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SAVE THE DATE! FEBRUARY 13-14 FOR SOCCER NATION EXPO 2010 AT THE L.A. CONVENTION CENTER!

enero 03, 2010

SAVE THE DATE!

February 13th & 14th for Soccer Nation Expo 2010 at the L.A. Convention Center!

Soccer Nation Expo 2010 is right around the corner! The largest FREE family soccer exposition in the United States will be landing at the L.A. Convention Center on February 13th and 14th for two incredible days of soccer fun and action for everyone -- players, coaches, families, friends and soccer fanatics alike! And, as always, Soccer Nation Expo is FREE to the general public! In addition, if you are one of the first 500 people to line up outside the doors of Soccer Nation Expo each morning, you will receive a free goodie bag full of great soccer swag when the doors open!

So, why should you go to Soccer Nation Expo? We have some amazing events lined up for the show, everything from clinics taught by world-class coaches, skill demonstrations and competitions, appearances and autographs by professional players including members of Chivas USA and the L.A. Galaxy, over a hundred fantastic vendor booths, and even the Southwest Regional Futsal Championships. We even have after-hours events lined up, like the Cal South Awards Banquet and the VIP Coach Pass Reception at the ESPN Zone.

Here's a breakdown of reasons YOU should go to Soccer Nation Expo 2010:

The VIP Coach Pass sponsored by the L.A. Galaxy - Yes, Soccer Nation Expo is free to everyone, but interested coaches can take advantage of special VIP seating and exclusive access to the Expo's clinics and classroom sessions by purchasing a VIP Coach Pass sponsored by the L.A. Galaxy. The VIP Coach Pass is REQUIRED for entry to the VIP Coach Pass Lounge, VIP seating around the "Center Pitch" area, and VIP Coach Pass classroom sessions. Entry will not be granted to coaches, administrators, players or family members without a pass. The cost is only $30 per VIP Coach Pass - click here to register . US Soccer Federation "A" License coaches will pay $45 and earn 2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)* - click here to register

The Pass is limited to the first 500 coaches that register and includes:

oEarly, private access inside Soccer Nation Expo on Saturday, February 13, 2010 from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm. (Show doors do not open to the public until 9:30 am.)

oCoffee and pastries will be provided by SoccerOne to all VIP Coaches during the early access hour. (Available in VIP Coach Pass Lounge on show floor.)

oFree Swag Bag ($50 value) - includes: Nike Sack Pack, Cal South T-Shirt, Success in Soccer DVD, Field Diagram Pad, online access to Center Pitch Coaching Clinic Videos, and a Cal South pen.

oReserved VIP seating around the "Center Pitch" where coaching clinics by professional world class coaches will take place on the hour, every hour, throughout the event.

oVIP access to private classroom sessions given by Paco Castrejon, Oscar Hernan Gil Rincon, Craig Brown CBE, Klaus Pabst, James Parry, Jeff Tipping, Steve Hoffman and other Soccer Nation Expo clinicians.

oCenter Pitch Session Videos - special access to videos of Center Pitch demonstrations and clinics. Available online after the show on a password-protected page.

oSoccerOne VIP Coach Pass Discount Card offering 10% to 60% off merchandise purchased at SoccerOne (pass good for one full year). Will be mailed to participating coaches after the show.

oVIP Coach Pass Reception - Hang out with Soccer Nation Expo's world-class clinicians at the ESPN Zone at L.A. Live on Friday, February 12th, the night before Soccer Nation Expo. Includes hors doeuvres and drinks. Limited to 200 guests. Cost: $15 for VIP Coach Pass holders - register here // $30 for general public - register here

*Note: Due to the high quality of clinicians, the US Soccer Federation will provide 2 CEUs to USSF "A" Licensed coaches in attendance of the VIP Classroom Sessions and Center Pitch Sessions. Purchase of the VIP Coach Pass is required to earn these 2 CEUs.

The Nike 5 / U.S. Futsal Southwest Regional Championship - Fast and furious soccer action with 5v5 teams facing off in a series of preliminary matches, with the top two teams in each bracket meeting in a championship final. Brackets available for boys, girls, men and women. For details or to register your team, click here

Special Guests - In addition to world class coaches like Paco Castrejon, Oscar Hernan Gil Rincon, Craig Brown CBE, Martín Vásquez, Klaus Pabst and James Parry, Soccer Nation Expo will feature visits and autograph sessions from players from both Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Several other surprise guests will be announced in the weeks leading up to the show! Bring your autograph book and have your camera ready! For bios and updates on Special Guests, click here 

The Soccer Nation Expo Skill Zone - A special area where kids and adults alike can learn soccer skills and juggling tricks from Cal South ODP coaches and members of the popular Futboleros troupe. Twice a day, the Skill Zone will hold a special Trick-Off competition, where anyone can compete. Tricks will be judged by Cal South ODP coaches, and prizes to the top tricksters will be awarded.

The Nike Shoe Trial Area and Nike Soccer Plus Demos - Where players can try before they buy. Find the shoes that catch your eye, and see how they work out for you. Drill and skills demos will also be presented by Nike Soccer Plus.

Vendors, Sponsors and Partners - over 100 companies will be offering an incredible variety of products, including soccer gear and equipment, not to mention many other consumer goods and serivces, and all from companies that love "The Beautiful Game" as much as you do! Nike, Fox Soccer Channel, Time Warner and many others will be there, and there will be tasty treats from Cuties, Jamba Juice and General Mills as well. Shop, taste, sample… there's something for everyone!

And don't forget! On the night of Saturday, February 13th, the action moves over to the grand ballroom at the L.A. Wilshire Grand Hotel for the 2010 Cal South Awards Banquet. Cal South's annual celebration of the incredible accomplishments of its members and volunteers will once again come alive just after the lights have gone down on Soccer Nation Expo for the day. Dinner and awards will take place from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm with cocktails beginning at 6:00 pm. Make sure you get your 2010 Cal South Awards Banquet tickets fast! Only 500 lucky individuals will be joining us for an evening filled with great food, entertainment, recognition and fun. Last year the banquet sold out weeks in advance! Individual tickets are $55 apiece. Tickets must be ordered no later than January 29, 2010.To order Cal South Awards Banquet tickets online, please click here

IMPORTANT NOTE! We are still taking nominations for all of the awards at the 2010 Cal South Awards Banquet! If you know a player, coach, student-athlete, parent, volunteer or team that has proven their excellence over the past year, now is the perfect time to reward them. Nominations are due in to the Corporate Office this Friday, January 8th. Nominate your favorites for one of the following awards (click on the links to fill out and print a nomination form for each category):

2010 Cal South Awards Banquet Categories:

2009 Fox Soccer Channel Team Spirit Award

2009 CD Chivas USA Parent of the Year

2009 L.A. Galaxy Volunteer of the Year

2009 NCSA Student-Athlete of the Year

2009 Cal South Boys Player of the Year

2009 Cal South Girls Player of the Year

2009 Nike Girls Recreational Coach of the Year

2009 Nike Boys Recreational Coach of the Year 

2009 Nike Girls-Older Competitive Coach of the Year 

2009 Nike Girls-Younger Competitive Coach of the Year 

2009 Nike Boys-Older Competitive Coach of the Year

2009 Nike Boys-Younger Competitive Coach of the Year

For more information about Soccer Nation Expo, the VIP Coach Pass or the Cal South Awards Banquet, please go to http://www.SoccerNationExpo.com

We'll see you at Soccer Nation Expo 2010!