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United Soccer Coaches - Foundations of Coaching Level Diplomas

YPSL – Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Courses includes the following "on-line" modules:

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). 

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.

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.

The Recreational Coach Membership include the following EXTRAS!

  • General Liability Insurance ($1 million coverage per coach)
  • Access to The Training Ground Recreation Coach Playlist (On-line)
  • Soccer Journal+
  • Monthly Youth Coach Email Newsletters​​​​​​​
  • Access to Coaches Communities
  • Official YPSL Coaching Kit Including-Branded Coaching Shirt and Shorts!

Cost for YPSL Coaches (YPSL Member Clubs): $57

All coaches interested in particpating must email the YPSL for exclusive Playmetrics invitation and link! You can get access by emailing Andy Vera, Director of League Operations at