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Soccer Coaching Career Guide


Leader. Teacher. Mentor. Disciplinarian. Trainer.

These descriptors and responsibilities all describe your chosen career: A coach. But now what?

This page is meant to help guide you in jumpstarting your soccer coaching career. From tips on how to get started to education options, this page and United Soccer Coaches is here to help steer you in the right direction.

Explore this page and the rest of the United Soccer Coaches website. If you have questions or would like to see a certain article covered on UnitedSoccerCoaches.org, tweet it to @UnitedCoaches.


Navigating the coaching education landscape can be difficult. There are many options for soccer coaches when it comes to being proficient in effective teaching. It is important for each coach to choose what path is right for them. Below we have put together some useful resources to help coaches navigate the current education pathways, including a Soccer Journal Article by United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching Education Ian Barker and a Consumption Guide of current coaching development options.  

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Nowadays, networking is just as crucial to landing a job as is knowing the game. You may hear people say something like “it’s not always what you know, but also who you know.”

United Soccer Coaches has several opportunities for you to grow your network. From events to committee involvement, here are just a few ways for you to get your name out there.

Advocacy Groups and Committees

We invite every member to further develop their experience as a United Soccer Coaches member through one of our advocacy groups or committees. Each group focuses on specific issues that affects United Soccer Coaches and contributes to the continued growth of soccer in the U.S.

View the current membership groups



United Soccer Coaches provides top-tier education for all levels of the game. Each level offers distinct challenges and selecting your first course is the first one.

To better assist you in where to start, take the survey below and then check out our Coaching Course Menu for details and the Master Course Schedule to find a course near you.

Not ready to take a course? Use some of our online tools:

Online Resource Library (member-only access)
Ohio University Master’s Degree

Need job hunting help?

The United Soccer Coaches jobs database features positions at all levels of the game, from youth clubs to high school and college positions.

Want to know about the inner workings of United Soccer Coaches? Apply for one of several positions through the  United Soccer Coaches Internship Program!


To reinforce our members knowledge about the soccer coaching profession, United Soccer Coaches regularly hosts live video chats on a variety of topics and interviews coaches in the profession.

Launched in 2013, the  30-Under-30 program is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice.

United Soccer Coaches Hangouts focus on a variety of topics relevant to the coaching profession. In the one below is Robin Fraser, assistant coach for the New York Red Bulls on offensive unperdictability.

To watch more recordings, or to see when the next live chat, visit this page.


There are many reasons to be a part of a professional organization…

  • Membership in a professional organization is an investment in your professional credibility.
  • It’s an investment in personal development and growth.
  • Membership is a way to stay connected to fellow coaches who are going somewhere, and don’t mind sharing knowledge on the journey.

As a professional in your chosen field, you need to keep informed as to what is happening in all areas of soccer coaching.

But really, what’s the main reason to join?

United Soccer Coaches membership can help you succeed.

No matter what kind of coach you are or what type of coach you want to be, you need to belong to a strong professional organization. There are tangible member benefits such as UnitedSoccerCoaches.org with free access to basic educational resources, discounts on courses and events, among others. Additionally, United Soccer Coaches offers a full-time national office staff, volunteer committees and others involved in the game to provide support for your career development.