2/1/2021 - Great things happening with coach education here in Maine!
Due to the ongoing health crisis, the format of coach licensing courses will change as we adopt US Soccer’s Return to Educate curriculum and practices. Coaches registering for Grassroots and ‘D’ License courses should expect virtual classroom interactive meetings lead by our licensed US Soccer instructors. Those registered will also be asked to participate in a field component as coaches and/or players. All activities will follow state and local guidelines for social distancing and gatherings as well as US Soccer’s PLAY ON protocol. U.S. Soccer PLAY ON | Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Coaching Education Overview
Soccer Maine, as the U.S. Soccer state governing body, is responsible for providing coaching education opportunities to coaches at all levels of play across the state. Coach education opportunities are available via the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Pathway as well as the United Soccer Coaches Pathway. Together, with U.S. Soccer and United Soccer Coaches, Soccer Maine is committed to empowering coaches with the knowledge, skills, and practices to create a positive, engaging, and enjoyable learning environment for their players.
U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Pathway
U.S. Soccer national and state-level coaching education pathways and courses are designed to positively impact the development of grassroots coaches across the country by making education more accessible and developmentally appropriate for grassroots coaches.
How to access and take U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module:
1. Visit U.S. Soccer’s Digital Learning Center (DLC).
2. Sign up (free of charge) or log-in to your DLC profile.
3. Select “Courses” from the top menu.
4. Under “Available Courses”, select “Begin Course” to launch the introductory module.
5. Complete U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching.
Coaching Course Schedule & Registration
For a complete list of available coaching courses, CLICK HERE to go to the 2021 Course Schedule. If the current course schedules do not already accommodate the coach education needs in your community, you may request to host a course by contacting Soccer Maines Director of Coaching, John Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soccer Maine Coaching License Requirements
U-9,10 – USSF 7v7 In-Person Grassroots License
U-11,12 – USSF 9v9 In-Person Grassroots License
U-13,14 – USSF 11v11 In-Person Grassroots License
U-15 – USSF D License
Each of these educational opportunities is available on line in the US Soccer Learning Center, and will be hosted by Soccer Maine in conjunction with member clubs. The Courses are tailored around four 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 4-hours in length, each in-person Grassroots 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 Grassroots Courses, coaches will have the knowledge and tools to positively impact their player and the environment in which they interact.
The new player-centered environment is based on the Play-Practice-Play format to create an easy to manage training environment. Meanwhile, USSF has written hundreds of Play-Practice-Play training sessions and made them available through the DCC. Each session will be designed to address a specific player quality and action. In short, the new format will allow coaches to focus their time and energy to guiding players through game-like activities, instead of creating training sessions.
Interested coaches may begin with any in-person grassroots course of their choosing following the completion of the free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module, which is offered in U.S. Soccer’s Learning Center. (previously known as the Digital Coaching Center)
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“Grassroots is where soccer begins. These early experiences spark a child’s love for the game. As a parent or coach, these courses will help build those positive 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, member organizations are committed to improving the experience and level of youth players through empowering coaches with low-barrier, easily accessible education.