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National Youth Diploma

I absolutely loved the course last week. My goal for the week was to sharpen up on the material I knew and really get into the details of coaching the younger ages. I feel I got that 100%…I found every presentation to be useful, and was always engaged.”

Josh Woita, 2019 Candidate

“I’ve enjoyed the class and I would recommend it to all my coaching peers, the material was well presented and very engaging.”

Steve Schraer, 2019 Candidate

The overall objective of the National Youth Diploma is to support the coach in the understanding and implementation of developmentally appropriate training protocols. Particular attention is paid to players 11 and under, considering the physical, cognitive and social demands of the game in each child’s context. The course includes sessions in the classroom and on the field with peers and age-appropriate children.

Time Commitment: 40 hours of directed learning
Testing: Yes, NEW FOR 2020: Virtual Assessment
Prerequisites: None. United Soccer Coaches National Diploma or the U.S. Soccer ‘D’ License are suggested.
Age Requirement: Must be at least 18 years old to attend.

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.

Vince Ganzberg

Vince Ganzberg

Past National Youth Instructor

Sam Snow

Sam Snow

Past National Youth Instructor