Coaching Youth Soccer - PDF

This course is a self-paced online course designed to be taken by individual coaches.

Our lowest-cost alternative for training coaches. Priced at $19.95 retail, this course is delivered entirely online. Our Coaching Youth Soccer book is delivered as a series of PDF downloads within the course. Coaches are prompted to read excerpts prior to completing online course units and activities, and can print the PDFs for hard-copy reference. Volume discounts available. To place an order for more than one course, call 800-747-5698. For single orders, click on the icon below.

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Course Format

This course is delivered completely online, with ancillary reading materials (excerpts from the Coaching Youth Soccer book) delivered as PDFs within the course.

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Full Course Description

This course is for coaches of athletes age 13 and under participating in a recreational, noncompetitive setting. Learn fundamental coaching concepts and responsibilities, and come away with the most important coaching points of the major skills and tactics of youth soccer.

In this interactive online course, you’ll learn to prepare for your season and provide the best possible experience for your athletes. The course is supplemented by excerpts from the Coaching Youth Soccer book, which are delivered as a series of PDF downloads within the course. As you progress through the online course, you’ll be prompted to read book excerpts to complete course activities.

The course includes many interactive exercises that apply and enrich concepts from the book excerpts. The course introduces volunteer coaches to the games approach to coaching, which uses small-sided games to teach skills and tactics. It also includes a handy Coaches’ Clipboard utility with forms, documents, and detailed plans for successful practice sessions and game-day coaching. The course concludes with an online 30-question test.

Guided by a mentor coach, coaches face learning challenges in the following units:

  • Your Responsibilities
  • Communication
  • Safety and Fitness
  • Rules
  • The Games Approach to Coaching
  • Season and Practice Plans
  • Game-Day Tactics and Skill Instruction
  • Offensive and Defensive Tactics
  • Offensive and Defensive Skills

Varies by organization version.

Before you purchase your online course: If you're taking this course to be certified with a specific organization, you need to purchase that organization's version of the course to receive credit. Failure to purchase the correct version will jeopardize your certification status. Prior to purchasing an online course, please double-check your organization's requirements to ensure online courses are accepted for credit by your organization.

Audience: Administrators, Volunteer Coaches, Parents

Level: Volunteer