How to Prepare for Your First Convention

The United Soccer Coaches Convention is enormous. It is easy to get overwhelmed and miss out on some amazing features, experiences, and people.

5 Days…6,500 Coaches…14,000 attendees…250+ Sessions…hundreds of exhibitors…Field demonstrations…Lecture sessions…Networking…Socials…Awards…Diplomas…barely scratches the surface of what you will find at the Convention.

As always, we are here to help you out! We don’t want you to miss out on anything, so here are a few tips and tricks for the first-timer.

Before You Register

Learn More:

Visit the Registration Information section for the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention rates, registration deadlines, to see what is included with your registration, as well as policies.


United Soccer Coaches membership is required for Convention registration. If you are a current member OR if you have been a member in the past, you will need to use the email that associated with your account in our system.  If your membership is not current, or if have never had a membership, the $95 membership fee will be added to your Convention registration automatically. 

Questions? LEARN MORE about the incredible benefits of United Soccer Coaches membership


Before You Travel

Housing & Travel Information:

This section will be updated as soon as information becomes available. 

NOTE: You will receive the link to the Hotel information AFTER your complete your registration.

Plan Dates of Trip:

If possible, it is a good idea to arrive early on Day 1 of the Convention to register and to get familiar with McCormick Place West Buidling for easy navigation in between sessions.


Pack Appropriately:

The Convention is a week full of events of varying types. It is important to pack for the events you are participating in, whether that includes educational sessions, meetings, and/or socials events. 


Before You Arrive

Plan for Diplomas:

Learn about Convention Session Types and Research the Diplomas and Certificates you are going to go for. 

Note: Diploma, Certificate and Presenter information and schedules are constantly updated. Keep an eye on the Convention Education section for information.


Enhance Your Experience:

Don’t miss out on meal functions, social events, and group gatherings! Please visit the Enhance Your Experience section to learn more about these opportunities that are available to you during the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention.



Create your personalized schedule:

Create a customized schedule to fit YOUR educational needs. (This feature will be available in December.)


Stay Up to the Moment:

Download the United Soccer Coaches Convention App for the most up to date information on the Convention, sessions, presenters, and what your fellow coaches are up to!

NOTE: United Soccer Coaches will make an announcement when the 2019 Convention App is launched.


Connect & Engage:

Follow the United Soccer Coaches on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Use the official 2019 Convention hashtag to get updates and to see what’s going on before Convention and throughout the week.

More Tips Once You Arrive at Convention

When You Arrive

Use the Convention App:
Utilize the United Soccer Coaches Convention App for the most up to date information on the Convention, sessions, presenters, and what your fellow coaches are up to! Convention App Launch is still to come! 


Keep Connecting:
Use the official 2019 Convention hashtag to get updates and to see what’s going on throughout the weekend. Then keep up with everyone and everything that’s going on by following the United Soccer Coaches on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


Find Registration and Check in:
You can usually expect a line at registration on the first day, so plan on arriving AT LEAST 30 minutes prior to the start of the Convention.


Learn From Experts:
Attend the First-Time Attendees’ Rookie Experience Information Session.

NOTE: No additional registration required! More information to come.

While You Are At Convention

Observe Signage:
Be sure to check out the Digital Signage located throughout the McCormick Place West Building and the Marriott Marquis (headquarter hotel) for schedule changes and updates.


Take Advantage of Networking Opportunities:
The United Soccer Coaches Convention is the largest coaches gathering in the world, take advantage of it and meet other coaches from around the country and from around the world.

Be sure to bring a pen and a notepad to take notes during the educational sessions!
Always carry business cards – you never know who you’ll bump into at Convention!


United Soccer Coaches

30 W Pershing Road, Suite 350, Kansas City, MO 64108 | | Tel: 816-471-1941


The Member Services Help Center is available if you have any questions or need any help. You can also contact the Members Services Team at 816-471-1941 or

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