Soccer Career Conference

SMWW Soccer Sports Career Conference
Held During The MLS SuperDraft & NSCAA Convention
January 11-15, 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  

Experience the heart of the action and mix and mingle with some of the most prominent names on the soccer landscape by attending the SMWW Sports Career Conference held in conjunction with the MLS SuperDraft. Attendees at this conference consist of club owners, front office personnel, league officials, agents, coaches,  and just about anyone from the business side of the game nationally and internationally. 

What:

The SMWW Soccer Career Conference is your opportunity to gain valuable insight into a variety of careers from those working at the highest level in soccer! This two-day career conference offers unique panel discussions and question-answer periods designed to start or advance your career in the business of soccer. The day will be split up into diverse speaker panels; including sports business, athlete representation, scouting, broadcasting, media.

Where:

Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California 

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live  (Registration on Level 2, Conference in Diamond Ballroom on Level 3)
900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, California 

 

SMWW Welcome Reception
January 2018  |  4:00pm-6:00pm

Meet this year's speakers, MLS scouts, agents, media members and the SMWW faculty at the legendary L.A. LIVE is the sports and entertainment district that surrounds STAPLES Center. L.A. LIVE is the premier destination in Downtown Los Angeles. This welcome event is a great kick-off to the conference, spent downtown in the hub of the MLS Draft & NSCAA Convention. Drinks and appetizers at CLEO in the heart of the action after the MLS Draft.

 

Registration Open!

Before January 2018

General Admission: $350 USD  | Student Admission: $300 USD | Team or Agency: $300 USD

2018 Conference Fee will include:

  • Complimentary entrance to the NSCAA Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall at the NSCAA Convention is the nation's largest soccer-specific trade show. With approximately 400 companies on hand, attendees can examine the latest soccer-related technology and equipment. This is billed at the Largest Soccer Trade Show in North America.
  • For those attendees interested in arriving early, the MLS SuperDraft entrance will be arranged. Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 12 noon.
  • All SMWW Soccer Career Conference Sessions on Saturday, January 14th from approximately 8am-6pm. (Meet Agents, Scouts, Analysts, Media)
  • SMWW Networking social at Cleo, LA LIVE on Friday, January 13th, from 4pm-6pm. (Beverages at your own expense.)
  • Name Badge & Registration packet
  • Access to the National Women's Soccer League College Draft. Thursday, January 12th at 12:00noon 

 

 

** Please note, conference fee does not include hotel accommodations. 

Walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Please register online in advance.

 

Experience the Heart of the Action!

 
  • Network with soccer executives in the MLS, EPL, NWSL, USL,and NASL
  • Career guidance from well know soccer executives
  • Insights on who is doing the hiring and what you need to know to get hired
  • Connect with soccer business career minded individuals
  • Mentors who have been where you are and want to assist you with your career
  • Insider information about changes in the industry that put your career on the fast track
  • Strategies to catapult your career to the next level
 

Networking:

Networking Opportunities: One of the advantages of this conference is the ability to network within the soccer industry. Attendees work for teams, others are looking to break into the industry. Most attendees come alone but make many new friends and peers within the industry. And they return year after year!

Group Discount:

Several University Sports Management programs do attend. If you are interested in bringing your group of any kind, please contact alyssa@smww.com and we provide group discounts for 3-40. (Most individuals attend on their own.)

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2018 SOCCER CAREER CONFERENCE AGENDA
Due to MLS meetings, this agenda and speakers will change. A final agenda will be handed out at the registration desk upon arrival.

