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U.S. Soccer to Host Coaching Symposium on October 4-5 in Raleigh, N.C.

CHICAGO (Friday, September 6, 2002) - As part of U.S. Soccer’s goal to increase the quality of educational opportunities available for our coaches, U.S. Soccer will host a two-day coaching symposium in Raleigh, N.C., on October 4-5, in conjunction with the 2002 Nike U.S. Women’s Cup that is taking place in neighboring Cary, N.C.

The 2003 edition of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup includes two U.S. WNT matches in North Carolina, where the U.S. Women’s National Team will play two games as part of doubleheaders at SAS Stadium in Cary, N.C.  The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Australia on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. ET, and then play their final game of the tournament on Saturday, Oct. 6, against Italy at 2 p.m. ET.

The two-day coaching symposium will be led by U.S. Soccer National Staff Coach Dave Simeone and other National Staff Coaches.  The symposium includes a two-and-a-half hour classroom session on October 4, followed by two sessions, including at least one field session, on October 5.  Topics for this symposium will include a review of the USA’s historic run in the inaugural FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship in Canada, player development in the women’s game and the U.S. Women’s National Team and qualification for the 2003 Women’s World Cup.  Coaches may also have a chance to observe the U.S. Women’s National Team during a training session on October 5.

“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. “I think we are putting together a weekend in North Carolina that 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.”

Registration is open to all coaches and “A” license coaches attending the symposium will earn two units toward the renewal of their license.  Cost to pre-register for the symposium (prior to October 4) is $55 for members and $65 for non-members.  On-site registration on October 4 and October 5 at the WRAL Center is $65 for members and $75 for non-members.

To register for the event, coaches should email Bill Furjanic, North Carolina Youth Soccer Association Director of Coaching and Player Development (, or Dave Simeone, U.S. Women’s National Staff Coach (  In the registration email coaches are asked to include their name, email address, home address, home phone number and work phone number.

Tenative Schedule
October 4-5  -  WRAL Soccer Center  -  Raleigh, N.C.

Friday, October 4
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Registration / Check in at WRAL
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Classroom

Saturday, October 5
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - TBD
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Field Sessions and Discussions