SOURCE: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Volkswagen of America, Inc.

May 30, 2012 10:29 ET

U.S. Youth Soccer Team Competes in 2012 Volkswagen Junior Masters World Finals in Poland

F.C. Golden State Academy U12 Boys Soccer Team From Pasadena, Calif., to Represent the United States

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - May 30, 2012) - Volkswagen of America and Volkswagen AG are bringing together youth soccer teams from 22 countries on five continents in Warsaw, Poland this week for the 2012 Volkswagen Junior Masters World Finals ( Representing the United States this year is the 2011 Junior Masters national champion F.C. Golden State Academy U12 boys soccer team from Pasadena, Calif. The tournament officially commences June 1, with finals on June 2.

After competing in a series of eight preliminary regional tournaments, F.C. Golden State Academy defeated Pennsylvania's Lower Merion Magic at the U.S. finals in Los Angeles on November 20, 2011, winning the 2011 Volkswagen U.S. Junior Masters National Championship and securing their spot in the World Finals. The team is led by coaches Jose Botello and Josh Henderson.

"The Volkswagen Junior Masters tournament connects the future generation of star athletes from around the world, providing them a platform to hone their soccer skills, and learn about teamwork and leadership," said Tim Mahoney, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "Volkswagen of America is cheering on F.C. Golden State Academy and is proud that such an outstanding team is representing the United States in the 2012 World Finals."

The World Finals will take place at the Pepsi Arena in Warsaw, home of the Legia Warsaw football club, just six days before the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. More than 1,000 junior teams comprising more than16,000 players from 22 countries participated in the national qualifying rounds. African teams are from South Africa and Zimbabwe; Asian/Oceanian teams are from Russia, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, The Republic of Korea and Australia; European teams are from Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and Poland; North American teams are from the United States and Mexico; and South American teams are from Brazil and Argentina.

A dedicated supporter of soccer, Volkswagen of America is the official automotive partner of Major League Soccer and is a sponsor of the D.C. United men's team in Washington, D.C. The brand also sponsors many grassroots youth soccer tournaments throughout the United States. Globally, Volkswagen is the title sponsor of the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg, Germany, and owns the VfL Wolfsburg football club at its global headquarters.

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About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.

About the Volkswagen Junior Masters
In its 12th year globally, the Volkswagen Junior Masters is setting the standards for youth soccer. What started out as an idea in 1999 to give young players the chance to enjoy the sport and compete fairly, has become the biggest up-and-coming soccer tournament started by a company for C junior girls' and D junior boys' teams. The Volkswagen soccer camps that winning teams attend are led by trainers such as Wolfgang Sidka or Rainer Bonhof, which allows young talent to be discovered, and provided targeted support, at an early age. Volkswagen's commitment is also held in high regard by the German Football Association; its Vice President, Dr. Hans-Georg Moldenhauer, is a patron of the Junior Masters.

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