The organization formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America will be returning to Philadelphia after this January’s convention in 2023, 2026 and 2030, according to an announcement Wednesday that coincided with news of a name change for the more than 30,000-member organization.
The 76-year-old organization announced its new handle - United Soccer Coaches - at a press conference in Chicago Wednesday with the city’s mayor Rahm Emmanuel present.
“We are the world’s largest community of soccer coaches with more than 30,000 members and we are uniquely positioned to unite soccer coaches around their love of the game,” said United Soccer Coaches CEO Lynn Berling-Manuel at the event. “Our association has the amazing ability to unite every coach at every level at every field across the nation. Our mission and vision remains firmly rooted in supporting and celebrating soccer coaches on all points of the coaching journey.”
The United Soccer Coaches Convention, as its now been rebranded, attracts more than 12,000 members of the soccer community for five days each January and, according to the organization, generates an estimated economic impact of $15-18 million for the host city.
Future dates for the convention, which traditionally coincides with Major League Soccer’s SuperDraft, were announced through 2032.
Philadelphia: 2018, 2023, 2026, 2030
Chicago: 2019, 2025, 2031
Baltimore: 2020, 2028, 2032
Anaheim: 2021, 2024, 2029
Kansas City: 2022, 2027
“Our Convention exemplifies and embodies how we unite coaches. There’s nothing else like it in the world for our sport,” United Soccer Coaches President Charlie Slagle said. “We’re excited to bring the United Soccer Coaches Convention to two new sites with the addition of Chicago and Anaheim. We’re also thrilled to bring the Convention back to Kansas City, home to our National Office, and to return to our two most-frequented locations in Philadelphia and Baltimore.”
The upcoming convention will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center January 17-21. It was last in Philadelphia in 2014 and 2015 and in 2010 and 2006 before that. Click here for more information.