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CHICAGO (Jan. 13, 2017) – For the second year in a row, fans can watch the world’s best women’s national teams compete in the most elite four-team tournament of 2017 as the USA hosts Germany, France and England in three doubleheaders from March 1-7 at three venues in the northeast.
Tickets for all three doubleheaders go on sale to the public on Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-800-298-4200 for the event in Pennsylvania and 1-800-745-3000 for the matchups in New Jersey and Washington. Ticket office hours at Talen Energy Stadium are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the Red Bull Arena ticket office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Note: Tickets are not sold at RFK Stadium except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can be order at ussoccer.com.
The tournament format will be the same as last year as the four teams will each participate in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period. The match days will see England open against France on Wednesday, March 1 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (4 p.m. ET), followed by the USA against Germany (7 p.m. ET on FS1). All the teams will then travel to New Jersey where France will face Germany on Saturday, March 4 (2:15 p.m. ET) followed by the USA taking on England (5 p.m. ET on FOX) at Red Bull Arena in Harrison. The tournament will finish on Tuesday, March 7, at the historic RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. as Germany takes on England (4 p.m. ET) and the USA faces France (7 p.m. ET on FS1).
2017 SheBelieves Cup Schedule
Date Matches Stadium City Kickoff TV
Mar. 1 England vs. France Talen Energy Stadium Chester, Pa. 4 p.m. ET
Mar. 1 USA vs. Germany Talen Energy Stadium Chester, Pa. 7 p.m. ET FS1
Mar. 4 France vs. Germany Red Bull Arena Harrison, N.J. 2:15 p.m. ET
Mar. 4 USA vs. England Red Bull Arena Harrison, N.J. 5 p.m. ET FOX
Mar. 7 Germany vs. England RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. 4 p.m. ET
Mar. 7 USA vs. France RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. 7 p.m. ET FS1
The USA is currently ranked first in the world, defending Olympic champion Germany is second, France is third and England is fifth.
Conceived and developed by the U.S. WNT players, #SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup but has since grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and just believing in yourself into communities across the nation. The SheBelieves Cup adds a showcase event to the campaign, which will continue to spread its positive message and brings together the world’s most elite female soccer players to compete in the U.S., providing a stage to shine the spotlight on positive female role models (athletes and non-athletes alike) and showcase their accomplishments both on the field and in culture at large.
The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly, FIFA Ranking if necessary.Read more
Seventeen Coaches from U.S. WNT, MLS, USL, NASL and NWSL Comprise Second Cohort of U.S. Soccer Pro Course
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 13, 2017) — As part of its ongoing effort to develop world class players, coaches, and referees, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Friday the candidates for the second edition of the U.S. Soccer Pro Course. The 17 selected applicants, headlined by U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis, will embark on a year-long coaching education and development program that will include three collective meetings, two individual club visits from U.S. Soccer coach educators, and a final presentation. With an overarching purpose to raise the level and the standard of coaching in the United States at the professional level, the Pro Course sets out to inspire the current and future generations of coaches.
2017 Pro Course Participants:
- Paul Buckle (Sacramento Republic, USL)
- Colin Clarke (North Carolina FC, NASL)
- Steven Cooke (Colorado Rapids, MLS)
- Jill Ellis (U.S. WNT)
- Jim Gabarra (Washington Spirit, NWSL)
- Jay Heaps (New England Revolution, MLS)
- Dominic Kinnear (San Jose Earthquakes, MLS)
- Jesse Marsch (New York Red Bulls, MLS)
- Pat Noonan (U.S. MNT)
- Caleb Porter (Portland Timbers, MLS)
- Darren Powell (San Antonio FC, USL)
- Brian Schmetzer (Seattle Sounders, MLS)
- Daryl Shore (Real Salt Lake, MLS)
- Mike Sorber (Philadelphia Union, MLS)
- Greg Vanney (Toronto FC, MLS)
- Josh Wolff (Columbus Crew, MLS)
- Kerry Zavagnin (Sporting KC, MLS)
Each candidate was selected from an application process only open to coaches within the domestic professional environment. Selections were made based on a coach’s body of work, in addition to holding the required prerequisite, the U.S. Soccer A License.
In December, 13 professional coaches from Major League Soccer and U.S. Youth National Team programs completed the pilot Pro Course. Of those names, former U-17 MNT head coach Richie Williams and current U-17 head coach John Hackworth reflected on the course and what advice they would give to the upcoming cohort.
“This is the right thing to do,” Williams said. “You are always learning as a coach. I’ve been coaching for 10 years, but I learned a lot from this course. Every day you are continuing to learn so you can’t take learning opportunities for granted. Don’t think you don’t need the license, because there are many things we talked about that you pick up on, that you can apply to your coaching and make yourself better as a coach and as a person.”
“I thought it was extremely valuable for my growth as a coach and a process about personal growth,” Hackworth said. “In the end, I think I am a better coach, a better leader and a better manager. I think my training sessions are better and I think my game management is better. When you spend 12 months in this process you certainly do a lot of work, but you realize that this is not the end. Now we need to continue the processes that we’ve learned along the way and continue to develop.”
The group’s first of three collective meetings are set take place from Jan. 14-18 in Los Angeles. While each meeting phase of the course is designed to spark collaboration and discussion, the first meeting will specifically provide a program overview, course introduction and serve as a gathering between candidates and the U.S. Soccer coach educators. As one of the major components of the course meetings, guest speakers are brought in to share experiences and provide coaches with thought provoking material to incorporate into their individualized plans. The January meeting guest list includes U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena, as well as the UEFA’s Head of Football Education Services, Frank Ludolph.
“It’s a honor to be a part of this program and to be able to exchange ideas with this group of coaches,” Arena said. “The Pro Course is something that all professional soccer coaches should aspire to achieve. The Pro Course is not only raising the standard, but also amplifying this notion of continued development. We should always be looking to better ourselves and our community of coaches.”
Los Angeles Guest Speakers:
- Bruce Arena, U.S. MNT Coach
- Jill Ellis, U.S. WNT Coach / Pro Course Candidate
- Frank Ludolph, UEFA Head of Football Education Services
- Gautum Mukunda, Harvard Business School
- Daniel Coyle, Author of Talent Code
- Thomas Schaaf, Manager (Hanover 96, Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen)
- Mark Williams, Professor University of Utah
After the completion of the January meetings, the second phase of the Pro Course will take shape with individual club visits. During these engagements, U.S. Soccer coach educators work with candidates in their specific coaching environments. In part with the Pro Course’s content structure, each coach is evaluated and presented with a tailored program that is based on specific fundamentals, including management, leadership and coaching. At each site visit, the Coach Educators observe the candidate within their performance environment structured to lead up to a competition. While on site, instructors observe a variety of coaching variables including the coach’s relationship and interactions with players, staff, assistant coaches, and others involved in the team development process.
The U.S. Soccer coach educators for the 2017 Pro Course are Nico Romeijn, Wim van Zwam and Vanni Sartini. Romeijn’s previous experience includes head of education for the KNVB, UEFA Jira Panel and a UEFA Technical Instructor. Van Zwam’s past experience includes time as a professional coach in the Netherlands, instructor for the UEFA A Youth and UEFA Pro license, as well as youth national team coach for the KNVB. For Sartini, his pedigree in the coaching community was most recently cemented with the Italian FA as an educator. Before the Italian FA, Sartini served as an assistant in both the Serie A and Serie B.Read more