10 TIPS for Playing Flash Tournaments

Coach Girl´s in Perú National Soccer Team
U 17, U 20 y +

Flash tournaments, where multiple games are played in a short period of time, can be very exciting and fun, but also may seem highly stressful for our organisms. In numerous occasions, the teams that make it to the finals aren’t necessarily the most talented; they’re the ones that best endure the overload of effort that these events demand.

Here are some ideas on how to deal with these in optimum conditions and how to favor recovery and reduce signs of fatigue.

1. Nutrition on the day before the match is a deal-breaker. Between eight and twelve hours before the game, depending on if this one is in the morning or in the afternoon, one must ingest something with enough carbohydrates, which later will serve as a reliable source of energy to keep one going.

2. However, the food eaten right before the match must be light and contain elements that are easy and quick to digest, avoiding animal fats and lactose.

3.Hydration in the hours before playing is also very important, more so when in hotter and more humid weather. Keep a water bottle always at hand and take small sips in a continuous manner.

4. All matches must be preceded by a good warm up, of about 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the temperature outside and the general conditions of the game that will be played (duration, state of the field, etc). Warming up well will allow you to avoid getting hurt and have a better performance.

5. During halftimes, one must turn his or her attention to the recovery of the effort done. It is convenient to drink isotonic beverages, eat (only if you’re hungry) a small portion of some kind of rapid absorption food (bananas, almonds, energy bars, etc.) and use that time for physical rest. Stretching, giving oneself a quick massage, rolling back with ones legs in the air to favor blood circulation coming back or applying ice to damaged areas can be good activities to do during halftimes.

6. All matches must end with a good stretching session, of between 10 to 15 minutes long, also in function with the effort done and external factors.

7. Eating carbohydrates is also important after a match in order to recover levels lost. Its best if this is done in the most immediate way possible, before two hours have passed since the end of the match, given that the absorption of these is quicker in the first moments after playing.

8. Mental strength is one of the principal characteristics that differentiate extraordinary soccer players from the rest of the athletes. Keep yourself prepared, try to the maximum point of your possibilities and show determination and constancy in the consecution of your objectives.

9. Cryotherapy is an easy and accessible way to accelerate recovery after a match. It consists of submersion, normally of the lower section of the body, in water at a very low temperature (chilled with ice) for about five minutes. This must be done immediately once one is finished stretching after a game. If you don’t have a bathtub or something similar, this can be replaced with massages using bags of ice, even though, in this case, the duration is longer (20 minutes).

10. Before twelve hours have passed since the end of the game, it is very beneficial to have a session of contrasting baths, which consist of the submersion between alternating tubs of very hot and very cold water. It’s ideal to do five units of three minutes each, alternating between the hot and cold water. These contrasts in temperature accelerate the elimination of waste products accumulated in the organism due to intense efforts done.

The Ball Starts Rolling.

Editorial by Alessandro Sbrizzo

From this edition, an integral communication media comes into play – a newspaper with its website and social media- devoted entirely to cover the football news, practiced by thousands of children and youth in the Florida and USA. It is the first means of communication run by professional journalists, football players, managers, designers and photographers, who go deeply into football categories from U8 to U19. Our priority are children and young people: their love for football, their discipline, their values, their passion for the sport. They are the newsmakers. Next to them, the reflection of parents, coaches and sponsors who believe and are committed to this wonderful generation. This great first edition, specially dedicated to Weston Cup & Showcase 2016, reflects our principles: interviews with children, their parents and coaches. Talking with managers, coaches, referees, parents, authorities from Weston, so that all the protagonists are included. All supported by sponsors who believe in the city, kids, youth and soccer. Sounds the opening whistle, and we start playing, for real.

LA PELOTA EMPIEZA A RODAR. Desde esta edición, entra a la cancha un medio de comunicación integral – un periódico en papel, con su página web y redes sociales- dedicado por completo a cubrir las noticias que se generan en el fútbol que practican miles de niños, niñas y jóvenes en la Florida y USA. Es el primer medio de comunicación, gestionado por periodistas profesionales, jugadores de fútbol, directivos, diseñadores y fotógrafos, que profundiza en el fútbol que va desde la categoría U8 hasta U18. Nuestra prioridad son los niños, niñas y jóvenes: su afición al fútbol, su disciplina, sus valores, su pasión por el deporte. Ellos son las estrellas de la publicación. Y junto a ellos, estarán reflejados sus padres, sus entrenadores y los patrocinadores que creen y apuestan por esta generación maravillosa. Esta primerísima edición, especialmente dedicada a Weston Cup & Showcase 2016, refleja nuestros principios: entrevistas con los niños, con sus padres y entrenadores a su lado. Conversaciones con directivos, entrenadores, árbitros, padres y madres, autoridades de Weston, para que todos los protagonistas estén incluidos. Todo con el apoyo de anunciantes que creen en la ciudad, los niños y el fútbol. Suena el pitazo inicial, y empezamos a jugar, en serio.

