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The United Soccer Coaches Convention brings together thousands of participants in a five-day event

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A presenter interrupts the game to speak to the audience during a coaching demonstration. // Photo by Chris Ortiz

The Kansas City Convention Center hosted 7,000 guests for the United Soccer Coaches Convention. The event, which ran from January 19 to January 23, attracted vendors, presenters and attendees from around the world.

United Soccer Coaches is headquartered in KC on the third floor of Union Station. The association serves the community around football, from youth leagues to majors, providing services around advocacy and education.

Despite their hometown home base, this is the first time in 10 years that their annual convention has been held in the subway.

“With the headquarters here, there are a lot of people who work with the organization or have worked for us in the past,” says Bailey Conklin, conference marketing and communications specialist. “It’s not just a great opportunity for us to reunite with the football community, but to bring them to this place where we’ve seen football – and the office – grow so much. It’s a place where we can celebrate this climax together.

The convention center’s 800,000-square-foot second floor housed booths promoting everything from jerseys and portable lighting systems to championship rings and massagers. Vendors came from Europe, including Miter International from the UK and A-Champs from Barcelona, ​​Spain.

The event space included three full indoor football pitches, complete with artificial turf and stands. Demonstrations were presented throughout the five-day invention, covering topics as diverse as coaching techniques, in-game analysis, coaching strategies and promoting inclusivity for LGBTQ+ youth.

A new tangential football sport, Teqball, was introduced at the exhibition. The competition mixes elements of table tennis, but emphasizes player technique rather than scoring ability. Ajay Nwosu, CEO and Chairman of Teqball, revealed in a presentation that the sport’s goal is to be included in the 2028 Summer Olympics. Many professional footballers were present to lend their support and enthusiasm to the launch and in the future of Teqball.

The event ended with a game between the KC Comets and the Tacoma Stars at T-Mobile Center.

United Soccer Coaches (formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America) was founded in 1941 and has since become the third largest soccer coaching organization in the world. Their next convention will be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in early 2023.