Coaching Education: U.S. Soccer Grassroots License Courses

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U.S. Soccer Grassroots License Courses Now Open

U.S. Soccer and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer are proud to announce the launch of four new in-person Grassroots License Courses as well as the updated D License Course. Each of these educational opportunities are hosted by U.S. Soccer member organizations and are tailored around the four new Grassroots game models: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11. These course options will offer coaches the chance to learn more about how to develop a player-centered approach to coaching.
Spanning four hours in length, each in-person course consists of both classroom and field-based sessions. Coaches will learn more about U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology and the Six Tasks of a Grassroots Coach, among other topics. The newly revamped D License is a culmination of all four game models and an extension of the Grassroots courses. After completion of the course, coaches will have the knowledge and tools to positively impact their players and the environment in which they interact.

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“Grassroots is where soccer begins. It is these early experiences that spark a child’s love for the game. As a parent or coach, these courses will help further improve those experiences,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education Nico Romeijn. “If you are completely new to coaching or the game of soccer, this is a tremendous opportunity to further your knowledge of how to teach children to learn and love the game. For the experienced coach or former player, this is an opportunity to provide a more structured approach based on the needs of the players. In both cases, the focus is on the player and how to ensure that player is able to learn, grow and have fun playing soccer.”
Together with U.S. Soccer, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is committed to improving the experience and level of our players through empowering coaches with low barrier and easily accessible education.
“With these new Grassroots Licenses and the Play-Practice-Play model, we’re giving back to the players to keep them more actively involved and enjoying soccer,” said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Technical Director Mike Barr. “In this environment, both player and coach develop. It’s a player-centered, holistic approach that is the foundation for coaching education moving forward.”
For information regarding schedule, please contact Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Director of Soccer Development & Performance Gary Stephenson.

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