Weston FC, a machine with heart.

The Club combines a passion for soccer, with high doses of technical work, discipline, health and values.

With more than 1,100 players and 47 coaches, the work of teaching, support and empower players is huge. There are hundreds of hours of practicing, educational talks, to shape the character of the players. The coaching staff led by Victor Pastora combines technique with psychology, sports medicine with leadership, theory and practice, so that all children grow up with values and develop their talents.

For Pablo Rivera, Weston FC U17 coach, the team is ready but it has to play with maturity. Pablo says that “we have a team ready to become first at the tournament, but we first concentrate on winning game by game.”

The concept of David Sanders, Weston VP Club Sponsorship, “the key is to find those kids who really have a passion for the sport.”

For David, the most important part of the process, beyond the sport training for those who want to become professional players, is to build their character for life. Here children can spend 5, 6 or more years, we are like a family, and as a family we should seek the best for them in all aspects, not just sports.”


Weston FC U17
Position: Captain – Central
-What motivated you to play soccer?
Seeing the Colombia Team play.
-Your favorite club: Barcelona
-Favorite player: Messi
-Goal: Play college soccer

Weston FC U17
Position: Forward
-How long have you played in the team?
9 years
-What motivated you to play soccer?
-When I lived in Venezuela, I liked it a lot and my grandpa!
-Your favorite club: R. Madrid.

Weston FC U17
-How long have you played in the team?
One Year
-Your favorite club: Barcelona
-Favorite player: Kun Agüero
-Goal: Reach professional soccer

Weston FC U17
Position: Midfielder
-How long have you played in
the team?
3 years
-What motivated you to play soccer?
My dad, he was sub professional
-Your favorite club: R. Madrid
-Goal: Play college soccer and then in Europe or South America.

Face to Face

The Weston Cup & Showcase 2016 is analyzed by three of its protagonists.


What is the major vision regarding soccer in the City?
My vision for soccer in the City is to provide the best field and park environment, including the best pitches in South Florida, both natural and state of the art turn so that the soccer programs can focus on education, training, development, and teaching all aspects of the beautiful game and sportsmanship.

How much is the City budget for soccer this year?
The City does not break out expense by sport, whether soccer, baseball, or any other – rather our budget includes expenses for pitch maintenance and repairs, in addition to ongoing improvements as may be needed, which include capital expenses such as the installation of state of the art turf on 2 former hockey rinks and what will take place later this year on a number of pitches and other fields.

What is the City strategy in order to help the soccer growing in the community?
The focus to make grow soccer in the community rests on Weston FC and AYSO and how they grow or develop their respective programs. We believe in providing world class facilities to those who chose playing in our parks.

How would you like the people to remember Weston City after the Tournament?
I would hope that people remember our facilities, the restaurants and shops that they visit, the hotels they stay in, the courtesy of Weston’s residents and families, and their overall experience in our City, which was ranked in the Top 10 by Family Circle magazine.

A Club: Manchester City,
A player: DeAndre Yedlin
One word define yourself: Focused
A Book: “The Keeper”
Technical Director Weston Fc

How do you see the competitive level of Weston FC in the context of the United States?
Today, we are the No. 2 in the country and first ones in our conference. Two years ago we were the best team in the country in the competition of “Academies USSF”. We have promoted important players to lower divisions of professional football and the national team. We are definitely in the top five clubs in the country.

How is the response of the parents?
In the US, parents cover the costs of their children’s participation in sports. They are aware that this is a unique opportunity in their children’s lives and they make the sacrifice to make it happen.

What is most important for Weston FC, once the tournament is finished?
Having raced to the limit; players that compete with confidence, intensity and objectively. that as a group we achieve a good performance and may obtain important results. enjoy the experience with professionalism and respect.

We know that all children are important. Do you see any child or young person in particular that we should follow closely?
We have a team of homogeneous, competitive and talented players. Perhaps, our category 2001, GK Nico Hansen calls the attention since he has managed to excel playing two years above His age. But I think we have several players who can make a great tournament; it is a group with talent and character.

