2019 Coaching Symposium

Welcome to the 2019 PSPL Coaches Education Symposium!

We are proud to present Surf San Diego's Senior Coaching Director & Vice President Josh Henderson to headline this year's coaching event at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. Josh will be the keynote speaker on Friday, May 31 @ 7:30 pm at Starfire Sports.

On June 1, Josh will run two coaching education sessions for club officials, coaching directors and interested coaches based on Surf's new club soccer curriculum, or coaching manual. 

Josh's lecture topic: the "State of Youth Soccer in America and How San Diego Surf Manages to Lead during Changing Times." 

As one of the technical directors at one of the biggest youth soccer clubs in the nation, Josh is well-positioned to discuss events happening at the national level - the DA v ECNL - as well as the state and local levels. He will touch on the larger trends - such as where competitive soccer is heading and explain Surf's "player-centered" development model. 

"It’s an honor to be able to work with PSPL to help their organization and their coaches understand the ever changing landscape of youth soccer," says Henderson. "To be invited to share my expertise, run training sessions and offer a Q&A to the coaches is an exceptional opportunity, and I’m glad to share my expertise with the new generation of soccer.

"PSPL has been an extremely important parter to Surf Sports, as they provide us access to a great number of clubs and players in the Pacific Northwest," Henderson added. "We’re just scratching the surface of what our two organizations can accomplish together." 

It promises to be an informative and provocative conversation for all who can attend!

PSPL Coaching Symposium 2019 details:


  •  May 31 - Josh Henderson lecture on state of youth soccer in America.
  • June 1 - Coaching Symposium kicks off at 12:30 pm @ Starfire


  • Henderson speech: 7:30 pm
  • Coaching Education Symposium: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm.


  • $20 PSPL Coaches until early-bird discount expires (May 29, 2019)
  • $35 Non-PSPL Coaches

Josh Henderson will share San Diego Surf's new coaching curriculum that focuses on player-centered development. Henderson will take different sessions from Surf's new playbook focusing on principles of play and show how to apply it on the field with PSPL Surf Academy players. He will cover how Surf runs a "player-centered" development session in a typical 1.5 hour training block, how Surf sets up the session and what insights and coachable moments to look for while running the sessions.  


**Early Bird discount ends May 29, 2019**

The coaching symposium is open to all soccer coaches seeking to keep current with latest coaching theories and is strongly urged for all PSPL coaches, coaching directors and club officials - whether competitive or recreational.  Henderson's session will be good information for all people involved in youth soccer - from the board, the admin staff to the coaching staff. 


Surf San Diego's Player Centered Development Model

Josh Henderson Bio

Surf San Diego Senior Coaching Director and Vice President Josh Henderson is one of the nation's leading competitive youth coaches and one of the leading thinkers on how to develop young soccer talent.

Josh holds a USSF A license and has been with Surf for three years, focusing on improving the boys Development Academy program.  He built it into one of the strongest in the nation. One of Josh's strengths is building and leading coaching teams that ensure success across all age groups and player levels. 
He is now National Sporting Director for Surf Sports, where he is responsible for working with 18 partner organizations who are creating experiences and opportunities for over 12000 players nationwide. 

Previous Coaching Roles

  • Director of Coaching LAFC
  • Director of Coaching Cosmos Academy West
  • Director of Coaching FC Golden State 

Henderson, articulate and affable, is known for fostering an inclusive coaching style and for building a culture that focuses on player-centered development. 

Henderson joined the oldest competitive youth soccer club in San Diego, San Diego Surf Soccer Club,  established in 1977. Surf Soccer Club’s overall competitive vision continues to field teams that compete at the highest levels locally, regionally and nationally.

With Henderson setting the new direction, he continues this long Surf Soccer Club tradition. 

Surf Soccer Club Results

  • 11 National Championships
  • 43 Regional Champions
  • 74 State Champions
  •  Hundreds of college scholarship athletes
  • 20 National team players and multiple MLS and professional players
  • At every age group, Surf Soccer Club teams are playing at the highest levels against the toughest competition, in the most competitive leagues.

One hundred percent of Surf girls first team, and nearly 100% of the girls second team, received scholarships to play soccer in college in 2017.

The intensive training received at Surf Soccer Club, as well as a commitment to the development of the player sets up the conditions to succeed at the highest level. 

The Training Sessions: 

  • 12:30 -12:50 pm  - Classroom Introduction
  • 1 pm - 2:15 pm  - Training Session 1- Stadium Field - Defending
  • 2:30 pm - 4 pm -  Attacking- Stadium Field 
  • 4 pm - 4:30 pm - Closing - Stadium Field