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USA's Mavis Derflinger Inducted into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame

St. George, GRENADA (May 5, 2004) - Longtime youth soccer advocate Mavis Derflinger has been inducted into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2004. The announcement was made on Saturday at the XXIV CONCACAF Ordinary Congress in Grenada.

Few people have been as influential in the development of youth and women's soccer in the CONCACAF region as the English-born Derflinger, who becomes the first woman to be inducted into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame.

"This is a great honor and something that is well deserved," said U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia. "To be the first woman inducted into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame is certainly befitting for someone who has played such an integral part in the growth of the game across the last 40 years."

Since her very first involvement as a coach in the late 1960's, Derflinger has championed the development of the women's game at every level and shown an equal dedication to promoting and improving youth soccer.

She was the first female member of U.S. Soccer's Board of Directors and is a former chair of US Youth Soccer.

Among her many achievements, Derflinger's efforts were pivotal in securing initial funding in the creation of the U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team in the early 1990's. That program has since spawned many players who have gone on to represent the U.S. in competition at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Derflinger was inducted alongside Aruba's Hubert Tromp, a longtime referee in the CONCACAF region.