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Coaching Education

Licenses

Though they are not required by GSA, completing coaching license courses is one of the best ways to increase your coaching knowledge and overall knowledge of the game. At a minimum, coaches are encouraged to complete the USYSA Youth Module I and II courses or the NSCAA Levels 1, 2, and 3 diplomas. Both of these coaching paths are offered through OSYSA. For more information on the USYSA and NSCAA courses, visit the License Course Information section of the OSYSA website.


USYSA National "F" License

Beginning in early 2015, U.S. Soccer began offering the National "F" license as an online course. This course is intended for coaches at the U6, U7, and U8 levels, but the knowledge obtained is useful at all levels. There are no prerequisites for the course, however it is recommended that new coaches take the Youth Module I or Youth Module II classes prior to taking this course. The "F" license course can be found by visiting the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center. The cost for the course is $25.  More information about the F license can be found at http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-f.


Education Reimbursement

GSA offers a one-time reimbursement of up to $25 for any USYSA or NSCAA coaching education course completed by a member coach. The $25 can be applied as a direct reimbursement to the coach or discount on a player's registration in the season following course completion. Coaches must request the reimbursement via email within 90 days of course completion to info@gahannasoccer.com. A copy of the course completion certificate or license certificate must be provided as proof of completion.


Free Online Resources

  • US Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) Coaching Education
    Here you can find lots of free practice activities, the official USYSA coaching manual, and much, much more!
  • SAY Soccer Coaching Library
    SAY Soccer is a USSF-affiliated soccer organization that provides a great deal of free coaching information to the public. In particular, coaches should check out their SAYTEC Library, Drill Videos (most in HD), and Printable Drills.
  • Kids First Soccer
    Promote a child centered approach to the organization and instruction of youth sports. Special emphasis is placed on the promotion of the game of soccer as a life-long, family oriented activity, that provides for child-parent bonding, team work and friendships, as well as, adequate aerobic exercise.

Subscription/Purchasable Resources

  • The Challenger Way
    The Challenger Way is a website produced by Challenger Sports, the same company that conducts that British Soccer Camps that we host at Headley Park every summer. There is a massive amount of information available for all types of soccer-related activities. For a free promo code to gain access to the site, contact our league admin at info@gahannasoccer.com.
  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
    Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization that serves members at every level of the game. The NSCAA works every day to inspire coaches and ignite their passion for the game so they pass it on to players and others in the soccer community. The NSCAA Member Club Program provides youth clubs, associations, and organizations with benefits includes complimentary access to resources, benefits, coaching education, and exclusive opportunities based around our annual Convention, the largest in the western hemisphere. For more information about the NSCAA Member Club, visit our NSCAA Page!
  • Coerver Coaching
    Coerver Coaching is "The World's No. 1 Soccer Skills Teaching Method" and offers many video packages for purchase as well as an online subscription-based service.
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