Before the final, the players from FSG wiesentheid and vfl kleinlangheim were allowed to run onto the field together with their trainers and coaches in the sickergrundhalle to the applause of the spectators. They were introduced individually by hall announcer vincent held.
"During the tournament we thought that there were several teams that could win the tournament, but in the end the best team won", organizer horst held, youth director at SSV kitzingen, assessed the result. With 4:0 the wiesentheider finally prevailed in the tournament, which, surprisingly, took place without any teams from kitzingen from the semi-finals onwards.
For more than 20 years now, the siedler have been organizing the indoor kick for the U11 juniors. District championships organized by the association as well as the corresponding preliminary tournaments, on the other hand, only take place from the U13 level upwards. "The scheduling freedom we enjoyed in the early days is no longer there today.", reports held. "We try to avoid the tournaments of the other county clubs as much as possible, because we don’t want to interfere with them. In addition, we can only use the hall when there is no handball."
The siedler would also have liked to offer a "budenzauber" in several parts for the younger age groups, but the possibilities in the sickergrundhalle are limited: "the clubs that organize something like this have completely different possibilities than we do, because, for example, they can set up a gang for two weeks. Unfortunately this is not possible here." In the past, the organizers had a full weekend at their disposal, but due to the increased workload, this is now hardly possible. Held "would like to have the hall available for one or two weeks after the tournaments in dettelbach, wiesentheid and iphofen in the third or fourth week of january." But the SSV has had to take a back seat when it comes to booking the halls, although held appreciates the coordination with other users: "fortunately, werner may from TV etwashausen, for example, works very well with us on the dates."
However, he asks for understanding that not all overlapping dates can be prevented. Most of the U11 teams that played on sunday at the sickergrund have been taking part for many years, says held.
The work involved in the run-up to the event is manageable for him and his club colleagues: "in the e-mail age, even sending out invitations has become easier. But it can happen that only six clubs respond to 20 invitations because the rest have already scheduled other tournaments."
The fact that the tournament will take players, coaches and accompanying families only half a day, and that the competition for U13 juniors will not be held on the same day, but on the 12th day of the tournament. Held takes a positive view of the new event, which will take place in february: "both options certainly have their advantages and disadvantages. We don’t spend a whole day on this, we just have to do it twice. It’s better for the teams in that they don’t have to get in the car at seven in the morning."
So the ball did not roll until eleven o’clock. Because the tournament was held on a sunday, the response of the teams and the attendance of the spectators were accordingly pleasing. "As an organizer, you notice the difference between saturday and sunday, because on sundays a few more people come to watch in the hall."
Especially for the younger teams, for whom indoor soccer still enjoys a higher status, held considers it important that indoor tournaments are offered over a longer period of time in winter. "In the younger years, the winter break consists not only of the first two weeks of january, but there it stretches until the middle of march or sometimes even the beginning of april. In this respect, it is good when tournaments for the little ones take place at the end of january or the beginning of february", he says.
However, he does not fear that the higher the number of tournaments, the lower the number of participants: "especially at this age, it’s all about the fun of the game. The enthusiasm of the kids is unbroken." Sven weichsel said the same about his team: "a tournament like this is a lot of fun for our boys", said albertshofen’s U11 coach after winning the game for ninth place. He was quite satisfied with this result "after we had no indoor training this winter due to the rebuilding of the hall."
The sporting success was also for haci saygili only in second place: "in the foreground is that our children have spab, only then is it about winning." He observed before and during the tournament that his players were fully committed to the task at hand: "the tension at the beginning is rough, which teams are going to be there. In every game, the boys calculated the table, whether we are first, second or fourth, if the other teams now win or lose."