Youth Soccer Month wrapped up this weekend, but many are continuing to celebrate soccer in America. Nearly 20 events took place over the weekend. The Kansas City Wizards and Real Salt Lake were both fighting for a chance to make the playoffs. The high intensity and quality of play from both teams led to a 3-3 tie.
Unfortunately, though some came close, no one has won the Youth Soccer Month $10,000 Kick held at MLS Youth Soccer Month nights. The Colorado Rapids are continuing to celebrate soccer in America on October 7th, so two more lucky fans will have a chance to win.
University of Utah jumped back into the top 25 rankings earlier last week and went on to shutting out 20th ranked Pepperdine on Friday night. University of Portland’s women’s team also shut out rival Washington 5-0 in front of a sold out crowd of 4, 892.
What an exciting month! From President George W. Bush’s letter of celebration, the 22 official Youth Soccer Month State Proclamations, the 101 events at colleges across the nation and 24 free youth clinics – there was no question that Youth Soccer Month was celebrated across America this September.
To give you a feel about how many people participated, US Youth Soccer sent out promotional items to all of the official Youth Soccer Month events. While we were unable to provide items for each person, Youth Soccer Month’s presence at the events was made known. Over 65,000 Youth Soccer Month thunder stix, 38,000 palm cards, 20,000 wristbands, 10,000 mini-stress balls, 10,000 calendars, 7,000 rally towels, 5,500 T-shirts and 100 banners were distributed.
In addition to the merchandise, over 90,000 Youth Soccer Month’s Shoot and Score contest cards were distributed. Participants had a chance to win Youth Soccer Month merchandise and everyone had a chance to go online to www.YouthSoccerMonth.org to register for the grand prize – a trip for four to the 2006 MLS Cup in Frisco, Texas.
This year’s Youth Soccer Month was a huge success. As witnessed by the high attendance and participation at college events and the free youth clinics of Youth Soccer Month, America loves soccer! No wonder it is the largest participation sport in the country.
As we wrap-up the fourth annual Youth Soccer Month, please continue to send stories, photos, etc. of how you chose to celebrate. We look forward to Youth Soccer Month 2007 and the new events and stories to follow. Remember, one of the fastest ways you can support Youth Soccer Month is to change an existing event to a Youth Soccer Month related title. To all of those who created special events around the celebration – THANK YOU! Look for more information on Youth Soccer Month early next year.
Thank you again for your support Youth Soccer Month and the millions of youth athlete participants!