Coaching | Getting Started


We are glad to see that you are interested in coaching. Georgia Soccer has over 100 affiliated youth clubs throughout the state. You can click over to our Club Locator for an interactive map and a complete list of all clubs.  Once you have located a few that are in your area, you can contact them directly to see if they are in need of coaches.

Youth soccer in Georgia has two seasons:  the fall season, which goes from September to November, and the spring season, which goes from March to May. Clubs hold tryouts for the academy/select (competitive) programs at the end of May/early June and are looking to assign team coaches for their competitive teams at that time of the year. Clubs are also looking for coaches for their recreational teams each summer and winter before the fall and spring seasons and there is usually a shortage of recreational coaches.

Coaches are strongly encouraged to acquire the appropriate coaching license to coach youth teams in Georgia. Coaches have a myriad of options when it comes to coaching courses:

The national level courses are designed and distributed by US Soccer, which is the governing body for soccer in the USA.  These national level courses include the Grassroots courses, the National D license course, the National C License course, the National B License course, the National A (Youth or Senior) License courses and the Pro Course.  These national courses are administered via the Digital Coaching Center (DCC) which can be found in the US Soccer web site.  The Grassroots courses and the National D License course are delivered by the State Associations such as Georgia Soccer.

coaches who wish to take the US Soccer national courses must go to the Digital Coaching Center (DCC) in the US Soccer web site, create a coaches profile, take the free 30 minute online Introduction to Coaching course and then register for the Grassroots courses.

Georgia Soccer also offers state level courses for the Recreational coaches which are age and level specific.  The Rec G Certificate course to coach 6U/8U recreational soccer, the Rec F Certificate course to coach 10U/12U recreational soccer, the Rec E Certificate course to coach 14U to 19U recreational soccer.   These certificate courses are not part of the US Soccer coaching education pathway but are useful as supplemental education and are free for Georgia Soccer members.

thirdly, Georgia Soccer has partnered with United Soccer Coaches (formerly known as the NSCAA) to offer USC courses.  These courses are not part of the US Soccer coaching education pathway but are useful as supplemental education.

for more information on all these courses and synopsis of each course and how to register for a course please click on the tab "Coaching Course Description".

Once you are assigned a team to coach, you can sign up for the appropriate course to obtain the minimum license required. Please note that some courses have a pre-requisite.  For a list of courses and their pre-requisites, please see our complete list of courses and descriptions CLICK HERE [LINK]. If you want to take a course before you are assigned to a team, you can start with the US Soccer Grassroots courses.

Most of the courses are offered twice a year, in July/August and in Jan/Feb of each year. The course schedule is posted in our web site in June and December respectively and coaches can register online for a course. The full course schedule can be access online at any time.

For more information on our coaching education program, please contact Tara Daniel, Member Administrator- Coaching, at tdaniel@georgiasoccer.org or (678) 993-2110.

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