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Our next Coaching Courses will be held in July & August 2017. The complete schedule will be posted by mid June 2017.
EDUCATION IS THE BEDROCK OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
The Georgia Soccer Coaching Education Program takes many forms and is designed to benefit coaches of all levels, from the novice to the professional. The main components of the program are the Coaching School formal certification courses and the Special Topics clinics. In addition, Georgia Soccer offers free on-site clinics, Parent Excellence Seminars, and Club Administrator seminars.
The COACHES section of the Georgia Soccer web site is another resource for coaches and parents and has a number of manuals, videos and articles that cover a broad range of topics on Player development.
All affiliated clubs can request to host courses, seminars and clinics. Please read the information below and contact the Director of Coaching Jacob Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Coaching Administrator Tara Daniel (email@example.com) to discuss your needs.
US SOCCER LAUNCHES NEW COURSE, NEW COACHING PLATFORM, AND NEW POLICIES ON COURSE ELIGIBILITY
NEW COURSE: US SOCCER NATIONAL ‘F’ LICENSE COURSE
US Soccer has launched a new course, the National ‘F’ License Course, which is geared towards coaches of 5-8 years old. This is an approximately 2 hour long online course. The National ‘F’ License course is the first course level within the new US Soccer coaching license pathway. All coaches embarking on their coaching education journey are expected to start with the National ‘F’ course and work their way up the ladder. The National ‘F’ License is a pre-requisite for the National ‘E’ course. To learn more about the National ‘F’ License course please use this link: Video: Learn more about the "F" License Course.
To register for the online National ‘F’ course please use the following link: http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-f
NEW DIGITAL COACHING CENTER (DCC) PLATFORM
US Soccer has also launched a Digital Coaching Center, which is a comprehensive resource center for coaches at all license levels. The DCC allows coaches to create a personal profile, register for courses, communicate with technical staff, take part in online courses, create session plans with an online graphics tool, access an archive of U.S. Soccer training sessions and much more. Coaches who take the National ‘F’ License course will automatically have access to the DCC for a year.
NEW POLICY CHANGES
U.S. Soccer recently made policy changes in relation to who is eligible to register for U.S. Soccer courses. Below is an excerpt from the new policy:
The minimum age requirement for A, B, and C courses is 18. The minimum age requirement for D, E, and F course is 16. Further, entry to the E course requires a F license; entry to the D course requires a E license held for a minimum of six (6) months; entry to the C course requires a D license held for a minimum of twelve (12) months; entry to the B course requires a C license held for a minimum of twelve (12) months; and entry to the A course requires a B license held for a minimum of twelve (12) months, except as follows:
(1) A player or coach with three (3) years’ experience on the Men’s or Women’s Senior National Team and three (3) years coaching experience may apply for entry into a C course upon submitting proper documentation of his/her playing and/or coaching background. All waiver cases require the final approval of the Federation.
(2) A player or coach with at least five (5) years’ experience on the Men’s or Women’s Senior National Team and five (5) years coaching experience may apply for entry into a B course upon submitting proper documentation of his/her playing and/or coaching background. All waiver cases require the final approval of the Federation.
(3) A professional player or former professional player with at least five (5) years’ experience in a professional league, as defined in Federation Bylaw 109, and five (5) years coaching experience may apply for entry into a B course upon submitting proper documentation of his/her playing and coaching background. All waiver cases require the final approval of the Federation.
(4) An individual with a license of another FIFA national association that has been confirmed in writing by that national association may apply for entry into the course deemed appropriate by the Federation.
For a complete summary of US Soccer policies on Coaching Education, please visit http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/national-coaching-schools/national-course-schedule/registration-policy
GEORGIA SOCCER AND THE NSCAA JOIN FORCES TO INCREASE THE SCOPE OF EDUCATION IN GEORGIA
Georgia Soccer and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) have partnered to create a comprehensive education platform. The NSCAA is the largest coaches association in the world and is dedicated to serving and educating its members. The partnership will benefit all our member coaches by providing a broad range of courses and clinics to cover all aspects of the game. Starting in the summer of 2014, coaches will be able to register for an expanded menu of courses and clinics.
The Coaching School Instructors are nationally licensed professionals who have been selected based on their qualifications and experience as coaches and educators. The coaching courses on offer include the official US Soccer Licensing certification courses, as well as the NSCAA non-residential and residential diploma courses and the US Youth Soccer Coaching Certificate courses. All these courses are recognized and valid throughout the country.
