Below are the press releases from both sides of this announcement — first from Crossfire and then from Inter Milan. You can also watch video from the night. Appears to be wonderful news for youth soccer development in the area.
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Crossfire Premier Soccer enters first US youth soccer club partnership with Inter Milan (F.C. Internazionale)
Crossfire Premier Soccer Club, Washington State’s largest premier level soccer institution for boys and girls under 19 years of age, announced an exciting new and exclusive international club relationship on Thursday, November 11th at the Chihuly Boathouse on North Lake Union. The announcement introduced a partnership unlike any other currently in existence in the region that will offer players and coaches access to- and involvement with – one of the top soccer clubs in the world. Representatives of Crossfire, Nike and F.C. Internazionale were in attendance at the announcement to outline the relationship and the benefits to players, coaches and families in the Northwest. The relationship will be focused on coach and player development. Crossfire Premier coaches will have the opportunity to travel to Italy and study with the Inter coaching staff. Inter coaches will join Crossfire Premier for selected events to work with Crossfire coaches and players.
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Inter team up with Crossfire Premier Soccer
SEATTLE – Soccer lessons Inter style kick off today in Redmond in the US state of Washington. Inter academy coach Marco Monti will spend a week at Crossfire Premier Soccer, one of the leading youth academies in the United States. Crossfire and Inter have signed a three-year agreement, which will see the American club benefit from the professional expertise of Inter’s academy staff.
Under the terms of the agreement, Inter will have the chance to observe and assess young American talents. Besides theoretical lessons in playing the Inter way, there will also be training sessions for the teams of Crossfire, which was founded in 1968 and currently counts in its ranks 7,500 youngsters from six to eighteen. Crossfire is widely regarded as one of the main centres for soccer development in the States and many of its players have gone on to play at college level.
Among the main goals of the cooperation is to train the youngest players in the correct way, which is why Inter has been chosen as the ideal partner with whom to share methodologies. After the success of the Inter Academy project in Abu Dhabi with the local Sports Council, Inter’s youth academy is now ‘exporting’ to the States a model of training that is identical to the one carried out at the Centro Sportivo Giacinto Facchetti in Milan.