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Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma

“I want to say Thank You to @Lcole22, @CoachChrisRich & @LouisLib for the training they provided at the Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma course I attended in January. Today I’m thrilled to have received my diploma and join the ranks. More to learn!”

Andy Hockman, 2019 Candidate

“A huge thank you to @CoachChrisRich, @Lcole22 and @UnitedCoaches for a fantastic Goalkeeping course, happy to have passed and achieved the Highest Diploma in the United States for Goalkeepers #thelearningneverstops”

Adam Lewis, 2018 Candidate

The Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma is top technical award of United Soccer Coaches four level goalkeeper education program. The course content includes, advanced positioning, communication, goalkeeper psychology, fitness and methodology as well as a thorough review of technical fundamentals. An important aspect of the Diploma is integrating the goalkeeper into team training and developing the goalkeeper’s coordination with, and direction of their teammates in game situations.

Pre-course assignment: Video-tape yourself training a goalkeeper/s (20-30 minutes). Session training forms and self-evaluation forms will be sent once you sign up for the course.

Time Commitment: 40 hours of directed learning
Testing: Yes, NEW FOR 2020: Virtual Assessment
Pre-course assignment: Video-tape yourself training a goalkeeper/s (20-30 minutes). Session training forms and self-evaluation forms will be sent once you sign up for the course.
Prerequisites: Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma OR Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma and extensive experience as a goalkeeper and goalkeeper coach, and National Diploma

Virtual Assessment: United Soccer Coaches advanced diploma coach assessment will be done by video.

After the in-person portion of the courses, coaches will return to their coaching environment to develop the ideas of the course with their players. When the coach is ready they upload a 20-minute video of them coaching their athletes to an online platform provided by United Soccer Coaches. They also upload a lesson plan and a “peer to peer” assessment.

United Soccer Coaches staff review the plan and video and tag up moments from the session to give feedback to the coach. The coach may then watch clips of their session with assessment notes. Upon completion of the assessment, the coach receives a written summary of their coaching session and their diploma.