Children and youth soccer players ages 6-12 are invited to learn a variety of soccer skills and techniques at a free Soccer Clinic presented by the Bethlehem Steel FC June 16, 11:45 a.m., at the Lehigh Valley SoccerFest and Viewing Party at SteelStacks. The hands-on event, led by Bethlehem Steel FC and Philadelphia Union Academy staff and players, is open to the first 200 children who register at www.lvsoccerfest.com.
During the clinic, which is perfect for youth soccer players as well as those who are new to the sport, children will work with coaches and players to hone their soccer skills and learn new ones. The 60-minute clinic will include several stations focusing on different skills, techniques and strategies players can use successfully on the pitch.
Celebrating the excitement of the World’s Game, the Lehigh Valley SoccerFest & Viewing Party presented by Bethlehem Steel FC will feature all of the World Cup matches from Russia aired on the Levitt Pavilion and PBS39 outdoor screens on the campus. Several of the matches will also be broadcast in Spanish, including the matches taking place during the free Sabor Latin Festival at SteelStacks June 22-24.
Launched in 2014, the Lehigh Valley SoccerFest & Viewing Party has aired the matches from World Cup Brazil™, the Women’s World Cup and the Copa America Centenario over the past four years. In 2014, more than 50,000 people visited the SteelStacks campus for the festival. The following summer, 8,500 people came out to watch the U.S. Women’s national soccer team top Japan in the finals of the Women’s World Cup from Canada.
In addition to Bethlehem Steel FC, partners helping to make the free SoccerFest & Viewing Party possible include Discover Lehigh Valley, Kwik Goal, Klunk & Millan Advertising, Garfield Group and Lehigh Valley United. For more information, visit www.lvsoccerfest.com or like www.facebook.com/LVsoccerfest/.
Currently in its third season in the United Soccer League, Bethlehem Steel FC is the official USL affiliate of Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. Also owned and operated by Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC, the team started its inaugural season March 25, 2016 at FC Montreal and played the home opener at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium on April 3, 2016. Last season, Steel FC qualified for its first USL Cup Playoff appearance.