Join US Club Soccer & LaLiga at 2016 NSCAA Convention

Join US Club Soccer & LaLiga at 2016 NSCAA Convention

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Dec. 21, 2015) - US Club Soccer is preparing for a significant presence at the 2016 NSCAA Convention, Jan. 13-17 in Baltimore, Md., highlighted by LaLiga, US Club Soccer’s new technical partner.

The event is labeled as the “World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches” with more than 4,000 coaches and 10,000 attendees expected. The NSCAA Convention annually features live field demonstrations, lectures, networking socials and more.

US Club Soccer will host three sessions by LaLiga officials, an autograph opportunity and a booth focused on Players First.

“We look forward to meeting with our members and making new connections at the NSCAA Convention,” US Club Soccer CEO Kevin Payne said. “This is an important opportunity to show the soccer community how we’re elevating the game through Players First and our LaLiga technical partnership.”

LaLiga signed a long-term technical partnership with US Club Soccer at the Players First launch event in August at Nike World Headquarters. The expansive partnership provides US Club Soccer members with curriculum to enhance the daily youth soccer training environment for better development of all players.

In 2016, it will also include reciprocal coaching education seminars and elite player training opportunities abroad, including direct involvement with US Club Soccer’s id² Program and Player Development Program.

“This is a unique opportunity for LaLiga to share our insight with the American soccer coaching audience,” said Fernando Sanz, General Director of LaLiga Middle East and North Africa. “It is a big step for our organization to invest resources to assist development of American soccer, and we look forward to deepening our relationships with the thousands of youth coaches in attendance.”


  • Title: Coaching Methods in the LaLiga Academies: Developing World-Class Players
  • Time: Thursday (Jan. 14), 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Location: Convention Center demo field*
  • Clinicians: Gari Fullaondo and Hugo Blanco
  • Overview: This session will show and describe some of the training methods used across Spain’s LaLiga, the top professional league in the world. Instructors from LaLiga’s methodology department will use example activities to show methodology and principles in training used daily in top Spanish youth academies.


  • Title: A Career in LaLiga and Bringing the Experience to the U.S.
  • Time: Thursday (Jan. 14), 2:15-3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Convention Center room*
  • Presenters: Michel Salgado (Real Madrid) and Fernando Sanz (Real Madrid, Malaga)
  • Overview: A personal discussion with two former LaLiga stars about their careers and development as players, and how the methods that formed them as players will be brought to the United States through the LaLiga/US Club Soccer technical partnership.


  • Who: Michel Salgado and Fernando Sanz, former players and Champions League winners at Real Madrid.
  • Time: Thursday (Jan. 14), 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: US Club Soccer booth at Convention Center exhibit hall


  • Title: Youth Development in Spain – LaLiga Methods and Philosophy
  • Time: Friday (Jan. 15), 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Convention Center room*
  • Clinicians: Gari Fullaondo and Hugo Blanco
  • Overview: This presentation will outline some of the key philosophies and methods in youth development used in LaLiga youth academies, and why they are critical to long-term athlete development, including concepts on how to plan and periodise training for youth teams

* Please check the exact locations when on-site at the NSCAA Convention.


While those interested in US Club Soccer are welcome to stop by our booth at any time, scheduling individual meetings with your respective membership services representative is encouraged.

Vice President John Borozzi may also be reached at


A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.

US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id2 Program and Player Development Programs.

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