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Soul Announce Two Open Tryouts

September 5, 2008 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Philadelphia Soul News Release

PHILADELPHIA (Friday, September 5, 2008) - The ArenaBowl XXII Champion Philadelphia Soul will hold two open tryouts; one in the Philadelphia area at Widener University and one in Pittsburgh at Woodland Hills High School Stadium.

The Soul are looking for that "Cinderella story" of an athlete rising up from obscurity to play professional football. The Soul will hold tryouts for players at all positions and each athlete will be required to participate in offense and defensive drills. Players will complete at one of the following positions: QB, WR, DB, OL, DL, FB, LB or K.

Those interested in trying out should arrive one hour prior to tryout start time for registration. Players should dress in workout gear and have sneakers unless noted below. Pads will NOT be worn.

All participants will be required to sign a waiver and pay a registration fee by cash or money order only - no checks or credit cards will be accepted the day of the tryouts.

There is pre-registration available for Philadelphia ONLY by logging onto www.philadelphiasoul.com. Participants who pre-register and pre-pay will only be charged $60. If you only register, and do not pre-pay, you will be charged the full $75 the day of the tryout.

The workout will consist of running the 40-yard dash and 20-yard short shuttle. Players will then go through position drills and one-on-one drills, both offensively and defensively.

PHILADELPHIA INFORMATION:

WHERE: Widener University - Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium

Between 17th Street and Melrose Ave.

Chester, PA 19013

For directions please visit: http://widenerpride.com/sports/2008/8/4/GEN_0804082855.aspx?tab=directions

WHEN: Sunday, September 28th

Session 1 Registration (WR, DB and QB) Begins at 8:00 a.m. Tryout begins at 9:00 a.m.

Session 2 Registration (OL, DL, FB, LB and K) Begins at 12:00 pm. Tryout begins at 1:00 p.m.

EXTRA: The registration fee for this tryout is $75. If you pre-register and pre-pay

through www.philadelphiasoul.com, you will only have to pay $60. The tryout will be conducted on turf. No cleats are needed for the tryout.

PITTSBURGH INFORMATION:

WHERE: Woodland Hills High School Stadium (The Wolvarena)

1400 Lynn Avenue, Turtle Creek, PA 15145

WHEN: Saturday, October 12th, 2008

Session 1 Registration (WR, DB and QB) Begins at 8:00 a.m. Tryout begins at 9:00 a.m.

Session 2 Registration (OL, DL, FB, LB and K) Begins at 12:00 pm. Tryout begins at 1:00 p.m.

EXTRA: The registration fee for the tryout is $60. There is NO pre-registration

available for this tryout. The tryout will be conducted on field turf. Cleats or sneakers are recommended.

The Soul celebrated their fifth anniversary this season with a 59-56 win over the San Jose SaberCats in Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII. The Soul drew a total of 131,817 fans this season, their largest number since their inaugural season of 2004. The Soul sold out four games in the 2008 season and averaged 16,477 fans per game. Season tickets for the 2009 campaign are currently on sale starting at just $59. Call 888-PHIL-AFL to order your tickets and get more information on the defending ArenaBowl Champion Philadelphia Soul.

Since their inception, the Soul have drawn a total of 646,043 fans, the most in the AFL over that time frame. Following the 2007 season, the Soul were recognized with the Commissioner's Award as the Organization of the Year and were an honorable mention for the PRISM Award in the category of fan appreciation.

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