Monthly Archives: April 2012

Soccer Support Announces New 2012/13 Membership Options

Soccer Support is happy to announce its range of membership options which are aimed at providing clubs with the support, advice and assistance to grow while providing these great services at the most affordable price.

INTRODUCTION

Soccer Support offers attractive membership packages to grassroots clubs across the country with a primary focus on modernizing clubs for the 21st century.

By working directly with its members, Soccer Support helps create new revenue streams, an increased exposure to sponsors and players, sustainability measures and most importantly future planning, in what is a saturated and extremely competitive market.

Soccer Support acts as the following;

• Sponsorship Brokers;

• Soccer Lobbyists;

• Grant Writers;

• Club Consultants; and

• Marketing Specialists

Soccer Support has three levels of membership available to clubs as well as individual options.

FUNDING OPTIONS FOR GRASSROOTS CLUBS

Sponsorship Brokers

One of the most challenging tasks for any club is sourcing sponsorship dollars to cover/subsidize ongoing costs.

Most clubs rely on personal networks to attract sponsors or send letters/emails to major corporations in the hope they might get a call back. This is a rare occurrence and the amount of time invested into attracting sponsors normally yields far below expectations.

Soccer Support believes that soccer benefits more if 10 clubs receive $1000 each from a $10,000 sponsorship deal rather than one club receiving $10,000. With this at the forefront of our thinking Soccer Support acts as a sponsorship broker for all of our members with any sponsorships we secure being evenly distributed amongst clubs.

We follow the 60-30-10 rule where tier 1 members receive 60% of all sponsorships, tier 2 members receive income from the tier 1 dollar amount PLUS income from the next 30% pool.

For example if we secured a $10,000 sponsorship – $6000 would go to tier 1 members, $3000 to tier 2 members, with the remaining 10% remaining with Soccer Support to help fund other grassroots soccer programs and help grow the game across the country.

If there were 20 tier 1 members each club would receive $300 ($6000/20). If 5 of these 20 clubs were also tier 2 members they would receive $900 ($300 from tier 1 PLUS $600 from tier 2).

Given memberships for tier 1 are $500 and tier 2 are $1000, clubs have nearly recouped all of their outlay and received all of the other terrific benefits outlined in this brochure.

A collective of clubs is a far more attractive proposition for sponsors and will increase your clubs ability to obtain funding or in-kind donations.

Sponsorship from larger organizations also gives credibility to your club which leads to more players and more support.

Support takes all the pressure off club boards to land the ‘big fish’ leaving you to concentrate on the day to day running of your club. For more information on our Sponsorship Brokerage please email info@soccersupport.us

Grant Writing Service

One of the most under-utilized funding streams is that of grants funding. This is due to a combination of reasons including time, future planning and an understanding of the application process.

Soccer Support can help your club apply for grants should they be eligible. We take care of your application which includes consulting, formulating workable solutions and delivering on your clubs goals and objectives. We draft an evaluation plan, prepare documents for you to submit, proof read and follow-up.

We have experience writing successful grant proposals from small equipment requests through to comprehensive soccer programs that play an important role in player and community development.

AN INDEPENDENT NATIONAL VOICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER

Soccer Support develops and advocates policies on behalf of our members and stakeholders, with the aim of making a positive difference for our members, our communities and our sport with respect to sporting infrastructure, health initiatives, funding streams and the current needs of sports number one consumer – the grassroots of the game.

Through ongoing activities and our State of Soccer Report, Soccer Support acts as the largest Independent voice of grassroots soccer giving players, fans, coaches and administrators a chance to outline ways, in which the sport can continue to innovate, improve and grow to reach its potential here in the U.S.

Advocacy

Advocacy is one of the most important intangible services Soccer Support contributes to the grassroots of the game.

Soccer Support, as the collective voice of grassroots soccer, formulates recommendations for the game in consultation with the soccer community to help ‘Grow The Game’. Soccer Support focuses on issues such as investment in the grassroots of the sport, soccer infrastructure and coaching and refereeing best practice to name but a few. To put it simply, it’s about having a conversation about the sport, making our views known to U.S. Soccer and FIFA, while unlocking the doors to investment and growth.

Soccer Support prides itself on being the grassroots ‘go-to’ group for providing a balanced and honest account of where the game currently is, and advocating for positive change at every opportunity.

