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Get Ready for Youth Soccer Month 2008

August 19, 2008 10:00 PM
 
Youth Soccer Month Kicks Off in September highlighting the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle
National celebration is action packed for 2008 with contests, tour, events and more
Visit YouthSoccerMonth.org for everything to join the celebration
 
Last year, the amount of Youth Soccer Month events held nationwide doubled with 165 events to celebrate, honor and promote the benefits of the game of soccer. The fifth annual Youth Soccer Month 2007 campaign set a new standard and even more is planned for 2008. The Youth Soccer Month website will host all of the information for the month including this year's "Action Days" that help you in joining the national celebration of Youth Soccer Month.
 
In addition to Major League Soccer (MLS) and college games, US Youth Soccer is kicking of the Youth Soccer Month Giant Jersey Tour in September. A Youth Soccer Month branded SUV will be touring events across America to share the excitement and promote the benefits of soccer. A life-size Stickley, the US Youth Soccer mascot, will be traveling on the SUV to take pictures with fans and at major landmarks along the tour's route. In addition to promoting the benefits of youth soccer, the tour will promote the Passback Program. 
 
US Youth Soccer is partnering with the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Passback Program to collect gently used soccer equipment, specifically cleats. The Foundation plans on setting the World Record for Longest Chain of Shoes and will have all of the shoes collected throughout the year on display at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in January. The current record stands at 10,500 shoes.   
 
Airheads Out of Control® Virtual Scratch Card online contest kicks off September 1. Don't miss out on your chance to win a trip to the MLS Cup in Carson City, Calif., or other great prizes. Visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org Monday-Friday, September 1 –26 and enter to win daily prizes and a chance at the grand prize, a trip for four to the MLS Cup. Check the site on September 1 to start playing. For a complete rules and details, click here.
 
The Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports online photo contest "Great Plays, Great Saves" is kicking off September 1. Don't miss out on your chance to win great prizes and have your soccer star's photo showcased on YouthSoccerMonth.org.  Visit the Youth Soccer Month site beginning September 1 and enter to win! 
 
Youth Soccer Month's $10,000 Kick will be featured at select MLS and Fox Soccer Channel Game of the Week/NSCAA games during September. Last year, a contestant was within six inches of winning! With at least nine teams participating, maybe one lucky fan will win this year. Home teams will select a fan for the chance to win $10,000 during a halftime kick. Contestants will all receive a prize pack for participating.
 
Be the first to proclaim September as Youth Soccer Month in your soccer club, city, state or anywhere else the game reaches. Click here for more information about how you can recognize soccer in your area.

For Youth Soccer Month logos in numerous formats, sizes and designs,
click here. The Youth Soccer Month celebration mark is owned solely by US Youth Soccer. Reproduction and distribution of all Youth Soccer Month documents is permitted and encouraged.
 
National Youth Soccer Month is dedicated to increasing awareness of the benefits of playing youth soccer in America. The goals of Youth Soccer Month are:
1.       Emphasize soccer as the No. 1 youth participation sport in America and a leading contributor to the healthy lifestyle of millions of American families.
2.       Bring kids and families of all ages and all abilities together for fun, friendship and fitness.
3.       Highlight the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs.
 
Our message is communicated through the celebration of soccer in a variety of ways throughout the country by soccer players and fans of all ages and ethnic groups, the general public, state and federal governments, coaches, referees, administrators, parents, or anyone and everyone who enjoys the game of soccer! Each week a specific message of Youth Soccer Month will be discussed (Fun, Family, Friendship and Fitness).
 
Learn more about how you can celebrate Youth Soccer Month by visiting Celebrating in Your Area.
 
Interest in the sport of soccer is at its highest level ever in the United States, with more than 19 million children ages five-19, participating regularly. In fact, more children are participating in organized soccer than peewee football, youth basketball or Little League baseball. We encourage all who love soccer in America to celebrate Youth Soccer Month and let us know how you choose to celebrate....we might even feature your story or event on YouthSoccerMonth.org!
 
Please click on the respective link if you would like additional information on Youth Soccer.
 
Do you want to play youth soccer but don't know how to register? US Youth Soccer offers recreational and competitive soccer programs for all boys and girls ages five - 19. You can register to play through your US Youth Soccer State Association. By calling your State Association, you will be directed to a club and league near you to contact for registration information. Get your State Association information and begin the process by clicking here.
 
For more information about Youth Soccer Month, visit www.YouthSoccerMonth.org.
 
 

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