The third weekend of Youth Soccer Month 2006, an annual celebration of the nation’s most popular participatory sport, is the most action-packed of the month, with more than 25 events scheduled.
Highlights include men’s and women’s college soccer matches at perennial powers Maryland, Portland and Notre Dame. Meanwhile, three MLS teams are hosting Youth Soccer Month Nights on Saturday (Real Salt Lake, Red Bull New York and LA Galaxy).
Additionally, six Youth Soccer Month clinics are scheduled with the City of Houston Youth Soccer League, US Youth Soccer Nevada’s Great Basin Soccer League, New Jersey Youth Soccer Association each hosting a clinic. Eastern Pennsylvania is hosting three clinics this weekend in Buckingham, Harleysville and Plymouth.
Those present at any and all Youth Soccer Month celebrations will have a chance to play Youth Soccer Month’s Shoot and Score game to win great Youth Soccer Month prizes. Anyone can register at www.YouthSoccerMonth.org to with the grand prize of a trip for four to the 2006 MLS Cup in Frisco, Texas.
Also, at the MLS Youth Soccer Month Nights, two lucky fans will have the chance to participate in the Youth Soccer Month $10,000 Kick Contest. Fans will also receive Youth Soccer Month goodies, such as mini-stress balls, T-shirts and more.
Below is a list of this weekend’s Youth Soccer Month celebrations. For additional information visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.
Friday, September 15th
Bowling Green State vs. Michigan state (w)
Lehigh University vs. Monmouth (w)
Saint Louis University vs. Indiana (m)
Temple University vs. Manhattan (w)
University of Kansas vs. Pepperdine (w)
University of North Texas vs. Northwestern State (w)
West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh (w)
City of Houston Youth Soccer League clinic (Houston, Texas)
US Youth Soccer Nevada – Great Basin Soccer League clinic
Saturday, September 16th
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas
Red Bull New York vs. Columbus Crew
LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids
University of Maryland vs. NC State (m)
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Clinic(Buckingham, PA)
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Clinic (Harleysville, PA)
New Jersey Youth Soccer Association Clinic (Irvington Area of Newark)
Sunday, September 17th
George Mason vs. Maryland (w)
Quinnipiac vs. Providence College (w)
University of Hartford vs. Yale (w)
University of Kansas vs. Central Florida (w)
University of Michigan vs. Notre Dame (w)
University of Pennsylvania vs. Duquesne (m)
University of Portland vs. Portland State (w)
University of South Carolina vs. Jacksonville State (w)
Villanova vs. Seton Hall (m)
West Virginia vs. Virginia (w)
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Clinic (Plymouth, PA)
(m) – men’s games; (w) – women’s games
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.
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 www.USYouthSoccer.org.