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Coaching Symposium Set for Sept. 28 & 29 in N.Y.

CHICAGO (Thursday, September 12, 2002) - U.S. Soccer will host a unique two-day coaching symposium in Uniondale, N.Y. on September 28 and 29, in conjunction with the 2002 U.S. Nike Women’s Cup match between the U.S. Women and Russia taking place on Sept. 29 at the Mitchel Athletic Complex on Long Island. The coaching symposium/continuing education clinic is focused on the theme:  “A Window on Player Development in the Women’s International Game.”

The weekend session in New York provides a special opportunity to experience the latest trends and ideas for player development in the women’s game. The symposium will include lecture presentations and field sessions over a wide range of topics specific to the women’s game. The information in the symposium will be relevant to those coaching the emerging youth player while utilizing the international game as a point of reference. 

The two-day coaching symposium will be led by U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach Jeff Pill.  He will be assisted by both Sue Ryan (Region I Head Coach for the Girls ODP program) and Alfonso Mondelo (ENY Director of Coaching), as well as U.S. Women’s Head Coach April Heinrichs as she conducts a U.S. practice session which attendees will be able to observe.

The symposium takes place entirely at the Mitchel Athletic Complex and includes four on-field  sessions, two each on Saturday and Sunday.  The session kicks off on Saturday morning with the coaches observing Heinrich’s U.S. practice, and concludes that day with a class room lecture from Pill and Mondelo.  Sunday will also include two on-field sessions prior to the USA-Russia match.

“This is one of the most exciting times in women’s soccer history in this country with our Under-19 National Team recently winning the inaugural FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship and the Women’s National Team about to begin the defense of their Women’s World Cup,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs. “This type of symposium will give coaches a better understanding of what goes on in our Women’s National Teams program.  We also hope this weekend increases coaches’ understanding of player development on the women’s side of the game.”

The Uniondale coaching symposium is part of U.S. Soccer’s goal to increase the quality of educational opportunities available for coaches in the United States.  This symposium is being hosted by U.S. Soccer, the New York Power and the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.

Registration is open to all coaches, and “A” license coaches attending the symposium will earn two Continuing Education Units.  Space is limited to 100 coaches and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis on the morning of Sept. 28, as there is no pre-registration.  The symposium is $60 for U.S. Soccer Coaching Organization members, and $70 for non-members.  The registration fee includes one ticket to the U.S. Women’s match against Russia.

For more information, coaches should email Jeff Pill, Region I Women’s National Staff Coach, at