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Youth Soccer Community Days

By Staff, 03/31/16, 2:45PM EDT

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There’s no doubt that Cincinnati is a soccer town. Long considered a hotbed for youth soccer, the Tri-State Area has one of the highest per capita participation rates in the country.

And to celebrate and honor that, FC Cincinnati recently introduced Youth Soccer Community Days. The initiative invites all youth soccer players grade eight and below to attend our first two home games — Saturday, April 9th, and Saturday, April 16th — for just $1 a ticket if they wear their team’s soccer jersey to the game.

“Our youth soccer players will be able to come to our games, watch high-level soccer and see role models in their own backyard at Nippert Stadium,” said Jeff Berding, FC Cincinnati President and General Manager.

Sponsored by the Oswald Company and AssureCare, the offer was created to invite FC Cincinnati’s young fans who have not yet had an opportunity to purchase tickets, to be a part of the first two home games of the club’s inaugural season. All new tickets purchased through the initiative will provide seating in the Youth Zone sections of 110 and 120 at Nippert Stadium.

“When the opportunity to partner with FC Cincinnati came up, I didn’t hesitate,” said Ken Oswald, founder of Oswald Company. “As a single father of two sons, soccer was an important part of my life and theirs. Being active in youth soccer, they were taught discipline, teamwork, confidence, to persevere and to deal with adversity. It was a wonderful experience and I strongly believe that youth soccer is important for all our children.”

“AssureCare is privileged to have partnered with FC Cincinnati and we feel proud to sponsor the Youth Soccer Community Days,” said Dr. Yousuf Ahmad, CEO of AssureCare. “As a healthcare organization, we encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle and it is our collective responsibility as a society to enable our youth towards participating in such a wonderful activity. As a kid who grew up playing soccer, I know that it not only helps one stay healthy and active, but also builds character and instills a strong sense of teamwork.”

Youth Soccer Community Days is FCC’s newest endeavor to introduce professional soccer to the youth of the Greater Cincinnati area. FC Cincinnati also created the Giveback Program earlier this year to help support local soccer organizations. Fans, who create a ticket account, can associate themselves with a club or SAY program. Twenty-percent of all full-priced tickets purchased will be donated back to those organizations at the end of the year and provide support for needs such as equipment, uniforms or scholarships.

“SAY Soccer and our member clubs are excited to be part of the youth soccer Giveback program,” said Doug Wood, National Executive Director. “FC Cincinnati has created a rare and unique opportunity to promote youth soccer in the tristate area while giving back to their fan base.”

FC Cincinnati’s inaugural home match is April 9th against Queen City Cup rival, Charlotte Independence. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. For more information on purchasing tickets, visiting our ticket page or contact our sales team at (513) 977-KICK.