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U.S. Soccer to Host Coaching Symposium in Bradenton, Fla. from December 5-7

 CHICAGO (Friday, October 31, 2003) – U.S. Soccer will be conducting a free Coaching Symposium from December 5-7, 2003 in conjunction with the Nike Friendlies in Bradenton, Fla.  

The symposium will be built around the U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Teams and is highlighted by the opportunity to interact with U.S. Under-17 MNT Head Coach and U.S. Soccer’s Director of Youth Development John Ellinger.  Each day of the symposium will feature classroom sessions, including information on player development, strength and conditioning, and mental preparation.  Registration is open to all coaches, and “A” licensed coaches will receive up to three Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for attendance at the three-day symposium.  

"In addition to getting the opportunity to watch an elite group of youth play at a high level of soccer in Bradenton during the Nike Friendlies, coaches will be able to further their education with the Coaching Symposium," Ellinger said. "The other instructors and I are looking forward to presenting information on a wide variety of topics that will, in the end, allow for each coach in attendance to return to their teams with a greater knowledge on several topics."

Among the scheduled speakers at the symposium is U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Ellinger, who led his team to a quarterfinal appearance in this year’s FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland.  In addition, U.S. Soccer’s Director of Advanced & International Referee Development Esse Baharmast, members of Ellinger’s staff and U.S. Men’s National Staff Coaches are among the presenters.

Tentative Symposium Schedule

Friday, December 5, 2003
7 p.m.         TBD
                   Esse Baharmast - Director of Advanced & International Referee Development
8 p.m.         “U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams: Player Development”
                   Bob Jenkins – Men’s National Staff Coach Region I

Saturday, December 6, 2003
7 p.m.        “Strength, Conditioning & Fitness Tactics for Elite Soccer Coaches”
                   Pierre Barrieu – MNT Strength & Conditioning Coach
8 p.m.        “Mental Preparation for Elite Athletes”
                  Trevor Moawad – IMG Academies Mental Conditioning

Sunday, December 7, 2003
1 p.m.        “U-17 Men’s National Team: Match Analysis”
                  Mike Haas, Bob Jenkins, Roberto Lopez, & Juan Carlos Michia – Men’s National Staff Coaches
7 p.m.        “U-17 World Cup, Finland: U.S. U-17 MNT Preparation & Results”
                  John Ellinger – U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Coach
8 p.m.        “Preparing our Elite Goalkeepers for the Next Level”
                  Peter Mellor – National Goalkeeping Coach & Staff Coach

* Schedule subject to change

The Nike Friendlies are an annual youth soccer event presented by Nike and U.S. Soccer that invites elite soccer clubs from around the United States and Youth National Teams to the IMG Academy at Bradenton, Fla.  Each team plays four games (one per day) and no standings are kept so that the emphasis is put on quality soccer and player development as opposed to wins and losses.  In three years, the event has become a highly anticipated event by clubs and college coaches because of the emphasis on quality soccer.  This year a total of 43 teams are scheduled to compete in three age groups (Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18), representing 15 different states.  More than 80 matches will be scheduled and six fields will be used.  As they did last year, the U.S. will field an Under-17 Men's National Team and an Under-16 Boys National Team for the event.

Registration is free and will be open to all coaches. Coaches with an “A” License who attend the symposium will earn one CEU for each session attended.  Pre-registration is requested, and the registration form is attached and can also be downloaded at" onClick="javascript:urchinTracker('downloads/SymposiumRelease');" target="_blank">
To apply online, click on the "Coaches" link on the left side of this page. Click the link to "Apply Now!" underneath the "Schedule of National Courses". Once the pop up window appears, choose "Symposia" from the drop down menu. 

Questions about the symposium can be directed to the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department at or 312.528.1219.