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Director of Coaching Diploma

“It can be eye opening. It gives you a small taste of a lot of different day to day issues DOC’s face. For example, there’s finances, scheduling, different parent situations, liability issues, handling board rooms, etc…. only complaint would be that it went by too fast.”

Art Hernandez, 2019 Candidate

I found it very interesting and worthwhile, also a great way to network and bounce ideas of other DOC’s.

Andy Lyon, 2019 Candidate

The Director of Coaching Diploma is a 21-hour course designed to address the issues confronting the Director of an American club. The curriculum has been created in cooperation with US Club Soccer. It examines the technical, conceptual, leadership and administrative skills of future and current Directors of Coaching for youth soccer clubs for the purpose of developing the American soccer player. This is accomplished through a curriculum rich in application and theory and will focus on organizational structure, methods of coaching, leadership theory, evaluation and development of coaches and players and fiscal, legal and moral responsibility. Candidates will understand each of the individual units of the club as well as the interrelationship of those parts to achieve the specific goals and objectives of a youth soccer club.

Time Commitment: 21 hours
Testing: Yes, NEW FOR 2020: Virtual Assessment
Prerequisites: None. Recommended National Diploma or U.S. Soccer D License

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.