Introduction to Coaching EducationThe presentation of the U.S. Soccer coachingÂ 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.
TheÂ curriculum is designed to improve development of playersÂ in theÂ organized player base in the United States, concentratingÂ onÂ 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.