On March 8th, registration for the 4th annual Women in Soccer Conference will open! This year, Alberta Soccer will offer a one-day Women in Soccer Conference in two locations:
- Calgary – April 14, 2018 (Mt. Royal University)
- Leduc – April 15, 2018 (Best Western Premier Denham Inn & Suites)/ Leduc Recreation Centre)
This program will feature top-notch leadership, coaching, and referee development sessions designed to empower and inspire female leaders.
- Keynote speech and custom coaching session – We are thrilled to welcome keynote speaker, Andrea Neil to the conference. She’s a former Canadian Women’s National Team Player, Canada Sports Hall of Fame inductee, and USSF National ‘B’ Licensed and UEFA ‘A’ Licensed coach. Andrea, who will also lead an on-field coaching session, is both a highly skilled coach and passionate leader on the topic of sport and its role in character development among girls and women.
- Female Initiated Referee Strategies and Techniques (F.I.R.S.T.) – Learn practical game management techniques from experienced female instructors (North: Melissa Sargent, Jaimelia Turner and South: Laurie Darvill, Anne McAlduff)
- Intercultural Communication Skills Training – In this custom session, learn to build awareness about cultural values and biases and strategies you can integrate to combat them into your daily life; led by Laurel Madro, Bow Valley College Program Coordinator with 20 years’ experience facilitating these workshops
- NCCP Mentorship Module – This training reaffirms and strengthens the abilities and skills as a mentor, while expanding upon the mentor’s knowledge of the mentorship process, led by CAL Facilitator: Jim Loughlin, LED Facilitator: Jackie Cool, NCCP Master Coach Developers
- CAAWS combined Leading with Confidence/Women on Boards Workshop – An engaging workshop on how to strengthen your leadership skills and the information you need if you have ever wondered what being on a board looks like and the positive impact you could make on one; led by CAL Facilitator, Lea Wiens, Sport for Life Consultant with 20+ years’ experience and LED Facilitator, Karen Melnyk, who has 25+ years’ experience in leadership training
Stay tuned as we release more conference details – and mark your calendars for March 8, when registration opens. We look forward to seeing you soon!
The 2017 Women in Soccer was held in Red Deer on May 5-7, 2017.
The soccer community needs more strong, skilled women in leadership roles – and this unique conference was created with that in mind!
It offered networking opportunities, new certification and development opportunities for coaches and referees and leadership workshops. 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.
- Chantal Boudreau, a referee whose journey from an entry level referee to FIFA Assistant Referee only took her five years (of hard work and commitment!).
- Sheena Dickson, FIFA Referee from Alberta
- Dr. Cari Din, a dynamic leadership expert and Olympic medalist
The 2016 Women in Soccer Conference was held on April 9th, 2016 in Calgary. Over 30 women attended the conference and attended the CAAWS Work-Life Balance Workshop and one of:
- FIRST Referee Session
- Coach/Player Panel
- CAAWS Networking Session
The 2015 Women in Soccer Conference was held on June 6th and 7th, 2015 in Edmonton. Over 40 women attended the conference and registered in one of:
- 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)