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Course Descriptions

Here are the coaching courses offered by the West Virginia Soccer Association:

 


National A License
(This License is not run through the state office)

The National "A" License course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching older players (older junior level and senior level players). The National "A" License focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 11v11 game format and how these principles influence positional, group and team organization. The course also examines player, team and game management issues as they relate to the senior level player.

Key Elements of the National "A" License Course:

  • Candidates are encouraged to understand the "Four Pillars of the Game" (Technical, Tactical, Psychological & Physical) and to devise plans for and effectively improve those areas with their team
  • Candidates are encouraged to explore the variety of methodologies open to them and to solve coaching problems in the 11v11 game format. This varies in task from team management, game management, and practice management issues.
  • Much attention is given to breaking down the principles of play and the various systems by watching games played (video analysis) and playing in the games themselves.


Prerequisite: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have held the National "B" License for a minimum of 12 months, and meets the 3.2 rule requirement


National B License

(This License is not run through the state office)

The National "B" License Course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeting toward coaching players age 16 to college level. The National "B" License focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 9v9 game situations. Candidates will learn to teach and implement these principles through functional training sessions leading up to the 9v9 game. The course will help candidates get a better understanding of the responsibilities of coaching at advanced levels and will prepare those coaches who wish to pursue the National "A" License.

Key Elements of the National "B" License course:

  • Help coaches to observe and identify tactical and technical breakdowns in game situations.
  • Learn to develop and implement appropriate training sessions to meet the demands of the game.

 
Prerequisite: Applicants must be at least 19 years of age and have held the National "C" License for 1 year.


National C License

(This License is not run through the state office)
 
The National "C" License course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching players ages 11 – 16. The course focus is on getting coaches to think about, discuss, and recognize the recurring concepts or themes that exist in soccer. Candidates will be challenged to find ways to offer constructive guidance to players while also allowing players to experience the game for themselves.

A primary emphasis in the National "C" License course is the close relationship between technique and tactics. In this course, technique and tactics will be addressed together. In practice field sessions and the final field exam, the candidate is required to address the impact that technique has on tactics.

Three (3) General Goals of the National "C" License Course:

  • To prepare coaches to better recognize problems and solutions as they occur in the run of play and to communicate this information to their players,
  • To create rich soccer environments that allow players to grow, and
  • To provide a foundation for any coach wishing to pursue higher levels within U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Program.


The National "C" License course will also provide a foundation in the following areas: tactics, technique, methods of coaching and issues in youth player development, some of which have been introduced in the "D" License course, and will be expanded upon in the National "B" and National "A" License courses. These include but are not limited to the following objectives:

  • Observe and identify the technical and tactical demands of the game.
  • Focus on the application of technique and small group tactics in games up to 7v7 to big goals.
  • Organize, develop and implement appropriate training sessions to correct and reinforce the demands of the game.
  • Recognize soccer problems and offer appropriate technical and tactical guidance to the players.
  • Develop a better understanding of the responsibilities of coaching


Prerequisite: Hold National "D" License for 1 year


National D License

(Offered through the State office only)

The National "D" license is a 36 to 40-hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a National "E" license. The focus of this course is to improve a coach’s ability to positively influence individual players and teams.

What are the key components of the "D" License course?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 13-14 year old athlete and team.
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of U.S. Soccer's Athlete Development Model.
  • Build on the foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses.

 
What are the specific target outcomes of the "D" License course?

  • Teach the Principles of Play in a training environment. (7v7 to 9v9).
  • Apply the Principles of Play to functional group roles in a full team system.
  • Plan a sequence of training and weekly cycles to complete a season plan.

 
There are two parts to the "D" License course - Instructional and Performance.  Candidates must complete both parts.

INSTRUCTIONAL:
 
  I.  Preparation Phase

Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions
 
  II.  Instructional Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)

Candidates meet face-to-face with instructors at a course.

PERFORMANCE:
 
 III.  Deliberate Practice Phase

Candidates are required to complete five (5) assigned training sessions over a minimum of 10 weeks. It is expected that the sessions be evenly distributed through the 10 week period.
Candidates will be assigned the training sessions during the Instructional phase.
 
  IV.  Performance Review Phase (14 to 18 hrs.)

Final on-field exam.
Candidates have one full year following the completion of the deliberate practice phase to attend any performance review phase to complete the “D” course.

*Course schedules will vary due to specific facility availability – Each specific course schedule will be emailed to each candidate prior to the course.


National E License

(Offered through the State office only)

The National "E" License is an 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching and prepares interested coaches for the 36-hour National "D" License course.

What will you learn in the National "E" License course?

  • Develop the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach the 9-12 year old athlete and team
  • Understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of our Long Term Player Development model
  • Establish a foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses

 
What are the specific target outcomes of the course?

  • Understand and effectively apply the principles of Long Term Player Development
  • Demonstrate competency in planning an age-appropriate training session
  • Demonstrate the essential competencies to execute a team training session that is focused on a technical function of the game
  • Understand concepts and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in a small-sided game environment (3v3 to 9v9) adaptable to local competition structure

F Certificate

Offered Online through US Soccer Federation (www.ussoccer.com)
 
The teaching philosophy for this age level is largely devoted to teaching players technique, keeping tactics simple and minimal. The course focuses on methods used in teaching the techniques of dribbling, shooting, passing and receiving, heading, defending, and goalkeeping.

Focus is on fun, repetition, and the use of small-sided games. Contains practical first aid and criteria for running a safe and healthy program. The “F” license is a 2-hour course, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.

The “F” license course is open to all applicants at least 16 years of age


Thomas Olivier
WVSA State Coaching Education Coordinator

 
 
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