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diciembre 05, 2011

December 5, 2011 (Ventura, CA) - The Cal South Coaching Education staff recently attended a U.S. Soccer Training and Assessment Workshop held in Ventura, California to familiarize and educate themselves on the U.S. Soccer Federation's newly created "E" License course. Cal South will implement and officially launch the new "E" License course in January, 2012.

Forty Cal South Coaching Education instructors, as well as the Directors of Coaching for Arizona and Hawaii, went through the 15-hour workshop conducted by Dave Chesler, U.S. Soccer's Director of Coaching. The new "E" License course, which will be implemented by all 54 U.S. Youth Soccer state associations in 2012, was created to go hand-in-hand with the recently released U.S. Soccer Coaching Curriculum, which was developed by U.Ss Soccer's Technical Director (and former U.S. National Team captain) Claudio Reyna.

The "E" License coaching course, which focuses on developing the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team, has been reconstructed to include many new aspects necessary to keep up with the ever-evolving game, including sport science, effective micro-cycle planning, and long-term athlete development. The new course will require candidates to partake in a practical evaluation which consists of creating a session plan, conducting the session, and pre-course work including FIFA's Laws of the Game testing, CDC's Heads Up Concussion Online Training Course, and a written assignment assigned by U.S. Soccer.

"The workshop was a great experience for our Coaching Education Staff," said Elliott Spruell, Cal South's Coaching Education Coordinator. "It gave us a great opportunity to evaluate instructors and our program as a whole, and help us to determine how we can improve to ensure the continued growth of the coaches within Cal South."

"It's a tremendously exciting time for youth soccer coaches as the USSF has stepped up to the plate by bring out a new curriculum for teaching the game," said Steve Hoffman, Cal South's Director of Coaching Education and Player Development. "The updated licensing curriculum is going to require more practical fieldwork by coaches, and includes a big focus on pre-course learning. As a country we are moving towards the UEFA certification process, which we hope in time will produce better coaches and better player development."

U.S. Soccer's focus is now firmly set on implementation, which starts in January 2012 when all 54 state associations will begin teaching the new "E" License course. This will be followed by the new "D" License course which will be launched in May 2012.

For any questions regarding the new U.S. Soccer "E" License, please contact Elliott Spruell at or 714.451.1553.