17 State Associations have adopted new online education platform
As the largest youth sports organization in the country, US Youth Soccer has an online coaching education platform
to enhance the experience and opportunities of US Youth Soccer players, coaches and parents. US Youth Soccer has created an online education platform in partnership with Americaneagle.com
The first courses available via the online education platform include an introductory course to concussions, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a course for parents getting into youth soccer for the first time, and, most notably, the Under-6/Under-8 Youth Module coaching course.
To date, more than 30 percent of the member State Associations have adopted the new online tool and are pushing the U-6/U-8 Youth Module live to coaches within their state. An additional 14 State Associations have demonstrated interest in the platform, bringing the total to more than 56 percent. The availability of the Youth Modules will be communicated by the participating member State Associations.
"One of US Youth Soccer's greatest strengths is its ability to reach every child in every part of the country," said US Youth Soccer Coaching Director Sam Snow. "We worked to develop this online education platform to help coaches in every part of the country bring out the game in their players. They can take the theory portion of these coaching courses online and continue that education with practical, on-field training."
State members of the US Youth Soccer Education Platform include:
These first 12 State Associations to adopt the platform represent the diverse and varying demographics of US Youth Soccer. The online education platform empowers each state to effectively train coaches, no matter location, at their own pace and convenience.
"The Cal South Coaching Education Department is very excited about the launching of US Youth Soccer's new online Youth Module course. We believe it will be a great addition to our coaching education program," said Elliott Spruell, Coaching Education Coordinator for Cal South. "In 2011, Cal South held over 50 Youth Module courses and educated nearly 1,000 coaches, many whom have full-time jobs outside of soccer and are full-time parents as well. The online Youth Module course gives these coaches the much needed flexibility and accessibility to quality coaching education in the comforts of their own homes, while also giving them access to quality on field sessions at accessible locations."
The platform features read-at-your-own-pace pages, video and document downloads. Additional curriculum will be added as the platform expands to further meet the educational needs of all members of the youth soccer community. To learn more about the US Youth Soccer Education Platform visit http://education.usyouthsoccer.org.
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is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit