RICHMOND, VA (October 23, 2019) – The Elite Clubs National League will hold its 2020 Coaching Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Aria Resort and Casino from January 24-26, 2020. The fourth annual event will continue to feature top coaching and leadership experts from all over the world. 

Ceri Bowley is the Head of Coaching Support at City Football Group, who have an unrivaled global presence, with clubs and affiliated teams in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia. Prior to his role at CFG, Ceri worked in academia as a Course Leader and Senior Lecturer of undergraduate and graduate soccer degrees, at the English FA as Coach Mentor and Educator, and a number of youth Academies in England and Wales as a coach, performance coach (psychology) and consultant. Ceri is a UEFA A Licensed Coach and a PhD in Coaching Science and Sport Psychology. 

James Kerr is a bestselling writer, speaker and coach who helps leaders create high performance cultures for elite teams and organizations. He is the author of the global best-seller ‘Legacy’ which provides a unique insight into the most successful sporting team, the All Blacks, and has worked with some of the world’s most exceptional organizations-  from Tier One Special Forces to Formula One teams, Premiership Football managers to Olympic athletes, and Google to Spotify to Boeing.

Cristina Fink, PhD, is a highly experienced sport psychologist with over 25 years of experience in teaching, counseling and sport administration. Her counseling clients include Olympic Medalists and World Champions as well as professional and national soccer teams. She was the Sport Psychologist for several teams in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. She competed in two Olympic Games (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992) and held the Mexican High Jump Record with a 6’4” (1.94) jump for 22 years. Cristina is the author of a number of published papers and books, and a keynote speaker in many national and international conferences.

The 2020 ECNL Coaching Symposium is part of the league’s coach and club development platform, a key component in the league’s mission to Raise the Game by elevating standards in youth soccer. The event is open to coaches of both male and female youth soccer players, inside and outside of the league. 

“Over the last 4 years, the ECNL Coaching Symposium has become one of the most unique and valuable learning and developmental opportunities in the country, and the 2020 event will raise the bar again,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “The range of presentations this year will provide world renowned expertise in leadership, methodology, culture development and more. 

We look forward to an event that challenges, provokes, and stimulates discussion for all coaches and leaders.” 

Held in conjunction with the ECNL Coaching Symposium, the ECNL Winter Meeting for both Girls ECNL and Boys ECNL Member Clubs will take place Friday, January 24, 2020 and Saturday, January 25, 2020 respectively. Public registration for the 2020 ECNL Coaching Symposium is available here. Any coach is welcome to register, subject to event capacity. 


About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through the creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer. 


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