The courses can be grouped into the following categories:
The US Youth Soccer Courses: These courses cover the youngest age groups from U6 to U12, denoted as Zone 1 by US Soccer. The courses under this category are the ‘Rec G’ (U6-U8) certificate course, ‘Rec F’ (U10-U12 Rec) certificate course, and the National Youth Coaching Course. Georgia Soccer also offers the ‘Rec E’ (U14-U19 Rec) certificate course.
The US Soccer Licensing Courses: These are the coaching courses that are administered by the state associations on behalf of US Soccer. The curriculum for these courses is designed by US Soccer and delivered by Georgia Soccer’s Instructors. These courses are aimed at the introductory and intermediate level and are the pre-requisites for the US Soccer ‘C’, ‘B’, and ‘A’ Residential courses. The courses under this category are the National ‘F’ License (online course), the National ‘E’ License and the National ‘D’ License.
The NSCAA Diploma Courses: These courses are the official NSCAA non-residential and residential diploma courses. The courses are aimed at coaches working with Academy/Select level teams and cover a broad range of topics. The non-residential courses offered include the NSCAA 4v4 Diploma, the 7v7/9v9 Diploma, 11v11 Diploma, NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 Diplomas, the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and the NSCAA High School Diploma. The residential courses include the NSCAA National Diploma, the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, the NSCAA Advanced Director of Coaching Diploma, the NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and the NSCAA Premier Diploma.
SO WHERE DO I START?
All these course offerings could be confusing for some coaches. Where does one start? How does one progress from course to course? To understand how to navigate through the coaching education pathway, please review the Starting Point Guidelines and the Pre-requisite Guidelines below:
STARTING POINT GUIDELINES
If you do not have any previous coaching licenses or certificates, use the following guidelines:
If you are coaching a U6/U8 recreational team, you must start with the ‘Rec G’ Certificate course. Previous playing or coaching experience cannot be used to waive the ‘Rec G’ course if you are coaching U6/U8 teams.
If you are coaching a U10/U12 Recreational team, you must start with the ‘Rec F’ certificate course. Previous playing or coaching experience cannot be used to waive the ‘Rec F’ course if you are coaching U10/U12 Rec teams.
If you are coaching a U14 or older Recreational team, you can start at either the ‘Rec E’ certificate course, or the National ‘F’ License course.
If you are coaching a U9/U10/U11/U12 Academy team, you must start at the National ‘F’ License course.
If you are coaching a Select team, you must start at the National ‘F’ License course.
This section outlines the pre-requisites for each course:
‘Rec G’ course: No pre-requisite.
‘Rec F’ course: No pre-requisite. But if you are coaching U6/U8, you must start at the ‘Rec G’ course.
‘Rec E’ course: No pre-requisite. But if you are coaching U6-U12 Rec, you must start at the ‘Rec G’ or ‘Rec F’ course.
National ‘F’ course: No pre-requisite. But if you are coaching U6-U12 Rec, you must start at the ‘Rec G’ or ‘Rec F’ course.
National ‘E’ course: National ‘F’ License is a pre-requisite. But if you are coaching U6-U12 Rec, you must start at the ‘Rec G’ or ‘Rec F’ course.
National ‘D’ course: Must possess the National ‘E’ License for at least 6 months. The ‘Rec E’ certificate cannot be used as a pre-requisite for the course. The NSCAA Level 6 cannot be used as a pre-requisite either.
National Youth Coaching Course: National ‘E’ License. A waiver of the ‘ED’ can be granted by the State DOC. Waiver request must be submitted in writing to the State DOC.
NSCAA 4v4, 7v7/9v9, 11v11 Diplomas: No pre-requisite.
NSCAA National Diploma: NSCAA 11v11 Diploma or National ‘D’ License.
USSF ‘C’ License: Must possess the National ‘D’ license for a minimum of 12 months.
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma: NSCAA National Diploma or USSF ‘C’ License.
USSF ‘B’ License: Must possess the USSF ‘C’ License for a minimum of 12 months.
NSCAA Premier Diploma: NSCAA Advanced National Diploma or the USSF ‘B’ License.
USSF ‘A’ License: Must possess the USSF ‘B’ License for a minimum of 12 months.
Please note that it is not possible to cross over from the NSCAA pathway to the US Soccer pathway. The new US Soccer policy requires that coaches start at the National ‘F’ License and move through the US Soccer courses to get to the top level.
