All soccer federations worldwide are committed to providing all coaches, from grassroots to advanced, with education based on their playing experiences and the needs of their students. The Coaching License/diploma highway consists of multiple courses that are specifically designed to meet the needs of a coach at every step forward they take in the soccer coaching world. I personally have a UEFA (FIGC) Outfield C diploma and an A Goalkeeping. To be honest I only needed the goalkeeping diplomas, however I was very glad that I took the outfield month long course for many different reasons (networking over most).
In the soccer world, coaches are encouraged (in some cases forced) to obtain an education. And in a lot of cases, coaches have the freedom to choose who they want to learn from.
Not every coach is lucky enough to start their coaching licencing at a C or a B level. UEFA like the USSF have a rule that if you have no professional playing experience, you have to start from the online courses and make your way up…
All soccer coaches owe it to themselves, and to their athletes, to be prepared in effective coaching. Whatever the level of the soccer player, the team and the coach, learning and enjoy learning should always be crucial considerations of the training and game environment.
The most important consideration is the motivation of the coach. Is the coach trying to collect a D license so that he can simply coach his team in “State-Cup” or is the coach is seeking to learn as much as the can in order to coach at increasingly higher levels; then they should at least try to commit to each level of the coaches pathway.
In the United states there is an alternative to U.S. Soccer licensing and that is the United Soccer Coaches (ex NSCAA) and they offer grassroots coach education and clearly define the importance of making the best approach for the youngest soccer players. However, USC training cources for coaches are not licenses. I noticed that the United Soccer Coaches, and UEFA education offer excellent courses and are a higher standard to what you will receive at the USSF.
Coaches that I have interacted with who have engaged in both USC and USSF education have in the most enjoyed more the United Soccer Coaches education programs. Like myself, they have found more value and satisfaction in what the USC offer.
In addition, advanced soccer coaches are very often looking to expand their education and access the coaching diplomas of the European Confederation, UEFA. Many in these past years have travel to the United Kingdom, Eire or France…
…Each UEFA country offers topnotch educational programs and experienced U.S. coaches are now looking to find some travel time and expense a UEFA coaching course. Feedback is extremely positive as to the knowledge and ability of the UEFA instructors.
SOMETHING THEY DON’T TEACH YOU AT A SOCCER COURSE:
How important are the psychological aspects of coaching young soccer players? I’ll start off being very harsh and state that many coaches are clueless as to the psychological developmental stages of young children stating off in our sport and as a result these coaches often alienate young athletes from playing soccer. I’ve seen this over-and-over again and most of the time you’ll here the “Wannabe” coaches blame these young players, saying they don’t have enough heart, they’re soft and wont adapt. “I myself would require all coaches who work with soccer players 18 years of age and younger to get CEUs in child/adolescent development and psychology. It’s something that I did and if I can do it, then 90% of youth soccer club coaches and staff members can as well.