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United Soccer Coaches Development Diplomas

Educated coaches help to deliver a positive playing experience for young athletes and a more enjoyable experience for themselves. The United Soccer Coaches Coaching Development Courses reflect the current soccer landscape with a focus on small-sided games and allow all types of soccer organizations to deliver useful coaching education from novice to intermediate in an accommodating way. 

United Soccer Coaches offers two sets of Development Diplomas.

Numbered Development Diplomas

The 4v4, 7v7/9v9, and 11v11/Pre-National Diplomas offer a methodical approach to coaching soccer. Each online course contains the following 4 components:

    1. An interactive lecture presentation
    2. A full-color PDF course manual
    3. A 64-page full-color activity guide
    4. Two 50-minute videos from the United Soccer Coaches Convention

4v4 Development Diploma

Designed for coaches with players ages 8 and under, this curriculum is packed with age-appropriate training activities around a 4v4 game structure.


7v7/9v9 Development Diploma

Focused on the 9-12-year-old player, course content highlights player development, principles of play, technique, and tactics with small-sided games.


11v11/Pre-National Development Diploma

Dedicated to the 13+ players, this course focuses on the 11v11 game while discussing topics like the modern numbering system, formation and systems of play, and defensive and offensive tactics.


Foundations of Coaching Level Diplomas

The Foundations of Coaching Level Diplomas offer a holistic approach to soccer coaching, centered around the poem, “The Youth Coach”, by the late Mike Berticielli.

The Foundations of Coaching Level 1 Diploma is now available to members for purchase. Register here. Members must be signed in to access course.

Foundations of Coaching Level 2 & 3 will be released this fall.

Foundations of Coaching Level 1 Diploma

The poem, The Youth Soccer Coach, written by the late Mike Berticelli, will be the primary focus of this introductory course. In addition to applying this poem, coaches will get introduced to the “S’s of coaching” (Safety, Smiles, Skills, Sweat, Simple, and Soccer). Must be a Member to register.


Foundations of Coaching Level 2 Diploma

Focuses on the two “S’s of development,” skills and soccer, coaches will learn the fundamental difference between a drill and a player-centered activity. There will also be age-appropriate activities that relate to a player’s physical, cognitive, and mental development. The course then leads into how to develop activities to foster skill development and discussion on the principles of play, tactics, and strategy.


Foundations of Coaching Level 3 Diploma

Focuses on the two “S’s of coaching,” sweat and simple, coaches will be presented with the appropriate physical expectations relative to the audience of the course. The “simple” section will help coaches understand the importance of providing feedback in helping youth players grow, learn and develop positively.


Goalkeeping Diplomas

United Soccer Coaches offers three goalkeeping diplomas to better prepare coaches for earning their Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.

Goalkeeping Level 1

The Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma explores the myths and mystiques surrounding the goalkeeping function. This course aims to empower the coach with knowledge and practice methods that will enable the coach to evaluate a goalkeeper in game situations and then design an appropriate practice program for goalkeepers.

Goalkeeping Level 2

Geared towards the specialist goalkeeping coach and those looking for in-depth information on coaching goalkeepers, the Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma offers coaches real-world solutions on how to create an optimal learning environment for this specialized position. Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma required.

Goalkeeping Level 3

The Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma offers a deep exploration into the tactical components of goalkeeping and the specifics of training and developing goalkeepers. The emphasis of this course falls on the tactical roles of the goalkeepers within the team framework. Goalkeeping Level 1 & 2 Diplomas required.