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Youth soccer fights back against 49ers

Northern California youth soccer advocates, including Santa Clara Youth Soccer League President Tino Silva, have launched Stand Up for Santa Clara, in response to the San Francisco 49ers failure to make good on their promises to underwrite new soccer fields to compensate for using the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park across the street from Levi's Stadium for parking. The 49ers aims to shut down the  Soccer Park, which serves 2,500 youth players, for NFL games and special events, approximately 40 weekends a year -- 80 percent of the youth soccer weekend schedule. "Now, it's clear that we cannot count on the 49ers to do the right thing for Santa Clara. Nor can we rely on elected officials, who are persuaded by a professional football team or influenced by campaign contributions."

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