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August 31, 2005 10:00 PM


Twenty-two States Kick Off Third Annual Youth Soccer Month with Proclamations

RICHARDSON, TEXAS (September 1, 2005) - Today marks the beginning of the third annual Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America this September. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joins a list of other state officials proclaiming Youth Soccer Month in their respective states.

“As a former professional athlete, I share your goal of helping people build healthier and happier lives through fitness,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Your efforts encourage and empower others to take positive steps toward improving their health through athletic achievement. I applaud your efforts to promote the game of soccer.”

The National Youth Soccer Month campaign assists in educating the public about the joys, rewards and benefits of playing youth soccer, and offers a variety of resources to learn more about youth soccer and get involved. Youth Soccer Month is also an opportunity for state and local officials to recognize and support the many benefits associated with youth soccer. In 2004, thirty-two states officially recognized the celebration of Youth Soccer Month. You can contact your Mayor/Governor and have your city/state officially recognize September as Youth Soccer Month.

Goals of Youth Soccer Month
Raise awareness of 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 kids 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.

Joining these states, several colleges and universities are holding Youth Soccer Month celebrations. Additionally, a number of free youth soccer clinics will be held across the country and MLS teams have also joined the celebration through Youth Soccer Month nights and through hosting the $10,000 Youth Soccer Month Kick!

See the list of states that have officially proclaimed Youth Soccer Month and learn more about the events and highlights of the celebration by visiting the official destination of Youth Soccer Month.


About Youth Soccer Month – The national celebration of Youth Soccer in America. More than 18 million children ages 5-19 regularly participate in soccer in the United States, more than any other youth sport. Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America’s families, US Youth Soccer is spearheading Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America. For more information, visit

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) - US Youth Soccer-The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more in formation, visit




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