All SNSA coaches who do not have a US Soccer coach license are strongly encouraged to attend an SNSA Coach Clinic appropriate to the age level in which they are coaching. Clinics are free and include a classroom component and a field training component. The SNSA Coach Clinics are designed to complement the US Soccer Grassroots coaching online courses. SNSA coaches who are interested in expanding their coach education are encouraged to visit the US Soccer Learning Center for Grassroots course registration and for a schedule of advanced licensing courses.
All beginner coaches in the U5-U8 age divisions should attend a Level 1 clinic (Equivalent to USSF Mod 1). SNSA offers a Level 1 class prior to the beginning of each season.
In most cases, Level 1 attendees are parents who volunteer or are volunteered to act as coaches when their children first start to play soccer. For those parents who have limited or no playing experience, the position of coach understandably can be quite intimidating. The function of the Level 1 course is to help remove some of that fear by providing the information a coach requires to teach the game at this most important level. The course emphasis is on age appropriate training and management of young players. At this early stage of development for both the coach and the player, the players will learn much more about the game itself than from the coach.
Coaches of teams in the U9-U14 age divisions that do not have a USSF license should attend the Level 2 clinic (Equivalent to USSF Mod 2). SNSA offers a Level 2 class prior to the beginning of each season. The course emphasizes fundamental information related to the U9-U12 age groups, including warm-ups/conditioning, technical skill development and introduction to coaching tactical concepts.
In addition to the SNSA Level 1 and Level 2 courses, coaches are encouraged to continue their coaching education, starting with the USSF F 2-hour online course, followed by the USSF E 18-hour course.
Eight New Grassroots Licensing Courses Will Focus on Coaching Fundamentals with Respect to U.S. Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives
CHICAGO (Dec. 20, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has announced eight (8) new grassroots level coaching courses to be introduced in early 2018. These courses will be focused on empowering coaches through experiential learning and a player-centered approach. The course options will relate directly to small-sided games and the respective age-groups outlined in the Player Development Initiatives.
The new Grassroots Licensing Courses will consist of four (4) in-person experiences and four (4) online experiences. Prospective coaches will have the option to engage in any of these new courses – in any sequence – after completing a free introductory module provided by U.S. Soccer.
“This new, a-la-carte approach is meant to empower grassroots coaches to access education – relevant to their needs and specific coaching environment – immediately through these new low barrier opportunities,” said Frank Tschan, Director of Coaching Administration.
In addition to the eight (8) new opportunities, the D course has also been updated in accordance with the revamped approach at the grassroots level. “Over the last 12-months, U.S. Soccer has worked with its members to organize, study and pilot these new opportunities. This has been an immense project initiated by the Federation and its importance cannot be understated. The game is founded at the grassroots level; these courses will help ensure fun, enjoyable and developmentally appropriate environments.”
Concurrently with the roll out of the new courses, the current F and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway. These licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway. As demonstrated in the past, member organizations will be empowered to organize and host the in-person grassroots courses and the updated D course on behalf of U.S. Soccer. More specific information on the newly formatted grassroots courses, including format and scheduling, will be released in early 2018.
“To continue to improve the state of soccer in the United States, we must continue to improve the players in our country. This begins with our coaches and there is not a larger or more impactful group than our coaches at the grassroots level,” said Director of Coaching Education, Nico Romeijn. “These new introductory courses will provide a supportive approach to teaching and coaching players at 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11. Whether you are the unfamiliar parent volunteer, the transitioning player or a veteran coach, you should be able to walk away from these courses with more knowledge and a better understanding of how to effectively develop your players.”
Once coaches complete the Grassroots coach training modules, they are eligible to take advanced licensing courses that are required to coach at the competitive club level and more advanced levels. The USSF D License Course is the minimum requirement for competitive club coaches (U11-U19). The D Course is a 40-hour course scheduled over two weekends, and is offered locally by the Nevada Youth Soccer Association. The USSF C, B and A courses are offered regionally by US Soccer. Course pre-requisites may be waived at the discretion of USSF for coaches that played soccer at the professional or college level. Go to the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center for more information and a course schedule.