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Coaching Education

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In light of the rapidly changing situation with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic,  all Maryland State Youth Soccer sponsored events (State Cup, Presidents Cup, ODP, Coaching Education) are being postponed until further notice. 

We recommend that our member leagues and clubs follow the Maryland State government recommendations as well as the worldwide health organizations with regard to league, club and team activities and health safety. If you wish to say informed of any US government health advisories, we invite you to review current CDC Guidelines here: CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

We will update our website and keep you informed regarding “return to play” protocols as soon as we are able. Our main focus is the safety and health of all our soccer families and friends.

Maryland State Youth Soccer has a coaching education program designed to meet your player development guidelines and the curriculum laid out by US Soccer.  The program is suited for the new volunteer coach just starting out to those pursuing the highest level in their field.

The objectives of MSYSA's Coaching Education Program is:

  • To develop our coaches' knowledge and understanding of the game.
  • To develop world class coaching education materials and classes.
  • To implement the latest and relevant age appropriate training curriculum and ingenuity to promote long term athlete development.
  • To foster a culture of coaches whose foundation is built on best practices.
  • To inspire coaches of all ages to continue their personal and professional development as educators of the game.
  • To solidify a coaching education pathway where coaches can enroll and grow through our system.

We also provide resources for all coaches who want more information for themselves, team, parents and clubs.

The US Soccer Coaching License Pathway 

In an effort to further improve the grassroots soccer environment for both players and coaches, U.S. Soccer has restructured the foundation of its coaching license pathway. The new Grassroots Licensing Courses, which replace the F and E License Courses, offer an a-la-carte approach meant to empower coaches with education that is relevant to their specific coaching needs. The Grassroots Licenses will help coaches ensure fun, enjoyable, and developmentally appropriate environments for their players. Prospective coaches will have the option to partake in any of these new courses – in any sequence – after completing a cost-free, Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module provided by U.S. Soccer.
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The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module serves as the first step in obtaining any one of the eight new Grassroots Licenses: four in-person courses and four online courses across the four grassroots levels: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11. The eight course options relate directly to small-sided games and the respective age-groups outlined in the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives.

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