Another significant part of our advocacy efforts is to educate our members about key changes to the sport and funding streams through programs that may include webinars, trade fairs, publications, group presentations, and other online avenues.

Lobbying Activities

Many grassroots clubs and leagues are restricted in their growth due to a lack of sporting infrastructure amongst the other things outlined above. Soccer Support, through its membership, liaises with soccer administrators, government, business and the community to create awareness of the needs of the soccer community and deliver strong tangible outcomes for the sport. These lobbying activities help progress our advocacy agenda.

PLANNING FOR FUTURE GROWTH

Club Appraisals & Business Plans

Running a soccer club is a difficult task and many of us find ourselves working in key administrative positions on a volunteer capacity with no previous club management experience.

Soccer Support understands this and shares best practice through its club appraisals options. We provide advice on 9 key areas which impact the day to day operations of a club including;

Structure, Policy & Finances, Administration, Marketing, Fundraising, Players, Demographics, Community and Future Planning.

We also draft policy procedures to help guide the club in its decision making.

Through our comprehensive review of your club, Soccer Support quickly identifies what you are doing right and provides objective advice on how you can create new key efficiencies and continue to grow.

Soccer Support will then provide its findings and recommendations to the board and will be available to assist with their implementation if required.

Marketing

Soccer Support provides marketing opportunities for clubs to advance their events or objectives. With experience in event management, media and coordinating national campaigns, Soccer Support has the expertise to maximize outcomes for your organization.

As a member, clubs will receive up to 2 event plans depending on their tier and up to 2 design templates to support an upcoming event.

Members also will receive discounted options on the full packages we can offer including the planning and execution of your marketing strategy (including event management, PR, access to our videographers etc). To get a quote on you immediate marketing needs or for a future campaign/event please contact info@soccersupport.us

Other Membership Benefits

On top of the key benefits to your club outlined throughout this brochure, members of Soccer Support will also have access to the following;

Speakers Bank – Looking for a key speaker at your next event? Our Soccer Support Ambassadors will provide inspiration and advice for club members with a grassroots edge.

Webinars – As part of our commitment to educating and sharing best practice with our members we host 4 informative webinars per year on key topics to facilitate debate and foster tangible outcomes for the sport.

E-Library – We scour the web to find all the latest coaching manuals, trends and all things soccer related to help skill up your clubs volunteers, coaches and administrators.

Grassroots Directory – Your club will be listed in our grassroots directory which is intended to provide potential sponsors, players and like-minded clubs the opportunity to connect and network with your organization.

Club Discounts – Soccer Support members can take advantage of exclusive offers through our network of partners. Members will also receive discounts to all future Soccer Support events.

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

AFFILIATE: Affiliate members receive a social media appraisal, marketing options equivalent to a tier 1 level, access to our lobbying, advocacy and other services such as the directory, discounts and speakers bank.

COST: $100

TIER 1 – Grassroots: Tier 1 members receive all membership options but are capped at tier 1 for the sponsorship brokerage   package, the tier 1 marketing option (1 plan & 1 design template) and a free grants proposal up to $2500.

COST: $500

TIER 2 – Pro: Tier 2 members receive the full suite of membership options.

COST: $1000

As you can see, the sponsorship levels have the potential to pay for themselves. Should Soccer Support be unsuccessful for whatever reason in being unable to secure a sponsorship in the calendar year of your membership, your club will be refunded the difference between your tier and an affiliate membership (minus an administration fee and for services rendered that do not accompany an affiliate membership). To apply for membership with Soccer Support please email info@soccersupport.us

#GrowTheGame Review – 500 People Contribute To A Major Shift In The Approach We Should Take When Planning The Growth Of U.S. Soccer

The pilot for the #GrowTheGame project which was tasked with increasing exposure and participation in San Diego soccer has been an overwhelming success, with over 500 people getting involved with events held across various San Diego locations this past weekend.

#GrowTheGame is a national project that aims to bring people together to promote grassroots soccer. Through the #GrowTheGame movement, Soccer Support provides fun and simple ways to empower soccer fans to celebrate the game they love. A coordinated approach can help raise the awareness of soccer to the popular levels of other sports in the U.S.

Four major events were hosted by Soccer Support across two days including the Soccer Star – San Diego try outs, the NPSL cross-city clash between the San Diego Flash and San Diego Boca, the Future Of San Diego Soccer Forum and the establishment of the events legacy project – a new Street Soccer USA program based here in San Diego (The beach pick-up soccer game had to be postponed due to high winds).

