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Welcome to the Coaching Education page of Loudoun Soccer!

This will serve as the hub for Loudoun Soccer coaches for all of their educational resources, including club-hosted clinics, Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) courses, and club-provided materials and curriculum.  Our goal is to make your job as coach as easy as possible, and readily providing you access to key information is our commitment to you.

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Clinic Schedules

Clinic Schedules:

Recreational coaches (Micros, Minis, Rec 1, Rec 2, Challenge 1, Challenge 2, Classic, and SFL) are expected to attend a pre-season coaches clinic, a combination of classroom (administration and coaching theory) and on-field sessions. Coaches in the Micro (Pre-School) program are encouraged to attend the classroom and on-field sessions, but only need to attend the equipment distribution since they have a professional trainer assigned to each Saturday session.

Thank you to all coaches for attending the Pre-Season Clinics, held 8/17, 8/19, and 8/24. Below are PDFs of the presentations, for those unable to attend or who did and would like to review:

Micro Pre-School 3s and 4s
Minis Pre-K and Kindergarten
Rec 1 Grades 1-2
Rec 2 Grades 3-6
Challenge 1 Grades 3-4
Challenge 2 Grades 5-6
Classic Grades 7-8
SFL Grades 9-12

For More Information:

For questions on Rec Program Coaching Education, contact Dan Raben, Director of Player Development, at [email protected].

For questions on the Recreation Program, contact Karen Corpe, Recreation Programs Manager, at [email protected].

Coaching Licenses


VYSA/USSF Coaching License Information:

Loudoun Soccer encourages the continuing education of our coaching staff, both volunteer and professional.

USSF Grassroots Licensing

As part of its continued effort to improve the quality of coaching at all levels, the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department has established eight new Grassroots Coaching License Courses that will serve as the foundation of its Coaching License pathway. Preceding these new Grassroots Course offerings is an online, cost-free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module that will serve as an educational tool for coaches to become familiar with U.S. Soccer’s approach at the grassroots level. Upon completion of this Introduction Module, coaches will have the ability to advance to any of the eight grassroots courses that best suits their needs.

Online and in-person (on-field) courses are available in the following formats: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11. To pursue a USSF “D” License, coaches must have first completed the 11v11 in-person, one of the other in-person, and any of the online classes.

All USSF Licensing requires enrolling in US Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center.

Loudoun Soccer-hosted USSF License Courses

Loudoun Soccer traditionally hosts USSF Licensing courses the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August.

USSF GRASSROOTS MODULE – FREE!

US Soccer’s new Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module is free.  This is a prerequisite for all Grassroots courses, and replaces the “F” License, which is no longer available.

To take this 20-minute online module:

1. Visit this page to create your profile (or to log-in if you have one).
2. From your profile, select “Courses” at the top of the page.
3. Under “Available Courses”, select “Begin Course”.
4. Complete the 20-minute module.

USSF GRASSROOTS COURSES – 4V4 – SAVE THE DATE!

4v4: In-Person Course

Saturday, July 27, 2019

9 AM to 1:30 PM

Loudoun Sports Park (19798 Sycolin Rd, Leesburg VA 20175)

Registration is through US Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center (DCC). CLICK HERE to register for any USSF course. Be sure to complete the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching first!

Cost: $70

USSF GRASSROOTS COURSES – 11V11 – SAVE THE DATE!

11v11: In-Person Course

Sunday, July 28, 2019

9 AM to 1:30 PM

Loudoun Sports Park (19798 Sycolin Rd, Leesburg VA 20175)

Registration is through US Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center (DCC). CLICK HERE to register for any USSF course. Be sure to complete the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching first!

Cost: $70

USSF ‘D’ COACHING LICENSE – INSTRUCTIONAL WEEKEND – SAVE THE DATE!

“D” License Instructional Weekend

Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11, 2019

Specific times to be announced soon!

Registration is through US Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center (DCC). CLICK HERE to register for any USSF course.

Cost: $360 for VYSA members, $380 for non-VYSA members.

USSF ‘D’ COACHING LICENSE – EVALUATION WEEKEND – SAVE THE DATE!

Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

Specific times to be announced soon!

Registration is through US Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center (DCC). CLICK HERE to register for any USSF course.

Additional Information: Visit Virginia Youth Soccer Association’s Grassroots Licensing page here

Video Guides

Video Library:

Below are helpful videos of activities you may wish to use with your team.

Dribbling Rhythms and Patterns: CLICK HERE

These videos are designed to be introduced sequentially, and one at a time. Coaches are encouraged to introduce a new pattern once per week or once per practice, depending on the age and the ability of players. For example:

U7: introduce one per week
U11: introduce one per practice

Minis Pre-K and Kindergarten (U5-U6) Videos

Rec 1 Grades 1-2 (U7-U8) Videos

Grades 3-4 (U9-U10) Videos

Grades 5-6 (U11-U12) Videos

Goalkeeper Videos

Resources & Links

Coaching Education Resources and Links:

US Youth Soccer Association:

  • US Youth Soccer is excited to announce the release of the Player Development Model, which provides a curriculum for clubs from the Under-6 to Under-19 age groups. The curriculum is designed to serve as a standard to guide each of US Youth Soccer’s 55 member State Associations and more than 5,500 clubs on how to effectively train athletes of all levels and abilities.
  • USYS has a resource library available to coaches here.

