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by posted 04/07/2018
U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES GRASSROOTS PATHWAY INITIATIVE

2018 U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Grassroots License Pathway

U.S. Soccer has announced eight (8) new grassroots level coaching courses to be introduced in early 2018. These courses will be focused on empowering coaches through experiential learning and a player-centered approach. The course options will relate directly to small-sided games and the respective age-groups outlined in the Player Development Initiatives.

The new Grassroots Licensing Courses will consist of four (4) in-person experiences and four (4) online experiences. Prospective coaches will have the option to engage in any of these new courses – in any sequence – after completing a free introductory module provided by U.S. Soccer.

“This new, a-la-carte approach is meant to empower grassroots coaches to access education – relevant to their needs and specific coaching environment – immediately through these new low barrier opportunities,” said Frank Tschan, Director of Coaching Administration.

In addition to the eight (8) new opportunities, the D course has also been updated in accordance with the revamped approach at the grassroots level. “Over the last 12-months, U.S. Soccer has worked with its members to organize, study and pilot these new opportunities. This has been an immense project initiated by the Federation and its importance cannot be understated. The game is founded at the grassroots level; these courses will help ensure fun, enjoyable and developmentally appropriate environments.”

Concurrently with the roll out of the new courses, the current F and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway. These licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway. As demonstrated in the past, member organizations will be empowered to organize and host the in-person grassroots courses and the updated D course on behalf of U.S. Soccer. More specific information on the newly formatted grassroots courses, including format and scheduling, will be released in early 2018.


by posted 12/20/2017
Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer

“Eliminating head injuries in soccer is likely impossible, but reducing exposure to injury and, therefore, enhancing player safety is definitely not.” –Ian Barker, United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching Education

United Soccer Coaches has launched Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer™, the first interactive online course developed to educate coaches on how to teach safer heading techniques for players ages 11-13. This 30-minute course is free and available to anyone and everyone interested in heading safety.

In November 2015, U.S. Soccer announced that as part of increasing the safety of players, there should be no heading in games or practice for any players at U11 and a limited amount of heading for U12 & U13. But as players start entering that age group with no heading exposure, coaches are seeking direction on how to best bring them up to speed on this key aspect of the game.

EARN YOUR GET AHEAD SAFELY IN SOCCER™ DIPLOMA NOW

In developing the course, United Soccer Coaches teamed with the University of Delaware Concussion Research Laboratory as a science partner. Where soccer technique leaves off, the science of strength and conditioning comes in with neck and core strengthening. The course also includes a video introduction from U.S. Women’s Soccer veteran Abby Wambach.

GET AHEAD SAFELY IN SOCCER™ PARTICIPANTS WILL:

  • Discover 5 practical ways to decrease the risk of concussions in soccer
  • Learn key coaching points for proper heading technique and training drills
  • Understand the techniques for the correct practice of “attacking” and “defensive” headers
  • Explore a series of interactive videos for neck and core strengthening exercises
  • Increase player safety by understanding head impact sensor technology and how it can be used to validate and enforce proper heading technique
  • Receive a United Soccer Coaches Diploma awarded upon completion

 


by posted 10/08/2017
FAI Coach/Parent Education Video


by posted 10/08/2017
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