Soccer Star – San Diego

San Diego’s most promising youngsters between 18 & 23 came to the SSSD try-outs at Del Norte High School for this new online reality TV show in the hope they might be the next player to pull on the black and yellow of the San Diego Flash Soccer Club.

Under the watchful eye of Flash Head Coach and Fox Soccer Analyst, Warren Barton, the players took part in a 2 hour long session to determine who would make the final 14 players.

With these finalists now selected the competition moves towards a series of matches, challenges and education sessions to determine who Coach Barton will pick to be San Diego’s next Soccer Star. The winner will be announced during the Flash vs Phoenix Monsoon home game on June 23.

Watch this space for our new promo video which will be released shortly.

San Diego NPSL Showcase

One thing is certain when the San Diego Flash and San Diego Boca FC meet, the game will be intense and exciting. The latest meeting between the two teams lived up to its billing, as the San Diego Derby ended in a 2-2 draw at Del Norte High School.

As fans shivered in the stands while cold winds carried the last of a storm east away from San Diego, the play on the pitch heated up as it tends to do when San Diego’s National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) teams go head-to-head.

Read the full review courtesy of SoccerNation here

Future of San Diego Soccer Forum

A passionate group of San Diego soccer lovers gathered at the San Diego Hall of Champions on Sunday, April 15, for the first #GrowTheGame San Diego Soccer Forum.

The gathering was a cross-section of local soccer, including panelists Joe Tutino of the San Diego Sockers and the radio voice of LA Galaxy and Diane Scavuzzo, Editor in Chief of SoccerNation.

Read the full review courtesy of SoccerNation here

#GrowTheGame Legacy Project – Street Soccer USA

The historic first meeting of prospective advisory panel members took place in the San Diego Sports Commission Boardroom and saw a cross-section of both the soccer and homeless outreach sectors come together to map out a timeframe of establishing the national program here in San Diego.

A number of significant targets in the development of the program were set with the aim of identifying potential players, supporters and funding streams to get the ball rolling.

With the goal of having a presence in NYC for the US Cup in July, finding a venue for training and funding the equipment to enable participation there is a busy couple of months ahead.

We look forward to keeping you notified of major announcements.

In summarizing the #GrowTheGame weekend it was acknowledged by participants that this was a small step forward in placing the future of the sport squarely in the hands of fans rather than administrators. Given soccer’s number one consumer is that of its fans and players. If we want the sport to grow to the levels of the other ‘big four’ sports in this country, then it’s time to take a coordinated approach to growth from the bottom up. The most pleasing aspect of the weekend was that every #GrowTheGame event was organized with no financial outlay and a small team of passionate soccer fans. It goes to show that passion and drive are the most precious commodities grassroots movements have.

The next step for #GrowTheGame is to now make sure those that were involved in the weekend’s events keep connected to each other. It is important that an ongoing conversation occur between the local soccer community so that it can drive tangible outcomes for the sport across the city.

Other cities have already shown interest in hosting their own #GrowTheGame activities and together with our ongoing projects with Soccer Support, the future looks bright for what is intended to be a new phase of grassroots driven growth for soccer in the U.S.

For more information on #GrowTheGame or to nominate a city for the next event please contact info@growthegame.us

#GrowTheGame Event Previews #5 – Beach Soccer & Burgers

With the #GrowTheGame San Diego Pilot fast approaching, Soccer Support will be previewing each of the five major events being held across the city on Saturday 14 & Sunday April 15.

Our final #GrowTheGame event previews are those of the Pick-Up Beach Soccer & Soccer viewing parties at our fantastic supporters down at Slaters 50/50.

The first event of our action packed weekend of soccer definitely captures the essence of grassroots soccer with a beach pick-up soccer event powered by Beach Soccer Jam.

This free event will be held at the North-West point of Dog Beach by the jetties/San Diego River to celebrate soccer – San Diego style! Players to meet at 8:30am (yes, in the morning!)

#GrowTheGame organizers are happy to partner with Beach Soccer Jam for this event.

Beach Soccer Jam is a faster, hotter version of the world’s most popular sport. A soft sand surface allows players to try diving headers, bicycle kicks and exciting tricks more freely. The sport is spectacular. The sand adds another dimension to the sport, putting aerobic strength, teamwork and individual skills to the test.

