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Coaching:Getting Started

The Coaching Department will open new  US Soccer courses for 2021 beginning April 2021. 

Georgia Soccer has more than 100 affiliate clubs throughout the state. Use the Club Finder to find one near you. 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: 

  • Fall (September to November) 
  • Spring (March to May)

Clubs hold tryouts for the Academy and Select programs at the end of May/early June and are usually looking to assign coaches for their competitive teams at that time. Clubs also search for Recreational coaches each summer and winter before the fall and spring seasons.

Coaches are strongly encouraged to acquire the appropriate coaching license to coach youth teams in Georgia. 

The national level courses are designed and distributed by U.S. 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)The Grassroots courses and the National D License course are delivered by State Associations, i.e. Georgia Soccer.

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

Georgia Soccer has also partnered with United Soccer Coaches (formerly known as the NSCAA) to offer USC courses.  

For more information on all these courses please click here.

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 prerequisite. 

If you want to take a course before you are assigned to a team, you can start with the U.S. Soccer Grassroots courses; most courses are offered twice a year. 

The course schedule is posted on this website in June and December respectively. 

Click here to view Coaching FAQs.

For more information on our coaching education program, please contact Kostas Hatzikoutelis, Director of Coaching, or (678) 993-2109