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Grassroots Coaches

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Maryland State Youth Soccer’s firm position is that grassroots coaching education is critical for improved success and enjoyment for players and for the personal benefit of coaches themselves.  MSYSA does not require specific coaching education at the grassroots level in order to coach, but we encourage all clubs to work towards coming as close as possible to 100 percent participation over time.  MSYSA also believes that coaching education must come in multiple forms so that the maximum participation can be reached with at least one format.  Licenses, diplomas, in-house training sessions, video’s, mentorship and any effective forms of learning for coaches should come into play – with formal training having low cost, wide availability, minimized time required and locally offered.


MSYSA offers and supports the USSF education courses for Grassroots coaches through the DCC


U.S. Soccer has announced eight (8) new grassroots level coaching courses to be introduced in early 2018. These courses will be focused on empowering coaches through experiential learning and a player-centered approach. The course options will relate directly to small-sided games and the respective age-groups outlined in the Player Development Initiatives.

The new Grassroots Licensing Courses will consist of four (4) in-person experiences and four (4) online experiences. Prospective coaches will have the option to engage in any of these new courses – in any sequence – after completing a free introductory module provided by U.S. Soccer.

“This new, a-la-carte approach is meant to empower grassroots coaches to access education – relevant to their needs and specific coaching environment – immediately through these new low barrier opportunities,” said Frank Tschan, Director of Coaching Administration.

In addition to the eight (8) new opportunities, the D course has also been updated in accordance with the revamped approach at the grassroots level. “Over the last 12-months, U.S. Soccer has worked with its members to organize, study and pilot these new opportunities. This has been an immense project initiated by the Federation and its importance cannot be understated. The game is founded at the grassroots level; these courses will help ensure fun, enjoyable and developmentally appropriate environments.”

Concurrently with the roll out of the new courses, the current F and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway. These licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway. As demonstrated in the past, member organizations will be empowered to organize and host the in-person grassroots courses and the updated D course on behalf of U.S. Soccer. More specific information on the newly formatted grassroots courses, including format and scheduling, will be released in early 2018.