The ball is in the air most of the time, with quick flicks, juggling and volleying all becoming increasingly important in order to stay away from an unpredictable surface. There is an average of sixty shots at goal and eleven goals per game at the pro beach soccer level so it’s not surprising that it has been dubbed a “soccer highlight show” by the media.

Beach Soccer Jam organizes a number of Jam Sessions across San Diego County. Jam Sessions are simply playing Beach Soccer games on the Beach with licensed and qualified Beach Soccer Coaches.

If you have a team or group of 10 – 40 soccer players that would like to schedule a Jam Session with trained and certified Beach Soccer Coaches

Beach Soccer Jam also opens the Beach Soccer season in Southern California with unmatched excitement, hosting its 4th annual Beach Soccer Jam Tournament event for both Youth and Adults. Over 150 teams are expected to attend.

Beach Soccer Jam is the ultimate beach tournament and will be held on April 28/29 at Fiesta Island. For more info visit www.beachsoccerjam.com

 

Local businesses are also showing their support such as Slaters 50/50 who will be broadcasting soccer matches in their store across the #GrowTheGame weekend.

Their televised games on Saturday will include;

La Liga – Levante vs. Barcelona at 12:55pm

MLS – Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew at 3:30pm

Slater’s 50/50® is the newest brand in interactive dining! At Slater’s they have established a fun, contemporary casual environment to design your perfect gourmet burger. The menu features five choices of meats from their spicy fire beef patty, the perfectly spiced turkey, one of the best veggie patties around and of course the signature 50/50® (50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon)! Throw fresh bread, 12 cheeses, 30 toppings and 20 sauces and you are sure to get the perfect meal at Slater’s.

Slater’s 50/50 are open from 11am – 2am daily and are located at 2750 Dewey Road Building. 193 Liberty Station, San Diego, CA 92106. Check out their exciting menu today! www.slaters5050.com

Slaters 50/50 were recently crowned the winners of the KSWB San Diego Burger Battle so when soccer fans visit their Liberty Station venue, they can catch a game of soccer while eating an award winning burger.

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#GrowTheGame is a national project that aims to bring people together to promote grassroots soccer.

Through the #GrowTheGame movement, Soccer Support USA will provide fun and simple ways to empower soccer fans to celebrate the game they love. A coordinated approach can help raise the awareness of soccer to the popular levels of other sports in the U.S.

50% off Voucher for the NPSL San Diego Derby

Soccer Support has partnered with the San Diego Flash Soccer Club to provide #GrowTheGame supporters with a voucher for 50% off admission for tomorrows must see NPSL blockbuster between the Flash and cross city rivals San Diego Boca.

Tickets are available for download below. Please print out and present to staff at the gate. Kick-Off at 5pm

Ticket only valid for the April 14 fixture.

For more information visit www.sandiegoflashsoccer.com

Cut Out & Keep! Printable Copy of the ‘Future of San Diego Soccer’ Forum Agenda

As requested!

Future of San Diego Soccer Forum - Agenda

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Event Overview:

The ‘Future of San Diego Soccer Forum’ – all clubs, fans & coaches come together under one roof to discuss the state of soccer and the ways to grow the sport in San Diego. Supported by the San Diego Sports Commission the event will see a town hall style meeting with a Q&A with guest panelists.

When: 3-5pm

Where: Hall of Champions, 2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park.

#GrowTheGame Event Previews #4 – Street Soccer USA San Diego

With the #GrowTheGame San Diego Pilot fast approaching, Soccer Support will be previewing each of the five major events being held across the city on Saturday 14 & Sunday April 15.

Our penultimate event of #GrowTheGame previews is our legacy project Street Soccer USA – San Diego.

#GrowTheGame is based on the premise that all of our projects leave a lasting impact at the grassroots of the game. While the annual #GrowTheGame day will be about fun and empowering local clubs, fans and players to celebrate the game they love, it is important for the continued growth of soccer in the U.S. that communities continue to benefit from our objectives.

Projects will be based upon the following three principles;

  1. Soccer best practices – improvements in administration, development, coordination or promotion of grassroots soccer.
  2. Education and community development
  3. Benevolent activities – focus on development for disadvantaged persons and/or groups.