Thursday:

12:00pm-5:00pm Registration Open at JW Marriott
(Pick up your tickets, name badge, and information needed for event)

6:00pm-9:00pm NSCAA Convention Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Los Angeles Convention Center South Exhibit Hall H/J (One time visit included with registration)

 

Friday:

8:30am-12:00pm Registration Open at JW Marriott, Level Two, top of escalator
(Pick up your tickets, name badge, and information needed for event)

12:00pm-3:00pm 2017 MLS SuperDraft Reserved Seats for SMWW Conference Attendees
Los Angeles Convention Center Concourse Hall, West Lobby Entrance

9:00am-5:00pm NSCAA Convention Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Los Angeles Convention Center South Exhibit Hall H/J (One time visit included with registration)

4:00pm-6:00pm Welcome Reception - Networking at the Cleo, LA Live 
Meet SMWW President Dr. Lashbrook, MLS Scouts, Agents, and SMWW Staff and Faculty

 

Saturday (JW Marriott Diamond Ballroom 3)

8:00am PRE-GAME
(Registration Opens and Morning Coffee)

8:45am  KICK-OFF (Opening Remarks)
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook – SMWW President & Founder

9:00am Getting your Foot in the Door - Media, Communications, Broadcasting, Journalism
Tommy Smyth, ESPN Soccer Analyst & SMWW Faculty
Alicia Rodriguez, MLSoccer.com Freelance Editor
Keith Costigan, Fox Sports

10:00am Soccer's Glue Guys - Supporting top soccer executives
Chip Fuller (Cal-Fullerton Director of Operations)
Brandon Jantz ( Temecula FC Owner/COO)
Scott Rezendes, Oklahoma City Energy FC Technical Director & SMWW Faculty

11:00am Scouting at the Major League Level - Discovering the Diamonds in the Rough
Joey Yusunas (Portland Timbers Regional Scout)
Nate Kish (FC Cincinnati Assistant Coach/Chief Scout)
Andy Farrant (Santa Rosa United SC Director of Operations)

12:00pm LUNCH (provided with registration)

1:00pm Recruiting and Negotiating the Stars in MLS
John Print (SMWW Agency  & SMWW Faculty)
Sky Andrew (Sky Andrew Agency & SMWW Faculty)
Armando Diaz (Krahling Sports Agency - SMWW Alum)
David Ross-Williamson (Wilmelsport Partner/FIFA Agent)

2:00pm From the Top – Advice on How We Hire, Who we Hire and how to build an MLS Franchise
John Thorrington (Los Angeles FC VP Soccer Operations)

3:00pm Cutting Edge Technology in Soccer - Analytics & Digital Video EditingJohn Pascarella (Sporting Kansas City Assistant Coach) 
Matt Martin (Portland Timbers Director of Domestic Scouting & SMWW Faculty) 
Chris Malenab - Sacramento Republic Video Analyst

4:00pm More than half Sports jobs are in Sales - Breaking into Sports via the Sales Department
Brendan Hannan (LA Galaxy VP Marketing, Communications, and Digital)
Jordan Gardner (Burlingame Dragons President)
Ray Ferrari (Orange County Blues [USL] Senior Fan Development Manager )

4:45pm FINAL WHISTLE
Closing Remarks -Dr. Lynn Lashbrook – SMWW President & Founder

What is the NSCAA Convention and NSCAA Convention Exhibit Hall?

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America hosts the World's Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches each year. The NSCAA Convention draws approximately 4,000 coaches from their 30,000-plus members and more than 10,000 attendees over five days. Registration to the SMWW Soccer Career Conference includes entrance to the NSCAA Exhibit Hall which showcases more than 300 soccer businesses covering 600,000 square feet, making it The Largest Soccer Trade Show in North America. This is a great educational event covering all of the opportunities within the soccer industry. 

MLS SuperDraft

The 2017 MLS SuperDraft conducted by Major League Soccer (MLS) held at the NSCAA Convention on Friday, January 13th, 2017. More information about the draft here. SMWW reserves seats for attendees at the draft so we can all sit together. Experience the MLS Draft live and in person! See executives make their trades and picks in person. Watch as fans cheer, boo, heckle, and chant as the picks are made. 

