We visit The National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention, Baltimore 13th – 17th January 2016

Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organisation that serves members at every level of the game.

The NSCAA works every day to inspire coaches and ignite their passion for the game, so that they can pass it on to players and others in the soccer community. They deliver this through three core values: “Learn. Participate. Belong.”

Each year, those members come together for one soccer coaching extravaganza.

Billed as "The World's Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches," each year the NSCAA Convention draws over 5,000 coaches from our 32,000-plus members, and more than 10,500 attendees over five days for live field demonstrations and lecture sessions, networking socials, coaching diplomas and more!

This year our team ventured across the pond to experience the event for the very first time. 

Packed with hundreds of speakers, soccer coaching demos and an exhibition hall similar to that of London’s Excel centre, you instantly gauge the magnitude of soccer in the US. 

Across the 4 days we managed to listen and talk to a variety of extremely knowledgeable and interesting figures within the beautiful game. We heard talks on the psychology of parents within sport such as “Communicating With Parents.” by Springfield College psychology professor Judy Van Raalte and on cultivating the right coaching environment in ‘Grit, Accountability, and Caring…Your Coaching Matters’ by Lynn Kachmarik, Founder and Director, TRUE BRAND SPPORTS LLC.

At the convention many US soccer clubs and teams came to talk to us about how their clubs could benefit from tours to the England, the home of football (…soccer). There are many companies offering these kind of trips but many clubs are looking for behind-the-scenes access to iconic sporting venues and the kind of residential facilities that can really make the trip a valuable training experience. We’re planning exactly that for a number of clubs this summer. More on Nike Football Tours