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Youth Soccer Month Hits Full Stride on Second Weekend

September 10, 2006 10:00 PM
 

Successful clinics and exciting soccer combined to Celebrate Soccer in America on the second weekend of Youth Soccer Month.

South Carolina Youth Soccer promoted Youth Soccer Month this weekend at the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational. They estimated the crowd was over 2,500. Furman won the tournament after winning 1-0 against Gardner-Webb on Friday, and 2-0 over Stetson on Sunday.

South Carolina Youth Soccer was positioned all weekend in front of the main seating entrance. With the great visibility they were able to talk to a lot of parents about soccer and the US Youth Soccer organization. A lot of the parents were educated about the structure of soccer. It was important for them to understand that soccer doesn’t just end at their club or league.

Kids not only watched all of the games for free with the Youth Soccer Month promotion, but they also received Youth Soccer Month rally towels, bracelets, T-shirts and mini-stress balls. At halftime there was also a drawing for cooler chairs and a fitness, friendship, family and fun rally towel lap around the field.

SMU lost to No. 1 ranked Notre Dame 3-0 on Friday. The game was evenly matched for the first half with SMU playing hard. At the half the game was tied 0-0. The Mustangs never backed down, but Notre Dame was able to make the most of its opportunities to score early in the second half. A successful penalty kick led the score to 2-0. And with less than three minutes left Notre Dame further solidified their lead. The Fighting Irish remain undefeated this season. Fans were treated to Youth Soccer Month goodies, such as calendars, mini-stress balls, T-shirts and more, as they celebrated soccer.

More than 85 events, over three very busy weekends, remain for Youth Soccer Month 2006. For a complete list of upcoming Youth Soccer Month events visit www.youthsoccermonth.org.

Youth Soccer Month Opening Weekend Results:

September 8th (Friday)

• Drexel Tournament (m)
• La Salle 1, Howard 2
• Drexel 2, UMBC 1
• SMU 5, UT-SA 0 (w)
• West Virginia 2, Cincinnati 0 (m)
• Wright State University 5, Kent State 0 (w)

September 9th (Saturday)
Swarthmore 0, Widener 0 (w)

September 10th (Sunday)
Dayton 0, Illinois State 0 (w)
Dayton 4, IUPUI 0 (m)
Drexel 1, Howard 0 (Drexel Tournament) (m)
Indiana University 2, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 0 (w)
Seton Hall 2, Syracuse 1 (m)
SMU 0, Notre Dame 3 (w)
University of Florida 7, Jacksonville University 0 (w)
University of Maryland Baltimore County 0 , LaSalle 2 (Drexel Tournament) (m)
UMBC 4, Radford 1 (w)
University of Michigan 1, Virginia Commonwealth 0 (m)
Washington State 1, Sacramento State 0 (w)
West Virginia 2, Louisville 1 (m)
West Virginia 8, St. Bonaventure 0 (w)
Yale 0, Colgate 1 (m)
*(m) Men (w) Women

MLS:
DC United 1, Real Salt Lake 1

Clinics:
City of Houston Youth Soccer League (Texas)
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (Wyoming Valley, PA)
Missouri Youth Soccer Association
New Hampshire Soccer Association
Rowlett Youth Soccer Association (Texas)
US Youth Soccer Nevada – Silver State Girls Soccer League

Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America’s families, US Youth Soccer, with 3.2 million members, the nation’s largest youth sports association, is spearheading Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America, this September.

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 message 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.

Youth Soccer Month will also highlight 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 www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.

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