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U.S. Soccer to Host National Goalkeeping License Course at The U.S. Olympic Training Center From Jan. 4-11, 2009


CHICAGO (October 30, 2008) - U.S. Soccer will host its National Goalkeeping License from Jan. 4-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The eight-day course focuses on coaches looking to improve their ability to coach, train and integrate goalkeepers into team training. Participants at U.S. Soccer’s National Goalkeeping License will have a chance to learn from some of the nation’s top-level instructors, including current and former National Team and Major League Soccer coaches.

U.S. Soccer coaches developed the National Goalkeeping License for both the goalkeeper coach and the team coach with the goal of teaching coaches more about the goalkeeper position and how to integrate the goalkeeper into everyday training.

The license will develop and expand goalkeeping knowledge at the youth, collegiate, senior and professional levels. The course covers the principles and the components that go into developing goalkeepers, and the practical application of these principles. Additionally, the course teaches team coaches how to integrate goalkeeping into team training sessions while preparing and developing a long-term plan for the goalkeeper’s development.

Participating coaches will be instructed on how to plan and manage their goalkeeper’s development over the course of an entire season. The course features in-depth coverage of the technical, tactical, psychological and fitness components of the goalkeeper position. Similar to other U.S. Soccer Coaching Courses, it will offer an interactive learning experience featuring field sessions, audio, video and traditional lectures.

Designed as a compliment to U.S. Soccer’s License courses, the eight-day school includes field and classroom sessions and concludes with intensive testing on theoretical and practical applications of the game. The course also includes valuable instruction in coaching methodology, team management and fitness.

To learn more about the Goalkeeping license please visit: http://www.ussoccer.com/common/stContent.jsp_40-GKLicense.html  

Upon completion, “A” License coaches will receive eight (8) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attendance at the eight-day course.

For more information, please contact the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department at coaches@ussoccer.org or 312-808-1300.


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