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Frequently Asked Questions

Course Information

What are the course dates?
November 1-9, 2014

Where will the course take place?         
Grande Sports World
12684 West Gila Bend Highway
Casa Grande, Arizona 85293
http://www.grandesports.com 

How is registration handled?
Eligible coaches are required to register online at the U.S. Soccer website: http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/national-coaching-schools/national-course-schedule
Confirmed candidates will be notified via e-mail with additional course details. Candidates should secure travel only after receiving written confirmation from U.S. Soccer.

How is payment handled?
Full payment is required at the time of registration with a credit or debit card.

Tuition - $1,150
U.S. Soccer Coaching School course fee includes tuition, all course materials, and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) throughout the course. The course fee does not include housing, ground transportation, airfare, or activities outside of the standard course schedule.

Residency (optional) - $650
Candidates may select to add residency by choosing the residency option during the course registration process. Residency is based on double occupancy. An additional $100 fee will be added to all housing requests received after October 1. The deadline to add housing is October 11.

Where do residency candidates stay during the week?
Francisco Grande Hotel
12684 West Gila Bend Highway
Casa Grande, Arizona 85293
http://www.franciscogrande.com/

Are single rooms available? 
Candidates may request a single room. If available, an additional charge of $650 will be added to the housing fee. Please contact the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department by email at spatton@ussoccer.org after you have received your course confirmation to make these arrangements.

What if I have a roommate request?
If you have a roommate request please email that request to spatton@ussoccer.org by October 11.  Roommate requests will not be accepted after this date and changes will not be made onsite.

When do I need to arrive?
Registration will take place on November 1 at Francisco Grande Hotel from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The course will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m.

All sessions are mandatory for completion of the course. Any time missed for any reason must be made up at a future course.

Which airport should I fly into?
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport - 46 miles from Grande Sports World
http://www.phxskyharbor.com/
Tucson International Airport - 78 miles from Grande Sports World
http://www.flytucsonairport.com/

Is transportation provided? 
Candidates are responsible for their own transportation to and from Grande Sports World. Francisco Grande hotel, meeting rooms, and fields are all within walking distance. A list of confirmed candidates will be provided prior to the course for candidates who would like to arrange a carpool.

Francisco Grande Hotel recommends Central Arizona Transport and Shuttle for shuttle service to/from the airport. They can be reached at 520-426-1914.
 
When does the course end?
The course will end by noon on November 9. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly.

What is a typical day like?
A typical day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. A daily schedule will be provided at registration.  

What are the expectations?
We strongly recommend that candidates come in good physical condition to meet the demands of the course. Candidates will spend approximately three to five hours on the field each day. 

Is their pre-course homework?
All candidates are required to complete pre-course assignments. Additional information will be emailed to confirmed candidates approximately four (4) weeks prior to the start of the course.

Can I film the lecture and field sessions?
U.S. Soccer does not allow filming or recording of any lecture or field sessions.

Is gear provided?
Candidates are required to provide their own training gear.

Will a trainer be available during the field sessions?
A trainer will be present at all field sessions to provide ice, tape, water and general coverage.

What if I need to cancel my registration? 
Full tuition payment is required at the time of registration. A $250 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will apply to any cancellation up to thirty (30) days prior to the course.  Any cancellations less than thirty (30) days prior to the course, regardless of circumstance, will forfeit 50% of their entire course tuition. Candidates who fail to attend for any reason will forfeit their entire course tuition.   

Course cancellations must be submitted via email to U.S. Soccer at spatton@ussoccer.org.

U.S. Soccer advises against finalizing travel arrangements until registration is confirmed. U.S. Soccer is not responsible for airline penalties or any other travel related costs.
How does grading work?
Candidates undergo a challenging series of written, oral and practical examinations on a variety of subjects. Candidates are graded on a scale of 1 (high) to 5 (fail), and must receive passing scores in all test areas in order to become licensed.  A single failing score in a theoretical subject qualifies for a retest in that subject prior to the conclusion of the course.

When will I receive my results?
Candidates will receive their results from the national office within four to six weeks following the conclusion of the course.

Questions can be directed to spatton@ussoccer.org.

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