CHICAGO (March 30, 2017) – U.S. Soccer recently announced 24 new opportunities to register for the C Course that will take place between April 2017 and March 2018. Among these educational opportunities will be a co-hosted C Course organized by the Kansas State Youth Soccer Association (KSYSA) and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
“U.S. Soccer is committed to engaging, educating and empowering our members,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Nico Romeijn. “KSYSA and the NSCAA are key members within the soccer community. It’s vital that U.S. Soccer and its members are sharing the same philosophy when it comes to coach education and working together to serve the multitude of coaches and playing environments in the United States. Our collective goal is to create the best learning environment for the development of players at all levels.”
The partnership represents a joint venture to educate and license coaches by two U.S. Soccer member organizations. Established in 1948 and based in Kansas City, the NSCAA serves as the world’s largest coaches organization and serves members at every level of the game. KSYSA serves as one of U.S. Soccer’s fifty-five sanctioned youth soccer associations and oversees 26,000 players, 1,600 coaches and 1,600 referees. As part of U.S. Soccer’s mission to develop world class players, coaches, and referees at all levels, these organizations will team up with local M.L.S. team, Sporting Kansas City, to deliver one of the 2017 C Course opportunities.
“It was an easy to decision to co-host the C Course with NSCAA,” KSYSA Director of Coaching Nathan Hunt said. “They are a great organization that work to help coaches of all levels continue to grow both on and off the field. Kansas State Youth Soccer has a similar, if not congruent mission to help coaches. We have begun a partnership with NSCAA and this is what we believe will be the first of many courses and projects we will collaborate with them on.”
Per U.S. Soccer policies, member organizations may be allowed to run C, D and E Course opportunities with approval and oversight from U.S. Soccer. These courses are run under the instruction and guidance of U.S. Soccer instructional staff based on structured methodology. Aligned with U.S. Soccer’s mission to improve the game at all levels, KSYSA and the NSCAA will collaborate and host U.S. Soccer staff and C Course candidates as they undergo this educational journey.
NSCAA Director of Coaching Ian Barker stressed the importance of collaboration between U.S. Soccer member organizations. “U.S. Soccer is the leader for the development of the game in the United States. The collaboration of member organizations under the umbrella of U.S. Soccer is so important to the success of soccer at the grassroots level all the way to the men’s and women’s National Teams. Where the members of U.S. Soccer can find common ground and forge collaborations, such as the one between the NSCAA and KYSA, the beneficiaries will be the coaches, the players and the game as a whole.”Meeting 1 for the Kansas City C Course runs July 18-25 with Meeting 2 taking place from October 27-29. Eligible coaches may attempt to register through the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center. Please contact Nathan Hunt or Allison Pronske with any questions specifically related to this opportunity.