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U.S. Soccer Coaching Symposium to Be Held Oct. 15 and 16 in Kansas City, Kan., in Conjunction With U.S. MNT World Cup Qualifying Matches

“A” Licensed Coaches Can Earn Two CEUs;
Coaches Will Attend a U.S. MNT Training Session and U.S. MNT Match

CHICAGO (Sept. 24, 2012) – U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department will host a Coaching Symposium in Kansas City, Kan., on Oct. 15 and 16 in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala.

This symposium will focus on style, strategy and multi-match trends and patterns. U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching, Dave Chesler will lead this event and give attendees an “insider’s” view of 2014 World Cup Qualifying.

Registration for the symposium includes two days of educational presentations and discussions, an opportunity with exclusive seating to observe a U.S. MNT training session, match ticket, pre-game reception, pre-game field access and a U.S. Soccer CoachesNet Scouting and Training Notebook. The cost for the symposium is $250 for active U.S. Soccer CoachesNet members and $260 for non-members. Registration is open to all U.S. Soccer-licensed coaches.

“This symposium will give coaches a unique opportunity to examine the USA’s preparations prior to a major international competition,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education Dave Chesler.

Guatemala, Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda and the United States make up Group A in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Each opponent meets twice, once at home and once away, in round robin play. The top two teams from each of three groups will advance to the Final Round of qualifying, which will take place in 2013. Three teams will automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team will play in a two-leg playoff against the winner of the Oceania region.

U.S. Soccer “A” licensed coaches can earn two (2) “Continuing Education Units” for attending this symposium and completing a written technical component related to the match.

U.S. MNT vs. Guatemala Coaching Symposium Tentative Schedule
Date          Time (CT)                Event
Oct. 15      2:15-2:45 p.m.         Registration
Oct. 15      3-4:45 p.m.              Presentation
Oct. 15      5 p.m.                       Training
Oct. 15      6:15 p.m.                  Presentation

Oct. 16      2-4:30 p.m.              Presentation
Oct. 16      4:30 p.m.                  Pre-game Reception
Oct. 16      5 p.m.                       Observe on-field warm-ups
Oct. 16      6 p.m.                       U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala

Schedule is subject to change. Times may be adjusted to accommodate changes in training schedule and coaching staff. More information will be available in due course.

Questions regarding the symposium can be directed to Bryan Koch in the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department at or 312-528-1219.