, travel soccer programs at multiple skill levels; Olympic Development Programs (ODP); tournaments including the National Championship series; coach and referee training and certification programs; and TOPSoccer, a program for children with special needs.