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Coaching Symposium To Take Place at The Home Depot Center from Sept. 28-30

CHICAGO (September 8, 2006) – U.S. Soccer will host the fifth edition of the Nike Friendlies Coaching Symposium in conjunction with the 2006 Nike Women’s Friendlies taking place at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from Sept. 28 through Oct. 1. The symposium includes nightly presentations on Sept. 28 and 29, as well as a match analysis of a U.S. Under-16 Women’s National Team match on Sept. 30 at The Home Depot Center.

The Coaching Symposium will feature interaction with several of U.S. Soccer’s National Team coaches and is highlighted by a discussion with U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan on Sept. 28. The symposium will also give participating coaches the opportunity to watch the Nike Friendlies.

The Nike Women’s Friendlies will be the first event of its kind for youth women’s players, and is modeled after the annual Nike Friendlies tournament for youth men staged in Bradenton, Fla. The U.S. Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Women’s National Teams will join more than 30 of the top Nike club teams from across the nation in a four-day event that begins on Thursday, Sept. 28, and ends on Sunday, Oct. 1. Each team will play three games in an environment which stresses quality soccer and player development over wins and losses. Tournament standings are not kept during the competition.

Ryan will open the symposium on Sept. 28 with a discussion on the U.S. Women’s National Team’s preparations for CONCACAF Qualification. On Friday evening, U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Tad Bobak will conduct a session on preparing players for the next level and give an update on the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team.

On Saturday afternoon, coaches will gather and analyze the U.S. Under-16 Women’s National Team game at The Home Depot Center fields. U.S. U-16 WNT head coach Kazbek Tambi will discuss the team’s game plan prior to the match and U.S. National Staff Coaches Jeff Pill, Michael Dickey, Stephanie Gabbert and David Rubinson will lead a match analysis during the game.

The nightly symposium sessions will take place at The Home Depot Center and are expected to last approximately two hours.

Registration is open to all coaches, and “A” Licensed coaches will receive one Continuing Education Credit per session for their attendance at the symposium. There is no fee to attend any of the symposium sessions or the U.S. Soccer / Women’s Nike Friendlies. Coaches wishing to attend should download and complete the registration form and send it to the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department at or via fax at 312-808-9708.

Scheduled Symposium Speakers

Thursday, September 28
7 p.m. – The Home Depot Center

Women’s National Team Head Coach Greg Ryan
“Preparations for CONCACAF Qualification”

Friday, September 29
7 p.m. – The Home Depot Center

Under – 15 Girl’s National Team Head Coach Tad Bobak
“U-15 GNT Update: Preparing Players for the Next Level”

Saturday, September 30
2 p.m. – The Home Depot Center Fields

U.S. U-15 GNT Head Coach Kazbek Tambi & USSF National Staff Coaches
Under-16 Women’s National Team: Match Analysis

Symposium schedule is subject to change.