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LIJSLers To Contribute To Hofstra Soccer Conference, Free to LIJSL Members


An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to New York. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island from April 10 to 13, 2014.

“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”

Members of the Long Island Junior Soccer League are invited to join the conference ³Soccer as the Beautiful Game² as a guest and at no charge on Saturday, April 12 at Hofstra University.  Panels and discussions on Saturday will include experts in coaching, leagues and sports media and were designed with the soccer enthusiast in mind.

Please visit our conference website at www.hofstra.edu/soccercon or view the attached conference program to see the panels for Saturday.

We are delighted to welcome the Football Scholars Forum, dedicated philanthropic organizations, distinguished soccer journalists from the NY Times and Sports Illustrated, the former GM of the Red Bulls Jerome de Bontin, and Cosmos COO Erik Stover on Saturday.

To attend, simply check in Saturday at the Soccer Conference registration desk which will be in the Multipurpose Room of the Mack Student Center on the north side of Hofstra¹s campus. # 31 on the campus map:


On Friday, April 11 at 3 pm, Pelé will receive an honorary degree from Hofstra for his humanitarian work and contributions to the sport. US Soccer President Sunil Gulati is making remarks about the state of the game at 7 pm. There are more than 100 speakers from Argentina to Zimbabwe, but many contributions will come from members of the Long Island Junior Soccer League, which is a sponsor of this event.

Josefa Pace, who grew up playing for the East Meadow Hot Shots and the Oceanside Express of the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and is the author of “Shifts in Soccer Positionality: An International Symbol for Opportunity, Gender Equality and Peace,” is a panelist of Gender, Poverty and the Public Good on Thursday, April 10 from 4:30 to 6:15 pm.

On Saturday, April 12 from 2:45 to 4:30 pm, the Coaches, Practictioners, Trainers Round Table features these experts from Eastern New York:

-  Former US Men’s National Team player Chris Armas, who grew up playing for the LIJSL’s Brentwood Bandits and Hewlett/Lawrence Big Blue plus with Eastern New York’s Olympic Development Program
-  Hofstra men’s soccer coaches Richard Nuttall, Gary Book and Ronan Wiseman, who all also coach LIJSL teams
-  Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Public Relations Director Randy Vogt, who has officiated over 8,000 games
-  Long Island Soccer Football League (LISFL) President Gus Xikis

At the same time, the Soccer Journalists Round Table will be held and features:

-  Soccer Long Island Magazine Publisher Kevin McCrudden, who grew up playing for the LIJSL’s Northport/Cow Harbor United and Smithtown Kickers
-  Esteemed journalists Michael Lewis and George Vecsey, who have covered the local soccer scene for decades

Then on Sunday, April 13 from 1:00 to 2:45 pm, a youth soccer clinic organized by the Hofstra men’s and women’s soccer programs with the assistance of the LIJSL and LISFL will be held. At 3:00 pm, there’s an unveiling of a commemorative plaque of Pelé and then at 5:00 pm, the 2013 North American Soccer League champion New York Cosmos begin their title defense when they take on the Atlanta Silverbacks.

For more info and to register for Soccer As the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics, please log on to http://www.hofstra.edu/Community/culctr/culctr_events_soccer_conf.html

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