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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

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 ten 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.

The deadline to purchase a small-sided or club pass is Monday, January 14, 2018. Clubs need to commit to a pass by this date, but names of attendees are not due until January 25. Individual registration is also available for the coaching sessions until Friday, January 25, 2019 for $50. If you miss out on the pre-registration options, onsite registration is offered the day of the event for $100.

Registration will open soon.

Guest Presenters

February 9: Club Leaders

Schedule & Topics

Pat Pullen of Pullen Insurance, MYSA’s insurance provider, will be discussing insurance issues and answer questions you may have about the coverages that MYSA provides to its membership. There will also be sessions about finance, governance and how to work with mainstreamed autistic athletes.

The schedule and topics are in the process of being finalized so please check back!


Registration will be done on an Individual basis 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.

Registration will open soon.