Grassroots coaching education is critical for improved success, enjoyment for players, and the personal benefit of coaches themselves. There are no specific requirements for coaching at the recreational level, but all clubs are encouraged to work toward 100% participation in coaching education. Coaching education should come in multiple forms so the maximum number of individuals can be reached. Licenses, diplomas, in-house training, videos, mentorship, and any effective forms of learning for coaches should come into play – with formal training having low cost, wide availability, and convenient locations.
MSYSA offers and supports the US Soccer education courses for Grassroots coaches through the DCC. All are guided by the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives.
The Grassroots Licensing Courses consists of four in-person experiences and four online experiences. Prospective coaches have the option to engage in any of the courses, in any sequence, after completing a free introductory module.
The D course has been updated in accordance with the revamped approach at the grassroots level and the F and E courses have transitioned out of the Coaching Pathway. The E and F licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway.