As the fall soccer season approaches, hundreds of volunteer coaches around the state will be picking up the whistle and clipboard for the first time and wondering, "Now what?"
Fortunately, U.S. Soccer has designed an all-new coaching curriculum specifically targeted to parents and coaches of youth players between the ages of 5-8 years old, the age at which many players first pick up the game.
The all-new National "F" License is a two-hour course conducted entirely online, allowing parents and coaches to start down the development pathway at a time and place convenient to their schedule. In fact, the course doesn't even have to be taken all at once -- candidates can stop, rewind, or restart the webinars as needed throughout the process, up to maximum of 12 months from the date and time of registration.
The webinars, which are hosted on U.S. Soccer's Digital Coaching Center, help coaches create a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for young players, with a specific focus on coaching philosophy, designing an activity, designing a lesson plan, Laws of the Game, injury prevention and nutrition, small-sided games, and more. A multiple-choice test ensures that candidates fully understand each section before moving on to the next one.
Not only is the National "F" License easy and convenient, it's also affordable! The course costs just $25, some or all of which may be refunded by your local Club or Association (contact your club Director of Coaching to find out what, if any, portion of the fee your club will cover).
This summer is the perfect time to start down the coaching education pathway. To register for the "F" license, click here to access the Digital Coaching Center.