The NSCAA also offers goalkeeping Diplomas, Director of Coaching Diplomas, High School Coaching Diplomas, and Special Topics clinics. For a complete list of the NSCAA courses please click on the following link: http://www.nscaa.com/education/coaching-courses
SYNOPSIS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL COURSES
Regardless of previous coaching or playing experience, the Georgia Soccer Coaching School Program, together with the NSCAA, is designed to help each coach develop a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of coaching soccer. By offering licensing courses at many different levels, the school is able to expose the beginning as well as the more experienced coach to the internationally recognized modern methods of coaching.
Course fees for some of the courses depend on membership status within Georgia Soccer. Georgia soccer Members are defined as Players, Coaches, and parents belonging to Georgia Soccer affiliated clubs, as well as league officers of affiliated clubs. Course fees for the NSCAA courses are the same for members and non-members of Georgia Soccer.
The courses listed below are the non-residential courses offered by Georgia Soccer and the NSCAA. For residential courses or for week-long courses please check our News and Announcements section for updates.
State ‘Rec G’ Certificate Coaching Course - FREE for Georgia Soccer Members and $50 for Non-Members
Aimed at coaches and parents of U-6 or U-8 players. The course is four hours long and provides fun activities that enhance players’ skill development. Attendance is required to receive the ‘Rec G’ certificate.
State ‘Rec F’ Certificate Coaching Course - FREE for Georgia Soccer Members and $90 for Non-Members
The ‘Rec F’ course is tailored for the coach who is working with U-10 or U-12 Recreational players. The emphasis is on teaching young players through a variety of fun games and practices. The course consists of 7 hours of instruction and practice. Attendance is required to receive the ‘Rec F’ certificate. There is no pre-requisite for this course. However, U-6 & U-8 coaches must start with the ‘Rec G’ course.
State ‘Rec E’ Certificate Coaching Course - FREE for Georgia Soccer Members and $90 for Non-Members
The ‘Rec E’ is aimed at coaches of recreational players U-14 and older. The course consists of 7 hours of instruction and practice. Attendance is required to receive the ‘Rec E’ certificate. There is no pre-requisite for this course as long as attendees are coaching U-14 or older. The ‘Rec E’ certificate cannot be used as a pre-requisite for the ‘D’ course.
National ‘E’ License Coaching Course - Fee is $90 for Georgia Soccer Members and $200 for Non-Members (plus $25 administrative fee for US Soccer).
The National ‘E’ course is an intermediate course geared towards providing a foundation for coaching players in the 9-12 age range Academy/Select levels. The course consists of 16 hours of instruction in the theory and practice of soccer coaching methods. Successful completion is based on the following three requirements:
1. Submitting Pre-Course Assignments (candidates will be given links to assignments upon course registration).
2. Attending the full course
3. Passing a coaching practical test at the course
The National ‘F’ License is required for attendance.
National ‘D’ License Coaching Course - Fee is $140 for Georgia Soccer Members and $500 Non-members (plus $25 administrative fee for US Soccer).
The National ‘D` course provides a detailed analysis of the modern methods of coaching advanced players of all ages. It involves 32 hours of instruction and testing. Successful completion is based on the following:
1. Preparation Phase: Candidates are required to complete three (3) pre-assigned training sessions and submit the practice plans at the first weekend of the course. The three topics for the pre-course training sessions can be selected from the following:
Goalkeeping – Shot Stopping and Hand Distribution
Receiving and Turning
Improve Your Team`s Ability to Build up Through Midfield
Improve Your Team`s Ability to Recover the Ball in the Defensive Half of the Field
Candidates can use the practice plan progression taught at the National ‘E` course: Technical Warm Up, Small-sided Activity, Expanded small-sided Activity, Match Condition.
Candidates must submit the three practice plans at the course check-in on Friday of the first weekend.
2. First Weekend of Course - (Instructional Phase): Candidates must attend the first weekend of the course.
3. Deliberate Practice Phase: Between the first and second weekends of the course. Candidates are required to complete three (3) pre-assigned training sessions over a minimum of 10 weeks and submit the practice plans on the second weekend of the course.
4. Second Weekend of Course - (Performance Review Phase): Candidates must attend the second weekend of the course at least 10 weeks after the first weekend and pass a final on-field exam.
The National ‘E` License is required for attendance (the ‘Rec E` certificate is not acceptable). No waivers of the ``E`` License are allowed as of January 2013, according to the US Soccer Coaching Department. Upon earning a National ``E`` License, candidates must wait for at least 6 months before attending a ``D`` License course. This 6 month period is the Preparation Phase explained above
NSCAA 4v4 Diploma – Fee is $35 for Georgia Soccer members and non-members.
