For the 21st year in succession, Global Football will feature prominently and engage with football coaches from around the world at the annual American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention.
The Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio hosts the 96th annual AFCA showpiece event from January 6-9. Global Football President Patrick Steenberge will be available to meet coaches and visitors to the Convention at Booth 3035 in the exhibit hall, across from the skills and drills field.
Since 1996, only Global Football has consistently provided amateur football players, coaches, families and fans the opportunity to travel and compete internationally with people of differing cultures, producing games and tours in 28 countries on 6 continents. More than 350 teams and 15,000 curious travelers have encountered a positive life-changing experience, while enjoying the ultimate team-building opportunity.
“The AFCA Convention is always so special for us as it provides coaches the chance to talk casually about the opportunities available to them and their teams,” said Steenberge. “Taking on such a project is a major step for a school, so having time to discuss personally can be very helpful for coaches. In addition, we get to reunite with coaching friends we’ve developed through our 23 years of operations.”
The AFCA Convention provides an opportunity for coaches considering taking teams overseas a chance to talk with Patrick, and many of those teams have traveled overseas with Global Football since 1996. At Booth 3035, attendees can discuss the cultural and sightseeing elements of tours with Leo Jenkins, who coordinates European operations, and the logistics of taking a football team overseas with representatives of Anthony Travel, which handles flights and ticketing.
In 2019, Global Football will organize visits to eight countries as teams experience new cultures, benefit from a positive educational experience and play against overseas opposition. Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic will all welcome Global Football travelers this year. The University of Pennsylvania will become the first Ivy School to visit China when the Quakers travel to Beijing and Shanghai in March.
Coaches are invited to discuss and plan travel for 2020, when Global Football will celebrate the organization’s silver jubilee, marking 25 years of exploring the world with satisfied clients.