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US Youth Soccer National Youth License in Montgomery, Ala.

October 21, 2010 10:00 PM
Alabama Youth Soccer Hosts U.S. Soccer National Youth License in Montgomery delivered by US Youth Soccer.
Alabama Youth Soccer will host a U.S. Soccer National Youth License in Montgomery Dec. 3-5 and 11-12, 2010, delivered by US Youth Soccer. The National Youth License is a 5–day course regarded as the "A" course for youth coaching. The course begins at 5:30 pm on the 3rd and concludes at 4 pm on the 12th. For those working with, or anticipating working with, young players, the National Youth License may be the most important and valuable course available to coaches of all playing levels. It is also a great opportunity for "A" Licensed coaches to receive 8 CEU's upon successful completion of the course.
Besides participating in daily field sessions, lectures and discussions, candidates are videotaped during their practical sessions, with feedback provided during group discussion sessions.
Dec. 3-5 and 11-12, 2010
Montgomery, Ala.
What is the National Youth License?
The National Youth License is designed to provide club directors of coaching, youth coaches, physical education teachers and soccer administrators with the knowledge to successfully structure soccer environments for children aged 4-12.
The following will be explored throughout the course:
  • The role of the coach as a facilitator
  • The physical, mental and emotional needs and capabilities of players from 4-12
  • Lessons from developmental psychology
  • The art of teaching
Candidates are videotaped for analysis during live training sessions.
What is required to earn a National Youth License?
In order to earn the National Youth License, candidates must:
1.            Attend all field and classroom sessions
2.            Submit Care and Prevention / Risk Management tests (group work)
3.            Make presentations on Team/Risk Management (group work)
4.            Complete a Practice Coaching session (1 to 3 practice opportunities per candidate). Candidates are videotaped during this session. The sessions are then reviewed each evening by the instructor and by fellow candidates.  
5.            Complete a Candidate's Philosophy of Coaching (take home)
6.            Complete a Practical Coaching Session (formal evaluation by the instructional staff)
7.            Complete a take home examination on Coaching Methods.
What should I expect from the course in terms of classroom or field participation?
Each day features classroom lecture and discussion sessions and field sessions. Candidates are strongly urged to physically prepare for the course. There are no physical tests, but participation is enjoyable and a valuable way to learn through experience.
Are there any prerequisites required for the National Youth License?
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and hold a National "D" License, or have the approval of the State Director of Coaching. A copy of the candidates "D" License must accompany the application.
How much does the National Youth License cost?
The course tuition is $500 for AYSA/USYSA members and $600 for non-members. Alabama coaches, please note that you will be granted a $100 rebate upon successful completion of the course. This fee does not include room and board for those traveling from outside of commuting range. The hosting State Association sets the final course fee.
What is included in the course fee?
The course fee includes course administration, staff costs, materials, a 1-year membership to the U.S. Soccer CoachesNet, a 1-year membership to US Youth Soccer Coaches Connection and a U.S. Soccer National Coaching School T-shirt.
How many people can register for the course?
The maximum enrollment is 36 candidates.
How can I register for the National Youth License?
Interested candidates can register by completing and submitting the course registration form here. A copy of the candidates "D" License, a recent wallet-sized photograph and payment for course and hotel, if applicable, must accompany the application.
Checks should be made out to Alabama Youth Soccer Association and mailed to:
Alabama Youth Soccer Association
4678 Valleydale Rd. Suite 200
Birmingham, AL 35242
Where will the classroom and field sessions be held?
Field sessions will be held at Montgomery YMCA Soccer Complex and classroom sessions will be at the host hotel, Courtyard by Marriott.
Where would I stay in the local area?
The host hotel is Courtyard by Marriott. The rate is $76.00 per night. This rate is good for double occupancy (two queen beds) or single occupancy (one king bed).   If you share the room with another candidate the fee per candidate would be $38.00 per night each. Should you require hotel accommodation please complete the accommodation section of the application form, and include the fee with your application fee. You will only receive this rate if you make your reservations through us. Meals are not provided, however breakfast is served at the hotel and there are a number of restaurants in the local vicinity.
Host Hotel and lecture room:
Courtyard by Marriott-
5555 Carmichael Road
Montgomery, AL 36117
Tel: 334-272-5533
What do I need to bring to the course check-in?
Candidates should bring any remaining payment, their Laws of the Game take-home exam, and their USSF Coaching School Coach Health Report.
Candidates need to come prepared to participate in the field sessions as well as the classroom sessions. Please bring proper soccer attire.
Is there anything I can do to prepare for the National Youth License?
National Youth License candidates are responsible for reading the materials listed below prior to attending the course. Candidates should also print out and complete the Laws of the Game Exam (provided following registration) and bring it to the course. The following materials can be found in the "Coaches" section of the US Youth Soccer website. For directions:
1.       Go to
2.       A dropdown menu will appear under "Coaches" in the top menu
3.       Click on "National Youth License"
4.       Choose the "Required Reading" link
5.       There you will find links and downloads for the following:
Laws of the Game
*Official Laws-FIFA and Modified Laws for U-6/U-8/U-10/U-12.
*Laws of the Game exam
Team Management
*Suggested Items for a First Aid Kit
*Players Bill of Rights
*Pre-season Recommendations
*Some Thoughts on Warming Up
*Team Management Ideas
*The Team Manager
*Integrating Novice Players
*Role Models for Life
*Code of Conduct
Prevention and Care of Injuries
*Soccer Injuries: Prevention and Care
What if I have questions regarding the National Youth License?
Potential candidates with inquiries should contact Alabama Youth Soccer Director of Coaching, Gwynne Williams, at
For a schedule of future National Youth License courses click here.
For more information about the National Youth License from U.S. Soccer click here.



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