Soccer Leaders Unite To Share Knowledge & Advice
Updated: The beautiful game may be on a global pause, but nothing’s going to stop coaches from sharing their love of the game. So successful, the America Scores’ FREE Soccer Coaches Summit extended its initial week long program and has also launched a series of sessions in Spanish.
America Scores is holding a FREE Soccer Coaches Summit from April 13 – 18, 2020.
The online Soccer Coaches Summit expects to have nearly 100 speakers and thousands of participants. Attendees will be able to learn directly from elite, world-class soccer coaches, trainers, and clinicians through a series of live one-hour seminars, presentations, and Q & A sessions.
A non-profit organization, America SCORES, is connecting coaches all across America, offering a free week long soccer program open to everyone in the soccer community including coaches, players, fans, friends, and family.
Colin Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer of America SCORES Bay Area believes this is the right time for unity.
“The problem is that the game has paused. Coaches, the lifeblood of the sport, are sidelined,” said Schmidt. “We have tens of thousands of coaches stuck on their couches. How can we unite coaches? How can we inspire and inform them?”
“How can we advance the game during this period of lockdown?”Colin Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer of America SCORES
America SCORES’ solution is to connect, inform and inspire coaches around the country online with a creative symposium; coaches helping coaches during a period of intense isolation and hardship. “It’s like ‘We are the World’ or perhaps #LadyGaga’s ‘ONE WORLD: TOGETHER TO END CORONAVIRUS’, but with a whiteboard and Xs and Os,” said Schmidt.
Schmidt is working with Board Chair and Event Organizer, Jon Denholtz to lead this effort. They are joined by Hamza Al Haidari and Alicia Yanow who have assembled an all-star lineup of speakers who truly represent the depth and diversity of soccer in America have agreed to donate their time for live one-hour sessions.
There’s a new session at the top of most every hour. Check the Soccer Coaches Summit’s schedule for more information.
The lineup speakers include Bob Bradley – MLS’s LAFC head coach and former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach from 2006 – 2011, Anson Dorrance – University of North Carolina head coach and former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach from 1986 – 1994, Lynn Berling-Manuel – CEO of United Soccer Coaches, Ed Foster-Simeon – the President and CEO of U.S. Soccer Foundation, Duncan Riddle – Executive Director of USASA (US Adult Soccer Association), USMNT veteran Paul Caligiuri – UPSL Technical Advisor and OCFC head coach, Keith Tozer – World of Futsal Host and U.S. Men’s National Futsal Team for more than two decades, Tracy Hamm – UC Davis’ head coach, Paul Holocher – Academy Director for MLS club Houston Dynamo, Mike Noonan – Clemson head coach, Dan Woog – coach and writer, Brad Rothenberg – co-founder of Alianza de Fútbol, Geoffrey Wheeler Wesleyan University head coach, Owen Finberg – Director of Athletics at South Kent School, Ruth Nicholson – GO Founder, and Ben Olson.
Over 100 speakers are participating in this amazing event. Ben Olsen, Jim Barlow, Carrie Taylor, Kim Wyant, Kyle Martino, Ed Foster-Simeon, Kylie Stannard, Wayne Harrison, Amy Dirks, Kassie Gray, Dennis te Kloese, Aliceann Wilber, Jim Madrid are also donating their time and talents, as well as Colin Schmidt, the CEO of America SCORES Bay Area whose organization created this program. For a full list of speakers, please click here.
Most of the session formats are pretty straight forward: 30-40 minutes of talking with or without a PowerPoint and 20-30 minutes of Q&A.
America SCORES’s mission is to provide high-quality soccer and poetry programs free of charge to some of the most vulnerable communities across the country.
The non-profit started in DC after the 1994 World Cup. Currently, they are serving 13,000 students, in 12 cities, in partnership with 311 low-income public schools. Donation to America SCORES are welcome. 100% of proceeds go to support America SCORES free soccer programs for low-income youth across the country.
Originally published in April 11, 2020