NSCAA makes Indianapolis convention stop

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INDIANAPOLIS – A year ago, the same place was getting ready to host a major event for a United States sports organization.

It was first time the football league brought their main showcase to Indianapolis and according to many the city passed the test as a host.

That, of course, was the Super Bowl in 2012. It’s first visit to the “Circle City” featured a number of activities at the Indiana Convention Center downtown including the NFL Experience. It helped to earn the city rave reviews and make it a candidate for other major events in the future.

Now in 2013, another sprots organization is bringing its biggest event to the city. While not on the scale of the NFL Championship Game, it will help to serve a s a major event in the hopes of developing the sport of soccer in Indiana and around the country.

“As our sport grows, the need for coach education for all levels-boys, girls, youth, high school, college and pro-is such a necessary part of the evolution of the sport,” said National Soccer Coaches Association of America president Joe Cummings.

That’s why the organization has brought its annual convention to Indianapolis which is expected to attract 10,000 soccer players, parents and coaches to the downtown area.

The event begins on Wednesday and runs through Sunday and features a number of coaching clinics puts on by coaches from around the country. A large portion of the convention center will be used for exhibits for various organization while two large banquets will also highlight the event.

It’s the coaching aspect of the convention, however, that is most important for Cummings.

“For us to be able to provide that opportunity for coaches at all those levels during the next three-to-five days is a pretty important part of our mission and vision,” said Cummings.