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September Marks Fourth Annual “Youth Soccer Month” Celebration

August 10, 2006 10:00 PM
Over 90 College Events Scheduled
Arizona, Michigan, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington Officially Proclaim

US Youth Soccer, the nation’s largest youth sports association, today announced the fourth annual Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America this September and several events highlighting the celebration.

“As soccer continues to grow with more children in the United States participating in organized soccer than any other sport,” stated Larry Monaco, President of US Youth Soccer. “We [US Youth Soccer] take great pride in spearheading the Youth Soccer Month initiative to promote the benefits of playing this wonderful sport such as fun, family, friendship and fitness.”

Throughout Youth Soccer Month a series of messages and themes will be communicated to illustrate the essence of youth soccer. Each week during Youth Soccer Month a different key will be the focus of “Celebrating Soccer in America.”

The four messages of Youth Soccer month are:

· Fitness: (Week of September 4)
The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.
· Fun: (Week of September 11)
Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
· Family: (Week of September 18)
Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
· Friendship: (Week of September 25)
The relationships generated through playing soccer extend beyond the field.

Plans for this year’s Youth Soccer Month include working with local leadership to organize grassroots public affairs campaign, numerous local events, media relations initiatives, as well as a $10,000 kick contest and more.

There are currently over 90 college events scheduled as well as events slated with Major League Soccer, where US Youth Soccer serves as official grassroots partner to the league. The first college events begin September 1st at Bowling Green State, University of Maryland, University of Portland and West Virginia University. Click Schedule of Events on to learn more and check back as new events are continuing to be added.

Since its inception, state and local government officials have officially proclaimed September as Youth Soccer Month to further the awareness and benefits of youth soccer. Leading the celebration for 2006 are Arizona, Michigan, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington who have already proclaimed this September as Youth Soccer Month.

As in 2005, a web-based contest will also be launched on More details will be announced shortly regarding the online contest where numerous prizes will be given.

Youth Soccer Month is a celebration for all of those who participate in soccer. The celebration highlights the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including the inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs that have facilitated the growth of the sport at all levels.

For more information about Youth Soccer Month visit


About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest youth sports organization in the country and 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 information, visit

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