The Georgia Soccer Coaching Education Program takes many forms and is designed to benefit coaches of all levels. The main components of the program are the Coaching School formal certification courses and the Special Topics clinics. In addition, Georgia Soccer also offers free on-site clinics, Parent Excellence Seminars and Club Administrator seminars.
The Coaching School Instructors are nationally licensed professionals who have been selected based on their qualifications and experience as coaches and educators.
The Coaching Resources section of the Georgia Soccer website 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.
Coaching Courses Offered in Georgia
The coaching courses we offer include the official US Soccer licensing certification courses, as well as the USC non-residential and residential diploma courses and the Georgia Soccer state-level recreational courses.
The courses can be grouped into the following categories:
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 recreational, introductory and intermediate levels and are the pre-requisites for the US Soccer ‘C’, ‘B’, and ‘A’ Residential courses. The courses under this category are the National Grassroots 4V4, 7V7, 9V9, 11V11 licenses in-person and online courses and the National ‘D’ License.
Georgia Soccer State Level Recreational Courses: These courses cover the recreational level age groups from 6U to 19U. The courses under this category are the ‘Rec G’ (6U-8U) certificate course, ‘Rec F’ (10U-12U Rec) certificate course, and the ‘Rec E’ (14U-19U Rec) certificate course. Georgia Soccer also offers the National Youth Coaching Course. Please note that these state level recreational courses are not part of the US Soccer pathway and are offered by Georgia Soccer as supplemental education.
The USC Diploma Courses: These courses are the official USC 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 USC 4v4 Diploma, the 7v7/9v9 Diploma, 11v11 Diploma, USC Goalkeeping Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 Diplomas, the USC Director of Coaching Diploma and the USC High School Diploma. The residential courses include the USC National Diploma, the USC Advanced National Diploma, the USC Advanced Director of Coaching Diploma, the USC Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and the USC Premier Diploma.
Please note that it is not possible to cross over from the United Soccer Coaches pathway to the US Soccer pathway. The new US Soccer policy requires that coaches start at the online Introduction to Coaching in the DCC and move through the US Soccer courses to get to the top level.
US Soccer National Grassroots Courses and Revised National D License Course
US Soccer has replaced the National F and the National E courses with new Grassroots courses aimed specifically at the grassroots game models 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11. Each game model has two courses for a total of 8 grassroots courses. For example, the 4v4 game model has an in-person 4 hour-long 4v4 course and an online 2 hour 4v4 course.
US Soccer has also revamped the National D License course to align it with the philosophy and curriculum of the Grassroots courses and the National C, B and A courses.
Registration for the Grassroots and D courses will be done through the Digital Coaching Center (DCC) as explained below.
Digital Coaching Center (DCC) Platform
US Soccer has 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 courses through the DCC will be granted access to the DCC for one year.
All coaches must start their education by creating a coach's profile within the DCC platform and taking the free online Introduction to Coaching course (30 minutes). After that, they are eligible to work their way through the courses, beginning with the Grassroots courses.
Course Information for the US Soccer Grassroots Licenses
Prerequisite for the Grassroots Game Model 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 Courses: Coaches must take the free DCC online Introduction to Coaching course in order to be eligible for the Grassroots courses.
Grassroots 4v4 In-Person License: for coaching the 6U and 8U age groups
Grassroots 7v7 In-Person License: for coaching the 9U and 10U age groups
Grassroots 9v9 In-Person License: for coaching 11U and 12U age groups
Grassroots 11v11 In-Person License: for coaching 13U and older teams
Course Information for the US Soccer National D License
Prerequisite for the National D License Course: The pre-requisites are either the grassroots licenses or National E license as explained below:
Coaches must take at least two grassroots in-person courses, one of which must be the 11v11 course, plus at least one online grassroots game model course. Coaches who already have taken the online F course do not need to take the grassroots online course. No waiting period required.
Coaches must possess the National E license. No waiting period required.
This course provides a detailed analysis of the modern methods of coaching players of all ages. It involves 40 hours of instruction and testing plus 30 hours of assignments. Successful completion is based on the following phases:
Preparation Phase: Candidates are required to complete pre-course assignments as explained in the DCC.
Instructional Phase: Candidates must attend the first weekend of the course.
Deliberate Practice Phase: This occurs between the first and second weekends of the course. Candidates are required to complete assignments as explained in the DCC.
Practical Testing Phase: Candidates must attend the second weekend and do the practical testing. Candidates register for both weekends upfront and must attend the pre-determined second weekend of the course. Candidates cannot attend any "second weekend" they wish.
New Policy Changes on Course Eligibility
It is not possible to cross over from the United Soccer Coaches pathway to the US Soccer pathway. The new US Soccer policy requires that coaches start at the online Introduction to Coaching in the DCC and move through the US Soccer courses to get to the top level.
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, Grassroots is 16. Further, 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.
Georgia Soccer and United Soccer Coaches (USC) Join Forces to Increase Scope of Education in Georgia
Georgia Soccer and USC have partnered to create a comprehensive education platform. USC 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. Coaches will be able to register for an expanded menu of courses and clinics.
Prerequisite Guidelines for the USC Diploma Courses
USC 4v4, 7v7/9v9 and 11v11 Diplomas: No prerequisite
USC National Diploma: USC 11v11 Diploma or National D License
USC Advanced National Diploma: USC National Diploma or National C License
USC Premier Diploma: USC Advanced National Diploma or the National B License
Synopsis and Instructions for Georgia Soccer State-Level Recreational Courses
The Georgia Soccer Coaching School Program 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.
Synopsis and Instructions for USC Diploma Courses
USC 11v11 Diploma - Moving up the continuum of age levels to the 13U and above player, this Diploma is designed for an intermediate coach. It is an 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.
Duration: 12 hours
USC Director of Coaching Diploma - 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.
USC High School Diploma - Helps 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: USC 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 USC DiplomaS or the US Soccer National D License, are recommended but not required of course participants. There is no testing in the High School Diploma.
USC Special Topics Course - The USC Academy conducts Special Topics Courses periodically in different parts of the country, as well as special clinics at various events, including the annual USC Convention. Some examples of Special Topics Courses include Zonal Defending, Sports Psychology, Striker Play, Management of Soccer Programs, etc. For further information, contact the USC 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.