CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2014) – Former U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Mary Harvey and forward Cindy Parlow will participate in U.S. Soccer’s and the U.S. State Department’s SportsUnited Sports Visitor Exchange Program from Dec. 2-13.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for myself, personally, U.S. Soccer and the State Department to do something that’s meaningful for these young women and the Jordanian Football Association,” said Harvey. “It is an opportunity to share with these young women the development of soccer in our country because they’re interested.
“They see the success of the U.S. team both with the Olympics and the World Cup at all levels. They look to us as, ‘Wow.’ We’re a big deal. They’re interested in how we develop players. And for these players, it’s an incredible opportunity. It’s not just visiting another country, it’s visiting another country where women’s soccer is a huge big deal, and where women have opportunities to do these things.”
Harvey will work with 14 young women between 13 and 17 years old, and two coaches over 10 days. The exchange follows a successful State Department Sports Envoy trip by Harvey and Danielle Slaton to Jordan in April. U.S. Soccer will provide the visitors with soccer balls, training bibs, training cones, training jerseys and practice towels for the group that will become the core for the Jordan U-17 Women’s National Team in 2016, when Jordan is scheduled to host the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup.
Parlow, in conjunction with the University of Tennessee, will conduct training sessions with the players and their coaches in North Carolina, providing training fields and technical insight.
Under the State Department’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, sports visitor programs are designed to bring young female athletes and coaches to the United States for a sports-based experience that allows the athletes and coaches to participate in clinics and teambuilding activities with their American peers and have conversations on health and wellness, the global lessons of Title IX, and respect for diversity and peaceful competition.
The group will arrive in Washington, D.C., coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and will kick off the trip with sessions on inclusion and disability sports. Participants will also travel to Boca Raton, Florida, where they will attend the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament. Following the tournament, the group will travel to North Carolina to conduct soccer training sessions with Parlow and other participants. In all three cities, the young female players will take part in soccer clinics and activities focused on health and wellness, and the importance of confidence, leadership and team building.
For information on the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, please visit: globalsportswomen.org.
For information on the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit: http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/sports-diplomacy.
CHICAGO (Oct. 25, 2013) – FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, announced today that U.S. Women’s National Team forwards Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan have been named to a 10-woman shortlist for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
The shortlists for the men’s awards will be announced next week.
Last year, Wambach won the award for the first time and became just the second American to be so honored after Mia Hamm won in 2001 and 2002, the first two years in which it was given out.
Wambach finished third in the voting in 2011, the first time she was in the final three for the award, and also finished third in 2012. She finished fourth in the voting in 2004 and 2006, fifth in 2007, was one of the final 10 in 2009 and was fifth again in 2010.
This is Morgan’s third appearance on the shortlist. Last year, she finished third behind Wambach and Marta of Brazil, and in 2011, she finished eighth in the voting.
The final votes will be cast, as usual, by the captains and head coaches of the women’s national teams, as well as by international media representatives selected by FIFA.
The winners of all of the FIFA women’s and men’s awards will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on Jan. 13, 2014.
The list of 10 female players was drawn up by experts from FIFA’s Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as a group of experts from France Football.
In addition, former U.S. Women’s National Team star Cindy Parlow Cone, who led the Portland Thorns to the inaugural NWSL title, was named to the shortlist for FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year.
In early December, FIFA and France Football will announce the names of the three women and three men, as well as the three coaches for women’s soccer and three coaches for men’s soccer, who have received the most votes (without unveiling the winners).
The following 10 women (in alphabetical order) are contenders for the title of 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year:
Nadine Angerer (Germany)
Nilla Fischer (Sweden)
Lena Goessling (Germany)
Saki Kumagai (Japan)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Yuki Ogimi (Japan)
Lotta Schelin (Sweden)
Christine Sinclair (Canada)
Abby Wambach (USA)
The following 10 coaches (in alphabetical order, giving first nationality and then team in brackets) are contenders for the 2013 FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football:
Gilles Eyquem (France / France U-19 National Team)
Kenneth Heiner-Møller (Denmark / Denmark National Team)
Ralf Kellermann (Germany / VfL Wolfsburg)
Shelley Kerr (Scotland / Arsenal Ladies FC)
Patrice Lair (France / Olympique Lyonnais)
Silvia Neid (Germany / Germany National Team)
Cindy Parlow Cone (USA / Portland Thorns FC)
Even Pellerud (Norway / Norway National Team)
Anna Signeul (Sweden / Scotland National Team)
Pia Sundhage (Sweden / Sweden National Team)
Two-time World Cup starting goalkeeper Tony Meola and former U.S. Menâ€™s National Team captain Claudio Reyna are among 12 players in their first year of eligibility for the Player ballot. Jose Burciaga Jr., Ronald Cerritos, Lorrie Fair, Jen Lalor-Nielsen, Ronnie O'Brien,Â Ante Razov, David Regis, Thori Staples Bryan, Greg Vanney and Kerry Zavagnin also are on the ballot for the first time.
Of the 31 total players on the Player ballot, Mike Burns, Peter Nowak, Carlos Valderrama and Peter Vermes are in their final year of eligibility.
In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired as a player for between three and 10 calendar years and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S., or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first division professional league and be named to a postseason all-league or all-star team at least once.
The voting pool includes all Hall of Famers, select soccer administrators and designated media members. Each voter can list up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be dropped from the Player ballot.
2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot
Jose Burciaga Jr. *
Mike Burns ^
Ronald Cerritos *
Raul Diaz Arce
Lorrie Fair *
|Jen Lalor-Nielsen *
Tony Meola *
Peter Nowak ^
Ronnie Oâ€™Brien *
Ante Razov *
|David Regis * |
Claudio Reyna *
Thori Staples Bryan *
Carlos Valderrama ^
Greg Vanney *
Peter Vermes ^
Kerry Zavagnin *
^ Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2013
In addition to the Player ballot, voting is also underway in the Veteran Player and Builder categories. Eleven players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee. Voters can name up to five candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no Veteran appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no one will be elected on this ballot in 2012. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.
Eligibility for the Veteran ballot is the same as the Player ballot except that a player must be retired for more than 10 years. Further, the U.S. National Team cap requirement is lowered from 20 to 10 if the 10 caps came before 1990.
2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot
|Shep Messing |
The 2012 Builder ballot includes eight individuals selected by a screening committee and follows the same procedures for election as the Veteran ballot, although the voting pool is expanded to also include select soccer administrators.
Builders are nominated by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on U.S. Soccer on a national or professional level for 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible.
2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot
|Don Garber |
Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame board of directors.
Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.
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