The 36th Annual Long Island Junior Soccer League convention will be held at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, N.Y. from March 9-11.

Approximately 10,000 soccer enthusiasts again are expected to attend.

The event begins Friday, March 9 at 9 p.m. with the annual awards dinner as the volunteer of the year from LIJSL clubs will be honored as well as the newest inductees into the LIJSL Hall of Fame.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) who has attended a few of the past dinners, has lauded LIJSL volunteers. His daughter grew up playing soccer in the LIJSL.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10 in Salon D, the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame Gala will honor its newest members.

Although there is a fee for attending both dinners, admission to the rest of the convention is free. Throughout the day on Saturday, March 10 and on Sunday morning, March 11, there will be LIJSL Sportsmanship Award presentations, meetings for club presidents, coaches and volunteers plus coaches and referee clinics.

The highlights include:

* Vendors from around the world. To register as a vendor, log on to: http://lijslsoccer.siplay.com/site/

* United Soccer Coaches 4v4 Course, a three-hour course designed for those who will be coaching youth soccer players from 4 to 10 years of age.

* United Soccer Coaches goalkeeper Level 1 Diploma Course, which will explore some of the myths and mystiques surrounding the last line of defense.

* A bilingual College Forum (English/Spanish) for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The expert panel will talk about what every parent and player needs to know, including NCAA requirements, financial aid packages plus picking the college that’s right for student/athletes.

* American Red Cross CPR/AED Training

* Soccer Games free-of-charge for Under-9 to U-12 LIJSL teams (weather-permitting) in the New York Cosmos Inflatable Soccer Field, outside on the tennis court.

With 1,600 travel and premier teams, the LIJSL is the largest league in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association and its convention is one of the world’s largest soccer conventions.

For more information about the convention, contact the league at 631-648-9020.