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Players First Summit

2020 Players First Virtual Summit, sponsored by Verizon:

An educational and collaborative experience for Players First-licensed clubs and all US Club Soccer members held Dec 8-9, with on-demand sessions available through Jan 31, 2021.


Session #1Quintessential Leadership and the Job of a Leader
Presenter: Seb Coe | Olympic Champion; Head of London 2012 Olympic Bid; President of World Athletics
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Session #2Developing Attacking Football Exercises and Games for the Final Third
Presenter: Benjamin Ziemer | President, NorCal Premier Soccer
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Session #3Long Term Athlete Development for the Female Youth Players
Presenter: Ellie Maybury | USWNT Head of Performance
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Session #4Leadership in Sport
Presenter: Christian Lavers | President, ECNL
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Session #5Ways in Which Responsible Leaders Ensure Everyone is Welcome Uniformly
Presenter: Andy Jacks | Senior Fellow, National Association of Elementary School Principals
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Session #6Creating your Own Club Methodology
Presenter: Carlos Casal | Sports Projects Coordinator, LaLiga
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Session #7The U.S. Soccer Foundation and Bridging the Gap
Presenter: Ed Foster-Simeon | President, U.S. Soccer Foundation
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Session #8A Conversation about Experience on the USWNT, Building Women's Soccer in the U.S., Team Culture and Mentorship
Presenter: Kristine Lilly | Former USWNT player; most-capped player of all-time
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Special offerKristine Lilly is offering a signed copy of her book Powerhouse for $25, which includes the shipping. If anyone is interested in ordering a book they can email her at

SESSION #9 - SUPPLEMENTALHow soccer technology enhances on-field performance
Presenter: Dani Marks| Technical Director, Playermaker
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SESSION #10 - SUPPLEMENTALFundraising Strategies & Proven Case Studies for Soccer Clubs
Presenter: Rob Kusel | Managing Director, Cogeo
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An impressive group of speakers was assembled for the 2020 Players First Virtual Summit. Take a look at the full lineup here.

Players First is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.

The Players First license is created to differentiate clubs in the marketplace that are committed to providing an exceptional player development experience through the proper facilitation of relationships with their coaches, parents and players. Here is the directory of current Players First-licensed clubs.