Introduction to Coaching EducationThe presentation of the U.S. Soccer coaching curriculum is another major step in the implementation of the framework developed by the Player Development Task Force, which was created in 2006 to review all aspects of player development in the United States and recommend a course of action.
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.
The curriculum builds on the successful launch and growth of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Initiated in the fall of 2007 after a detailed review of player development systems in the U.S. and across the world, the Development Academy has improved the training environment; provided relevant, high-level matches on a consistent basis; increased the level and efficiency of scouting for the national teams and provided players, coaches and referees with more structured programming.
Downloads (Note large file sizes)
- Part 1 - Style and Principles of Play (2.5 MB .pdf)
- Part 2 - Concepts and Coaching Guidelines (30 MB .pdf)
- Part 3 - Age Group Organization (2.5 MB .pdf)
- Part 4 - Planning and Training (61 MB .pdf)
- Full Document (98 MB .pdf)
2011 Summit Coverage
additional coverage of the U.S. Soccer + SPARQ Player Development Summit from April 19 - 21, 2011 at Nike International Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
GoalsU.S. Soccer's technical staff discusses the unveiling of the new coaching 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.
TrainingAt the U.S. Soccer + SPARQ Player Development Summit, former U.S. Men's National Team forward Brian McBride discussed the value of functional training in relation to player development. The three-time FIFA World Cup veteran and first American to score in multiple World Cups also conducted a field session with the U-18 Men's National Team.
ImplementU.S. Soccer coaches and technical staff talk about the implementation of the new coaching curriculum, addressing how coaches around the country can use the document to plan effective training sessions for their team over the course of a season or year.
ImpactThe impact of the new coaching curriculum goes beyond the U.S. Soccer + SPARQ Player Development Summit. U.S. Soccer technical staff discuss how the curriculum will influence coaches at all levels around the United States.