The future of the game relies on how well we educate our coaches at all levels of the game. LSA is committed to offering coaching education opportunities to all of our coaches and clubs.
Comparing US Soccer and United Soccer Coaches Educational Pathways
Both U.S. Soccer and United Soccer Coaches ("USC") offer grassroots coach education and coaches have found value in both pathways. Below are some factors a Club should consider when choosing which pathway best serves its coaches.
Accessibility. While LSA offers both US Soccer and USC courses, USC courses are more readily available because US Soccer limits who can instruct their courses to A- and B-Licensed Coaches who have taken their instructors program. USC limits their instructors to coaches of advanced licensing, coaching experience and experience as a coaching educator.
Core Philosophy. Some perceive a difference in organizational philosophies. USC places an emphasis on motivating coaches and being flexible in their approach whereas US Soccer courses are perceived as more rigid and content driven.
Vertical or Horizontal. US Soccer courses are designed to develop coaches in a vertical pathway from their Grassroots courses to their national licenses. For those interested in coaching at a very high level, the US Soccer pathway might be the logical choice. USC has a more horizontal approach to coaching education. Coaches on this pathway want the important information they need to be comfortable and effective, but do not necessarily seek to ascend a coaching or career ladder.
LSA encourages each of our Clubs to adopt a coaching education pathway of its own. Each Club should provide opportunities for its coaches each year.
To Request a Coaching Education Course in Your Club or Community
- Coaching Education Courses in Louisiana are open to all LSA registered coaches.
- Course participation may be subject to prerequisites
- There will be a fee for each course. That fee is based on a per candidate cost to LSA.
- All courses will require a safe and adequate field space, an indoor facility and a classroom.
Valerie Clouatre, Technical Department Manager