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U.S. Soccer National Coaching Schools - Winter 2003 Locations

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This week we examine upcoming U.S. Soccer National Coaching Schools.

U.S. Soccer National Coaching Schools
Winter 2003 Locations

U.S. Soccer will be hosting five National Coaching Schools this winter for coaches across the nation looking to earn one of the top coaching licenses in the country.  The five schools will be led by coaches who are actively involved in U.S. Soccer’s National Team network, and they include field and classroom sessions and conclude with extensive testing on the theoretical and practical applications of the game.

Las Vegas (A, B and C License courses), Tampa, Fla. (A, B, C), Cocoa, Fla. (Pro-B) and Chula Vista, Calif. (A-Audit) will each host a course in January.  (For a complete schedule of classes, please see below.)

“At these National Coaching Schools, coaches have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the game and learn about current coaching trends and international developments in the game from some of the best coaches in the country,” said John Ellinger, U.S. Soccer’s Director of Youth Development.  “As soccer in this country continues to move forward, it is important that we are doing all we can to assure the young players playing today that they have qualified coaches instructing them.”

The National Coaching Schools offers a complete, nine-day coaching course in a residential environment.  The schools are conducted at three levels and emphasize field instruction in the areas of technique, tactics and fitness.  The courses also include valuable instruction in coaching methodology, team management and sport psychology.

Several times each year U.S. Soccer offers National Coaching Schools, with the goal of educating coaches to ensure players develop to their full potential.  Since U.S. Soccer began hosting these schools in the 1970s more than 11,000 coaches have attended.  Licensed by FIFA, U.S. Soccer is the only organization that is allowed to license coaches in the United States.

This year U.S. Soccer will be offering an “A” Audit Only course for the first time ever.  This first-time course will be held at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and will be led by the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Ellinger. Coaches will have the opportunity to observe lecture and field sessions by John Ellinger, U.S. Under-18 MNT head coach George Gelnovatch and other U.S. Soccer National Team Coaches.   This course is tailored towards “A” Licensed coaches who are renewing their “A” License and only USSF “A” Licensed coaches are eligible for this course.  Participating coaches will earn eight (8) Continuing Education credits toward the renewal of their “A” License.

Coaches can now register online for the winter coaching courses. For questions or additional information on U.S. Soccer National Coaching Schools, please contact the Coaching Department at (312) 528-1219 or <>.   A complete 2003 winter course schedule is listed below:

Dates: Location (City, St.) - License(s)
January 2-10: University of Nevada (Las Vegas, Nev.) - A-B-C
January 2-10: University of Tampa (Tampa, Fla.) - A
January 2-10: University of South Florida (Tampa, Fla.) - B-C
January 2-10: Cocoa Expo Sports Center (Cocoa, Fla.) - Pro-B
January 2-9: ARCO Training Center (Chula Vista, Calif.) - A Audit*

Course Tuition
Resident: $925 (U.S. Soccer Coaching Organization Member) / $975 (Non-Member)
Commuter: $600 (U.S. Soccer Coaching Organization Member) / $650 (Non-Member)
*Audit Course is $100 less course tuition

For more information, please contact the Coaching Department at (312) 528-1219 or