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August 14, 2012

For Immediate Release
Contact: Bill Lewis


The new agreement marks one of the most significant
and longest-standing relationships in youth soccer

August 14, 2012 (Fullerton, CA) - Cal South and Nike announced today the renewal of their long-standing sponsorship agreement. Nike remains Cal South's official apparel and equipment sponsor supporting all of Cal South's elite youth identification and development programs. Both organizations are committed to supporting each other's efforts to grow the game of soccer in one of the most diverse and distinguished soccer markets in the United States. The new agreement extends the longest-standing apparel sponsor relationship in youth soccer for five years into 2017.

Cal South President Johnnie Garza is very pleased to continue the excellent relationship with Nike. "They are the preeminent soccer brand in the world. Both organizations have grown significantly over the course of our relationship. Our mutual support has accelerated that growth. Nike's investment in Cal South allows us to offer the nation's top identification and development program at virtually no cost to the players. And our players and staff are looking forward to proudly wearing and using the best and sharpest looking soccer gear."

Joe Elsmore, Nike Director of U.S. Soccer Sports Marketing, sees the agreement as part of the overall growth of the game. "Nike believes in and supports the growth of soccer globally. Partnering with Cal South is a great opportunity to work with an organization that values these same goals. Cal South's Pro+ elite player identification program is just one example of how we will work together to advance the game of soccer."

Nike will supply apparel and equipment for the Cal South Pro+ Elite Player Program. This support includes State Development Residential Camp, State ID Camps and ID pools year-round. Cal South Pro+ emphasizes identification, development, inclusion and advancement of the top male and female soccer players in Southern California. Nike and Cal South will also partner on other events and programs as part of the agreement such as the Pro+ Invitational.

About NIKE, Inc.:

NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned NIKE subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Cole Haan, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer) brand; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit and follow @Nike.

About Cal South:

Cal South ( The California State Soccer Association - South) is a 501c(3) California public benefit corporation and is the official youth and adult state soccer association of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer. Cal South represents over 240 Member Leagues and Clubs comprising our membership of more than 180,000 registered players, coaches, referees and league administrators. The organization, with a service area that extends from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, provides rewarding recreational and competitive opportunities for players of all ages, genders and skill levels. For more information about Cal South, visit