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Chelsea FC Coaching Clinics Presented by Yokohama Tires Come to Maryland SoccerPlex During August Cup 2017

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Chelsea FC Coaching Clinics Presented by Yokohama Tires
Come to Maryland SoccerPlex During August Cup 2017

First Clinic in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area with Chelsea FC & Yokohama Tire

Germantown Md. (August 22, 2017) – The Maryland SoccerPlex is proud to announce that it will be hosting a Chelsea FC Coaching Clinic and a Chelsea FC Player Coaching Clinic in conjunction with Yokohama Tire during the August Cup (August 25-27, 2017).

“We are excited to bring the Yokohama Skills Challenge and Chelsea FC coaching clinics to the Maryland SoccerPlex and the August Cup. We all share a passion for soccer at all levels so it was a natural fit for us to partner together to create these unique experiences for the Washington D.C. metro area.” said Alan Holtschneider, Director of Marketing for Yokohama Tire Corporation.

The only Chelsea FC clinics in the region will kick off August 25th from 6-8pm at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Field 20 with the Chelsea FC Coaching Education Workshop Presented by Yokohama Tire. The Chelsea FC Coaching Education Workshop is developed for coaches working with young players of all abilities. Chelsea FC Foundation's International Development coaching staff will take participating coaches through a series of successful techniques used by Chelsea FC’s coaches when training young players. This program will be two hours in duration and is free of charge

There are only 100 spots for coaches of all levels so those interested in registering should do so by going to: and completing the form on the Coaches Education Workshop tab.

On Sunday, August 27, from 11:30 am-4 pm on Field 20C there will be Chelsea FC Player Coaching Clinics Presented by Yokohama Tire. Chelsea FC Player Coaching Clinics are developed for players aged 7-15 years old and are open to all abilities, both boys and girls. Chelsea FC Foundation's International Development coaching staff will deliver a unique session as part of their Yokohama Tire Partnership. This program will have three sessions (one and a half hours each in duration) and will be free of charge

All players will be selected at random with a maximum capacity of 30 participants per session. To have a chance to be selected you MUST register at: and fill out the form on the Players Coaching Clinic tab.

Age group times are as follows:

  1. Ages 7-9: 11:30-1 pm
  2. Ages 10-12: 1-2:30 pm
  3. Ages 13-15: 2:30-4 pm

* Please note these are actual ages, not age groups such as 9U, etc.

“We are thrilled to partner with Yokohama Tire and Chelsea FC for the series of clinics they are providing in this region,” says Maryland SoccerPlex Executive Director Trish Heffelfinger. “These events will give local coaches more insight into coaching methodologies at the highest level and our youth players exposure to world class teaching.”

Also on Saturday, August 27th on the South Lawn of the Maryland SoccerPlex (in front of the ticket booth), youth players will have the opportunity to show off their dribbling, passing and shooting skills and compete for prizes as part of the The Yokohama Skills Challenge at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

The Yokohama Skills Challenge is a national series involving 21 stops across the United States over six months and will conclude Nov. 25th. The series began after US Youth Soccer and Yokohama Tire partnered at the 2017 NSCAA Convention to create a fun and engaging way for children to develop a variety of soccer skills. Full press release can be seen here about the partnership between US Youth Soccer and Yokohama Tire:

Summary of Events

  1. Friday, August 25, 2017 – Chelsea FC Coaching Clinic Presented by Yokohama Tire on Field 20, 6-8pm
  2. Saturday, August 26 – The Yokohama Skills Challenge
  3. Sunday, August 27, 2017 – Chelsea FC Player Coaching Clinics Presented by Yokohama Tire on Field 20c, 11:30-4pm (3 sessions by age)

About the Maryland SoccerPlex and the Soccer Association of Montgomery

The Maryland SoccerPlex features a combination of 24 professionally maintained, regulation-sized soccer fields, an award-winning stadium field, Maureen Hendricks Field, and overall some of the highest quality facilities in the country. The SoccerPlex hosts youth leagues, adult leagues, youth tournaments, NCAA Division I college matches and conference championships (ACC), U.S. Open Cup matches (D.C. United), professional women's matches (Washington Spirit) and a variety of international teams and competitions. 

About Yokohama Tire Corporation

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires that’s celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017. Servicing an extensive sales network throughout the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s broad product line, visit

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)

US Youth Soccer – "The Game for ALL Kids! ®"  – is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit

About Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea FC was established in 1905 and is one of the most prestigious football clubs in the English Premier League. Known popularly as the Blues, Chelsea has won the league title six times and won seven FA Cups. Chelsea also has to its credit two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups, the UEFA Champions League in 2012, and the UEFA Europa League in 2013, thus becoming the first club in the UK to win all three of the UEFA’s major club competitions. For more information on Chelsea FB please visit

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