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U.S. Soccer to Hold National Goalkeeper Course from Jan. 23-30, 2011, at The National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

  • U.S. Soccer Goalkeeping License Open to Goalkeeper and Team Coaches
  • A" License Coaches Receive Eight CEUs Upon Completion of the Course

CHICAGO (Nov. 22, 2010) — Registration for U.S. Soccer’s National Goalkeeping License set for Jan. 23-30, 2011 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. is now open. The course, intended for both the goalkeeper coach and the team coach, will focus on improving the coaches' ability to train goalkeepers individually, as well as integrate them into team training.

“Too many times you see goalkeepers training away from the team,” said instructor Phil Wheddon. “Our course focuses on integration and communication, which are essential for developing better goalkeepers and coaches.”

Participants will learn the most up-to-date training methods in goalkeeping, prepare them to run correct training sessions and give insight into the goalkeeping position. The course will outline what is required in developing ‘keepers at all ages and will enhance the coach’s ability to properly train the goalkeeper and thus accelerate the player's development.

“The aim of the course is to teach coaches how to properly identify and train goalkeepers,” said youth national teams assistant coach Tim Mulqueen, who trains goalkeepers of all ages across the youth national teams. “Not every team has a specific goalkeeper trainer, so the course is aimed at teaching basic integration concepts to some coaches and improving and enhancing ideas of the position to others.”

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.

Registration is open to coaches who currently hold a U.S. Soccer “A” or “B” license or those coaches who match these requirements with another license, diploma or professional experience. Upon completion, “A” License coaches will receive eight (8) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attendance at the eight-day course.

“Hosting the course at The HDC lends to numerous educational opportunities for candidates,” said Peter Mellor, who was instrumental in the development of the course. “There are few training facilities in the country that offer coaches what The HDC has to offer. During the course we held earlier this year the Women’s National Team was in training camp preparing for the Algarve Cup, the Men’s National Team played Honduras the day before we began and the L.A. Galaxy and Chivas USA began their pre-season training for the upcoming MLS season. We were able to interact with coaches and players that you may not have access to anywhere else.”

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