Coaching Education General Information

Soccer Maine is in the process of organizing courses for  2014.  Please check the current courses tab for the most up to date information.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Registration: To register for a coaching course, go to "Current Courses" and click on the link for the specific course. You will be re-directed to the Got Soccer website. You will need your Got Soccer user name and password. If you do not have a Got Soccer user name and password, contact your club registrar and ask them to create a "coach profile" for you in the club's Got Soccer account. Once the registrar creates a coach profile for you, you will receive an automated e-mail with your user name and password.
 
Cost: The cost of the USSF "D" License is $180.  The cost of the USSF "E" License course is $80. The cost of the USSF Youth Module course is $45. All checks must be made payable to "Soccer Maine" and should be mailed to Soccer Maine with a copy of your registration form.  All registered candidates will receive confirmation from Soccer Maine along with additional class instructions. NOTE: Soccer Maine will not bill any soccer club for outstanding payments.
Soccer Maine
512 Warren Ave.
Portland, ME  04103
 
 

Coaching Education

Soccer Maine will offer Coaching Clinics and USSF Coaching License Courses to recreational clubs and leagues, and to competitive clubs and leagues at a nominal cost.  It is the goal of Soccer Maine to provide Maine's youth soccer players with a truly rewarding experience in soccer, and for this reason Soccer Maine requires coach education. As stated in the Coaching Policy, coaches must meet the following standards of Coaching Education.

  1. Coaches of Under-9 to Under-10 age classic level teams must have successfully completed at least the USSF Youth Module Course or above.
  2. Coaches of Under-11 to Under-14 age teams, both classic and premier levels of play, must have successfully completed a USSF "E" Level Coaching License course or above.
  3. Coaches of Under-15 to Under-18 age group teams participating in the Soccer Maine State Cup must have successfully completed a USSF "D" Level Coaching License course or above.
Soccer Maine strongly encourages recreational coaches to complete these age-specific courses as well. The Youth Module exposes coaches to developmentally appropriate activities that are fun and challenging for every young player, and should help to ensure that Maine's youth soccer players develop a life-long love of the game at an early age. Clubs are encouraged to contact the Director of Coaching if interested in holding a Coaching Clinic or USSF Courses.
 
YOUTH MODULE
 
The Youth Module Course is recommended for all beginning coaches working with youth players, Under-9 and Under-10 age levels.  It is a 4 hour course that focuses on facilitating a practice session.  The Youth Module will cover basic practice planning, age specific activities, and helpful soccer hints to keep the practice fun.
 
USSF E LICENSE
 
U.S. Soccer Coaching certification begins at the state level. The National "E" license is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the "D" license course.
The National "E" course is only administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations. Please contact your State Association for more information on these courses and course schedules.
 
 
What are the key components of the "E" license course?
 
Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team.
 
Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of U.S. Soccer's Long Term Athlete Development Model.
 
Establish a foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses.
 
 
What are the specific target outcomes of the course?
 
Understand and effectively apply the principles of Long Term Athlete Development.
 
Demonstrate competency in planning an age-appropriate training session.
 
Demonstrate the essential competencies to execute a team training session that is focused on a technical function of the game.
 
Understand concepts and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in a small-sided game environment (3v3 to 9v9 adaptable to local competition structure).
 
 
"E" License Candidate Guidebooks
 
 

Download - "E" License Candidate Guidebook - English

Download - "E" License Candidate Guidebook - Spanish

Download - "E" License Goalkeeping Guidebook - English

Download - "E" License Goalkeeping Guidebook - Spanish
 
PRE-COURSE REQUIREMENTS
 
Pre-Course Candidate Assignments
Candidates are required to complete pre-course assignments.
 
Candidates must complete two (2) Laws of the Game assignments and a Concussion Awareness course.
 
In addition, candidates must choose to complete two team management assignments. Each assignment must be submitted during the opening lecture.
 
Laws of the Game
Part A - Complete the U.S. Soccer Referee exam ("E" License candidates are required to complete modules 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17)

Candidates are not required to print a completion certificate. Your exam results will be automatically shared with your State Soccer Association host and U.S. Soccer.

 
Part B - Research and write a brief report on the rationale of modified small-sided games rules.
Contact your local League or soccer organization to locate the modified rules of play for the team that you coach. Read and review the modifications for the following FIFA Rules;
1 Field, 2 Ball, 3 Players, 5 Referee, 6 Assistant Referee, and 7 Duration of Game.
 
A Spanish version of the Laws of the Game will be available in 2013. More details will be available soon
 
Team Management - English (.pdf) | Spanish (.pdf)

Risk Management Assignment
Concussion Awareness - English (online): Script | Quiz
Candidates are required to print a completion certificate and submit during the opening lecture.
 
If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the online concussion assignment, you may request a CD-ROM version of the course from the CDC at no cost. If you would like to order a copy of the course on CD-ROM, visit the CDC publication order form.
 
 
Candidate Resources
 
Candidate Field Sessions - English (.pdf) | Spanish (.pdf)
 
Parent Promise List - English (.pdf) | Spanish (.pdf)
 
Daily Schedule - sample - English (.pdf) | Spanish (.pdf)
 
 
FAQs
 
 
 
USSF D LICENSE
 
DESCRIPTION
The National "D" license is a 36 to 40-hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a National "E" license. The focus of this course is to improve a coaches ability to positively influence individual players and teams.
 
The National "D" course is only administered and instructed by State Soccer Associations. Please contact your State Association for more information on these courses and course schedules.
 
What are the key components of the "D" license course?
 
Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13-14 year old athlete and team. 
 
Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of U.S. Soccer's Athlete Development Model.
 
Build on the foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses.  
 
What are the specific target outcomes of the course?
 
Teach the Principles of Play in a training environment. (7v7 to 9v9).
 
Apply the Principles of Play to functional group roles in a full team system.
 
Plan a sequence of training and weekly cycles to complete a season plan.
 
The "D" license course is broken into four phases:
 
1Preparation Phase
 
Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions (see session topics below).
 
                Candidate Topics and Themes - English (.pdf) | Spanish (.pdf)
 
2. Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)
 
Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course.
 
3. Deliberate Practice Phase
 
Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions over a minimum of 10 weeks. It is expected that the sessions be evenly distributed through the 10 week period.
 
Candidates will be assigned the training sessions during the Instructional phase.
 
4. Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)
 
Final on-field exam.
 
Candidates have one full year following the completion of the deliberate practice phase to attend any performance review phase to complete the "D" course.
 
Course Assignment
 
Candidates are required to view an online presentation and complete a series of questions on Concussion Awareness. The assignment must be completed prior to the candidate receiving their final course results.
 
Visit this link to complete the online assignment.
 
Candidates are not required to print a certificate of completion.
 
A report will be automatically sent to U.S. Soccer and the State Association host upon completion.
 
"D" License Candidate Guidebooks
 
Download - "D" License Candidate Guidebook - English
 
Download - "D" License Candidate Guidebook - Spanish
 
Download - "D" License Goalkeeping Guidebook - English
 
Download - "D" License Goalkeeping Guidebook - Spanish
 
FAQs
 
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