#GrowTheGame Event Previews #3 – Future of San Diego Soccer Forum

With the #GrowTheGame San Diego Pilot fast approaching, Soccer Support will be previewing each of the five major events being held across the city on Saturday 14 & Sunday April 15.

Our third event to be previewed this week is the ‘Future of San Diego Soccer’ Forum to be held at San Diego’s very own Hall of Champions and includes today’s announcements of the forums guest panelists, the agenda and interactive ways in which the broader soccer community can participate.

‘The Future of San Diego Soccer’ Forum will be held on Sunday 15 April from 3-5pm and will be an opportunity for clubs, fans, coaches and administrators to come together under one roof and discuss the grassroots of the game and how we can help it realize its potential countywide.

The forum is supported by the San Diego Sports Commission who are known as San Diego’s cornerstone for all sports and sports-related activities.

This is not going to be yet another soccer talk fest. This forum is shaping up to be an important step forward in what Soccer Support hopes is the creation of a new network of clubs, coaches, fans and administrators which will meet regularly to help #GrowTheGame of soccer in San Diego and create tangible outcomes for the sport including the sharing of best practices.

The forum provides a real opportunity to discuss real outcomes for clubs and fans alike, concentrating on the growth and exposure of the sport in California’s second largest city. San Diego also has the largest youth market for soccer in the U.S. yet it continues to be overshadowed by its two professional sporting counterparts the Chargers & Padres.

The ‘Future of San Diego Soccer’ Forum is a also a chance for participants to network with other clubs, share best practices and voice their ideas and opinions on how we can grow the sport locally.

The panelists for the forum is a great cross section of the San Diego soccer community including coaches, former international players, commentators and journalists and include;

Warren Barton – Current San Diego Flash Head Coach, Fox Soccer Analyst and a former England International and Newcastle United defender.

Joe Tutino – Joe is the Marketing Director of the San Diego Sockers and for many years has been the radio voice of the L.A. Galaxy.

Diane Scavuzzo – Diane is the Editor in Chief of Soccer Nation (www.soccernation.com), Southern California’s leading news source for all things soccer.

The panelists will be on hand to provide their unique insights on the subject matter through their knowledge and experience of the game and will no doubt help inspire participants with ideas they can take back and implement in their clubs and communities.

The forum will split into three main subject areas and set-up in a town hall style format.

1. The Technical Area – talking about coaching and all on-field related issues.

2. The Boardroom – discussion to center on off-field matters including administration, operations, how clubs can attract new players and sponsors etc.

3. From The Stands – how we can all work together as soccer fans to help grow the sport here in San Diego.

The forum is also going to provide the opportunity for fans of San Diego soccer to interact with the event online and in real time. Questions to the panel can be made through Twitter during the forum by using the hashtag #SDSoccerForum or by email prior to the event (pr@growthegame.us)

Some local coaches conveyed to us that they cannot make the forum due to being out of town on soccer related business such as camps and tournaments so it was important to let those that wanted to come to the event to still have that ability to participate.

Event Overview:

The ‘Future of San Diego Soccer Forum’ – all clubs, fans & coaches come together under one roof to discuss the state of soccer and the ways to grow the sport in San Diego. Supported by the San Diego Sports Commission the event will see a town hall style meeting with a Q&A with guest panelists.

When: 3-5pm

Where: Hall of Champions, 2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park.


The 'Future of San Diego Soccer' Forum will take place at the Hall of Champions Center Court

#GrowTheGame is a national project that aims to bring people together to promote grassroots soccer.

Through the #GrowTheGame movement, Soccer Support USA will provide fun and simple ways to empower soccer fans to celebrate the game they love. A coordinated approach can help raise the awareness of soccer to the popular levels of other sports in the U.S.

Tomorrow we preview the #GrowTheGame legacy project – Street Soccer USA San Diego.


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