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U.S. Soccer to Host Girls "Play In Days" in Miami on November 23-24


CHICAGO (Wednesday, October 30, 2002) - In an effort to reach out and create more identification and development opportunities for youth female soccer players, U.S. Soccer will host its first "Play In Days" in Miami this November. Geared toward players who are playing outside of the traditional scouting networks, the "Play In Days" will take place at Tropical Park in Miami on November 23-24.

The two-day training sessions will involve players from the Under-13 to the Under-15 age groups (players born from 1987 - 1989) playing in an informal setting and receiving help from some of the nation's top coaches.  The event will be led by a combination of U.S. Soccer National Staff coaches and local state and club coaches.

"Our hope is that this opportunity to interface with the players will allow them to learn about playing with different kids and different coaches in a different environment," said April Heinrichs, U.S. WNT head coach.  "We hope that in the two days here we can find some potential talent that we will continue to follow as they develop as soccer players."

The "Play In Days" event, which will be replicated in other cities across the U.S. in the future, allows coaches to evaluate players from outside the traditional scouting network and at the same time expose these young players to a new level of play.  Girls attending these events will be considered for involvement in the Olympic Development Program as well as the U.S. Youth National Team programs.

Walk-up registration takes place at Tropicana Park between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on November 23 and November 24.  For more information on the event, please contact Mike Strickler <soccerdn@bellsouth.net>, Florida's Director of Coaching, or Dave Simeone <dsimeone@ussoccer.org>.

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