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Coach Education

Massachusetts Youth Soccer is proud to offer coaching education opportunities from our nationally recognized coaching education leaders: The US Soccer Coaching License pathway, the NSCAA Coaching Diplomas, and the US Youth Soccer National Youth Certificate course. The pathway you choose is ultimately a personal preference, based on your level of experience, the age groups you are currently coaching, and the age groups you plan to coach in the future. 

Why are there different pathways?

US Soccer has now closed the coaching education pathway to be in compliance with Federations and Confederations around the world. US Soccer is the only entity that can offer a coaching education License. A License typically means that there is pass – non pass element to the course.

NSCAA offers the flexibility to choose their desired level of entry based on previous experience. Levels 1 – 6 offer unique material and can be taken in any order. (Some courses have a pre-requisite). We recommend that courses be chosen based on the age of the children being coached. NSCAA offers coaching diplomas of varying levels.

US Youth Soccer currently offer the National Youth Certificate which is a stand-alone award and recommended for coaches of players 12 and younger.

Begin with the end in mind. Where do you want to go with your coaching experience?

All of the coaching education pathways offer excellent information pertinent and relevant to the age of the children you are coaching.

Where Should I Begin?

License Course Recommendations for Clubs and Coaches:

U.S. Soccer 

All coaches must begin at the F license level or meet the following waiver requirements:

U.S. Soccer Entry Points and Waiver Requirements

NSCAA

Coaches with little or no experience may begin their educational journey by beginning with the Level 1 - 3.

Coaches with significant playing experience and/or coaching experience may begin Level 4 - 6 or National Diploma.

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