SMWW Soccer Sports Career Conference
Held During The MLS SuperDraft & United Soccer Coaches Convention

..January 11 - 12, 2019
Chicago, Illinois

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 and the United Soccer Coaches Convention, (formerly the NSCAA Convention.) Attendees at this conference consist of club owners, front office personnel, league officials, agents, coaches,  individuals on the business side of the soccer and those wanting to work on the business side of soccer. 

 
 

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:

Chicago Marriott Marquis
2121 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

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

 

Registration Now Open:

Early bird discount available until October 1st, 2018

2019 Conference Fee will include:

  • Complimentary entrance to the United Soccer Coaches Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall 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. "The Business of Soccer Happens Here!" 
  • For those attendees interested in arriving early, the MLS SuperDraft will be arranged. 
  • All SMWW Soccer Career Conference Sessions (Meet Agents, Scouts, Analysts, Media)
  • SMWW Networking Social (Beverages at your own expense.)
  • Name Badge & Registration packet
  • Access to the National Women's Soccer League College Draft on Thursday for those arriving early
  • SMWW Soccer Scarf included with registration

 

General Admission: $200 

College Students, Faculty & SMWW Alumni:   $150 

Team, Agency Employees & SMWW Agents:   $175

 

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

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

 

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)

 

SMWW Welcome Reception

Meet this year's speakers, MLS scouts, agents, media members and the SMWW faculty in Philidelphia! This welcome reception is a great kick-off to the conference, spent downtown in the hub of the MLS Draft & United Soccer Coaches Convention. Drinks and appetizers at the heart of the action after the MLS Draft on Friday, January 11th, 2019. (MLS SuperDraft at 11am, reception follows the draft at approximately 4pm)

 

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!

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SOCCER CAREER CONFERENCE AGENDA

Note: below is the agenda from 2018. We share this to give you an idea of what the day is like. Speakers will be different but topics will be similar.The 2018 conference agenda will be constantly changing up until the week of the event. We work our speakers and panels around their team meetings. Team meetings are scheduled one week prior to the event. However, you can keep checking back as we add speakers. We always have a great schedule. You will love it!

 

Saturday

9am-11am - Registration Open
  • Pick up your tickets, name badge, SMWW soccer scarf, and information needed for event
10:00am-12:00pm - United Soccer Coaches Convention Exhibit Hall "The Business of Soccer Happens Here!" 
11:00am-3:00pm - 2019 MLS SuperDraft Reserved Seats for SMWW Conference Attendees
3:30pm-5:30pm - Welcome Reception
  • Meet SMWW President Dr. Lashbrook, MLS Scouts, Agents, and SMWW Staff and Faculty including Sky Andrew, John Print, Tommy Smyth, Matt Martin, Scott Rezendes, and more!

Saturday

8:00am - Conference Registration Opens
8:45am - Dr. Lynn Lashbrook Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00am - Keynote Speaker
  • Eric Wynalda, Fox Sports Analyst, US Soccer Presidential Candidate
10:00am - The Impact of Media in Sports
  • Tommy Smyth, Philadelphia Union Color Analyst
  • Charles Boehm, MLSSoccer.com contributor and senior writer, Potomac Soccer Wire
11:00am - Cutting Edge Technology in Soccer
  • Oliver Gage, Houston Dynamo Performance Analyst
  • Chris Malenab, Reno 1868 FC Video Analyst
  • Devin Pleuler, Toronto FC Manager of Analytics
Noon - Lunch, Keynote Speaker
  • Steven Short, Lunch, USL Division 3 Soccer Vice President
1:00pm - The Business of Scouting
  • Andre Sherard, Portland Timbers Regional Scout/SMWW Alumni
  • Brian Kellogg, Portland Timbers Freelance Scout, USDA Soccer Academy Performance Analyst/SMWW Alumni
  • Nate Kish, DC United Assistant Coach/Chief Scout
2:00pm - Careers in College Soccer
  • Dave Giffard, Virginia Commonwealth University Head Coach
  • Tim O’Donohue, Naval Academy Head Coach
3:00pm - Negotiating for the Stars in the MLS
  • John Print, SMWW Soccer Operations Director
  • Sky Andrew, FIFA Agent
  • Maikel Tsuji, SMWW Agency/SMWW Alum
4:00pm - The Unconventional Path into Soccer Careers
  • Matt Martin, Real Salt Lake, Director Academy Scouting
  • Scott Rezendes, Oklahoma City Energy FC Technical Director/SMWW Mentor

About The 2019 Event:

What is the United Soccer Coaches Convention and Exhibit Hall?

The United Soccer Coaches Association (formerly the NSCAA) hosts the World's Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches each year. The United Soccer Coaches 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 United Soccer Coaches 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. "The Business of Soccer Happens Here!" 

MLS SuperDraft

The 2019 MLS SuperDraft conducted by Major League Soccer (MLS) held at the United Soccer Coaches Convention. More information about the draft here. SMWW reserves seats for attendees at the draft so we can all sit together. Wear your SMWW Soccer Scarf included with registration! 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 usually the Thursday before the MLS Draft. We will post when the 2019 NWSL Draft is as soon as we know. 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.

 

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, Real Salt Lake, Director Academy Scouting 
    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
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Thank you! We will let you know as soon as conference dates are announced!