World Soccer Society Inc. continues to move forward on schedule for its target launch date in February of 2008. World Soccer Society (the “WSS”) plans the launch of its membership program in February 2008 and is building the online portion of its social network at www.worldsoccersociety.com.
WSS members share the common bond of having participated in or are dedicated to playing and coaching soccer, at every level. This network has the potential to consist of millions and has the potential to become not only an international organization with a common interest, but a highly successful business enterprise built on the knowledge that CoMedia Corporation has gained in launching the American Football Alumni social networking business model at www.11on11.com.
Mr. Robert W. Bell, Chairman of the World Soccer Society, is a former NASL Board member, and a former owner of the nine time world champion San Diego Sockers. Mr. Bell stated, “The launch of the WSS will bring CoMedia Corporation onto the international sporting stage. We are in the process of building an international advisory board that will include past and present owners, management and players who will guide the 'Society' to represent the sport throughout the world.” Mr. Bell added, “The establishment of the World Soccer Society was the next logical step for our company’s growth. The February launch date follows the Super Bowl and coincides with the excitement building around the world for Women’s and Men’s soccer as the Summer Olympics approach.”
World Soccer Society plans on having an international Board of Advisors of twenty members; the first four include the following:
Clive Toye is Chairman of the Board of Advisors. Mr. Toye was the chief soccer writer for the London Daily Express and correspondent for the BBC. He has written for various publications including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, TV Guide and Toronto Sun. Clive was the color commentator on CBS network and regional stations in the USA and Canada and was editor-in-chief of goalnetwork.com, which was voted one of the top six soccer websites worldwide. Toye coached youth soccer for many years, wrote the first US Soccer Handbook for youth and has visited over 100 countries. Soccer America, the leading US publication, named him one of the 20 most influential people in the history of the US soccer and, in MasterCard’s World Cup Ambassadors’ poll, he was named the foreign-born person who had contributed most to US Soccer. He was inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003.
Stephen Baumann joins Mr. Toye as an Advisory Board member. Baumann is President and CEO of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in Oneonta, New York. Stephen has over 30 years of educational, museum, and soccer experience. He was Executive Director of Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, CA and VP of Education and Programs at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. Stephen was also an All-American soccer player at the University of Pennsylvania and played three years for the Miami Toros of the North American Soccer league. He also coached at the high school level as well as for Penn from 1987 through 1993.
Jim Trecker joins the Board of Advisors as a veteran of soccer public relations and communications and was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary General/Communications in late 1996. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President/Chief Press Officer for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States. Trecker has been involved in soccer for more than two decades, serving with the New York Cosmos, the North American Soccer League, the Washington Diplomats, the World Cup 1994 Organizing Committee and Major League Soccer. In addition, he has operated his own consulting business, whose clients have included the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and World Cup Japan 2002 Bidding Committee. Trecker is a member of the FIFA Media Committee and has carried out a number of assignments for the international governing body of soccer.
Ron Newman also joins the WSS Board of Advisors with the reputation of having done more for the sport than just about anyone. From the 1982 through 1992 seasons, Ron Newman’s San Diego Sockers indoor team won 10 championships. Newman’s record for championships is unmatched in North American soccer history. Ron won 13 professional championships, he is the only coach to win championships and Coach of the Year honors in four different leagues (NASL outdoors, NASL indoors, MISL and ASL), and he earned two indoor Coach of the Year awards with San Diego. He also was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992, the San Diego Sockers Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in 1997; he reached the 750 win plateau on July 19, 1998. Ron finished with an all-time record of 753-296-27 (includes indoors, outdoors, regular season and playoffs).
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World Soccer Society is a majority owned subsidiary of CoMedia Corporation (Pink Sheets:CMTN), a marketing and communications company that is building social communities and associations of sports-specific alumni. Along with WSS, CoMedia launched the American Football Alumni (AFA a partially owned subsidiary) which recognizes that former football players belong to an exclusive fraternity and has created a home through an on-line community and social network to serve their needs. AFA’s goal is to bring together the 20 million former players and coaches through a virtual meeting place at www.11on11.com.