There are a number of options to further your coaching education including local programs in the state of utah from the Utah Youth Soccer Association to national organizations like the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the National Soccer Coaching Association of America (NSCAA). Below is a summary of some of the programs offered by each organization.
As the largest youth sports organization in the country, US Youth Soccer has created an online coaching education platform to enhance the experience and opportunities of US Youth Soccer players, coaches and parents. As one of the first State Associations to adopt the platform, Utah Youth Soccer is able to effectively train coaches, no matter location, at their own pace and convenience.
The first courses available via the online education platform include an introductory course to concussions, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; a course for parents getting into youth soccer for the first time; and, most notably, the Under-6/Under-8 Youth Module coaching course. The Youth Module course provides coaches in Utah resources to learn the game and bring that knowledge to their players.
“One of US Youth Soccer’s greatest strengths is its ability to reach every child in every part of the country,” said US Youth Soccer Coaching Director Sam Snow. “We worked to develop this online education platform to help coaches in every part of the country bring out the game in their players. They can take the theory portion of these coaching courses online and continue that education with practical, on-field training.”
The platform features read-at-your-own-pace pages, video and document downloads. Additional curriculum will be added as the platform expands to further meet the educational needs of all members of the youth soccer community.
“I am very excited to launch US Youth Soccer’s new online education platform. Many of our coaches are volunteers and often balance their coaching responsibilities with careers and families. The online education platform gives these coaches the needed flexibility and access to quality coaching education in the comfort of their homes and on-field sessions with our state instructors,” said Utah Youth Soccer Technical Director Greg Maas.
Any member of the Utah Youth Soccer community can register for free, create an online education account and participate in the courses.
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- Under-6/Under-8 Youth Module coaching course
- Introductory course to concussions, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- A course for parents getting into youth soccer for the first time
The presentation of the U.S. Soccer coaching curriculum is another major step in the implementation of the framework developed by the Player Development Task Force, which was created in 2006 to review all aspects of player development in the United States and recommend a course of action. The curriculum is designed to improve development of players in the organized player base in the United States, concentrating on creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating an environment that is fun for the players.
The curriculum builds on the successful launch and growth of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Initiated in the fall of 2007 after a detailed review of player development systems in the U.S. and across the world, the Development Academy has improved the training environment; provided relevant, high level matches on a consistent basis; increased the level and efficiency of scouting for the national teams and provided players, coaches and referees with more structured programming.
The USSF Curriculum
Downloads (Note large file sizes)
- Part 1 – Style and Principles of Play (2.5 MB .pdf)
- Part 2 – Concepts and Coaching Guidelines (30 MB .pdf)
- Part 3 – Age Group Organization (2.5 MB .pdf)
- Part 4 – Planning and Training (61 MB .pdf)
- Full Document (98 MB .pdf)
Goals of USSF U.S. Soccer’s technical staff discusses the unveiling of the new coaching curriculum. The curriculum is designed to improve development of players in the organized player base in the United States, concentrating on creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating an environment that is fun for the players. USSF Training At the U.S. Soccer + SPARQ Player Development Summit, former U.S. Men’s National Team forward Brian McBride discussed the value of functional training in relation to player development. The three-time FIFA World Cup veteran and first American to score in multiple World Cups also conducted a field session with the U-18 Men’s National Team. Implementing USSF Curriculum U.S. Soccer coaches and technical staff talk about the implementation of the new coaching curriculum, addressing how coaches around the country can use the document to plan effective training sessions for their team over the course of a season or year.Impact of USSF Curriculum The impact of the new coaching curriculum goes beyond the U.S. Soccer + SPARQ Player Development Summit. U.S. Soccer technical staff discuss how the curriculum will influence coaches at all levels around the United States. Next Step For USSF Coaches At the conclusion of the U.S. Soccer + SPARQ Player Development Summit, U.S. Soccer technical staff addressed the next step for coaches around the country.
National Soccer Coaching Association of America
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NSCAA additional information (external links):
The NSCAA offers a comprehensive yet focused curriculum inclusive of all coaches at all levels of the game.
Our staff coaches approach all participants in NSCAA Coaching Education programs as colleagues with whom we share the coaching journey. Collegiality and mutual, lifelong learning underpin all we do in our coaching education. Our mission is to help our fellow coaches grow and develop in a positive and professional manner in each and every course we teach.
NSCAA Coaching Academy offerings are geared toward enhancing the development of the broadest cross-section possible of our membership. You may enroll in a course geared to the level of player you coach. We celebrate the immense knowledge current and former players bring to the craft of coaching, we embrace coaches new to the game and we honor the wisdom of veteran coaches.