AFTER THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP WINNER IS CROWNED, NICKELODEON'S SEARCH FOR BEST TEEN FEMALE SOCCER PLAYER BEGINS!
NICKELODEON PRESENTS "SOCCER SUPERSTAR," DEBUTING WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, AT 9PM ON NICKTOONS' NICKSPORTS BLOCK
Olympic Gold Medalist Heather Mitts Hosts Search for Best Teen Female Soccer Player
in Special Four-Night TV Event
All-Star Judges Include Marcelo Balboa, Angela Hucles and Dan Metcalfe
NEW YORK - JUNE 15, 2015 - Right after the crowning of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champion, Nickelodeon presents Soccer Superstar, a four-night reality competition TV event that follows the coast-to-coast search across the U.S. for the next best teen female soccer player. Debuting Wednesday, July 8, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT),during the NickSports TV block on Nicktoons, Soccer Superstar is hosted by three-time soccer Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts, who is joined by a panel of all-star judges including National Soccer Hall of Famer Marcelo Balboa, two-time Olympic gold medalist Angela Hucles and youth development expert Dan Metcalfe. Soccer Superstar is produced by Kristopher Lythgoe (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance) and will air on four consecutive nights, Wednesday, July 8, through Saturday, July 11, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nicktoons.
"Soccer Superstar provides a great opportunity for young girls to showcase their skills, while promoting the growth of women's soccer in the U.S.," said Heather Mitts. "I remember the nerves, being challenged and working hard on the field, and Soccer Superstar takes the audience through that journey of becoming a skilled soccer player in an exciting, up close and personal way."
Soccer Superstar also features interviews with soccer professionals, including members of this year's U.S. Women's World Cup team Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Amy Rodriguez, and training challenges led by former soccer professionals Lorrie Fair, Cobi Jones and Mario Melchiot, and Olympic Beach Volleyball silver medalists Jen Kessy and April Ross.
Throughout the season, Soccer Superstar follows 15 teen female soccer players on the Final Squad as they compete for the title of Soccer Superstar. After each week, the judges, Marcelo Balboa, Angela Hucles and Dan Metcalfe, decide who is eliminated based on their performances in training, competitive games and various soccer challenges on the field (penalty kicks, kick ups, beep test fitness) and personality challenges off the field (ballet, beach volleyball). After four games, one girl will be crowned the Soccer Superstar.
Soccer Superstar is the latest series to join NickSports, a lineup of sports-themed content including series, specials, movies and documentaries from major professional leagues and athletes. NickSports on Nicktoons airs every Wednesday from 9-11 p.m. (ET/PT).
Soccer Superstar is produced by Mint Pictures,(Bushwhacked!, Code of Silence and Red Bull Cape Fear) Magic Pictures International (My Beautiful Game, Opening Night, Who Are You? Corkscrewed) and Bizzy Signals Entertainment (2012 Summer Olympics, 2015 Women's World Cup). The series is Executive Produced by Kristopher Lythgoe, Michael Cohen and Adam Kay. Soccer Superstar is based on the award winning format, Football Superstar, created by Mint Pictures and Foxtel Australia.
NickSports celebrates kids' love for the action and excitement of sports with an all-access pass to their favorite athletes, teams and leagues. Airing every Wednesday (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) on Nicktoons, the primetime programming block for kids and families features a lineup of original and acquired sports-themed programming including series, specials, movies and documentaries from major professional sports leagues including the NFL, MLS, NASCAR and WWE, and professional athletes. The weekly block features long- and short- form content including the NFL RUSH ZONE franchise, the magazine-format show NFL RUSH, NASCAR's Hammer Down, WWE Slam City, EA SPORTS Game Changers, the animated series Wild Grinders from Rob Dyrdek, NFL Flag Championship at the Super Bowl and the critically-acclaimed basketball documentary Little Ballers, as well as fun interviews, parodies and sketches .
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