Women in Soccer 2017 Symposium
What better way to kick off the annual NSCAA Convention than by attending the Women In Soccer symposium? It is about creating opportunity and sharing inspiration.
Women In Soccer celebrates diversity in the beautiful game as it acknowledges the long road ahead to equality. Many of the influential leaders in soccer come together year at the symposium which will be held the day before the NSCAA kicks off.
DON’T WAIT FOR THE WORLD TO CHANGE AROUND YOU BECAUSE YOU CAN WAIT FOREVER, says NSCAA’s CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel
Women in Soccer Symposium is on January 10 — from noon to 6 PM at the LA Convention Center followed by the reception at WP24 Nest at the Ritz Carlton starting at 6:30 PM.
Soccer News: The 2017 Women in Soccer Symposium is around the corner with the event taking place on Tuesday, January 10 at the Convention Center and JW Marriott in Los Angeles. The symposium starts at noon and will be held the day before the 2017 NSCAA Convention.
Lynn Berling-Manuel, Louise Waxler, Lesle Gallimore, Janet Rayfield, Anson Dorrance, Jeff Plush, Kevin Payne, Amanda Vandervort, Rachel Van Hollebeke, Sam Snow, Christian Lavers, John Motta, Dawn Scott, Rosalie Kramm, Evelyn Gill, Caitlin Carducci, Keith Tozer, Duncan Riddle, Jerry Zanelli, Amanda Cromwell, Karla Thompson, Lisa Cole, Jenny Blakley among others are coming together to discuss today’s critical issues and help grow the beautiful game.
Women in Soccer Event: The keynotes, panels and interactive Q&As will start at noon and the symposium will be immediately followed by a reception starting at 6 pm at the NEST WP24 in the Ritz Carlton Hotel – Wolfgang Puck’s Asian inspired lounge on the 24th floor of the Ritz/Marriott hotel build.
Women In Soccer goal is to create inclusive, empowering changes.
“With the incredible growth of the women’s game at every level over the past 10 years, it is great to have an event specifically focused on the specific issues impacting and involving the women’s game – highlighting the many areas of huge positives and discussing areas for future change and thought,” says Christian Lavers, President Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).
The afternoon welcomes many of the most influential people in soccer for a series of keynotes, interactive panels and one-on-one Q&As along with a speaker-led breakout session.
“We’re excited to host a tremendous week of soccer in Los Angeles at the 2017 NSCAA Convention, and it’s an honor to support the Women in Soccer Symposium the day before we officially kick things off. This partnership allows the NSCAA to help shine a bright light on the value of diversity, inclusion and innovation – a theme which we will proudly carry throughout the week that follows,” says Amanda Vandervort – President NSCAA and Vice President, Social Media & CRM.
“It’s an honor to, again, be joining this distinguished group of speakers for the 2017 Women In Soccer Symposium. We all have a duty to make women’s soccer in this country be the model for our neighbors around the world; to grow the opportunities for the talented individuals in our sport and to work to strengthen those opportunities that exist for our female players, coaches and administrators. This day of collaboration will hopefully help create the pathway to achieve these goals,” says Louise Waxler – Executive Director, McLean Youth Soccer
“The Women In Soccer event in 2015 was a big success. It was a great collaboration of people vested in the women’s game and the insights shared were valuable. I’m looking forward to the 2017 version as there were ‘goals for the year’ shared at the last event and it will be interesting to see how people feel we’ve advanced and where we still need to be doing work. I’m looking forward to hearing from some of the best in the business,” says Lesle Gallimore – Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of Washington.
“If soccer truly is the game for all kids, then it must also be a game for all coaches. For our sport to continue its growth toward being the preeminent sport in America growing the diversity of coaches is integral to our success and that is why I want to speak at Women In Soccer 2017,” says Sam Snow – Coaching Director, US Youth Soccer.
“It’s encouraging to see how this event has grown since last year. The issues discussed are important and the sharing of information even more so. The diverse speakers from all areas of the game is impressive and provide a real insight into the future development of soccer,” says Duncan Riddle – Executive Director of the United States Adult Soccer Association.
“The battle for women’s soccer equality is never ending. We need action not lip service. Especially onerous is the term diversity. Definition: ‘the inclusion of different races and cultures’. Women deserve their own separate recognition within soccer organizations not in diversity groupings,” says Jerry Zanelli – Commissioner WPSL.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of the Women In Soccer 2017 Symposium — there is an incredible group of speakers representing so many different facets of the game. The collaboration of all involved only helps to develop more opportunities and continue to grow the women’s game,” says Heather Dyche – Head Coach, University of New Mexico.
