US Youth Soccer recommends coaches of four to 12-year-olds complete the National Youth License, a U.S. Soccer course, which focuses upon the nature of children and the adjustments adults need to make to coach them.
US Youth Soccer Assistant Technical Director, John Thomas, recently wrote in his blog
, "You owe it to your players to be as knowledgeable and well prepared as you can be. Informed coaches are better able to understand, develop and challenge young players. The result is a better experience for the players and more enjoyment for the coach."
Each day of the course, the focus is on one of the traditional soccer age groups of U-6, U-8, U-10 or U-12. Children of the appropriate age group are brought to the course site each day for the candidates to work with them in a practice training session.
The candidates are videotaped while coaching the kids and the video is reviewed with each candidate to aid in the education of the coach. The course combines both classroom (theory) and field (practical) sessions.
The course concludes with written, oral and practical examinations. The National Youth License course is six days in length, sometimes being held over two weekends rather than 6 days in a row. It is ideal for anyone hoping to become a better and more effective coach.
Also, "A" license coaches can earn eight CEUs by completing the National Youth License course.
National Youth License Courses
June 2-7 | Austin, Texas
June 5-7 and 12-14 | Winston-Salem, N.C.
June 9-14 | Lorain, Ohio
June 12-14 and 19-21 | St. Paul, Minn.
June 12-17 | Richmond, Ky.
June 19-21 and 26-28 | Stafford, Va.
June 19-21 and 26-28 | Hampton, N.J.
July 13-18 | Portland, Ore.
July 17-19 and 24-26 | Midland, Texas
July 31 – Aug. 2 and Aug. 8-9 | Bristol, R.I.
July 31-Aug. 5 | Bozeman, Mont.
July 31-Aug. 5 | Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug. 7-9 and 14-16 | Roswell, Ga.
Aug. 9-14 | Greensburg, Penn.
Aug. 10-15 | Salt Lake City, Utah
Sept. 11-13 and 18-20 | Wellington, Fla.
To view the full schedule of courses and contact information, click here 2009
To review the required reading for those planning to attend a National Youth License course, please click here
Matt Moran, US Youth Soccer member service specialist, blogged from the course in 2007. For an inside view, you can read his five-day blog
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