This course is 3 hours long and involves both classroom and field work. It is geared towards the U-8 coach. Curriculum is packed age appropriate activities around the 4v4 game structure. No pre-requisite needed.
NSCAA 7v7/9v9 Diploma - Fee is $80 for Georgia Soccer members and non-members.
This is a 9 hour course. It is geared towards U-9 to U-12 coaches. Content highlights player development, principles of play, technique and tactics with small sided play. No pre-requisite needed.
NSCAA 11v11 Diploma - Fee is $100 for Georgia Soccer members and non-members.
This is a 12 hours course. Moving up the continuum of age levels to the 13 and above player, this Diploma is designed for an intermediate coach. It is a 12 hour in-person course focused on the 11v11 game with topics including the modern numbering system, formations and systems of play, player competencies and defensive and offensive tactics. No pre-requisite needed.
NSCAA Level 1 Goalkeeper Diploma – Fee is $50 for Georgia Soccer members and non-members.
This is a 6 hour course geared towards the team coach and focusing on helping the team coach evaluate his/her keeper performance in the game and design appropriate practice in and outside of team practices. No pre-requisite needed.
NSCAA Level 2 Goalkeeper Diploma – fee is $75 for Georgia Soccer members and non-members.
This is a 12 hour course geared towards the specialist goalkeeper coach and the team coach looking for in-depth information surrounding the coaching of keepers. The level 1 Goalkeeper Diploma is a pre-requisite.
NSCAA Level 3 Goalkeeper Diploma – fee is $200 for Georgia Soccer members and non-members.
This is an 18 hour course geared towards the specialist goalkeeper coach and the team coach looking for in-depth information surrounding the coaching of keepers. The focus is on the tactical aspects of goalkeeping within the team framework and the specifics of training a keeper. The level 2 Goalkeeper Diploma is a pre-requisite.
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma – Fee depends on location
This is a 21 hour course designed to address the issues facing the Director of Coaching of an American club. The curriculum examines the technical, conceptual, leadership and administrative skills required of Directors of Coaching of youth clubs. This is accomplished through a curriculum rich in application and theory and will focus on organizational structure, methods of coaching, leadership theory, evaluation and development of coaches and players and fiscal, legal and moral responsibility. Candidates will understand each of the individual units of the club as well as the interrelationship of those parts to achieve the specific goals and objectives of a youth soccer club. The fee for this course will depend on the location. No pre-requisite is needed.
NSCAA High School Diploma – Fee depends on location
The High School Coaches Diploma is a 21-hour course helping coaches deal with the challenges of building a successful soccer program, both on and off the field. The course is designed for coaches of both male and female high school teams. The High School Diploma is rich in on-the-field training: NSCAA staff coaches, all with experience in the high school game, teach six field sessions, encompassing six different coaching methodologies that are designed to enhance the “toolbox” of any high school coach. Coaches will also explore concepts of match analysis for both scouting opponents and improving one’s own team, and they will watch a match with high school age players to put those concepts into practice. Classroom sessions are designed to address many issues and responsibilities included in the high school coaching portfolio, including: developing a coaching philosophy; team management (pre-season training, team building, game day preparation issues, out of season play, ODP Academy and club relationships, team rules, choosing team captains, parental issues, etc.); risk management specifically for high school programs; college recruiting issues and helping high school players move to the next playing level; fund raising for, and marketing, one’s program; dealing with social media; and developing a constructive relationship with one’s athletic director. Previous coaching education experiences, such as the NSCAA Level 6 Diploma or the US Soccer National D License, are recommended but not required of course participants. There is no testing in the High School Diploma.
NSCAA Special Topics Course – Fee depends on location
The NSCAA Academy conducts Special Topics Courses periodically in different parts of the country, as well as special clinics at various events, including the annual NSCAA Convention. Some examples of Special Topics Courses include Zonal Defending, Sports Psychology, Striker Play, Management of Soccer Programs, etc. For further information, contact the NSCAA National Office. All candidates must be at least 16 years of age at the time of application. Candidates under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the course.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR A COACHING COURSE
Most Courses are held in Pre-Spring (January & February) and Pre-Fall (July & August) period of each year. Course schedules are posted in mid-December and mid-June respectively. To register for our currently available classes, please click here. For more information, please contact Tara Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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