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Philadelphia, PA, November 6, 2018 – Marc Backal, Open Women’s Soccer Chair for 2019 European Maccabi Games, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Katz as Head Coach of the Open Women’s Soccer Team for the 15th European Maccabi Games. The Games will take place July 28-August 7, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. Katz will complete his second year as Associate Head Coach and fifth overall for the MIT Women’s Soccer Team in Cambridge, MA.

“I am honored to be appointed the Open Women’s Soccer Head Coach for the European Maccabi Games” said Katz. “The challenge of building a team that is prepared to compete internationally while carrying themselves in a way that represents the values of the Maccabi USA Mission is something I am looking forward to. The athletes I know who have competed in prior Maccabi Games described it as a life-changing experience. To be a part of something so impactful on the lives of Jewish athletes from around the world is an awesome responsibility that I will embrace as head coach. I can’t wait for the games this summer!”

In his time with the Engineers, the team has won four NEWMAC regular season titles, as well as NEWMAC Tournament Championships in 2017 and 2018. This fall the MIT women finished with an overall record of 16-2-3 and will advance to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in Katzs’ five years with the program. In 2017, he helped lead the team to the Sweet 16, a 20-2-1 record, and a #12 national ranking from the United Soccer Coaches organization. MIT’s coaches were recognized by the United Soccer Coaches Association as the New England Coaching Staff of the Year for Division III Women’s Soccer. Additionally, Katz coaches the New England Futbol Club’s 2001 girls in the National Premier League, as well as their U23 women in the New England Premier League. The 2019 European Maccabi Games will be the first time he will participate as a member of Team USA.

The European Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora. They are hosted by the European Maccabi Confederation and conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union. They are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held.

Maccabi USA is seeking qualified Jewish female soccer players to represent Team USA in Soccer at the 15th European Maccabi Games in the Open Division (ages 18-35). Eligible applicants should visit to apply.

For more information, please contact Program Director Shane Carr at or 215.561.6900.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs. The Organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America. As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities.  It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.  MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The Organization is one of 38 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level, and is rated as a four-star non-profit by Charity Navigator.


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