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February 04, 2013

FEBRUARY 16-17, 2013
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Soccer Nation Expo 2013 is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, February 16-17 in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Come join thousands of fellow soccer fans at the most exciting soccer festival of the year! This is the biggest family soccer show in the United States. And it's FREE to attend!

There's Plenty to Do for Soccer Fans of All Ages...

This year, Soccer Nation Expo has increased the number of exhibits and areas where attendees can play, learn, show off and experience more soccer activities than ever before. Some of these exhibits are:

• In celebration of the U.S. Soccer Centennial, attendees can view and take pictures of the 1991 and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup trophies.
• The LA Galaxy will have a large area where attendees can learn new skills and play soccer-based games with representatives of the team.
• Recreational coaches and players will have the AstroTurf Rec Pitch where members of the Cal South Coaching Education and Pro+ staff will give instruction on drills specifically for younger developmental players.
• Learn the secrets of juggling catches, lifts and freestyle during the Futboleros Juggling Clinics, free on both days of Soccer Nation Expo.
• Experience live futsal action as you watch the 2013 Adult Futsal Tournament presented by Toque and Sport Court.
• Appearances and autograph sessions with your favorite soccer players*, such as Andres Chitiva (C.F. Pachuca), Todd Dunivant (LA Galaxy), Clint Mathis (former U.S. National Team and MLS star), Jose Vasquez (former LA Galaxy player) and Gwendolyn Oxenham (former Duke player and star of the soccer film Pelada) and many others.

*Exhibit areas and guests are subject to change.

VIP Coach Pass Clinics and Special Sessions...

We're assembling a great lineup of guest speakers and clinicians, including some of the most renowned and respected soccer coaches in the U.S. and the world, to provide world-class coaching clinics on our AstroTurf Presentation Pitch for VIP coaches to enjoy.

Some of the exciting coaches who have been scheduled* to appear this year include Gavin Makel (Manchester City), Alex Williams (Manchester City), Pat Noonan (LA Galaxy), Hans Westerhof (C.F. Pachuca), Laura Harvey (Arsenal FC/Seattle Reign), Romeo Jozak (NK Dinamo Zagreb), Tony DiCicco (FIFA Women's World Cup champion & NSCAA) and Ian Barker (NSCAA). For coaching bios, click here.

Special seating at these clinics, early show access on Saturday morning, February 16, and exclusive access to special classroom sessions are offered to those who purchase a VIP Coach Pass, the best way for a coach to maximize their enjoyment of Soccer Nation Expo. To learn more about the VIP Coach Pass, click here.

The cost of the VIP Coach Pass is only $35 per coach: Click here to register now

Cal South Coaches Association members automatically save $15 off a VIP Coach Pass. To join the Cal South Coaches Association, click here

For a full schedule of VIP Coach Pass clinics and sessions, click here.*
*Clinicians, speakers and schedule are all subject to change.

Exhibitors from all over the soccer world...

And when you're not on a pitch or showing off a trick, you can visit Soccer Nation Expo exhibitors offering an incredible variety of products including soccer gear and equipment, not to mention many other consumer goods and services, and all from companies that love "the beautiful game" as much as you do!

Click here to see the full list of exhibitors at Soccer Nation Expo 2013.

Administrator Meetings and the Cal South AGM

League and club administrators and VIPs, including tournament directors and registrars, should be aware that numerous breakout sessions will be hosted in the meeting rooms at the Los Angeles Convention Center during both days of Soccer Nation Expo 2013.

Some of these classroom sessions are geared towards using both social media and traditional media in promoting your league or tournament. Representatives from Sparkloft Media and will lead these classes, and they should be of great interest to anyone interested in growing their membership base or getting the word out about their efforts.

Other breakout sessions will focus on developing sponsorship relationships and live tournament and registration software demos from Affinity Sports. The Cal South Soccer Foundation will also have a handful of classes on field development and other related topics.

And as always, the Cal South Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place during the Expo on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Credentialing for delegates for affiliate member leagues and clubs begins at 9:00 a.m., with the AGM scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in Rooms #303A & 303B in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. For more information about delegate credentialing and board election rules for the AGM, click here.

To see the full schedule of Administrator Breakout Sessions taking place at Soccer Nation Expo, click here.*
*Speakers and schedule are all subject to change.

Even the referees get in on the fun...

The Cal South State Referee Committee will host referee meetings throughout the day on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Soccer Nation Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Herb Silva, U.S. Soccer Federation's Director of Referee Identification and Training and the Platinum Program, will be one of the speakers at the symposium, as well as representatives from the Professional Referee Organization (PRO). Our speakers will have interesting and informative presentations that should benefit all referees attending this symposium.

These meetings are FREE and open to any referee from any organization that wishes to attend. Referees attending this symposium will receive credit for their in-service yearly training requirements.

Cal South Awards Banquet

The Cal South Awards Banquet, our annual celebration of the incredible accomplishments of our members, players, coaches and volunteers, will once again come alive on Saturday night, February 16, just after the lights have gone down on Soccer Nation Expo 2013 for the day. Dinner and awards will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with cocktails beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Update 02-05-13: SOLD OUT! Tickets for the 2013 Cal South Awards Banquet are sold out! If you would like to be placed on the waiting list should more tickets become available, please contact Brandy Buell at Tickets will be available by will call during the cocktail hour outside the Banquet Hall.

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For more information about Soccer Nation Expo 2013 -- the latest updates, schedules, special guests, clinic descriptions, exhibitor listings… everything! -- please visit our website at

We'll see you at Soccer Nation Expo 2013!