National Premier Leagues to play significant role in US Club Soccer's NSCAA Convention offerings


[2012 NSCAA Convention Web page]

The National Premier Leagues will play a significant role in US Club Soccer's presence at the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention, to be held Jan. 11-15 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Highlighting US Club Soccer’s offerings at the world’s largest annual gathering of soccer coaches are a field session by NorCal Premier Soccer’s Director of Coaching Education Benjamin Ziemer and US Club Soccer Board member John Rennie, as well as a presentation by US Club Soccer’s Chairman of the Board Phil Wright, Executive Director Bill Sage and Executive Vice President Christian Lavers detailing the integration and development of the organization’s competitive platforms, such as the National Premier Leagues and National Cup, and player identification programs.

In addition, Rennie will be inducted into the NSCAA’s Hall of Fame as part of the Association’s annual awards banquet. The long-time head coach of the Duke University men’s soccer program will be honored along with M. “Chick” Jacobus during the ceremony, to be held Fri., Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Convention Center.

Members will also have the opportunity to interact with US Club Soccer staff members and several board members throughout the convention, as well as at US Club Soccer’s booth #1608 in the Convention Center. The booth will be open during exhibition hall hours beginning Thursday evening through Saturday.

We hope many of our members will join us in Kansas City, which offers an exciting destination with dynamic convention facilities, world-class hotels, professional sports, top-notch museums, live theater and interesting places to relax and have fun.

Among US Club Soccer’s offerings at the 2012 NSCAA Convention:


Integrating Competition Platforms, Player Identification Programs, & Club Development in American Youth Soccer

Presented by US Club Soccer’s Chairman of the Board Phil Wright, Executive Director Bill Sage and Executive Vice President Christian Lavers

Thu., Jan. 12 | 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. | CC Room 2102 AB
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This discussion will emphasize the importance of creating local, regional and national programs that integrate multiple components of the youth soccer platform in order to meet all the needs of clubs, coaches and players. These components include competition programs, player identification and development programs, and club development programs. The synergies of a unified and integrated youth soccer concept will be discussed as they relate to improving the player experience and elevating the standards to which clubs and coaches aspire and are held.

US Club Soccer will also describe in detail the integrated platforms it has developed to accomplish these goals and to help improve the standard and quality of the youth soccer experience in the future.


Training Passing and Receiving for Elite Youth: Coordination, Technical and Tactical Aspects

NorCal Premier Soccer Director of Coaching Education Benjamin Ziemer and US Club Soccer Board member John Rennie

Presented by US Club Soccer

Fri., Jan. 13 | 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | CC Exhibit Hall D
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This is a passing and receiving session geared toward elite youth soccer players ages 11 to 13. The coaching will focus on subtle points regarding technique, but also will address coordination and other bio-mechanic demands required to properly execute these skills. The session will advance to introduce tactical concepts regarding space and time as well as creating passing sequences and rhythms that replicate the game. To conclude, the session will use possession games designed to emphasize all of the prior points within a competitive format.


Throughout the convention, key staff members along with several US Club Soccer board members will be available to listen to ideas, concerns and suggestions and to answer questions at the organization’s booth #1608 in the exhibit hall.


While those interested in US Club Soccer are welcome to stop by our booth at any time, individual meetings may also be scheduled. Please contact your respective membership services representative below to set up a meeting:

Director of Membership Services and Adult League Development John Borozzi may also be reached at or (954) 509-1004.


US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop competitive club soccer in the United States. A member of the United States Soccer Federation since July 2001, US Club Soccer has grown to include member clubs and leagues in all 50 states. In addition to sanctioning and administering tournaments, leagues and other competitions as well as offering a range of programs for its members, US Club Soccer annually conducts the National Cup. US Club Soccer also directs its own player identification and development program – id2.

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