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The Inner Workings of the Philadelphia Union Academy

The NSCAA Convention is back in Philadelphia in early 2015, and in the Union Academy’s backyard.

In anticipation of the upcoming event, Philadelphia Union CEO and Academy operating partner Nick Sakiewicz will join the NSCAA for a pre-Convention Hangout. Sakiewicz will discuss the beginnings and growth of the Academy, as well as the partnership between Union and the NSCAA.

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Registration for the 2015 NSCAA Convention is now open and is going to be the event of 2015. Join 10,000 of your soccer peers in five days of education, networking and celebrating the world's game!

Convention Sessions by the Philadelphia Union

Date Time Clinician Topic
1/14 9 pm Tommy Wilson, Academy Director "Transition Games"
1/15 11 am Peter Fuller, U18 Coach
Ben Ziemer, NorCal Premier Soccer
"A Comparison of Training Possession Concepts"
1/15 11 am Bill Knowles, Dir. of Athletic Dev. "Athletic Development"
1/15 2:15 pm Dr. Christina Fink, Dir. of Sport Psychology "Creating the Environment for Excellence"
1/15 3:45 pm Richie Graham, Vice Chairman "Investing in Our Future"
1/16 2:30 pm Tommy Wilson, Academy Director "Philadelphia Union Player Development Methodology"
1/17 12:45 pm Dr. Christina Fink, Dir. of Sport Psychology "Choosing Confidence"
1/17 2:15 pm Rick Jacobs, VP of Community Affairs "Building Relationships & Changing a Generation"

About the Philadelphia Union Academy

The Philadelphia Union Youth program is based in sport science and coaching education best practices and includes three developmental levels segmented by age: Union Futures (U7-U9), Union Juniors (U9-U13), and Union Academy (U14, U16, U18). At all ages, our players are asked to lead by example and embrace the ethos and culture of Philadelphia Union and YSC. Selection into the program is a true accomplishment and is the first step in a player’s path to the MLS and PPL Park.

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