Players First, LaLiga prepare for impact at 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention

Players First, LaLiga prepare for impact at 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. | US Club Soccer is once again preparing for its annual impact at the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) Convention, and 2018 brings familiar headliners. The event, to be held Jan. 17-21 at the Philadelphia Convention Center, is expected to draw more than 6,000 coaches and 11,000 attendees as the “world’s largest annual gathering of soccer coaches and administrators,” according to United Soccer Coaches officials.

LaLiga Formation Methodology experts Gari Fullaondo, Hugo Blanco and Zun Fullaondo will lead a classroom session and a field session in The City of Brotherly Love – less than a week after directing a LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 coaching education course in Tulsa, Okla.

Here are US Club Soccer’s special offerings:

  • Thursday, Jan. 18; 1-2 p.m.: Classroom session – “Player Formation and Planning Development for the Long Term” with LaLiga Formation Methodology experts Gari Fullaondo and Hugo Blanco (Convention Center Room 113B)
  • Thursday, Jan. 18; 6 p.m.: Exhibit Hall grand opening – US Club Soccer booth #549
  • Friday, Jan. 19; 1-2 p.m.: Field session – “Translating Tactical Training to the Game” with Fullaondo and Blanco (Kwik Goal Demo Field 1; Exhibit Hall C)

“We look forward to sharing our Players First philosophy and LaLiga methodology with the soccer community at the Convention,” said Kevin Payne, US Club Soccer CEO. “LaLiga Formation Methodology has directly impacted about 1,000 coaches and 350 clubs throughout the country, and the impact of our partnership will continue to grow through those coaching courses and new initiatives to come.”

Additionally, US Club Soccer will have a large Players First-themed booth (#549), where current and prospective members are encouraged to meet with their respective US Club Soccer membership services representative. The Exhibit Hall at the Philadelphia Convention Center opens Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. and closes Jan. 20 at 4 p.m.

Behind the Players First booth, US Club Soccer and LaLiga are co-branding a coffee bar (#559) for those needing a caffeine boost to navigate more than 250 educational opportunities during the Convention, including live field demonstrations, classroom sessions, networking socials, coaching diplomas and various workshops.

For National Premier Leagues (NPL) leaders, US Club Soccer is hosting the NPL AGM, Jan. 18 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown.

Beyond US Club Soccer-specific sessions, members are encouraged to check in on sessions led by Players First partners – a collection of best-in-class resources advancing the pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety. Here is a day-by-day breakdown of those opportunities.

ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:

A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.

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