KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 11, 2018) — United Soccer Coaches and the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) have announced a new Education Partnership that includes endorsement between the two organizations’ coaching education pathways.

“AYSO has developed a highly effective internal coaching education program that is as good as any in the nation,” said Ian Barker, Director of Coaching Education for United Soccer Coaches. “AYSO coaches will now have the opportunity to move directly from the AYSO pathway into United Soccer Coaches Pre-National and National courses to pursue continuous coaching education.

The partnership includes coaching certification reciprocity, AYSO field and lecture sessions at the United Soccer Coaches Convention, Jan. 9-13, 2019 in Chicago, Ill. Additionally, the AYSO United club program Directors of Coaching will participate in United Soccer Coaches’ popular DOC Diploma Course that runs in multiple locations across the country.

“United Soccer Coaches contributed to our recent curriculum rewrite and we are delighted to further our collaboration. Continuous coach education is an important offering for all AYSO coaches and the course options presented by the United Soccer Coaches are exceptional,” said Scott Snyder, Director of Programs and Education for AYSO. “This is a positive reflection of AYSO’s position in the marketplace and will be a valuable resource to all AYSO coaches.”

About AYSO
Established in 1964, AYSO is a national nonprofit organization that develops and delivers quality youth soccer programs, which promote a fun, family environment based on AYSO’s Six Philosophies: Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development. Today, AYSO has 1.6 million players, parents, siblings and volunteers. For more information, visit www.AYSO.org.

About United Soccer Coaches
Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., United Soccer Coaches is the trusted and unifying voice, advocate and partner for coaches at all levels of the game. The association provides programs and services that enhance, encourage and contribute to the development and recognition of soccer coaches, their players and the game we love. To learn more, visit UnitedSoccerCoaches.org.