US Soccer Curriculum:

The curriculum is designed to improve development of players in the organized player base in the United States, concentrating on  creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating an environment that is fun for the players.

Part 1 – Style and Principles of Play 
Part 2 – Concepts and Coaching Guidelines 
Part 3 – Age Group Organization 
Part 4 – Planning and Training 
Full Document

Changing the Game Project:

  • A fantastic blog about keeping healthy perspectives and approaches in youth sports.
  • Check out John O’Sullivan’s Way of the Champion Podcast for insightful interviews regarding the art and science of coaching.

Session Planning Library

Session Planning Library:

Loudoun Soccer coaches are encouraged to utilize the following Session Planning Library to deliver fun and effective practices to their teams.

The library is organized by age group and playing format (Pre-K and K 3v3, Grades 1-2 4v4, Grades 3-4 7v7, etc.), to ensure developmentally appropriate themes and sessions are presented.

Each session can be printed for convenience (bring a hard copy to the field), or accessible online to review on your mobile device.

Sessions will be added throughout the season.

Kindergarten Session Library:
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7

Grades 1-2 (4v4) Session Library:
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 (coming soon!) Week 6 (coming soon!) Week 7 (coming soon!) Week 8 (coming soon!)

Grades 3-4 (7v7) Session Library:
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 (coming soon!) Week 6 (coming soon!) Week 7 (coming soon!) Week 8 (coming soon!)

Grades 5-6 (9v9) Session Library:
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 (coming soon! Week 6 (coming soon!) Week 7 (coming soon!) Week 8 (coming soon!)

Grades 7-12 (11v11) Session Library:
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 (coming soon!) Week 6 (coming soon!) Week 7 (coming soon!) Week 8 (coming soon!)

Team Management

Team Management:

Listed below are several helpful documents that may help you better manage your team.

Head Coach Pre-Season Checklist

WELCOME EMAIL TEMPLATES:
Below are “welcome” email templates you may use to customize and then email to your families as your introductory message. These are templates, so adjust accordingly.

Micro 3-4 Template   Mini Pre-K Template    Mini Kindergarten Template 
Rec 1 Grades 1-2 Template    Rec 2 Grades 3-6 Template    Challenge 1 Grades 3-4 Template 
Challenge 2 Grades 5-6 Template    Classic Grades 7-8 Template    16U-19U SFL Template 
 
 
 

RECOMMENDED FORMATION, LINE-UP, AND SUBSTITUTIONS:

Below are PDF documents organized by grade level and playing format for coaches to utilize in planning their line-up and substitutions (player rotation).

Rec 1 Grades 1-2 (4v4)     Grades 3-4 (7v7)      Grades 5-6 (9v9)      Grades 7-8 (11v11)      16U-19U SFL (11v11) 

EDUCATIONAL ARTICLES:
Teaching Tips
Coaching "Problem" Players
Referees: Be Part of the Solution
Coaching Tips for High School-aged coaches

BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT ARTICLES:
Respect the Referees

END-OF-SEASON AWARDS

Coaches of teams 3rd grade and older are encouraged to award each individual player an end-of-season certificate, recognizing them for a specific accomplishment or quality. These certificates replace the generic medal previously presented.

Click here for a customizable template (Word document) for coaches to use.

Coaches are welcome to select awards from the following list, or may recognize players positively using their own category:

Awards for attitude, effort, character or leadership
Hustle Award
Good Sport Award
Winning Spirit Award
Most Fun Player Award
Best Effort Award
Leadership Award
Team Spirit Award
Most Energetic Player Award
Best Listener Award
Role Model Award
Best Teammate Award
Communicator Award
Love of the Game Award
110% Award

          Awards for doing the best
          Most Assists Award
          Best Assist Award
          Best Passing Award
          Best Long Shot Award
          Toughest Defender Award
          Bravest Defender Award
          Best Goalie Award
          Best Dribbling Award
          Most Incredible Shot Award
          Most Dependable Player Award
          Best Teamwork Award
          Rock Solid Defense Award
          Best Ball Control Award
          Best Practicer Award
          Most Versatile Player Award

"Most Improved" Awards

Most Improved Offensive Player Award
Most Improved Defensive Player Award
Most Improved Passing Award
Most Improved Player Award
Defensive Improvement Award
Most Improved Dribbling Award
Most Improved Goalkeeper Award
Most Improved Midfielder Award
Most Improved Forward Award

          Loudoun Soccer Core Value Awards
          Fun
          Integrity
          Teamwork
          Fairness
          Stewardship
          The Core Values Award (given to player who best represents all five values)


Contact Us

Loudoun Soccer
19798 Sycolin Rd 
Leesburg, Virginia 20175

Fax: 703-777-1029
Phone: 703-777-9977
Email: [email protected]

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