NSCAA Introduces Faith-Based Member Group

KANSAS CITY, MO. (July 13, 2017) – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Thursday the formation of a Faith-Based Member Group to provide an opportunity for coaches from any faith tradition to exchange ideas about how their faith informs their coaching.

"We are thrilled to add the newest group, Faith-Based Coaches, to the Member Groups of our Association,” said NSCAA Advocacy Council Chair Sue Ryan. “The addition of this group shows the continued commitment to advocacy and diversity for all coaches. We hope our coaches will take advantage of the opportunities our newest group has to offer."

The Faith-Based Member Group, chaired by Messiah College professor and coach Michael Zigarelli, is established as a one-of-a-kind resource for year-round dialogue and mutual learning within the NSCAA’s diverse membership of more than 30,000 coaches at all levels of the game.

NSCAA Members interested in participating in the Faith-Based Member Group or joining the group’s leadership team should email mzigarelli@messiah.edu.

NSCAA Member Groups provide a platform to increase membership participation and engagement through collaboration within an interactive community of coaches. In addition, the groups serve an important advisory function for the Association in conjunction with the NSCAA Advocacy Council.

The following Member Groups are available to NSCAA Members based fundamentally on “who they coach” (i.e. level of the game) and “who they are” as a coach:

Level of the Game

Soccer Coaches

Professional/International (men and women)

Black Coaches

College (men and women)

Faith-Based Coaches

High School (boys and girls)

Latin American Coaches

Youth (boys and girls)

LGBT Coaches & Allies


Native American Coaches


Women’s Coaches

Founded in 1941, the NSCAA has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization. To become a member or for more information about NSCAA membership, visit NSCAA.com.

NSCAA Mission: The Association provides programs and services that enhance, encourage, and contribute to the development and recognition of soccer coaches, their players, and the game we love.

NSCAA Vision: The Association is the trusted and unifying voice, advocate, and partner for coaches of all levels of the game.

NSCAA Diversity Statement: The NSCAA is committed to fostering diversity by offering a welcoming and supportive environment for its members, leadership and other constituents, and to nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and socio-economic status.

Recognizing that diversity enriches the educational experience, improves the practice and profession of coaching and enhances creativity and professional growth in the soccer community, the NSCAA emphasizes both demographic and intellectual diversity. This requires continued effort to attract and develop qualified persons of diverse backgrounds to participate in its educational, coaching and outreach mission and programs; a coaching curriculum and other learning experiences that provide exposure to diverse cultures, human characteristics and ways of thinking; and an organizational climate that stimulates innovation, values diverse contributions and encourages performance that leads to the advancement of its constituents.

The NSCAA particularly acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention and advancement of talented members, leadership and other constituents from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented.