At Woodland Soccer Club (WSC) we don't require you to be a licensed coach. You need to pass the RMA (Risk Management Association) verification check to work with kids, in addition to some basic safe sport training outlined here.
Information on coaching clinics are emailed to coaches and announced on this website. Following on us Facebook and Twitter is an easy way to learn about new training opportunities and practice session ideas. SYSA will host a number of coaching clinics primarily in the summer months. All other questions about coach training or coaching information, please contact the WSC Coach Development Coordinator.
Clinics & Courses
WSC regularly puts on a training clinics for U-06 to U-08 coaches in August. This is a good introduction to working with the younger kids and first time coaches are encouraged to attend. In addition, other free, sponsored or low-cost clinics may be offered leading up to and through out the year, often in conjunction with the SYSA, Seattle United, UK Elite, the Seattle Sounders or other organizations.
Washington Youth Soccer (WYS or WSYSA) periodically schedules certificate courses for U-06, U-08 and U-10.
Designed to educate coaches on how to develop self-awareness in U-06 players, as well as presenting the types of movement-education and simple-to-perform tasks that are appropriate to their development (U-06 pre-course materials).
Designed to provide coaches of U-08 players with age-specific activities and games that maximize the development of the player's early sense of the relationship between time and space (U-08 pre-course materials).
A 68-hour course targeted primarily to coaches of the U-11 to U-14 age groups, a primary emphasis the close relationship between technique and tactics. Coaches will be challenged to find ways to offer constructive guidance to players while also allowing players to experience the game for themselves (U-10 pre-course materials).
US Youth Soccer (USYS) has developed a National Youth License designed to provide club directors of coaching, youth coaches, physical education teachers, and soccer administrators with the knowledge to successfully structure soccer environments for children aged 4-12. Refer to the USYS event calendar list for more information on when sessions are to be held.
Online USSF F License NEW!
Beginning in May 2015, the US Soccer Federation (USSF) will be making an online F License course available, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. Refer to the next section for more information.
US Soccer Federation Licenses
There are six progressive license levels (A, B, C, D, E & F) and a Goalkeeping license defined and administered as part of the US Soccer Federation (USSF) coaching curriculum. WYS coordinates certification courses for the C, D & E Licenses in Washington state while the F License is conducted online.
WSC encourages, but does not require, coaches obtain an E License for U-09 and above and will reimburse most fees associated with this licensing.
Conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer's best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players. Candidates will have access to the new US Soccer Digital Coaching Platform for 1 year. The "F" License will be available soon and become a prerequisite for the "E" License beginning May 15, 2015.
An 18-hour course which covers the elementary principles of coaching including technique, tactics, fitness and psychology.
A 36 to 40-hour course designed for the experienced coach (National E License is a pre-reqquisite). The focus of this course is to improve a coach's ability to positively influence individual players and teams.
A 68-hour course targeted primarily to coaches of the U-11 to U-14 age groups, a primary emphasis the close relationship between technique and tactics. Coaches will be challenged to find ways to offer constructive guidance to players while also allowing players to experience the game for themselves.
Introduces concepts that are targeting toward coaching players age 16 to college level and focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 9v9 game situations. Candidates will learn to teach and implement these principles through functional training sessions leading up to the 9v9 game. The course will help candidates get a better understanding of the responsibilities of coaching at advanced levels.
Designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching older players (older junior level and senior level players), the course focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 11v11 game format and how these principles influence positional, group and team organization. The course also examines player, team and game management issues as they relate to the senior level player.
Designed as a compliment to the U.S. Soccer National A & B License courses, this course features in-depth coverage of the principles of goalkeeping including technical, tactical, psychological and fitness components of the goalkeeper. The course also includes instruction in coaching methodology, team management and fitness.
For all other questions about coach training or coaching information, please contact the WSC Coach Development Coordinator.