Blues Aim to Break into Guinness Book of World Records
The Pali Blues will seek to make history at their season opener
Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Thursday, April 23, 2009) – When the Pali Blues Soccer Club, defending United Soccer Leagues W-League champion, open their 2009 season at home in the Pacific Palisades on Saturday, May 9th, they will attempt to make history by means of cracking into the Guinness Book of World Records. At halftime of the season opener, which is slated for a 6:00 p.m. (PST) kickoff, the Pali Blues will make a run at the world record for most people juggling a soccer ball at one time.
The current record for most individuals keeping a football in the air at the same time is 627 people. The record, organized by the Stadt Wien, was set during the Vienna Recordia in Vienna, Austria, on September 30, 2007.
"The purpose of the record is twofold,” Pali Blues General Manager Jason Lemire stated. “First, we want to do something exciting for the soccer community of Southern California. Too often soccer gets so strictly divided by age, gender, club or background. This really goes against what is best about the game. We wanted to be able to offer something special, something that would bring people together.”
Lemire then commented about the second focal point of the world record attempt.
“We wanted to do something to raise the profile of our team and our players,” he continued. “Most people don't realize it, but amateur teams like the Pali Blues are a lot like public radio, we only exist with the support of our community. This is a chance for the soccer world to show that they support grassroot organizations like the Pali Blues."
Any individuals, families or community groups that would like to register for this world record attempt, as well as media personnel seeking additional information, can call Lemire directly at (310) 264-4649.
In just their first season of play in 2008, the non-profit Pali Blues posted a perfect 14-0 record and won the USL W-League championship last July at Virginia Beach. The team finished the calendar year as the #2 ranked women’s club in the world by Women’s World Football and also saw an astonishing 15 players from their 2008 roster move on to play in the highest level of women’s soccer on the continent, Women’s Professional Soccer. The Pali Blues play their home games at Palisades High School, located at 15777 Bowdoin Street in the Pacific Palisades of California. For more information on the Pali Blues Soccer Club, visit them on the web at www.bluessoccerclub.com.
The USL W-League played its inaugural season in 1995, and it is recognized as the premiere development league for female players in North America.