MSYSA Adopts Policy Requiring Travel Team Coaches to Have an E Coaching License or NSCAA Regional Diploma
Policy Effective Sept. 1, 2007

There has been a continuing debate within the national youth soccer administration as to whether youth soccer coaches should be required to have a coaching license in order to coach a youth soccer team. A move in the direction of requiring a minimum license level is becoming more common. 


Both practical and risk management considerations exist for wanting to ensure youth soccer coaches have a minimum level of knowledge about coaching and the game so as to provide a proper and safe environment for youth players. Moreover, a coaching license requirement is common in many countries. In Europe, no one is permitted to coach a team of players beyond the age of 10 without having the UEFA “B” license, which is obtained upon successful completion of more than 100 hours of instruction.




The MSYSA Executive Board recently concluded considerations regarding adopting a license requirement for Maryland coaches. It was the decision of the Executive Board that all coaches of MSYSA-rostered travel teams should have at least a USSF “E” license or its equivalent, the NSCAA Regional Diploma. The “E” license involves an 18-hour course given over a two-day weekend and is the course designed for coaching players ages 10-14, the age range where “travel” teams typically are formed.



The MSYSA policy requires all returning travel team head coaches to meet the “E” license or equivalent requirement by the start of the fall 2007 season. New coaches in their first season as a head coach of a travel team can obtain a one-year waiver of the license requirement, but all head coaches must meet the minimum “E” license or equivalent requirement within one calendar year of their first season (fall or spring) coaching a travel team.  Coaches who fail to meet this minimum requirement will not be permitted to appear on a team’s roster.



Numerous “E” courses are conducted by MSYSA each year in various parts of the state.  Check the MSYSA Coaching Education page for an up-to-date listing of all MSYSA coaching courses.  Call Dana Waters at the MSYSA office, 410-987-7898 for more information.  Coaches who already have their “E” license are strongly encouraged to continue their coaching education.

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