National Soccer Coaches Association of America
|Headquarters||Kansas City, Kansas|
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is an organization of American soccer coaches founded in 1941. It is the largest coaching organization in the world, with more than 22,000 members It offers diploma courses for both beginning and experienced coaches.
The annual NSCAA Convention is held in mid-January, with on-field and classroom educational sessions. It includes a soccer-only trade show, with more than 300 companies displaying soccer equipment, technology and services. Major League Soccer's SuperDraft is also discussed at the convention. Joe Cummings is the current CEO and Executive Director.
The NSCAA operates an awards program that includes All-America teams for college, high school and youth play, Scholar All-America teams for college and high school, a national rankings program for college and high school and Coach of the Year awards for all levels of play.
Between 1996 and 1998, the NSCAA recognized an outstanding collegiate player of the year. Since 1999, the NSCAA has coordinated its NCAA Division I player of the year program with the Missouri Athletic Club. They now present the joint NSCAA/MAC Hermann Trophy to the outstanding player of the year. The Association continues to present player of the year awards at all other levels of intercollegiate play, as well as at the high school and youth levels. It also recognizes outstanding coaches with its Coach of the Year Award.
The NSCAA also publishes weekly rankings for intercollegiate and high school soccer during the fall seasons and less frequently during the winter and spring high school seasons.