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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       July 13, 2006

Release M-82-06



            On the heels of the just-concluded World Cup, Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that Honolulu has been selected to host two prestigious youth soccer tournaments in the summer of 2008.


            “The eyes of the youth soccer world will be focused on our fair city two summers from now,” Hannemann said.  “I’m delighted that Honolulu is recognized as a city more than worthy to host both the USYS Far West Regionals and the 2008 AYSO National Games, which will be staged at our Waipio Soccer Complex.”


            More than 200 teams and 3 thousand soccer players are expected to take part in the USYS Far West Regionals in June of 2008.  “Every state sends its boys and girls champions in age groups from 12-19 years old to determine who is the best in the west,” said Hawaii Youth Soccer Association President Scott Keopuhiwa.  “Winners in most age groups go on to represent the region in the National Championship.”


            Honolulu hosted the USYS Far West Regional Championships only one other time.  That was in 2003.


            In July of 2008, AYSO players take center stage.  The AYSO National Games are held every two years, and Honolulu, which hosted the games last in 2002, was selected to host again in 2008.


            “We are very excited to have been chosen to once again host the National Games,” said AYSO Section 7 Director Brendan Cravalho.   “The National Games are an opportunity for our local players to play against some of their best counterparts from across the country.”


            “I continue to promote Honolulu as a major sports venue,” Mayor Hannemann said.  “The addition of these prestigious tournaments to events such as the Pro Bowl, the Honolulu Marathon and the Sony Open point to the fact that Honolulu is the gathering place for sports in Hawaii.”







              Bill Brennan, 527-6928

              Mark Matsunaga, 527-5784


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