SSUSA is designed to empower men, women, and youth of all ages who lack permanent housing to set life goals both on and off the field and transform the context within which they live from one of isolation, abuse, and marginalization, to one of community, purpose, and achievement.

By undergoing the SSUSA process, players improve social skills, self-esteem, physical/mental health, and eliminate barriers to employment, making them more likely to achieve housing/job placement than their peers.

Ending homelessness is a team sport and that’s why soccer has always been regarded as one of the best vehicles for social change. With that in mind, Soccer Support is proud to see its first legacy project being one which will have a direct impact on one of the forgotten social issues of our generation – homelessness.

Street Soccer USA Founder and CEO, Lawrence Cann was quick to point out that everyone who has played soccer and played sports knows that they get back more than they give.

“Our teammates are our friends, our family, our support. The lessons we learn sustain us through life. Street Soccer USA is about delivering that support to the people who need the most.

“We are excited that through our new San Diego partner, Soccer Support USA, we can help more people in need to strive for and achieve their goals in life” Cann said.

A historic convening of the SSUSA San Diego Advisory Group will take place on Sunday. From this meeting it is envisioned that a blueprint for the project will be created, with the first participants of the program being inducted in the following months.

For more info on Street Soccer USA visit www.streetsoccerusa.org

Event Overview:

Inaugural Meeting of Street Soccer USA San Diego Advisory Board – Ending homelessness is a team sport and that’s why soccer has always been regarded as one of the best vehicles for social change. The #GrowTheGame legacy project will see the highly successful Street Soccer USA program introduced to San Diego.

When: 2-3pm

Where: The Boardroom, San Diego Hall of Champions

 

What do you play for?

 

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#GrowTheGame is a national project that aims to bring people together to promote grassroots soccer.

Through the #GrowTheGame movement, Soccer Support USA will provide fun and simple ways to empower soccer fans to celebrate the game they love. A coordinated approach can help raise the awareness of soccer to the popular levels of other sports in the U.S.

 

#GrowTheGame Event Previews #3 – Future of San Diego Soccer Forum

With the #GrowTheGame San Diego Pilot fast approaching, Soccer Support will be previewing each of the five major events being held across the city on Saturday 14 & Sunday April 15.

Our third event to be previewed this week is the ‘Future of San Diego Soccer’ Forum to be held at San Diego’s very own Hall of Champions and includes today’s announcements of the forums guest panelists, the agenda and interactive ways in which the broader soccer community can participate.

‘The Future of San Diego Soccer’ Forum will be held on Sunday 15 April from 3-5pm and will be an opportunity for clubs, fans, coaches and administrators to come together under one roof and discuss the grassroots of the game and how we can help it realize its potential countywide.

The forum is supported by the San Diego Sports Commission who are known as San Diego’s cornerstone for all sports and sports-related activities.

This is not going to be yet another soccer talk fest. This forum is shaping up to be an important step forward in what Soccer Support hopes is the creation of a new network of clubs, coaches, fans and administrators which will meet regularly to help #GrowTheGame of soccer in San Diego and create tangible outcomes for the sport including the sharing of best practices.

The forum provides a real opportunity to discuss real outcomes for clubs and fans alike, concentrating on the growth and exposure of the sport in California’s second largest city. San Diego also has the largest youth market for soccer in the U.S. yet it continues to be overshadowed by its two professional sporting counterparts the Chargers & Padres.

The ‘Future of San Diego Soccer’ Forum is a also a chance for participants to network with other clubs, share best practices and voice their ideas and opinions on how we can grow the sport locally.

The panelists for the forum is a great cross section of the San Diego soccer community including coaches, former international players, commentators and journalists and include;

Warren Barton – Current San Diego Flash Head Coach, Fox Soccer Analyst and a former England International and Newcastle United defender.

Joe Tutino – Joe is the Marketing Director of the San Diego Sockers and for many years has been the radio voice of the L.A. Galaxy.

Diane Scavuzzo – Diane is the Editor in Chief of Soccer Nation (www.soccernation.com), Southern California’s leading news source for all things soccer.

The panelists will be on hand to provide their unique insights on the subject matter through their knowledge and experience of the game and will no doubt help inspire participants with ideas they can take back and implement in their clubs and communities.

The forum will split into three main subject areas and set-up in a town hall style format.

1. The Technical Area – talking about coaching and all on-field related issues.

2. The Boardroom – discussion to center on off-field matters including administration, operations, how clubs can attract new players and sponsors etc.

