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Premier Diploma

“All the facilitators did a great job. Paul and Dave are very professional good at what they do however, the information and insight you provided – both on and off the field – will be invaluable as I begin utilizing the techniques and strategies I learned from the course.” 

Mike Dalakis, 2019 Candidate

“Great networking & learning from staff/peers, while being pushed to think outside the box! Such a privilege to learn and grow in such a great environment!”

Collin Cone, 2019 Candidate

The Premier Diploma is top technical award of United Soccer Coaches education. The course content includes a thorough examination of different systems of play, including: technical and tactical implications; 11v11 topics, including coaching in the game, phase play and shadow play; nutrition; sportsmanship/ethics; and a leadership component including team management, personal development and the coach’s role in game development in his/her community.

Time Commitment: 40 hours of directed learning
Testing: Yes, NEW FOR 2020: Virtual assessment
Prerequisites: Advanced National Diploma, U.S. Soccer ‘B’ or ‘A’ 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.

Paul Marco

Paul Marco

Premier Diploma Instructor

Curry College – Milton, MA
June 22-26, 2020

Saward

Saward

Premier Diploma Instructor

Curry College – Milton, MA
June 22-26, 2020

Nathan Williams

Nathan Williams

Premier Diploma Instructor

Cary, NC
July 13-17, 2020