Here is what the Speakers are saying about Women In Soccer 2017
“We’re very pleased to the have the Women in Soccer symposium become part of NSCAA Convention week in Los Angeles. It was a terrific first-time event last year and I’m excited to again get to be a part of this important program,” says Berling-Manuel.
“It’s an honor to, again, be joining this distinguished group of speakers for the 2017 Women In Soccer Symposium. We all have a duty to make women’s soccer in this country be the model for our neighbors around the world; to grow the opportunities for the talented individuals in our sport and to work to strengthen those opportunities that exist for our female players, coaches and administrators. This day of collaboration will hopefully help create the pathway to achieve these goals,” says Louise Waxler – Executive Director, McLean Youth Soccer
“The Women In Soccer event in 2015 was a big success. It was a great collaboration of people vested in the women’s game and the insights shared were valuable. I’m looking forward to the 2017 version as there were ‘goals for the year’ shared at the last event and it will be interesting to see how people feel we’ve advanced and where we still need to be doing work. I’m looking forward to hearing from some of the best in the business,” says Lesle Gallimore – Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of Washington.
“If soccer truly is the game for all kids, then it must also be a game for all coaches. For our sport to continue its growth toward being the preeminent sport in America growing the diversity of coaches is integral to our success and that is why I want to speak at Women In Soccer 2017,” says Sam Snow – Coaching Director, US Youth Soccer.
“We’re excited to host a tremendous week of soccer in Los Angeles at the 2017 NSCAA Convention, and it’s an honor to support the Women in Soccer Symposium the day before we officially kick things off. This partnership allows the NSCAA to help shine a bright light on the value of diversity, inclusion and innovation – a theme which we will proudly carry throughout the week that follows,” says Amanda Vandervort – President NSCAA and Vice President, MLS Social Media & CRM.
“With the incredible growth of the women’s game at every level over the past 10 years, it is great to have an event specifically focused on the specific issues impacting and involving the women’s game – highlighting the many areas of huge positives and discussing areas for future change and thought,” says Christian Lavers – President Elite Clubs National League.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of the Women In Soccer 2017 Symposium — there is an incredible group of speakers representing so many different facets of the game. The collaboration of all involved only helps to develop more opportunities and continue to grow the women’s game,” says Heather Dyche – Head Coach, University of New Mexico.
“It’s encouraging to see how this event has grown since last year. The issues discussed are important and the sharing of information even more so. The diverse speakers from all areas of the game is impressive and provide a real insight into the future development of soccer,” says Duncan Riddle – Executive Director of the United States Adult Soccer Association.
“The battle for women’s soccer equality is never ending. We need action not lip service. Especially onerous is the term diversity. Definition: ‘the inclusion of different races and cultures’. Women deserve their own separate recognition within soccer organizations not in diversity groupings,” says Jerry Zanelli – Commissioner WPSL.
“AMERICA HAS LONG BEEN THE WORLD LEADER IN THE WOMEN’S GAME, AND THAT’S SOMETHING WE ALL TAKE GREAT PRIDE IT. BUT THE WORLD IS CATCHING UP — AND MAYBE, IN SOME COUNTRIES AND IN SOME WAYS, WE’VE BEEN OVERTAKEN,” SAYS KEVIN PAYNE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO US CLUB SOCCER.
“How we answer those challenges, and how we all find the courage to be relentlessly honest in our appraisal of where we are in the sport, will be the keys to America remaining at the forefront of women’s soccer, on and off the field — and, I look forward to the exploring these issues and speaking at Women In Soccer symposium,” says Payne.
“I am extremely honored and proud to be able to present at this years Women in Soccer Symposium. With the growth of women soccer on all levels in the U. S. and globally — and with the game of futsal experiencing tremendous growth among women globally as well, I look forward to being a part of the discussion on the impact that futsal can bring to the already successful landscape of the women’s game here in the United States,” says Keith Tozer, Head Coach / U.S. Futsal Men’s National Team, Technical Director / U.S. Youth Futsal, and President / Wisconsin Sports Group.
“U.S. Adult Soccer fully supports Women’s Soccer. We have an affiliated League, the Women’s Premier Soccer League that has been very successful for many years,” says John Motta – President of the United States Adult Soccer Association.
“WHAT WE LACK IN USASA, IS A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR WOMEN AND I AM HOPING TO ENCOURAGE WOMEN’S TEAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PARTICIPATE IN STATE-LEVEL CHAMPIONSHIPS, SO THEY CAN GO ON TO WIN THE USASA NATIONAL WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP.”
“In addition, US Soccer has funded the Michelle Akers National Women’s Championship, which has not been held for the last 2 years,” says Motta. “This would be a National Championship for all Women Champions to come forward and play for the National title. I am hoping to advocate for these Championships and to get more Women tams involved in USASA.”
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