3. From The Stands – how we can all work together as soccer fans to help grow the sport here in San Diego.

The forum is also going to provide the opportunity for fans of San Diego soccer to interact with the event online and in real time. Questions to the panel can be made through Twitter during the forum by using the hashtag #SDSoccerForum or by email prior to the event (pr@growthegame.us)

Some local coaches conveyed to us that they cannot make the forum due to being out of town on soccer related business such as camps and tournaments so it was important to let those that wanted to come to the event to still have that ability to participate.

Event Overview:

The ‘Future of San Diego Soccer Forum’ – all clubs, fans & coaches come together under one roof to discuss the state of soccer and the ways to grow the sport in San Diego. Supported by the San Diego Sports Commission the event will see a town hall style meeting with a Q&A with guest panelists.

When: 3-5pm

Where: Hall of Champions, 2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park.

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The 'Future of San Diego Soccer' Forum will take place at the Hall of Champions Center Court

#GrowTheGame is a national project that aims to bring people together to promote grassroots soccer.

Through the #GrowTheGame movement, Soccer Support USA will provide fun and simple ways to empower soccer fans to celebrate the game they love. A coordinated approach can help raise the awareness of soccer to the popular levels of other sports in the U.S.

Tomorrow we preview the #GrowTheGame legacy project – Street Soccer USA San Diego.

#GrowTheGame Major Events Schedule

For those following at home, below is a run sheet for this weekends #GrowTheGame San Diego Pilot.

Included are the 5 major events for the weekend.

Keep up to date with all the latest news across both days on Twitter by using the hashtag #GrowTheGame

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#GrowTheGame San Diego Schedule - April 14 & 15 2012

#GrowTheGame Event Previews #2 – Local NPSL Showcase: San Diego Flash vs. San Diego Boca

With the #GrowTheGame San Diego Pilot fast approaching, Soccer Support will be previewing each of the five major events being held across the city on Saturday 14 & Sunday April 15.

A coordinated weekend of activities by the soccer community will help the sport grow in a number of ways including exposure to new players and sponsors, networking with other clubs to share best practice and providing platforms for junior clubs to link with the highest levels of the game in San Diego, inspiring the future generation of players in the process.

The second event to be previewed this week takes an in-depth look at the upcoming NPSL local derby between the San Diego Flash and San Diego Boca. Local soccer fans are encouraged to come along to watch our two local pro teams battle it out for local bragging rights – a must see NPSL blockbuster!

#GrowTheGame supporters will receive a voucher for 50% off admission – To be posted here in the next 48 hours!

These two cross city opponents are starting to build an intriguing rivalry and this Saturday should see another hard fought chapter in this short but lively history between the two clubs.

Both teams opened the 2012 NPSL season undefeated, as SD Flash notched a 4-0 win vs FC Hasental and San Diego Boca FC played out a 2-2 draw with Santa Clarita Storm on Saturday, April 7. Flash look to repeat their 2011 West-Southern Conference title, while Boca hope to improve on their 2011 record.

There is no denying that both teams have a point to prove and with the Flash still reeling from a late Boca winner in the 2nd qualifying round of the U.S. Open Cup three weeks ago – the passion has never been higher.

The Flash vs. Boca game is just one of the major events happening that afternoon at Del Norte High. With the Soccer Star – San Diego trials taking place at 1pm and a junior march past scheduled just prior to kick-off, there is no doubt that if you love your soccer in San Diego then there is no better place to be this weekend than in North County.

With the SD Flash embracing not only the #GrowTheGame campaign but also Youth Soccer Clubs across the County, they announced last week that they would be organizing the 1st Annual Flash Junior March at their upcoming home game against Boca (similar to when Countries march across the Stadium during the Opening of the Olympic Games).

This showcase of Americas largest youth market is just one of the ongoing grassroots projects of the rapidly growing San Diego Flash Youth Soccer Club Network.

In what will be a historic step forward in fostering a real soccer ‘community’ in San Diego, every youth soccer club has been encouraged to attend the march, gain extra exposure for their teams and have their players share the field with the Flash.

The youth players and their parents are invited to attend the game for free.

Flash CEO Clent Alexander summed up the event with some choice words.

