2020 Symposium

The Wisconsin Women's Soccer Advisory Council together with Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association is proud to present the 2020 Women in Soccer Symposium. From within the Wisconsin border and beyond, this event brings together the framework of our sport — coaches, administrators, officials and sports science experts.
The Symposium is the pinnacle of the year for our membership to both energize and educate our community leaders, to Celebrate Females in Soccer. We salute the trailblazers who have paved the way for the next generation, to close the gap in equality for an enriched player experience and drive for credible leadership. Our guest speakers are a blend of local, national and international expertise to address on and off the field topics to not only improve our female player’s experience in the game, but also to provide valued career opportunities.
Thanks to our partners for supporting and promoting our endeavors—the future of Wisconsin Women in Soccer has never looked so bright!


Saturday, February 29, 2020
Downtown Kitchen (777 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202)

Groups of 5 or more can receive a discounted rate, contact Melissa Zielinski at mzielinski@wiyouthsoccer.com for more information.

Registration closes Friday, January 31.

There are several convenient parking options in close proximity to the venue. Parking Options


An event room block has been secured at the adjoining Westin Milwaukee Hotel for a discounted rate of $129/night. Space is limited and the reduced room rate is only available until January 27. Room Reservations

Philanthropic Partners:
Sports Bra Project
The Sports Bra Project, founded by Sarah Dwyer-Shick, looks to increase access to sports for women and girls by removing barriers to participation. They provide sports bras to athletes who don't have access to this simple piece of equipment. 

MTC Educate A Girl Inc. 
MTC Educate A Girl Inc., founded by Maka Chikowero, was created to ensure girls from low income backgrounds get the opportunity to do the sports they love without limitations.


08:00am WisRef Special Topics Seminar (Officials Only) *
08:00am  YogaSport*
09:00am  Registration
09:30am  Welcome Address
09:45am Concurrent Session 1 (Paula Wilkins - Game Analysis)
09:45am Concurrent Session 2 (Calvin Deutsch - Leading the Team on the field)
11:15am Becky Burleigh - Balance of Leading the Player and Leading the Team
12:15pm Lunch Break
02:00pm Keynote Address
04:00pm Social

* By Registration Only





Session Summary

Game Analysis
As the game evolves, so do our resources. Coach Wilkins taps into how we can ignite passion for players to watch the game and how as coaches we can hone our skills to teach the game’s technique with a critical eye of observation. The “birds eye view” from watching film, live from the stands or on TV, is a resource to help younger players watch the game with passion to emulate technical skills and to develop their own opinions on a variety of different ways the game is played tactically.

Leading the Team on the Field - Training Incorporating Injury Prevention

Through live modeling and video aid, Deutsch translates sports medicine research into soccer's key words. Coaches take away a training session and a slew of injury prevention and strength exercises specific to females, with and without a ball, for your every day training.

Balance of Leading the Player and Leading the Team

What is your definition of success and how do we get there together? This session is about a coach’s craft in balancing leading the player and leading the team. Becky leads discussion on how we can proactively work alongside our youth to create an environment where we generate individual resilience and a team locker room that oozes optimism.

Join us for a 45-minute yoga flow designed for athletes. Class will be lead by Annette Corbin, Co-Founder and Director of Training for the Athlete Practice. Take class from this former professional soccer player turned yogi who re-imagined what it means to combine yoga and sport. Click here to learn more about the Athlete Practice.
“It’s not enough to just copy and paste a yoga class. The needs of an athlete are different and therefore the flow of class should reflect that. For athletes, we focus on mobility over strength and weave in the benefits of breath and flow, with the intention of maximizing player performance.” – Annette Corbin

Meet Our Guest Speakers

Annette Corbin
Owner The Athlete Practice

Annette specializes in training athletes with yoga. She was an All-American soccer player at Purdue University and played professionally overseas in Sweden for two years. Born and raised in Evanston, Il, Annette has been teaching yoga for 10 years now. She currently works with teams at Northwestern, DePaul, UIC and Loyola University at Chicago.

Over the years she created YogaSport, a style of yoga that has all of the tenants of yoga – breath, alignment, flexibility – but with a nod to athletic performance and recovery. She leads trainings across the country to teach other coaches and training staff how to teach YogaSport and how to incorporate this movement-based recovery strategy as part of their team’s weekly regimen.

Calvin Deutsch

Owner Deutsch Physiotherapy, Founder of The Invincibility Project

Deutsch is the only Wisconsin based Physical Therapist Member of the US Olympic Committee Physical Therapy Database. "The Invicibility Project" is his passion to create a culture that changes the way in which youth soccer players train and compete. By empowering them through a series of proactive programs, he works to enhance performance and reduce risk of injury. You'll see Deutsch working with high school athletes during preseason and catch him on the sidelines as the Head Coach is his daughter's 13U soccer team.

Paula Wilkins

University of Wisconsin - Madison Women’s Soccer Head Coach 

Wilkins has been at UW for 13 seasons and her storied career has left a mark at every turn. She became the first person in NCAA history to both play and coach in the College Cup when she competed for the University of Massachusetts and coached at Penn State before arriving in Wisconsin. She has been voted Big Ten Coach of the Year six times by her peers and continues to make history on our state's sidelines. When she isn't leading the Badgers, she is super mom to her twin toddlers.

Becky Burleigh 
University of Florida Women’s Soccer Head Coach 

Burleigh is the ultimate ambassador of the game. Her results have been the byproduct of her craft as a player developer and tactician. In 1995, she made history when she started the Gator's Women's Soccer program and made history again just four years later as the first female coach to win a NCAA Championship. She continutes to be one of the winningest coaches in the game and has been dedicated to not only building our women's soccer culture, but also our sports cultures. As co-creator of the "What Drives Winning" conference, Burleigh provides insight and resources for developing the character of athletes.

Jill Ellis

Former US Women’s National Team 2x World Champion Head Coach

Ellis has an abundance of knowledge and skills to share as she has held leadership positions in youth, collegiate and national team arenas. Her longest collegiate tenure was at UCLA where she led the Bruins to six Pac-10 conference titles and eight NCAA Final Four appearances. Ellis led both the U-21 and U-20 Youth National Teams in marquee competitions including the U-20 Women's World Cup. She has also worked as US Soccer's Development Director to oversee youth club relationships. When she took command as US Women's National Team Head Coach, she charted a course that would tally two back-to-back world titles and is only the second coach in history to do so. Her list of achievements and accolades are vast, though it is the moments between the lines she openly shares that are what make her an obviously exceptional coach. Her journey on the field is far from over, though when not on the pitch, you can find her avidly supporting the dreams of her daughter.

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