United Soccer Coaches' January summit aims to be 'rallying point'

United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA) will host a summit at its annual coaches convention Jan. 17-21 in Philadelphia to identify “cultural cornerstones."

Coaches from across American soccer will take part in the summit, whose goal will be to develop common core values for American soccer that United Soccer Coaches will share with the organization's more than 30,000 members.

The model for what United Soccer Coaches aims to produce is hockey’s "Declaration of Principles" recently introduced by the NHL and its players association.

United Soccer Coaches CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel: "It is time to bring together the coaching community for the good of the game and recognize the sport will only grow stronger in this country through collaboration and camaraderie rather than competition and conflict. Our association and our convention is uniquely positioned to be a rallying point."

2 comments about "United Soccer Coaches' January summit aims to be 'rallying point'".
  1. Ric Fonseca, October 20, 2017 at 4:23 p.m.

    OMG!!! If Utd Soccer Coaches needs to have another "rallying meeting" to identify "cultural cornerstones," I must say that I am completely aghast at this comment!!!  I dare ask the big wheels of the organization, current and former board members, just what happened to the Latino/Hispanic, African American, Asian, and other groups since post WCUSA 1994 that were eventually subsummed by the formerly known NSCAA? It was my understanding that the "cultural cornerstones" HAD already been ID'd!!! So what has happened since then!!! So come, come now, did it take getting eliminated from continuing competition, in order to organize a rallying meeting!?!?!

  2. Ric Fonseca, October 20, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

    I might also add that the reality of the annual coaches conventions, is that the majority of those attending in meeting locales east of the Continental Divide are from that part of the country (East/North East & South) and the numbers from the Western/Far Western part do not attend or unable to attend, thus there is very little representation from this part of the country. And I know for sure that the leaders of the old NSCAA and current ones now under United Soccer Coaches know this very well. So my question and suggestion is to first what to do vis-a-vis have greater participation from virtually 1/2 of the country (Far West) is achieved/accomplished; my suggestion: plan for such a meeting, but not at the beginning of the year during the convention, but an extraordinary meeting say in St. Louis, or Chicago or Dallas, in MID YEAR.  

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