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US Youth Soccer National Youth Coaching Course
Mar 16 - Mar 20, 2011

US Youth Soccer National Youth Coaching Course to be held in Laguna Niguel
March 16-20, 2011 | Crown Valley Community Center
Click links to register: Commuter Cost - $495 | Non-Commuter (Live-in) Cost $675

US Youth Soccer will be presenting a National Youth Coaching Course to be held in Laguna Niguel from March 16-20, 2011.

"You will get more information form this course about how to coach U6-U12 players both on and off the field than any other course offered," said Cal South Director of Coaching and Player Development Steve Hoffman. "It really is the best and most informative course I have ever attended. I would love to see all Directors of Coaching go to the course, as it will be of immense help to them."

Note: "A" License coaches who take this course should be aware that it counts as 8 CEUs (Continued Education Units) and also renews their USSF "A" license for another five years.

There are two registration pages for the course:


Crown Valley Community Center
29751 Crown Valley Pkwy
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-1953

Alely Cruz

DESCRIPTION:The National Youth License Course 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.

Some of the topics that will be explored through the course include:

  • The role of the coach as a facilitator
  • The physical, mental and emotional needs and capabilities of players aged 4-12
  • Lessons from developmental psychology
  • The art of teaching

Candidates are videotaped for analysis during live training sessions.

Candidates must be 18 years of age and hold a National "D" License. You may attend the course if you do not hold a "D" with written permission from your State Association Director of Coaching.


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
4. Complete a Practice Coaching Session (1 practice opportunity per candidate). Candidates are videotaped during this session. The sessions are then reviewed each evening by the staff coach and by fellow candidates.
5. Complete a Practical Coaching session (formal evaluated by the coaching staff)

What should I expect from the course in terms of classroom or field participation?
Each day features classroom lecture/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.

What is included in the course fee?
The course fee includes course administration, staff costs, material fees, a 1-year membership to the US Soccer Coaches Organization, and a National Youth License T-Shirt. The course fee FOR NON-COMMUTERS ONLY also includes room and board.

How many people can register for the course?
The maximum enrollment is 30 candidates.

What do I need to bring to the course check in?
The Laws of the Game take-home exam, and their USSF Coaching School Coach Health Report.

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.

  • Laws of the Game
  • Team Management
  • Ethics
  • Prevention and Care of Injuries