2017 NSCAA Convention

The U30 Coaches Experience is a unique opportunity for young NSCAA members, ages 16-30, to get involved and experience the Annual Convention. In addition to full registration, the U30 Coaches Experience events will provide opportunities for the attendees to expand their networks within the soccer industry and interact with top coaches in an intimate setting. 


U30 Coaches Experience Raffle! Prizes and details posted below. 

*Continue to check back frequently as new information and events will be released on a daily basis.

Exclusive U30 Coaches Experience Events

U30 Coaches Welcome Gathering

The U30 Coaches Welcome Gathering is the opening session for the U30 Coaches Experience.  The welcome gathering will not only give the attendees an opportunity to meet and interact with each other but will also serve as an informational session that will help explain what to expect for the rest of the week. 

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Time: 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Location: CC 404 AB

Fire-Away! Q&A Sessions

The Fire-Away! Q&A sessions are exclusive opportunities for the U30 Coaches to sit down with a top experienced coach and ask questions or get advice on coaching and the game of soccer. Each registered U30 Coach will receive a ticket to attend one (1) of the five (5) Fire-Away sessions.  Prior to the Convention, the U30 Coaches will receive an email with a survey asking which of the five (5) sessions they would like to attend.

Date and time may vary.

Location: CC 407



Professional Development Session

The Professional Development Session is a 90 minute session geared towards helping coaches and soccer industry professionals develop in certain areas. This program will be divided into three different stations and each group will rotate through all three sessions. 

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: JW Platinum D/E


NSCAA Membership Groups/Coaching Communities Open Meetings and Advocacy Hour

The NSCAA Membership Group Open Meetings provides an opportunity for the NSCAA members to get involved with a Membership Group and Coaching Communities. Before all individual meetings there will be a joint continental breakfast for all Membership Groups to come together and interact. After the brief breakfast each Membership Group will have their own individual meeting where they discuss what the group is, who is involved, and how you can get involved with the group.

Date: Friday, January 13, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Location: JW Platinum D/E

The U30 Coaches Experience Schedule

The schedule below is not included on the master Convention schedule and was specifically designed for the U30 Coaches Experience. The events below are not mandatory, although we strongly encourage you attend all of the U30 Coaches Experience events.

** Please note that CC stands for Convention Center and JW stands for JW Marriot.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Room: CC 404 AB
U30 Check-In: Pick up credentials and U30 gift
3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Room: CC 404 AB 
U30 Coaches Welcome Gathering- Geoff VanDeusen, Director of Operations and Events
Get more information about the U30 Coaches Experience 

Thursday, January 12, 2017
7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. First Time Attendee Experience- Learn everything that Convention offers (Recommended)
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Room: CC 407
Fire-Away! Q&A Session, featuring Emma Hayes- Chelsea Ladies FC Head Coach (Ticket Required)
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
JW Platinum D/E
Professional Development Session, featuring Jeff Freeman (Illinois Assistant Women's Coach), Deborah Raber (MCLA Women's Head Coach) and Charlie Slagle (Incoming NSCAA President)
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
South Exhibit Hall H/J
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening- Showcases hundreds of products and services to Convention attendees (Recommended)

Friday, January 13, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
JW Marriott Platinum D/E
Advocacy Hour followed by NSCAA Membership Groups and Coaching Comunities Open Meetings (Recommended)
Be an Advocate for: Who You Coach and Who You Are
**Continental Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Room: CC 407
Fire-Away! Q&A Session, featuring Tiffany Jones- President of X-Factor Performance Consulting (Ticket Required)
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Room: CC 407
Fire-Away! Q&A Session, featuring Willie McNab- Celtic FC Academy Manager (Ticket Required)
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
JW Platinum Ballroom D/E 
NSCAA Awards Banquet (Ticket Required; request before Jan. 1, 2017) 

Saturday, January 14, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Room: CC 407
Fire-Away! Q&A Session, featuring Vince Ganzberg- NSCAA Education Content Coordinator (Ticket Required)
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Room: CC 407
Fire-Away! Q&A Session, featuring Laura Harvey- Seattle Reign FC Head Coach (Ticket Required)
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Room: CC 402 AB
Now Hiring- Job Fair (Recommended)
 6:00 p.m.
Kwik Goal Demo Fields 
1 and 2
Walt Chyzowych 4-A-Side Tournament, presented by SAY Soccer
Visit the elite tournaments booth #411 or click on the link

Sunday, January 15, 2017
8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Room: CC 408 A
NSCAA 4 v 4 Diploma (Recommended)
8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Kwik Goal Demo Field 2
NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma (Recommended)

Other Recommendations:

  • Download the NSCAA LA app (available Jan. 5th)
  • Share your story, NSCAA Board of Directors Election and Job Boards at Pavilion.
  • Participate in the U30 Convention video contest. Please click on the following link: https://form.jotform.com/63565637548166
  • Complete the post-event survey.


U30 Coaches Experience Raffle

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you for being part of the U30 Coaches Experience!

Carolyn Savage

Eric Struble

Rebekah Bullock

Chris Byington

Guido Riffeser

Ejdin Djonlic   

Steve Coleman

Gustavo Gomez

Edmund Steen

Conor Prachar


  •           Register for the U30 Coaches Experience before deadline (December 13th at 11:59 p.m. PST).
  •          Each registration to the U30 Coaches Experience = one chance of winning.
  •          Prizes and winners will be selected at random.
  •        Only one entry per person.



  •          Networking lunch with Schellas Hyndman provided by the NSCAA (3 winners)
  •          Networking lunch with Lesle Gallimore provided by the NSCAA (3 winners)
  •          One complimentary registration for the 2018 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA (value of $329)
  •          Convention Video Set, value of $299 (2 winners)
  •       Kwik Goal Coaches Pack