YLS 2021 Going Virtual!!!

Funded by the U.S. State Department, Sports Diplomacy Division and in coordination with Far Post Soccer Club in Vermont, this Virtual Exchange will involve teenage female soccer players in the United States working with their peers in Moldova. 

The Virtual Exchange will incorporate high-level and innovative virtual training sessions, leadership training along with community involvement and girls empowerment activities led by the National Youth Leadership Council. Far Post Soccer Club will also be bringing various college and high school coaches along with prominent women in the game of soccer in the United States. U.S. participants will interact with their peers from Moldova and the Moldova Soccer Federation  U18 coaches will learn about the country of Moldova, European soccer traditions, and more.   While there will be one virtual training session each week, there will be various other activities that the players will do during the course of the week to improve their skills, be more connected with their "teammates",  learn from each other, and discover how to become leaders in their own "communities."

             Virtual Exchange Dates: November 15, 2021- February 15, 2022 

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

                                           Virtual Exchange Instructors 

Mackenzie Kingston

Mackenzie grew up in Charlotte, Vermont and went to Champlain Valley Union High School and played her club soccer for Far Post. She later went on to play at Connecticut College and has spent the last few years working for Soccer Without Borders in San Francisco.

Stan Williams

 Stan is a teacher instructor in Vermont and is also the Champlain Valley Union High School girls varsity Head Coach and a Head coach for Far Post. Stan has a track record of providing very creative and standards-based trainings with both in-person and virtual training. 

Todd Kingsbury 

Todd is the Director of Far Post Soccer Club, and he also worked for PH International for over ten years. Todd will be involved in various training components of the program as well.

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More about previous YLS Exchange with Moldova:

The first exchange of the YLS Moldova program took place from October 6-14, 2019. This was a dual-sport program, so the 24 Moldovan participants who traveled to the U.S. were a mix of female youth soccer players and coaches as well as male American football players from the Chisinau Sentinels football team. The exchange took place in Massachusetts and Maine, where participants were able to learn about their own leadership potential in sport, engage in community-oriented and teambuilding activities, meet American peers at U.S. high schools and universities, explore American history and culture in Boston, and MORE! This exchange was jam-packed with sports activities, leadership development, laughter, hard work, and LOTS of group singing in the vans... 

Girls Soccer Team with Coach