2019 ECNL Coaching Symposium Speakers and Location Announced

  • August 13, 2018

RICHMOND, VA (August 13, 2018) – The Elite Clubs National League will hold its 2019 Coaching Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Aria Resort and Casino from January 25-27, 2019, featuring top coaching and leadership experts from all over the world. Following a tremendously successful event in 2018, the 2019 event will once again bring internationally renowned experts to share opinions and knowledge with the leading coaches in the United States.

Tom Byer has impacted the development of millions of children across Asia over the past 20 years, presenting in over 20 countries worldwide, and is currently the Head Technical Advisor for the Chinese School Football Program Office and the Official CSF Grassroots Ambassador.  He is the author of the book “Football Starts at Home,” has traveled the world speaking to clubs, federations, and leagues regarding youth development, and was profiled in HBO’s Real Sports last year.

Fergus Connolly is one of the world’s leading experts in team sport and human performance, the only coach to have worked full-time in every major league around the world, and the author of the highly acclaimed books “Game Changer – The Art of Sport Science” and “59 Lessons – Working with the World’s Greatest Coaches, Athletes and Special Forces.”  Fergus has been Director of Elite Performance for the San Francisco 49ers, Sport Science Director with the Welsh Rugby Union, and Performance Director for University of Michigan Football.

Kris Van Der Haegen is the Director of Coach Education of the Royal Belgian Football Association, a member of the JIRA Panel advising UEFA and UEFA’s member associations on coaching education, the assistant coach for the Belgian Women’s National Team, and was a scout for the Belgian Men’s National Team in the FIFA World Cup in Russia.  Kris was a key part of the transformation of the Belgian youth system that is based upon the vision of development of the Belgian FA. The change of philosophy in the FA, and collaboration with Belgian professional clubs, has led to the “golden generation” of players that just finished 3rd in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The 2019 ECNL Coaching Symposium is part of the league’s coach and club development platform, a key component in the league’s mission to Raise the Game in all standards and areas. The event is open to coaches of both male and female youth soccer players.

“Our goal is to provide unparalleled educational resources, from diverse viewpoints, to challenge leaders, provoke new ideas and thoughts, and constantly raise the quality of coaching, training, and development in the league,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “With another set of incredible presenters, the 2019 ECNL Coaching Symposium will again be one of the best learning opportunities of the year in the United States.”

Held in conjunction with the ECNL Coaching Symposium, the ECNL Winter Meeting for both Girls ECNL and Boys ECNL Member Clubs will take place Friday, January 25, 2019 and Saturday, January 26, 2019 respectively.

Registration information for the 2019 ECNL Coaching Symposium will be provided shortly. Coaches from clubs within and outside of the ECNL are welcome to register, subject to event capacity.

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About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.

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