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Mass Youth Soccer believes that “the game is the greatest teacher” and that children will get better at soccer by playing, playing and more playing. We also believe that well-trained, resourceful coaches will enhance a child's enjoyment of this beautiful sport. To that end Mass Youth Soccer has designed a series of coaching courses, each leading to a certificate or license that emphasizes proper coaching principles.

We encourage you to take advantage of these courses.

Although there are no performance or written tests in the G, F or E courses, each involves several hours of activity. To get the most out of each course, participation in the practical, active sessions is strongly encouraged, but is not required. This activity is not physically rigorous, and lasts approximately one half of each course. Please note, attendants must be 16 years of age in order to attend courses, and receive license certification.

If you are not an affiliated member of Mass Youth Soccer, you will be charged an additional fee of $100.00.

The G Course

MANDATORY TO COMPLETE before taking another license course

This beginning course for coaches teaches about both coaching organization and theory.  Our intention in the G course it to help you to become a more resourceful and confident “activity leader”-to combine your enthusiasm and commitment to children with the basic theory and practical exercises that we will provide.  We will cover teaching and correcting dribbling, passing, and shooting technique as well as particular characteristics of U6 and U8 players. 

Prerequisites: None

Content:  Ideas about how to organize practices and game days, a number of practical activities and stimulating games for practices, ideas on parent education, learning theory, demonstration of basic techniques. 

Materials (Given to the coach): Zipper Bag containing the Mass Youth Soccer G Manual and Coaching Program shirt.

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: $30/person
Deposit: $300 (10 person minimum) 


The F Course

A more ambitious introductory course for novice coaches or those with some experience. Designed primarily for coaches of U8, U10, or U12 teams. Our intention in the F course is to help you to become a more resourceful and confident "activity leader" - to combine your enthusiasm and commitment to children with the basic theory and practical exercises that we'll provide.  

Prerequisites:  G License MANDATORY

Content: Ideas about how to organize practices and game days, many games and exercises for practices, a more thorough demonstration of basic technique, elementary goalkeeping techniques, some basic tactical ideas. 

Materials (Given to the coach): Mass Youth Soccer F Manual  and Mass Youth Soccer Coaching Program T-shirt.

Course Minimum Number of Participants:  12 Coaches

For Whom: Novice coaches, or those with some experience of U8, U10, and U12 teams. Must be 16 years of age to attend and must hold G license. 

Duration: 8 hours 
Cost: $55/person
Deposit: $660 (12 person minimum requirement)

The E Course

This course combines soccer theory and practice. During the course, each participant will have the opportunity to lead a short coaching session, with constructive feedback from the instructor. Designed primarily for experienced coaches of U10, U12, and U14 teams. 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the F course, and must be at least 6 months after completion of F. 

Content: Systems of play, laws and restarts, more games and exercises for practices, more tactical ideas, including the tactics of 2 versus 1 situations, and more on goalkeeping. 

Materials (Given to the coach): Mass Youth Soccer E Manual and Mass Youth Soccer Coaching Program T-shirt.

Course Minimum Number of Participants:  16 Coaches

For Whom: 16 years of age, and holds an F license for at least 6 months 

Duration: 16 hours 
Cost: $85/person 
Deposit: $1360 (16 person minimum requirement)

The D Course

A rigorous course for experienced coaches of U12, U14, or U16 club or town teams, or of high school teams.  Three or four years experience coaching older players is recommended. 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the E course, and can only be taken 6 months after completion of E. 

Content: Coaching methodology and fitness; more advanced techniques and tactics; more goalkeeping, and "the correction method". 

Materials (Given to the coach): The Mass Youth Soccer D Manual
Tests: Both written and practical coaching exams

Course Minimum Number of Participants:  20 Coaches

For Whom: Must be 16 years of age, and holds an E license for at least 6 months. 

Duration: 36 hours*  
Cost: $300 

*During the last eight hours of the D Course, each coach takes a one-hour written examination and presents a 20-30 minute practical coaching session that is graded.
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