Back to News CELEBRATE THE "YOUTH SOCCER MONTH" IN SEPTEMBER August 1, 2012 02:46 PM Celebrate Soccer and enetr to win a prize: Youth Soccer Month Indiana Soccer would like to extend an invitation to its member clubs to celebrate the Youth Soccer Month. The association would like to encourage you to reach out to your city’s representatives and ask them to proclaim September as the Youth Soccer Month. Club members can also work with universities and organizations to create an event that promotes and celebrates the beautiful game of soccer. For example, club members can partner with Universities or Colleges and ask them to offer a soccer clinic at the half time of the soccer team’s home games, receive discounted tickets, serve as ball boys, access to autograph / photo session with players, etc. You can also partner with Indiana Soccer partners or your own sponsors, marketing partners or even potential partners and ask them to provide discounts, coupons or free items when visiting their stores… It will help to build your relationship with them. Remember, the month of September is the Youth Soccer Month and it is very important month for US Youth Soccer, so we would like to have everyone involved contributing in the promotion of the sport. After you secure an activity, let us know what you are doing and we will be happy to post a story on the Indiana Soccer website, Facebook, Twitter and even YouTube if you have a video to share. Do not forget to ask your players, coaches and parents to wear their soccer jersey to school or at work, talk to their friends about soccer, and even invite them to go out to play during their free time. Remember that there are many ways you can contribute in the promotion of soccer and the development of players in your community emphasizing your efforts on the four pillars of Youth Soccer Month…FITNESS, FUN, FAMILY and FRIENDSHIP. Interest in the sport of soccer is at its highest level ever, with more than 19 million children ages 5 – 19, from Portland, ME to Portland, OR, on city streets and in suburban fields playing the game. More children are participating in organized soccer than peewee football, youth basketball or Little League Baseball. For many children, soccer is more than a pastime, it is a passion. Why is soccer so popular? Because it offers children the opportunity to participate in a healthy lifestyle, be physically active and develop social skills while making new friends. The goals of Youth Soccer Month are the following: · Raise awareness of US Youth Soccer and the benefits of playing the game · Emphasize soccer as the number one youth participation sport in America and a leading contributor to the healthy lifestyle of millions of American families · Bring children and families of all ages and all abilities together for fun, friendship and fitness · Highlight the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs Indiana Soccer would like to thank you in advance for supporting its efforts to promote Soccer all over the state of Indiana. Please, come on out and celebrate Youth Soccer Month in September with a proclamation or action day event. See the cities that have proclaimed September as the Youth Soccer Month in previous years: past proclamations. To receive a Youth Soccer Month promotional package to support your event or activity, please contact Indiana Soccer’s Director of Marketing and Communication, Paco Espinosa at Paco@soccerindiana.org or call him at 317-829-0560. To get your marketing package, please visit the following link: YSM Package If your club would like to participate but you still have some questions about how to be involved, please do not hesitate to contact him at your earliest convenience. ### About Youth Soccer Month Youth Soccer Month is designed to help you get involved and celebrate Youth Soccer in your own unique way. We want to hear how you participate in Youth Soccer Month this year. Click here to tell us how you get involved in and celebrate Youth Soccer in America. And be sure to visit youthsoccermonth.org often during September to see what's going on across the country. About Indiana Soccer Indiana Soccer is a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), United States Youth Soccer (US Youth Soccer) and Unites States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). Indiana Soccer is a not-for-profit Indiana corporation, allowing tax deductible donations and contributions to the fullest extent of the law. Indiana Soccer has a current membership base of over 56,000 youth players, 3,000 adult players, 8,000 active coaches, 3,800 referees and thousands of volunteers through its network of over 130 local member clubs across the state of Indiana. Indiana Soccer is committed to cultivate a better community by serving and educating its members. Through the partnership with other organizations Indiana Soccer creates opportunities for the development, promotion and administration of soccer in the state of Indiana.