Coaching Education

Newton Girls Soccer is committed to providing opportunities for continued education and development for all our coaches through coaching clinics and courses. NGS will regularly host and provide opportunities to participate in official license courses through Mass Youth Soccer and coaches are strongly encouraged to further their coaching education.

U.S. Soccer recently announced eight (8) new grassroots level coaching courses. The In-person 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 courses were officially launched on February 1st 2018. These courses will focus on empowering coaches through experiential learning and a player-centered approach. The courses relate directly to small-sided games and the respective age-groups outlined in the Player Development Initiatives. Online versions of the 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 courses will be made available by US Soccer on their Digital Coaching Center platform later this year.

In addition to the eight (8) new grassroots license course opportunities, the D course has also been updated in accordance with the revamped approach at the grassroots level. Concurrently with the roll-out of the new courses, the current F and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway. These licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway. NGS will reimburse the cost of license registration fees for all coaches.  Reimbursement requests should be emailed along with your receipt and home address to the club treasurer – nina.levin @ rcn.com

2018 U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Grassroots License Pathway

Mandatory Coaching Licenses

As a minimum, all NGS coaches should undertake the following training when coaching or assisting with one of our teams:

Introduction to Grassroots Coaching

– Age Appropriate Playing Format Courses are mandatory for ALL Head Coaches (Grade 2 – Grade 8) and optional for assistant coaches.

  • 4v4 – 2nd Grade
  • 7v7 – 3rd & 4th Grade
  • 9v9 – 5th & 6th Grade
  • 11v11 – 7th & 8th Grade

– Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)

– CDC Concussion Training

Additional US Soccer or USC Licensing

USC Goalkeeping Level 1 Online Diploma

USC Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer™ Online Diploma Course

As coaches continue with Newton Girls Soccer and move through the age groups, they are encouraged to work up the license pathway. Licenses are also one of our criteria taken into consideration when it comes to selecting coaches for BAYS Travel teams. NGS periodically hosts either US Soccer or USC courses, while you can find a master list of courses being held across the state at Mass Youth Soccer