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 Grassroots Course(s) courses or a United Soccer Coaches development diploma. Both of these coaching paths are offered through Ohio South Youth Soccer Association (OSYSA). For more information on the USYSA and USC courses, visit the License Course Information section of the OSYSA website.
US Soccer Grassroots Pathway
Beginning in 2018, U.S. Soccer began transitioning to what they call their "Grassroots Pathway". There are courses set up by type of play 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11. However, the knowledge obtained even at the earlist stages of development is useful at all levels. The only prerequisite for any of the courses is to first complete the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching course. More information can be found by visiting the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center.
GSA offers a once-per-year reimbursement of any US Soccer Grassroots course completed by a member coach. More information about the reimbursement can be found on the Coaching Courses page.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- United Soccer Coaches (USC)
Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., United Soccer Coaches (formerly 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. USC 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 USC 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 USC Member Club, visit our United Soccer Coaches 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.