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National soccer convention coming to Anaheim in the future

That probably also means the MLS and NWSL drafts will come to town, too.

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This week, the NSCAA, the largest soccer coach association in the United States, announced they’ve rebranded to United Soccer Coaches. They also unveiled a new schedule for their annual conventions.

The NSCAA/United Soccer Coaches convention, which takes place each year in January, came back to the West coast for the first time in several years this year when it was hosted in Los Angeles. The occasion was successful enough that the convention will be coming back to Southern California in the future.

United Soccer Coaches announced their annual convention will come to Anaheim in 2021, 2024, and 2029. With other conventions taking place in Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore and Kansas City through 2032, Anaheim’s conventions will be the only ones taking place on the West Coast.

“Our Convention exemplifies and embodies how we unite coaches. There’s nothing else like it in the world for our sport,” said United Soccer Coaches President Charlie Slagle in a statement. “We’re excited to bring the United Soccer Coaches Convention to two new sites with the addition of Chicago and Anaheim.”

Of additional note, if current practice holds until the 2021 convention, the MLS and NWSL college drafts will also take place the same week and in the same city as the United Soccer Coaches convention. That was the case this year in Los Angeles, with the MLS draft being held in the same building and the NWSL draft held in a building near the convention.

So, if you’re a coach you’re likely already marking your calendars, but if you’re a fan of MLS or NWSL, you may also have a good reason to head to Anaheim in four, seven and 12 years’ time.

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