The soccer community needs more strong, skilled women in leadership roles – and this unique conference was created with that in mind!
If you’re interested in unique networking opportunities, gaining new certification as a coach or referee, or honing your skills as an already active coach, referee or leader in the soccer community, this weekend will have so much to offer you. This year, we lined up a passionate and inspiring group of facilitators to lead the sessions, including:
- Keynote: Lorraine Lafreniere, Chief Executive Officer, Coaching Association of Canada
- Bev Preistman, the Womens’ EXCEL Director for Canada Soccer 14-U17, Head Coach U17 team
- Carmelina Moscato, who has played with the Canadian Women’s National soccer team since 2002 and won the bronze medal with the team at the London 2012 Olympic games. She is also currently an assistant coach with the Canada Soccer Women’s EXCEL U15 and U17 teams.
- Michelle Pye, one of only seven international soccer referees in Canada. She reached FIFA status in 2007 and was named to the List of Officials at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada. Due to the unexpected honor of receiving an achievement award from Canada Soccer this weekend, Michelle was not able to attend the Women in Soccer Conference.
- Chantal Boudreau, a referee whose journey from an entry level referee to FIFA Assistant Referee only took her six years (of hard work and commitment!).
- Dr. Cari Din, a dynamic leadership expert and Olympic medalist
- FIRST Referee Session
- Coach/Player Panel
- CAAWS Networking Session
- FUNdamentals Coaching Course
- Entry Level Referee Course
- CAAWS Leadership Workshops
Speakers included Vicki Harber from Canadian Sport for Life, Karin Lofstrom, Executive Director of CAAWS and Mayi Cruz Blanco, the Women’s Football Development Manager for FIFA. Participants also received tickets for the record setting opening matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.
“Discrimination still an issue in Women’s Football” (Al Jazeera)