Keeping up with the 2017 NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles

Keeping up with the 2017 NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. | The NSCAA Convention, known as the “World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches,” has arrived for its 2017 edition, and US Club Soccer has a full slate of engaging activities for attendees.

Legendary Real Madrid striker Raúl González Blanco is among the highlighted lineup of presenters. Joining him in Los Angeles are LaLiga Formation Methodology experts Gari Fullaondo and Hugo Blanco.

Alongside long-term technical partner LaLiga, US Club Soccer is hosting a classroom session, autograph signing and field session:

  • Thursday, Jan. 12 | Classroom session (Convention Center room 409AB), 12:45-1:45 p.m.
    • “Player Formation and Tactical Periodization” with Raúl González Blanco, Gari Fullaondo and Hugo Blanco
    • A discussion of LaLiga’s international presence, LaLiga Formation Methodology and specific session preview
    • Overview PDF available here
  • Thursday. Jan. 12 | Autograph session with Raúl (Convention Center exhibit hall booth 949), 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 14 | Field session (Kwik Goal Demo Field 2), 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Be sure to “follow” @USClubSoccer on Twitter for live updates and behind-the-scenes footage, and join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #P1soccer.

Members are encouraged to meet with their respective US Club Soccer membership services representatives, who will be available throughout the convention. Contact information can be found here.

Saturday, Jan. 14:

The final day of the 2017 NSCAA Convention brings an informative field session hosted by US Club Soccer and LaLiga, titled “Teaching Progression – Activities for Developing Decision Makers.”

The session will be held in the Los Angeles Convention Center at the Kwik Goal Demo Field 2 from 11 a.m. to noon. LaLiga Formation Methodology experts Gari Fullaondo and Hugo Blanco will deliver the curriculum, and that session plan can be previewed here.

More information can be found here. Head over to our Twitter and Instagram pages for updates before, during and after from the field session.

Full recap of the 2017 NSCAA Convention coming soon.

Friday, Jan. 13:

The first full day of the exhibit hall meant a lot of face time between US Club Soccer staff and our members. In the afternoon, Raúl and LaLiga led a classroom session titled “1 on 1 with Raúl” in Room 408B, 2:45-3:45 p.m.

During the same time slot, a panel discussion titled “Role of Academies in the Development of U.S. Female Players” took place in Room 411. The panel is led by Anson Dorrance (UNC), Christian Lavers (ECNL/US Club Soccer), April Heinrichs (U.S. Soccer) and Jared Micklos (U.S. Soccer).

Head over to our Facebook page for a photo gallery.

Thursday, Jan. 12:

Although the official dates of the 2017 NSCAA Convention are Jan. 11-15, most the action begins Thursday.

From 12:45-1:45 p.m. (local time), US Club Soccer and LaLiga presented a classroom session at the Los Angeles Convention Center room 409AB, titled “Player Formation and Tactical Periodization,” and it discussed:

  • LaLiga’s international plans
  • An overview of LaLiga Formation Methodology
  • Sample session plan

Afterward from 3:30-5 p.m., US Club Soccer and NPL staff hosted a general meeting in room 308A.

The exhibit hall grand opening kicked off at 6 p.m., and US Club Soccer has a large presence. The booth, No. 949, is highlighted by Players First: a branded, holistic club soccer experience emphasizing the development of each individual and helping parents make better choices about where their children should play.

Thirty minutes after the grand opening, Raul signed autographs and took photos with convention attendees at the US Club Soccer booth. Here’s what the autograph card looked like.