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Coaching Symposium Set Around Nov. 5 & 6 Fan Celebration Tour in Philadelphia

CHICAGO (Monday, October 11, 2004) – The U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department will conduct a Coaching Symposium in Philadelphia, Pa., Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, prior to the Women’s National Team “Fan Celebration Tour” game versus Denmark at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Women’s National Team Staff Coach Jeff Pill will direct the symposium in conjunction with the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA). The focus of the symposium will be the U.S. Women’s National Team’s preparation leading up to the team’s gold medal-winning performance at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, as well as current trends in the women’s game and player development.

Registration cost is $50 for members of the U.S. Coaches Organization and $60 for non-members. The fee includes a ticket to the Women’s National Team game on Saturday.

The symposium kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. with Pill leading a lecture on “Needs of the Game.” It continues Saturday morning with a field session on “Technical Training: Competitive Environments that Advance Technical Abilites,” followed by a lecture by April Heinrichs on the 2004 Olympics. An afternoon field session on “Game Scenarios: Training to Get a Result” and a question and answer session wrap up the symposium. The weekend then concludes with the Women’s National Team game against Denmark at 4 p.m.

Philadelphia will be the ninth stop on the 10-game Fan Celebration Tour, highlighting the Gold Medal-winning Women’s National Team and thanking fans for their support. The tour successfully kicked off in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 25, where a sold-out crowd saw hometown hero Abby Wambach score two goals and help on one more as the U.S. defeated Iceland 3-0.

The entire “Fan Celebration Tour” marks one final chance for the U.S. Women's National Team’s legion of diehard supporters to see this group of special players on the international soccer stage. The players and fans alike will be able to celebrate the U.S. legacy that includes two Women's World Cup championships, two Gold Medal victories and top three finishes in each of their seven FIFA world championship events.

In addition to the celebrated retirements of Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm, the 2004 gold medal winners also include veteran defender Brandi Chastain, midfielder Kristine Lilly and goalkeeper Briana Scurry, as well as the USA’s new Gold Medal and FIFA Women’s World Cup heroes: Wambach and Shannon Boxx.

The Coaching Symposium in Philadelphia is being offered for the broad base of youth, high school and college soccer coaches. Coaches who hold an “A” license will earn two Continuing Education Credits (CEU) toward keeping their license current.

Coaching Symposium Schedule (Tentative)
November 5
7 p.m.                               Registration
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.     Lecture: Jeff Pill. “Needs of the Game”

November 6
9 a.m.                              Final Registration
9:15a.m. –10:15 a.m.    Field session: Jeff Pill  “Technical Training: Competitive Environments that Advance Technical Abilities”
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.   Lecture: April Heinrichs.  “2004 Olympics”
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Field session: Jeff Pill.  “Game Scenarios: Training to Get a Result”
2 p.m.   Q&A
4 p.m.   WNT GAME

Fee Schedule
U.S. Coaches Organization Members (Pre-registration until Nov. 3)  $50
Non-Members (Pre-registration until Nov. 3)      $60

The attached registration form should be completed and returned via e-mail to or faxed to EPYSA at 215-657-7740. Upon receiving a completed pre-registration via e-mail or fax, you will receive confirmation. If mailing a check, make check payable to: EPYSA and send to EPYSA, 2 Village Rd. Suite 3, Horsham, PA.  19044.  Attn: Charlotte Moran - Coaching Symposium.

Questions should be directed to the EPYSA at or by calling 215-657-7727.