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Winter Symposium

MYSA is committed to the development of administrators and coaches as well as players. As a way to achieve this goal, each year we offer a symposium filled with topics to assist you in your role(s) within your club.

The 2019 Winter Symposium will take place in two parts this year. On Saturday, February 2, 2019 in the Sports Hall at the National Sports Center in Blaine, there will be field and classroom sessions for coaches. Administrative sessions will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Minnesota Youth Soccer state office in Bloomington. Sessions both days will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

February 2: Club Coaches

Location: National Sports Center Sports Hall (Blaine, Minn.)

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Field Presenter Topic
9:30–10:20 a.m. Tim Carter Collective Possession-Progression:
Playing in gaps & between lines
10:30–11:20 a.m. Andy Seidel Unbalancing on the last line:
Draw opponents, fix & change the point of attack
11:30–12:20 p.m. Barry Pauwels &
Didier Chamberon
High Pressing as a Ball Recovery Strategy
12:30–1:30 p.m. Barry Pauwels &
Didier Chamberon
Creating Chances in Offensive Transition
Classroom Presenter Topic
9:30–10:20 a.m. Barry Pauwels &
Didier Chamberon
Theory: High Pressing as a Ball Recovery Strategy
10:30–11:20 a.m. Simon Almaer Building Resilience in Youth Soccer Players
11:30–12:20 p.m. Stephanie Golan
& Dawn Crow
Team Building: Culture Wins
12:30–1:30 p.m. Andy Seidel Weekly & Daily Planning of Training


There will be several options available for registration for the coaching sessions. Clubs who register 499 or fewer players are eligible to purchase a small-sided pass. For $200, they will be able to register five coaches with a complimentary pass for one club official. Larger clubs can purchase a club pass which reserves registrations for ten coaches and/or administrators for the cost of eight for $400. Additionally, with the purchase of the club pass, the club President and Director of Coaching will receive complimentary attendance passes.

Online registration is required by Friday, January 25, 2018. Clubs need to commit to a pass by this date and provide the names of attendees. Individual registration is also available for $50. If you miss out on the pre-registration options, onsite registration is offered the day of the event for $100.

Guest Presenters

February 9: Club Leaders

Location: MYSA State Office (Bloomington, Minn.)

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


  • Insurance:  What is covered and what is not?
    Presenter:  Pullen Insurance
  • Financial Best Practices
    Presenter:  Brian Baker, Hinrichs & Associates
  • Discrimination and Harassment
    Presenter: McKenzie Tompt, Insperity
  • Independent Contractor or Employee?
    Presenter:  Megan Knopik, Paychex


Online registration for individuals is available until Friday, February 1, 2019 for $25. If you miss out on the pre-registration option, onsite registration is offered the day of the event for $50.