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Soccer Career Conference at the MLS SuperDraft


 Soccer Career Conference
during the MLS SuperDraft & NSCAA Convention
Baltimore, Maryland - January 14-15, 2016

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 Soccer Career Conference held in conjunction with the MLS SuperDraft* and NSCAA Convention*. 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 soccer nationally and internationally. 

*SMWW’s Soccer Career Conference is not affiliated or any way connected with MLS, MLS SuperDraft, NWSL, or the NSCAA.


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 on the business of soccer. The day will be split up into diverse speaker panels; including sports business, athlete representation, scouting, broadcasting, media.


January 14th-15th, 2016


Anyone 18 years or older wanting to work or currently working on the business side of the sports industry. Conference has an emphasis on soccer.

Where: Baltimore, Maryland

Events and their location:

Thursday 12 noon: MLS Draft - Baltimore Convention Center
Thursday 6-9pm: Opening Night at the NSCAA Exhibit Hall - Baltimore Convention Center
Thursday 8pm-10pm: SMWW Welcome Reception: Prat Street Ale House across from the Baltimore Convention Center.
Friday: 9am-5pm: SMWW Soccer Career Conference - Hotel conference room walking distance from the Baltimore Convention Center.


2016 Conference Fee includes:

  • All SMWW Soccer Career Conference Sessions on Friday, January 15th from approximately 8am-6pm. (Meet Agents, Scouts, Analysts, Media)
  • Friday, January 15th Networking Lunch
  • Complimentary entrance to the NSCAA Exhibit Hall. Upon arrival to the event you will recieve a ticket for a one time enterance to the NSCAA Exhibit Hall featuring over 300 soccer businesses. The Exhibit Hall at the NSCAA Convention is the nation’s largest soccer-specific trade show. With approximately 300 companies on hand, attendees can examine the latest soccer-related technology and equipment.
  • SMWW Welcome Reception at Pratt Street Ale House on Thursday, January 14th, 2015 from 8pm-10pm. This event includes light snacks. (Beverages are at your own expense.)
  • Name Badge & Registration packet
  • For those attendees interested in arriving early, the MLS SuperDraft is open to the public. Thursday, January 14th, 2016 from approximately 12noon-5pm
  • An opportunity to attend the NWSL Draft is avaiable on Friday at 12noon.

    (Conference Fee does not include meals, hotel accommodations, or the NSCAA Convention.)

Click here to register now:

General Admission: $300. Early bird registration before November 30th only $200.

Student Admission: $275. Early bird registration before November 30th only $175.

SMWW Welcome Reception:

Thursday, January 14th, 2016 
from 8pm-10pm
Pratt Street Ale House

Meet speakers, fellow attendees, soccer scouts, soccer agents, soccer media, soccer business executives and the SMWW Faculty at the legendary Pratt Street Ale House. A great kick off to the conference and the evening in downtown Baltimore in the hub of the MLS Draft, NWSL Draft, and NSCAA.  (Reception is optional)

"The SMWW event is the best learning experience of the year for understanding how the entire sports market works,” said Kaplan, “I enjoy hearing from a broad spectrum of presenters including executives, Front Office workers, scouts, players, agents, marketing, media. I've worked in major league sports for 20 years and find SMWW events fresh and unique."
Ari Kaplan, well known Moneyball Analyst for professional teams 

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.)

What is the NSCAA Convention?

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.

What is the NSCAA Exhibit Hall?

The NSCAA Exhibit portion of the Convention annually showcases more than 300 exhibitors making it The Largest Soccer Trade Show in North America. With SMWW Soccer Career Conference registration you will receive a ticket for a one time visit. The hours of the NSCAA Exhibit Hall are:

Thursday 6-9pm
Friday 9-5pm

Saturday 10-4pm

Booths will be added up to the event, but click here for a map of booths.

MLS SuperDraft

The 2016 MLS SuperDraft will be the seventeenth SuperDraft conducted by Major League Soccer (MLS) held at the NSCAA Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 from 12noon to 5pm EST.

More information about the draft here.

NWSL Draft

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft is Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. EST at the NSCAA Convention in the Baltimore Convention Center.

See the draft order here.

College Credit: 

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

Hotels & Airports

Hotel Room Night Options:
We reccommend you book a hotel within walking distance of the Baltimore Convention Center.

Airport Options:

• Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
Distance from Baltimore Convention Center: 12 miles. Estimated taxi fare one way: $30

• Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - (DCA)
Distance from Baltimore Convention Center: 45 miles. Estimated taxi fare one way: $100 USD. (Trains available for less.)

• Washington Dulles International Airport - (IAD)
Distance from Baltimore Convention Center: 60 miles. Estimated taxi fare one way: $150 USD (Trains available for less.)

  Past Speakers: 
  • 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
2016 Soccer Conference Agenda

Speakers for 2016 are now being invited and we will post the 2016 agenda as we get closer to the event. Speakers are not guaranteed. Teams sometimes do not announce who is attending the draft until two weeks prior to the event so we have to be flexible. So the agenda below is listed so you have an idea of how the event will be organized.

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

12noon - 5pm MLS Draft open to the public (Optional)




NSCAA Opening Night at the Exhibit Hall - Baltimore Convention Center (you may use your one time pass during Opening Night or you can wait and use it Saturday)

Welcome Reception
at a the Prat Street Ale House across from the Baltimore Convention Center
206 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Friday, Janaury 15th, 2016:

9am Welcome - Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
9:15am International Soccer Business Panel:
10:15am Soccer Agent Panel:
John Print, FIFA Agent & SMWW Agency Soccer Director
and two more
11am Break
11:15am MLS and NASL Executive Panel:

12:00 noon

SMWW Networking Lunch

or attend the NWSL Draft at the Baltimore Convention Center


Soccer Scouting Panel:

Matt Martin, Timbers

two more

2:00pm Soccer Analytics Panel:
Richard Tratford, Wyscout

two more

Soccer Media Panel:
Tommy Smyth, Soccer Analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International

and one or two more


4:00pm MLS Ticket Sales and Business Development Panel:
4:45pm Closing Remarks - Dr. Lynn Lashbrook





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Sports Management Worldwide would like to invite you to join us at one or all of our SMWW Career Conferences. These events are held during major sporting events so that you can experience the heart of the action. These seminars provide an invaluable opportunity to learn about numerous sports jobs and network with professionals currently working at the highest level of sports. Head coaches, GMs, Directors of Player Personnel and Scouting, ESPN writers, experienced sports agents, former professional athletes and many others will be in attendance. Join industry leaders to discuss and debate the latest challenges facing the business of sports. For anyone that is looking to work in sports, you can't miss this opportunity to meet and learn from sports executives and the SMWW staff, all in the atmosphere of a sporting event you have always dreamed of participating. One college credit is available per conference attended. (Excluding Toronto, Canada Prime Time Conference)




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