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U.S. Soccer to Offer Coaching Forum with WNT Coaches in Columbus Sept. 7 & 8


CHICAGO (Wednesday, August 21, 2002) - As part of U.S. Soccer’s goal to increase the quality of educational opportunities available for our coaches, U.S. Soccer and Region II will combine to host a two-day coaching symposium based around the U.S. Women’s National Team and their Sept. 8 match against Scotland at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The weekend symposium represents an opportunity for coaches to get an inside view of the Women’s National Team and player development in the Women’s Game.

The U.S. Women, who hammered the defending Olympic Champions Norway 4-0 in their last match, will take on Scotland on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, in a match that kicks off at 1 p.m. ET and will be shown live on ESPN.

The symposium will be built around the Women’s National Team and is highlighted by the opportunity to observe the 1999 Women’s World Cup champions train on Saturday and then watch them take on Scotland the following day.  On Saturday evening, the symposium offers a unique chance for the coaches to gather in a social setting to hear from the WNT staff. 

“Our hope is that coaches will find the National Team’s training session and the field and lecture sessions insightful,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs.  “We look forward to providing a positive learning environment that will increase coaches’ understanding of player development on the women’s side of the game.”

The symposium’s theme will be “A Window on Player Development in the Women’s International Game,” and it will examine the latest ideas and trends for player development in the women’s game.  The information in the symposium will utilize the international game as a point of reference and will be especially relevant to those who are coaching the emerging youth player.

The coaches will attend three field sessions at Old Vets Training Ground in Columbus, Ohio, with Jay Entlich leading two sessions on Saturday, and Tom Turner scheduled to lead the sole session on Sunday prior to the WNT match.  Presenting coaches at the symposium include:  April Heinrichs, Region IV National Staff Coach Jay Entlich, Region II Head Coach for the Girls ODP Program Tom Turner and more.

"A" License coaches will receive 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attendance at the two-day symposium. Registration is limited to 100 coaches, with availability based on a first-come basis.  To register for the forum or for any questions, please send an email to U.S. Soccer’s Women’s National Staff Coach, Jay Entlich, at jentlich@ussoccer.org.

On-site registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Hyatt Hotel in Capital Square.  The symposium fee for U.S. Soccer Coaching Organization Members is $60, and the fee for non-members is $70.  The registration fee includes one ticket to the WNT game on September 8.  Additional tickets may be purchased based on availability. 

Region II U.S. Soccer Coaches Symposium
Columbus, Ohio
September 7-8, 2002
(Schedule subject to change)

Saturday, September 7

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Registration at Hyatt Hotel on Capital Square
10:00 a.m.: Watch the Women’s National Team train at Columbus Crew Stadium
11:30 a.m.: Overview of training session
12:30 p.m.: Lunch on your own
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.: Field Session I @ Old Vets training ground - Jay Entlich: Attacking play with a three front
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Field Session II @ Old Vets training ground - Jay Entlich: Technical development
5:00 p.m.: Dinner on your own
7:00 p.m.: Lecture and social (Hyatt on Capital Square)

Sunday, September 8

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Field Session III @ Old Vets Training ground - Tom Turner: Topic TBA
11:00 p.m.: Lunch on your own
1:00 p.m.: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Scotland at Columbus Crew Stadium

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