CHICAGO (Sept. 12, 2014) — U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Department plans to conduct six “A” Renewal educational courses in 2015. The “A” Renewal course is separate from the “A” license course and focuses on specific topics in soccer today. These courses provide the opportunity for current “A” license holders to earn eight (8) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to renew their license for an additional four (4) years.
The “A” renewal program has steadily moved away from auditing at “A” license courses to provide higher-level and more specific learning opportunities for coaches. In September 2013, the Coaching Department partnered with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS) on a new coaching development initiative for current “A” license coaches. The professional team partnership continued when the Coaching Department ran a similar event in collaboration with the Portland Timbers in April, 2014. These courses allowed “A” renewal candidates to observe a professional club in depth and learn how they operate on a daily basis. The courses were focused, specific, and gave candidates materials to bring back to their own programs.
“A” renewal courses will continue in spring 2015 and will offer coaches a behind the scenes look at a professional clubs’ structure from the first team to youth levels.
“Participants in recent renewal courses in conjunction with the New England Revolution, the Portland Timbers and the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) had the opportunity to experience each respective club’s philosophy, culture, structure and how they implement these pieces throughout every level of their programming,” said National Instructor Jay Hoffman. “Candidates had the chance to observe both first team and academy training, interact with coaching and management staff and observe a league match.”
“This new focus provides candidates with a unique opportunity that otherwise may not be available to them. It also provides technical leaders with information that they can take back to their respective coaching environments.”
In addition to renewal courses, “A” license coaches have the opportunity to take part in the Coaching Department International Workshop. The International Workshop involves an educational visit to a leading soccer nation in the world to study their programs and philosophy. Past participants have visited Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and England. The dates for next year’s International Workshop have been set for March 13-22, 2015. The workshop location and registration details will be announced later this fall.
Current “A” license coaches may renew their license by attending an “A” renewal course, the National “Goalkeeping” course, a National “Youth” course or the International Workshop. Coaches who successfully complete one of these courses will earn eight (8) CEUs. “A” renewal course dates will be available in early 2015.
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