Coaching Development Opportunities

Mason SAY Coaches are required to attend training every year. However, we have some additional opportunities if you want to learn how to be the best coach you can possibly be! These additional opportunities can also be found on the SAY National website!

US Soccer Coaching Courses at learning.ussoccer.com

U.S. Soccer is committed to providing all coaches, from beginner to advanced, with education tailored to their experiences and the needs of their players. The Coaching License Pathway consists of a series of courses designed to meet the specific needs of a coach at every step of the way. U.S. Soccer believes education is a journey, and our goal is to provide the necessary tools, guidance, and mentorship a coach requires.

  • Free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching: This free introductory module, which represents the first step in the newly revised coaching license pathway, is now the general starting point of the pathway and is the required prerequisite to undergo any of U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Licensing Courses. Coaches who complete the module will also be provided with four complimentary Play-Practice-Play training sessions.
  • Online U.S. Soccer Courses: Online Courses (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, or 11v11) are two-hour courses that build on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Candidates will learn about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players’ age.
  • In-Person U.S. Soccer Courses: In-Person Courses (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, or 11v11) are four-hour courses that build on the principles covered in U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Candidates will learn about U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach, and the characteristics of players’ age.

United Soccer Coaches

Online Training available at https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/education/elearning/. United Soccer Coaches has a large variety of e-learning coaching models. These modules are affordable and can be done from the comfort of your own home. You can also get a membership for this organization at https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/join/ to receive all the benefits of membership including Soccer Journal print magazine, eLearning opportunities, online resources, access to podcasts, training plans and MORE.

Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission to create a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE. PCA offers six online courses – all expert-developed and designed to help coaches, parents, athletes and officials ensure that winning happens both on and off the field in youth sports. Whether you simply want to improve your youth sports experience or your school/organization has directed you to these courses, they will benefit you and the youth you serve. Receive all the benefits of membership including Soccer Journal print magazine, eLearning opportunities, online resources, access to podcasts, training plans and MORE. Learn more about this organization at https://positivecoach.org/