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Fuel Soccer Talk: US Youth Soccer announces Fall Showcase schedule; USYS, NWSLPA kick off relationship; NWSL President Amanda Duffy honored

Fall Showcase set for 2019-20 US Youth Soccer NL season

FRISCO, Texas — The schedule is now available for the Fall Showcase events that will mark the beginning of the 2019-20 US Youth Soccer National League season. The opening weekends will take place in late November and early December.

The first games of the season will take place Nov. 24-27 when the 14U Girls teams each play four matches (teams play one match per day at all events) in Boca Raton, Fla. The 15U-19U Girls teams will then kick off their season Dec. 5-8 in Wilson, N.C., and Goldsboro, N.C., where each team will play four games.

Teams in the 15U-19U Boys age groups will open their season Dec. 11-15 in Panama City Beach, Fla. The 17U-19U Boys teams will each play four games from Dec. 11-14, while the 15U-16U Boys teams will play four games each from Dec. 12-15.

The 14U Boys will play their first matches of the season Dec. 27-30 at the Winter Showcase event in Tampa, Fla.

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USYS kicks off first development activation with NWSLPA

US Youth Soccer (USYS) is excited to kick-off the first Official Player and Personal Development activation of the National Women’s Soccer League Players Association (NWSLPA) relationship.

Dr. Pete Zopfi, Chairman USYS Board, and Andrew R Hiatt, Interim-CEO of USYS, welcomed NWSLPA members Katherine Reynolds and Rachel Hill to the team as they begin their off-season professional business experience at the USYS National Office in Frisco, TX. Katherine and Rachel will be fully integrated members of the USYS team and will get first-hand experiences in both Marketing and Operations as they learn new skills, develop capabilities and interact with a range of staff, personnel and young players throughout their experience on-site and live at USYS Fall/Winter events.

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NWSL President Amanda Duffy Recognized As 2019 Honorary All-American

Speaking of the NWSL.

We are all looking for role models – and there are plenty of good ones to choose from. While we often look on the pitch, sometimes the difference-makers can be found off the pitch. Amanda Duffy is certainly a difference-maker and worth everyone’s attention.

United Soccer Coaches and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) this week announced NWSL President Amanda Duffy has received the 2019 Honorary All-America Award. Duffy will be presented her award at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Baltimore on Jan. 18. Each year this award recognizes a person or persons who have brought particular distinction and/or attention to the sport of soccer through their efforts within and beyond the boundaries of the sport.

 “I am honored to be recognized amongst this distinguished group of recipients,” said Duffy.  “The many people and organizations that contribute to this league’s success, starting with the investment from our owners and the on-going support from U.S. Soccer, as well as the commitment of our world-class players, have allowed me and our league to be in the position we are in today.”

Since joining the league in 2017, Duffy has played an instrumental role in the evolution and stabilization of the longest-standing women’s professional soccer league in the United States. Under her guidance, the NWSL has seen visible and meaningful growth across all aspects of NWSL’s business, as well as the 2017 launch of NWSL Media, the league’s commercial arm.

“Her vision and leadership that she has built for the league from both an entertainment value and business model has been successful as we continue to celebrate the women’s game following the wonderful success of the U.S. Women’s National Team in France this past summer,” said Jeff Farnsworth, United Soccer Coaches President. “We are proud to recognize Amanda Duffy with our 2019 Honorary All-America Award following a NWSL season that ranks among the most successful years for women’s professional soccer in the United States ever.”

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