September 23, 1998
Release No. 49-98

CONTACT: Catherine Stearns
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United States Information Agency

- News Release


Washington, D.C. -- Mrs. Tipper Gore honored the 1999 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Women's World Cup and the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team for their contribution to physical fitness and women's athletics, at a reception held today at The Vice President's Residence. The world championship for women's soccer will be held next summer in seven U.S. communities, including Washington, D.C., with six matches at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, including a potential quarterfinal match for the USA.

The U.S. Information Agency (USIA) Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will provide $50,000 in FY-98 funding to assist the Organizing Committee with newsletters and mailings to international team members, federation officials and international journalists. USIA funding will facilitate visits to schools by foreign players in the U.S and U.S. players abroad to provide face- to-face meetings with these athletes.

The reception was the latest in a series of Women's World Cup events to reach out to influential women and broaden the scope and impact of the tournament. Attending on behalf of the Women's World Cup were Tournament Chair Donna de Varona, one of the pioneers in the advancement of women's sport in the United States, and Marla Messing, President of the Organizing Committee and this country's leading female soccer executive.

Representing the U.S. Women's National Team were four gold medalists from the 1996 Olympic Team, including team captains Carla Overbeck and Julie Foudy, as well as Mia Hamm, who scored her historic 100th career international goal last week and Tiffeny Milbrett, who tallied the game-winning goal in the Olympic championship match against China. USIA Director Joseph Duffey, USIA Associate Director for Educational and Cultural Affairs John P. Loiello, and Head Coach Tony DiCicco also attended the reception.

The U.S. Women's National Team is widely recognized as the best team in the world and one of the favorites to win the 16-nation, 32-match Women's World Cup which will be held over three weeks next June and July. The U.S. women have compiled a 101-13-4 record since winning the inaugural Women's World Cup in 1991. The 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup will be the largest team-sporting event for women in history.

The venues for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup are: Boston, Mass. (Foxboro Stadium); Chicago, Ill. (Soldier Field); Los Angeles, Calif. (Rose Bowl); New York/New Jersey (Giants Stadium); Portland, Ore. (Civic Stadium); San Francisco Bay/San Jose (Spartan Stadium and Stanford Stadium); and Washington, D.C. (Jack Kent Cooke Stadium).

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