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Coaching:Getting Started

Georgia Soccer has more than 100 affiliate clubs throughout the state. Use our Club Finder 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: 

  • 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 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)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 also offers state-level courses for Recreational coaches which are age and level specific:

  • Rec G Certificate Course to coach 6U/8U recreational soccer
  • Rec F Certificate Course to coach 10U/12U recreational soccer
  • Rec E Certificate Course to coach 14U to 19U recreational soccer

These certificate courses are not part of the US Soccer coaching educational pathway but are useful as supplemental education and are free for Georgia Soccer members.

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 and synopsis of each course and how to register for a course 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 US Soccer Grassroots courses. Most courses are offered twice a year. The course schedule is posted in our website in June and December respectively and coaches can register online for a course. The full course schedule can be accessed online at any time.

View our Coaching FAQs here.

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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