In January, U.S. Soccer rolled out its Grassroots Coaching pathway initiative with an introductory online coaching education module that any person interested in becoming a soccer coach can take at no cost. Area Coaches can now experience the first of those courses In-Person as Missouri Soccer Offering GrassRoots Coaching Courses on March 17th.
The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module is now the first step for coaches to progress within the coaching pathway and learn about U.S. Soccer’s coaching education philosophy. The new introductory module, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, can be accessed on the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC) and aligns with the Federation’s ongoing effort to improve the quality of coaches at all levels. Details below.
It does NOT currently allow you to Coach in MYSA events. Jim McCarthy, President of MYSA, offered the following note in the 2018 AGM Report regarding the status of the Missouri Youth Coaching Certificate:
US Soccer is in the process of introducing its new coaching education model. Missouri Youth Soccer will need to determine what our minimum requirements for coaches will be and how we will introduce all coaches to the new training available to them. Nik, Jeff, and Kirk will work on this and present to the board in the next couple of months. In the meantime, our Youth Coaching Certificate will remain as the minimum coaching requirement.
If you are looking to get certified, check out the Coaches page at MissouriSoccer.org for classes that can meet that requirement. If you want to get an early look at the Grassroots program however, here’s your chance. Details on the courses can be found below along with details on establishing your US Soccer Coaching Account, a necessary prerequisite. There is also an online course that needs to be taken in advance of the In-Person course.
“Together, with our members, U.S. Soccer is concentrated on growing the game through grassroots education,” said Director of Coaching Administration Frank Tschan. “This introductory module will provide coaches with a preview of how they can better themselves in order to improve the experience and environment of our grassroots players.”
Jeff Muhr, Director of Coaching & Player Development noted in the AGM Report
As the United States Soccer Federation continues to roll out the new Coaching Education Curriculum, we at the state level are working to align it with our Coaching Education Program. I will be attending the Grassroots Instructor Course at the new National Development Center in Kansas City in February and April. I look forward to sharing and passing on information from this course
The 9v9 In-Person Course is a four-hour course that builds on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players aged 11-12. The course will also ask each candidate to reflect on their experiences to develop action steps for personal growth.
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The 4v4 In-Person Course is a four-hour course that builds on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Specifically, candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players aged 13 and older. The course will also ask each candidate to reflect on their experiences to develop action steps for personal growth.
In order to register for the 9v9 or 11v11 In-Person Course, candidates must have completed U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module. This module can be accessed through the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center. Create a coaching profile or log in to complete the course.
How to access and take U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module:
Visit U.S. Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center (DCC).
Sign up (free of charge) or log-in to your DCC profile.
Select “Courses” from the top menu.
Under “Available Courses”, select “Begin Course” to launch the introductory module.
Complete U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching.
The free introductory module is a prerequisite to any of the U.S. Soccer Grassroots License courses, which focus on 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 sided games. Each Grassroots area of focus offers both an online and in-person course for a total of eight (8) Grassroots Licenses. Coaches who complete the introductory module will be provided four complimentary Play-Practice-Play training sessions, which coaching candidates will learn about within the introductory module.