The Michigan State Youth Soccer Association Coaching Symposium returns December 9 to be held at the High Velocity Sports Center located in Canton, Michigan. This educational one-day event will run from 9:00am to 5:00 pm, and coaches from around the State as well as coaches who are participating in the MSYSA Director’s Academy Program are welcome to join.
Coaches will receive information on various player development topics, futsal developmental topics as well as participate in classroom and field sessions. Special guests include John O’Sullivan, Drew Ducker and Erwin van Elst who will help provide additional education to our members. The cost to register for this Symposium is $75.00 per candidate.
Read up on the special guests below and for the original press release and registration details please visit the MSYSA website.
John founded the Changing the Game Project in 2012 in order to help parents, coaches and youth sports organizations create a more child-centered sports experience for our young athletes. John is a former collegiate and professional soccer player, and worked for 20 years on the youth, high school and college level as a coach and club Technical Director. He holds a USSF ‘A’ License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and a US Youth Soccer National License. His blog is now one of the most popular youth sports websites in the US, and his writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Soccer Wire, and Soccer America. John has been a presenter at TEDx Bend Oregon, IMG Academy, and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention.
Drew, who still currently plays professionally for ABK in Major League Futsal and Detroit Waza in the Major Arena Soccer League, started coaching in 2000. He currently holds US Soccer ‘A’ License, the NSCAA Premier Diploma, US Youth Futsal Level 3 Certificate and US Youth Soccer Youth National License. He currently coaches youth players at the Canton Soccer Club, while being the Executive Director of Michigan Futsal Factory Academy and a regional team coach for US Youth Futsal. Most recently Drew has been invited to join the US Futsal Team in Costa Rica in Nov to help in their preparation for the upcoming Futsal World Cup.
Erwin van Elst
After a brief playing career in Holland for Helmond Sport in the Dutch 1st Division, coach van Elst graduated from CIOS Arnhem (Central Institute for Athletics and Coaching) in the Netherlands where he earned his UEFA ‘B’ License. Upon moving to the Grand Rapids (20 years ago), he has gained US Soccer’s ‘B’ License and the Meulensteen International Instructor Certificate. Erwin presents the Meulensteen Method throughout the USA and is a regular presenter at the NSCAA conventions. Recently he presented the 200 Meulensteen Certification course along Rene Meulensteen at the 2015 NSCAA Summer Symposium, Orlando, FL. He is known for his proven ability to instruct the technical elements necessary for young players to improve the fundamentals of the game. His extensive background and experience provides a wealth of knowledge he shares with his clients. He also serves as the Director of Coaching for Soccer Club of Rockford Meulensteen Academy (SCORMA).