NWSL Draft

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft is Saturday, January 12th, 2017 at the NSCAA Convention. The NWSL College Draft is an annual event which takes place in January of each year when ten NWSL teams select players who are in their senior season in college or have exhausted their college eligibility. The draft is composed of four rounds. Draft order is determined by the final regular season standings.

College Credit:

Most attendees are not college students but sports people looking to start or advance their career in professional or collegiate sports. However, for those of you who are in college and would like transferable credits to your school, one hour of college credit will be available.

Scholarships

SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. You must be 18 years or older to be considered. If interested, fill out an application and submit your resume and one-page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to info@smww.com.

Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW training program will be given preference.

Past Speakers:

Note: Due to Team Meetings, speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more accurate the schedule becomes as executives do not yet know their team meeting schedules.

  • Keir Radnedge - well-known journalist, WorldSoccer, and broadcaster
    Sky Andrew - Sports Agent (Clients include: Alex Dowsett, Sol Campbell, and Chris Robshaw.)
    Aidan Mullally - Tottenham Hotspur Head of Business Development
    Tommy Smyth, ESPN Soccer Analyst
    Tom Fox - Aston Villa Chief Executive
    Tom Glick, MLS New York City FC President
    Dr. Lynn Lashbrook - Sports Management Worldwide President
    Jordan Garbutt, Prozone Head of UK Professional Services 
    Darren Eales - Tottenham Hotspur Director of Football Administration
    Colin Gordon - Key Sports Management Licensed Player Agent by the FA 
    Simon Farrant, Opta Sports - Marketing
    Paul Molesworth - English Football League Chief Scout
    John Print - SMWW Director of UK Operations & Licensed FA Player Agent
    Charles Bruner – Arsenal FC Premium Sales Manager
    Steve Simmons, Aston Villa European Scout
    John Guppy, Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing Founder and former President & CEO of MLS Chicago Fire
    Tony Farrell, Head of International Football with Everton FC
    Mark Lisi - Sports Marketing Consultant and Player Agent, former MLS Player
    Matt Martin, MLS Timbers Director of Domestic Scouting/Regional Scout 
    Tom Veit, President of Philadelphia Union
    Chris Canetti, Chief Operating Officer of Huston Dynamo
    Greg Cotton, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of Kansas City Wizards
    Brian Wellman, President of Carolina RailHawks FC
    Richard Tratford, Wyscout
    Jim Risher, Executive Director of Eurotech Soccer Academies and Tours
    Tim Regan, Indy 11 Head Coach
    Mark Washo, General Manager and President of Washington Freedom
    Shawn McGee, General Manager of Atlanta Beat
    Louise Waxler, Associate General Manager of Philadelphia Independence
    Alex Kotler, Founder of Football Partnerships
    Cara Joftis, Vice President of Marketing, Philadelphia Union
    Mike Quarino, Vice President Ticket Sales and Fan Services of Philadelphia Union
    Rich Searls, Director of Sales and Fan Services of New York Red Bulls
    Steve Powell, Senior Vice President Business Development of Houston Dynamo
    Brian Bilello, Chief Operating Officer, New England Revolution
    Blake Wooster, Head of Business Development, Prozone Sports
    Mark Gress, Co-Op Coordinator, Business Administration & Sports Management, Drexel University
    Gavin Wilkinson - GM Portland Timbers (2015 MLS Cup Champions) and GM Portland Thorns NWSL 
    Bryant Pfeiffer - MLS Vice President, Club Services
    Roy A. Tewell - D.C United Vice President, Ticket Sales and Service
    David Ross-Williamson - Wilmelsport Partner Agent
    Justine Stone - Founder, Stone Sports Management
    Oliver Gage - Houston Dynamo, Performance Analyst
    Angus Mcnab – Perform Group, Head of Content Distribution for North America
    Brooke Tunstall - American Soccer Now, Contributing Writer
    Ricky Clarke - Atlanta Silverbacks, Director of Scouting and Player Recruitment 
    Scott Rezendez - Sporting KC, Domestic Scout