“This event is about celebrating local soccer and giving young players the opportunity to interact with those that play at the highest levels of the sport here in San Diego. Sometimes there is a disconnect from the ranks of junior to senior soccer and anything we can do to bridge that gap is a step in the right direction for the sport.

“Small gestures such as this will provide stronger links and pathways for youth players to maintain their passion for playing the sport of soccer for the future. You never know, the next Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Ronaldo or Messi might be playing right here in San Diego!” Alexander said.

Event Overview:

San Diego Flash vs San Diego Boca – Come join in the #GrowTheGame celebrations by watching our two local pro teams battle it out for local bragging rights. A must see NPSL blockbuster! A march past by San Diego’s junior clubs will occur before the game to celebrate US Soccer’s largest youth market.

When:   Saturday April 14 – 5pm Kick-Off

Where: Del Norte High School, 16601 Nighthawk Lane, San Diego, CA 92127

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#GrowTheGame is a national project that aims to bring people together to promote grassroots soccer.

Through the #GrowTheGame movement, Soccer Support USA will provide fun and simple ways to empower soccer fans to celebrate the game they love. A coordinated approach can help raise the awareness of soccer to the popular levels of other sports in the U.S.

Tomorrow we preview the ‘Future of San Diego Soccer Forum’ to be held on Sunday April 15 at the San Diego Hall of Champions and the opportunities an event like this provides the local soccer community.

#GrowTheGame Event Previews #1 Soccer Star – San Diego

With the #GrowTheGame San Diego Pilot fast approaching, Soccer Support will be previewing each of the five major events being held across the city on Saturday 14 & Sunday April 15.

The first of these previews is of arguably the most talked about project so far Soccer Star – San Diego.

Soccer Star – San Diego is an online reality TV show which showcases local soccer talent, local clubs/businesses and the City of San Diego.

All aspiring pro soccer players have been invited to follow their dreams by taking part in this web reality TV show with the free try-outs taking place on the #GrowTheGame weekend and prior to the big NPSL  home clash between the San Diego Flash and cross-city rival San Diego Boca.

The ultimate winner of the Soccer Star web series will win a training contract with the 2011 NPSL South-West Champion San Diego Flash Soccer Club whose Head Coach is former English National Team, Newcastle United star and also Fox Soccer Channel analyst; Warren Barton. On word of Coach Barton, in June 2011, Flash Player Ryan Guy was signed to New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.

With this recent example still on the tip of local soccer hopeful’s tongues, the winner will be offered a very real stepping to the MLS by becoming ‘San Diego’s Soccer Star 2012’.

So that’s a quick overview of the event but the majority of fans have been asking how will it work? What are we to expect and when will we see the series in full?

From this weekend’s trials 16 players will be selected to move on to the main part of the 9 webisode series. Filming will occur over May/June with the series to be release weekly online at the Soccer Star – San Diego Official YouTube Channel.

The series will see players compete through a series unique skills challenges and educational elements, followed by matches against local soccer teams which will help identify every important quality a professional player must demonstrate to make it to the top.

Soccer Star – San Diego is one of #GrowTheGame’s most innovative and dynamic projects and will instantly appeal to the nation’s fascination with reality TV shows and the constantly growing sport of soccer (with appearances from Warren Barton creating huge interest within this demographic).

Registrations are still being accepted for the one-day trial to be held this Saturday, April 14. The competition is open to permanent residents of the U.S. and participants must be aged between 18-23 as of January 1, 2012. For more information visit www.soccerstarsandiego.com or email info@soccerstarsandiego.com

Soccer is not a new niche market, it is an extensive network of fans, players, officials and administrators that equate to approximately 25 million people and we here at Soccer Support hope to create yet another project which will appeal to each and every one of them. Soccer Star – San Diego is one of those ‘Rocky-esque’ productions that show it’s never too late to make it just as long as you still harbor those dreams of making it happen.

On Saturday we will have the pleasure of seeing the start of one player’s journey, who we are sure will be determined to make it happen…

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#GrowTheGame is a national project that aims to bring people together to promote grassroots soccer.

Through the #GrowTheGame movement, Soccer Support USA will provide fun and simple ways to empower soccer fans to celebrate the game they love. A coordinated approach can help raise the awareness of soccer to the popular levels of other sports in the U.S.

Tomorrow we preview the San Diego Flash vs. San Diego Boca NPSL game and its importance for the development of soccer right here in America’s biggest youth market.