A Club: Arsenal F.C
A player: Lionel Messi
An Influence: My Dad.
A Book: “Teach like a
Technical Advisor USSF

How is football in Florida compared to other states?
Better than ever. thanks to the programs of the academies, football has become more competitive. the clubs train better and the quality of training improves competition between players in order to become the first team players. coaches are improving, players are improving and executives are improving. we are in a great time in florida, our players are sought national level and by universities.

What are your expectations for this tournament, in a sporting aspect?
My expectation is to see good games and to select players who can be considered for our training centers.

How do you see the organizational level of this tournament?
Excellent, every year is better. We must thank the directors of Weston Club for the great work and the vision they had to hire Bill Fisher.

What is the relevance to a club that participates in this tournament?
It’s great exposure. Weston FC tournament is the largest in the State of Florida and one of the largest in the country.

Why should a club participate in this tournament?
By the exposure this tournament brings, and …not to mention the exposure it brings if you win!

A Club: Estudiantes de La Plata
A player: Messi, for his leadership,
An Influence: My wife, my mom, my dad.
A Book: “Eleven ways to score a goal”

Leaders and Talented

These are some of the players who will be under the watchful eye of the public, friends, and scouts.

JOSÉ is a very strong and fast player, who handles both legs and speed dribbling. That is his most prominent feature. He is a first-team player of the United States National Team category 2001. He is a talented player with a bright future. His favorite position and where he better expresses himself is as an external attacker. His growth has been steady: 4 years ago, he was playing for the club on a second level team, and from there he began to progress. He is now a key player for the team “Academy U14 “.

Favorite professional team: Real madrid
Most admired player: Alexis Sánchez
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite book: Hunger Games
Favorite movie: Ride Along
What do you want to be when you grow up?: Pro Soccer Player

THERE is no doubt; Nico is the best goalkeeper of the club. He is young, but his ability has led him to be the starting goalkeeper of “U Academy 16”. Nico was born in 2001, and is also a first-team player of the United States National Team category. He is a goalkeeper who has good height and a feline technique, but his personality stands out clearly. He is always very attentive to game situations and to help his partners. Undoubtedly, he transmits tranquility to the team, and that is key for a goalkeeper.

Favorite professional team: Everton, England
Most admired player: Manuel Neuer
Favorite food: Sea food, paella
Favorite book: The Lightning Thief
Favorite movie: Transformers 4
What do you want to be when you grow up?: Professional Goalkeeper

Sebastian is a player who stands out for his defensive ability. He is a central defender, but he can also play as a winger. He is fast, aggressive and very good to take the ball away. Otra capacidad que lo destaca, es el enfoque y su personalidad de líder. Another capability that stands out is the focus and his personality of leader. He was born in 2001 and is part of the United States National Team in his category.

Favorite professional team: FC Barcelona
Most admired player: Sergio Ramos
Favorite food: Pasta
Favorite book: I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Favorite movie: The Martian
What do you want to be when you grow up?: Pro Soccer Player

Weston FC: winning mentality, with values

When fields are traversed with over 1000 players, where children and girls between 8 and 19 years play football, the first thing that jumps out is the passion of parents, discipline and order that is felt in every corner of the park, and dedication that each player puts on the court. We are in the Weston FC, one of the most admired and respected clubs in South Florida.

The Club is a place to form talents. Under the watchful eye of its President Steve Ziegler, have grown players like Alejandro Bedoya who plays for the US National Team, and participated at the last two World Cups. Alejandro entered the Weston FC at 6 years old and one of his first coaches was precisely Steve. The last and most recent products of the quarry are Nico Garcia Morillo and George Acosta, both born in 2000. Nico is forward, lives in Key Biscayne, Miami and his parents are from Argentina. Nico has spent three years in Weston FC before making the leap to Atletico Madrid, a prestigious club of Spain. Nico is now also part of the U-17 National Team. “Nico is a goal scorer, fast, strong, and stands out as a forward.” Confirms Victor Pastora, a coach club, who trained him in Several seasons.

Another talent who grew up in the Club is George Acosta, a midfielder of quality. His international experience was with Estudiantes de La Plata in Argentina, where he spent one year before returning to the United States for being part of the residential program that the federation provides for internationally renowned players.

“Alejandro since he was little always stood out. HIS PASSION FOR FOOTBALL WAS EVIDENT, spent all day playing with a ball.”

Steve Ziegler, President Weston FC.