“America has long been the world leader in the women’s game, and that’s something we all take great pride it. But the world is catching up — and maybe, in some countries and in some ways, we’ve been overtaken,” says Kevin Payne, Executive Director/CEO US Club Soccer.
“How we answer those challenges, and how we all find the courage to be relentlessly honest in our appraisal of where we are in the sport, will be the keys to America remaining at the forefront of women’s soccer, on and off the field — and, I look forward to the exploring these issues and speaking at Women In Soccer symposium,” says Payne.
“I am extremely honored and proud to be able to present at this years Women in Soccer Symposium. With the growth of women soccer on all levels in the U. S. and globally — and with the game of futsal experiencing tremendous growth among women globally as well, I look forward to being a part of the discussion on the impact that futsal can bring to the already successful landscape of the women’s game here in the United States,” says Keith Tozer, Head Coach / U.S. Futsal Men’s National Team, Technical Director / U.S. Youth Futsal, and President / Wisconsin Sports Group, LLC.
Related Article: Women in Soccer 2015 Symposium
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The event is co-produced by SoccerToday’s Diane Scavuzzo and McLean Soccer’s Louise Waxler with the help of Score’s Rebeka Beteivaz and many others who make this happen.
To say the list of keynote speakers and panelists is outstanding would be an understatement. The amazing cross section of the professional, amateur and youth world’s top leaders coming together along with the best collegiate coaches — and, of course, current and former U.S. Soccer National Team coaches is unusual, and all on a volunteer basis. Everyone participates to meet the challenges facing women in soccer and to increase diversity in the beautiful game.
National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), US Youth Soccer, Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) all have their TOP people – CEOs, Commissioners, Directors of Coaching speaking at the event
“We’re very pleased to the have the Women in Soccer symposium become part of NSCAA Convention week in Los Angeles. It was a terrific first-time event last year and I’m excited to again get to be a part of this important program,” says Berling-Manuel.
“U.S. Adult Soccer fully supports Women’s Soccer. We have an affiliated League, the Women’s Premier Soccer League that has been very successful for many years,” says John Motta, President of the United States Adult Soccer Association.
“What we lack in USASA, is a National Championships for Women and I am hoping to encourage Women’s Teams across the country to participate in State-level Championships, so they can go on to win the USASA National Women’s Championship.”
“In addition, US Soccer has funded the Michelle Akers National Women’s Championship, which has not been held for the last 2 years,” says Motta. “This would be a National Championship for all Women Champions to come forward and play for the National title. I am hoping to advocate for these Championships and to get more Women tams involved in USASA.”
Info on Women In Soccer Speakers:
- Head coach of the University of North Carolina women’s soccer team. Dorrance was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.
- Head coach of the UCLA women’s soccer team.
- President of NSCAA & Vice President of CRM and Social Media at Major League Soccer (MLS).
- Manager of Player Services at United States Soccer Federation.
- Executive Vice President of US Club Soccer and President of the Elite Clubs National League and an assistant with the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL.
- Women’s National Team Fitness Coach & Sport Performance Director
- Executive Director/CEO of United States Adult Soccer Association since 2011.
- Manager/Coach of Chelsea Ladies – awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours for services to football.
- President of New Jersey Youth Soccer.
- University of New Mexico women’s soccer head coach.
- Head coach of the University of Illinois women’s soccer team for the past 14 seasons, leading her side to the NCAA Tournament in 10 of her 14 seasons at the helm.
- Commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
- Assistant Director of Coaching for South Texas Youth Soccer.
- L.A. Galaxy Digital Media Manager.
- Founder of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
- President of the United States Adult Soccer Association.
- Assistant Technical Director of Arizona Youth Soccer Association.
- Head coach of the University of Washington is now in her 23rd season with the Huskies.
- Technical Director of Centre Soccer Association, a non-profit community soccer organization in State College, PA.
- Executive Director of the McLean Youth Soccer and is the Former President of the NSCAA.
- CEO and chief executive officer of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Rachel Van Hollebeke
- Former USWNT defender, Van Hollebeke was a member of the 2012 London Olympics gold medal team.
- First female soccer referee in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) and the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). She is also a founding member of The Futbol Factory located in Chula Vista, California.
- US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching. Snow is also Goal Nation’s contributing columnist.
Speakers are not paid for their time not are they reimbursed travel costs to participate in Women in Soccer.
Coach’s symposium tickets are at a lower costs than the non-coach ticket and are partially subsidized by sponsorships.