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United Soccer Coaches Courses


Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., United Soccer Coaches has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization that serves members at every level of the game. They work hard every day to inspire coaches and ignite their passion for the game so they pass it on to players and others in the soccer community. 

United Soccer Coaches courses are designed to give coaches flexibility to choose their desired level of entry based on previous experience and at what level they are coaching. Development courses all offer unique material and can be taken in any order. 

Course Details


This course is designed for coaches with players ages 8 and under. The curriculum is packed with age-appropriate training activities around a 4v4 game structure.
Time Commitment: Up to 3 hours in person plus additional online course content
Testing: No
Prerequisites: None
Cost: $45.00
This combined course for the next level of coaching is a 9-hour in-person course focused on the 9-12 year old player. Content highlights player development, principles of play, technique, and tactics with small-sided games.
Time Commitment: Up to 6 hours in person plus additional online course content.
Testing: No
Prerequisites: None
Cost:   $75.00
11v11 / pre-National
Moving up the continuum of age levels to the 13 and above player, this Diploma is designed for an intermediate coach. It is focused on the 11v11 game with topics including the modern numbering system, formations and systems of play, player competencies and defensive and offensive tactics.
Time Commitment: Up to 6 hours in person plus additional online course content.
Testing: No
Prerequisites: None
Cost:     $75.00


Special Topics

USC also conducts Special Topics Diplomas periodically in different parts of the country, as well as special clinics at various events, including the annual United Soccer Coaches Convention. Some examples of Special Topics Courses include Zonal Defending, Sports Psychology, Striker Play, Management of Soccer Programs, etc. For further information, contact the United Soccer Coaches National Office. All candidates must be at least 16 years of age at the time of application. Candidates under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the course.