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Free Clinics and Presentations




This free introductory module, which represents the first step in the newly revised coaching license pathway, is now the general starting point of the pathway and is the required prerequisite to undergo any of U.S. Soccer's Grassroots Licensing Courses. Coaches who complete the module will also be provided with four complimentary Play-Practice-Play training sessions.

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In addition to the formal certification coaching courses, Georgia Soccer offers a Continuing Education Program in the form of free special topic clinics.

Any affiliated club can contact Kostas Hatzikoutelis, State Director of Coaching, or (678) 993-2109 to schedule one or more of the clinics below.

The clinics can be taught at any time of year at a site selected by the member affiliate. Some of the clinics are field sessions while some are classroom based presentations. Affiliates can request one clinic or schedule a series of clinics as needed.

Field Clinics

F1. Planning a Practice for Recreational Teams

One-hour field clinic designed to provide recreational coaches with activities and tips for designing a practice session. This clinic is appropriate for 6U through 19U recreational coaches.

F2. Hands-On Combined Coaches and Players Clinic

Formatted to bring together coaches and players and run a practice session directed and supervised by the State Director of Coaching. The format requires a club to bring many teams of the same age group to one site at the same time. The State Director of Coaching will supervise the training session where all the teams will learn the same activities. This format only works if each team can be accompanied and supervised by two adults (coach and assistant coach or volunteer parents.) This clinic is for 6U or 8U age groups only.

F3. Planning a Practice for Intermediate-Level Teams

One-hour field clinic designed to provide coaches with ideas for fun, skill-enhancing activities, and tips on designing a practice session. This clinic is for coaches of Athena/Classic division two and below.

F4. Training Academy Players - The Dawn of Tactics

90-minute field clinic focused on teaching players how to solve soccer-related problems and replace instincts with intuitive skills. This clinic is geared toward coaches of U10 and U12 Academy teams.

F5. Training Elite Players - How to Challenge Top Players

 90-minute field clinic focused on developing players' abilities to play in tight areas and increase their speed of play. This clinic is geared toward coaches of Athena/Classic/GPL teams at the top level.

F6. Developing the 360 Degree Player

90-minute field clinic focused on how to develop players' abilities to receive and pass the ball in any direction. The activities demonstrate how to improve players' touch, vision, and deception skills to become a true 360 degrees player.

F7. Deception in Attack

A 90-minute clinic that demonstrates how to help our players become more deceptive and how coaches can implement the skills of deception into their practice activities. This clinic is appropriate for Academy and Select teams.

F8. Dominating Possession in Midfield

A 90-minute session that demonstrates how to organize the midfield and train it to keep possession, unbalance the opposition and create scoring chances. This clinic is appropriate for 13U select players and older.

F9. Creating Scoring Chances

 A 90-minute session focused on creating chances and finishing. It starts with warm-up activities that prepare the players for finishing and progress to game-related activities in the attacking third. This clinic is appropriate for Academy and Select teams.

F10. Zonal Defending

A 90-minute field session focused on teaching your team to defend zonally and integrating defensive midfielders into the activities. The role of the keeper, back line, and midfielders is demonstrated in game-like progressions. This clinic is appropriate for Select teams.

F11. Channeling in Defense

A 90-minute field session that shows how players can defend collectively to channel the ball away from danger and into defensive traps to win the ball. This clinic is appropriate for Select teams.

F12. Using Throw-Ins to Gain an Advantage

This field session demonstrates how to use throw-ins to keep possession and switch the point of attack. This clinic is appropriate for Academy and Select teams.

F13. Functional Training

 A 90-minute session that shares the latest training methods of top teams, geared towards a functional approach from the warm-up to the final activity. This clinic is appropriate for Select teams.

Classroom Presentations

C1. Playing through the Lines

A 60-minute PowerPoint/video presentation that shows how the top teams in the world play by penetrating through the lines and outlines practice activities that can improve youth teams' ability to penetrate through the lines. This is appropriate for Academy and Select teams.

C2. Possession Soccer vs Direct Soccer - Which is Better

A 60-minute PowerPoint/video session that compares the two playing styles and shows why possession soccer is both safer to play and better for player development. This is appropriate for Academy and Select teams.

C3. Player Development in the USA - Challenges and Solutions

Player development in the USA has come a long way. What progress have we made and what are the main remaining challenges? What are the implications for youth coaches? How do the youth clubs take player development to the next level? This 60-minute session is appropriate for club coaches and club administrators of all levels.

C4. Systems of Play

A 60-minute PowerPoint/video presentation that covers modern systems, how to choose a system, strengths, and weaknesses of each system, and variations within the system to achieve specific strategies. This is appropriate for Select teams.

C5. Practice vs Games - Which is Better for Development

A 60-minute PowerPoint presentation that compares the benefits of practices and games in each of the four main components of soccer and draws important conclusions on how to structure an optimum player development program. This is appropriate for all coaches of all levels.

C6. Implementing Phases of Play into Practice Progression

A 60-minute PowerPoint presentation that outlines various methodologies for planning a practice session and improving transfer of learning from practice to games. This is appropriate for Academy and Select coaches.