LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/22/08 -- CoMedia Corporation's (PINKSHEETS: CMTN) affiliated company, World Soccer Society Inc ("WSS"), is near completion of assembling an international group of Soccer lumniaries to serve as advisors to the company. The advisors include hall of fame players, coaches, and individuals from the international world of soccer.
The World Soccer Society is based on the business model developed by CMTN in conjuction with American Football Alumni Inc. for its social network site www.11on11.com and its Developmental Football League player showcasing activities.
WSS is launching its own online "social network" community. This network will consist of millions of players and has the potential to become not only an international organization with a common interest, but a highly successful business enterprise. www.worldsoccersociety.com will focus on soccer players at all levels from around the world. Our established group of advisors provides guidance to understand the broad scope of the game and what it means to players and fans in the U.S. and the rest of the soccer-playing world. The WSS board of advisors is chaired by Clive Toye and includes Michelle Akers, Lynn Berling-Manuel, Stephen H. Baumann, Dick Howard, Gordon Jago, Bob Lenarduzzi, Alan Merrick, Shep Messing, Ron Newman, Werner Roth, Jim E. Trecker, David Vaudreuil, and Eric Wynalda.
Some of our board members activities have included:
Clive Toye is Senior Consultant for the governing body for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean and has been in the game for 40 years. He was President, New York Cosmos, and signed Pele and Franz Beckenbauer. Toye was also President and Chairman of the American Professional Soccer League.
Michelle Akers was a leading American Soccer player and played on the historic 1999 Women's World Cup victory by the U.S. She is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and one of the most recognized soccer players in the world. In 1999 Akers was deemed the CONCACAF Player of the Century. In 2000, Akers was FIFA's Player of the Century and voted Best Female Player Ever.
Lynn Berling-Manuel is Chief Marketing Officer of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). AYSO is a national single-entity youth soccer organization of almost 700,000 registered players. She is a board member of National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Stephen H. Baumann is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum.
Dick Howard, a Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, was appointed by CONCACAF and FIFA to represent them in projects around the world and implemented 50 soccer projects in 30 countries.
David Vaudreuil played fourteen years of professional soccer internationally. He played throughout Europe, Latin America, Hong Kong and Japan. David is presently building a European style football club for Hollywood United Football Club. Hollywood United has raised over $100,000 for the wildfire victims in Los Angeles with David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy. For Club Chivas USA, David oversaw all aspects of 16,000 children in recreational soccer programs.
Eric Wynalda made his US Men's National Team debut in 1990. He went on to earn the U.S. 1990 FIFA World Cup squad. Eric holds the team scoring record of 34 goals. Besides playing in three World Cups, Wynalda also played the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America. Eric was the 1996 MLS Scoring Champion with 33 points. Eric has worked as the color commentator for ABC/ESPN for Major League Soccer.
Mr. Robert Bell, who serves as its Executive Director of WSS along with his duties as Chairman of CoMedia Corporation, stated, "WSS is bringing CoMedia onto the international sporting stage. Our international advisory board will guide the 'Society' to represent the sport throughout the world." Mr. Bell added, "The World Soccer Society was the next logical step for developing new growth opportunities for our company."
CoMedia Corporation created and invested in both American Football Alumni and World Soccer Society and holds an equity interest in both companies. The core businesses of these affiliates is aggregating and building social communities and associations of sports-specific alumni with the initial group being American Football Alumni focused on the 20 million former and current football players and coaches, and was followed by the launch of the World Soccer Society. Additionally, CoMedia works with these companies to extend the brand of these communities to include sports operations and content for all forms of media.
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