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Director of Soccer Development

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In April 2017, Mass Youth Soccer launched the Director of Soccer Development (DSD) Program. The DSD role was created to strengthen the link between Massachusetts Youth Soccer and you our member organizations. By developing a collaborative relationship between Mass Youth Soccer’s Technical Department and your Director of Soccer Development we hope to establish an inclusive environment that meets the needs of each of our member organizations.

Who am I as the Director of Soccer Development (DSD)?
  • An important resource consultant, referral advisor, and general support system for my local youth soccer organization and it’s membership.
Why does the DSD role exist?
  • To work with and support the organization’s Board and Director of Coaching (if organization has one) to help improve and enhance the soccer environment within the organization.
  • To help retain volunteers within the organization by offering support and resources.
  • To make available resources that help grow and retain youth soccer participation.
  • To support the organization in helping players move thru the Player Development Pathway
  • Supporting the organization in upholding its Mission, Philosophy, and Values
  • Supporting the organization in aligning itself with the Mission, Philosophy, and Values of the USSF and Massachusetts Youth Soccer.
What does the DSD do?
  • Help to assess the needs of the organization.
  • Connect the organization’s members with current information and best practices.
  • Collaborate with the developing statewide network of DSDs and Mass Youth Soccer for ongoing consultation and support.
  • Attend Board and other organizational meetings to offer resources and support in program development and implementation.
  • Attend state, regional, and if possible, national meetings for the DSD to stay current and gain resources to pass along locally.
  • Keep organization’s Board informed about changes in the state, regional, and national soccer environment.
How does the DSD fulfill their role?
  • Use this developing DSD Guide as a primary resource tool.
  • Use the included “Profile of the DSD” framed in the Grassroots “6 Tasks of a Coach” and a seasonal breakdown of tasks, competencies, responsibilities, resources, and assessment of outcomes. 
  • Use growing DSD network to share ideas, resources, and experiences.
  • Use the Mass Youth Soccer Technical Staff for ongoing consultation and support.
  • Work directly with local organization’s Board, and Director of Coaching (if organization has one).
  • Build a organization-specific library of resources based upon program needs assessment.