Sam’s Blog will be a weekly addition to the US Youth Soccer Blog. Sam is the Director of Coaching Education for US Youth Soccer
Today I am in Houston, Texas working as one of the instructors at a “Y” License course. There are 31 candidates in this course from Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Mexico and Texas. Concurrently another National Youth License course is taking place in Weston, Florida with another 20 candidates.
The National Youth License; a.k.a., the “Y” License, focuses on how to coach players in the U6 to U12 age groups. In every state the majority of players, perhaps up to 75%, are in these age groups. The pyramid of soccer in the USA rests upon the foundation of these ages groups playing youth soccer.
Every select team, high school team, state-level US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program team, college team, professional team and even the full National Teams come into existence out of these young players. Therefore the “Y” License is the most important coaching course offered in our nation. It is a foundational course that influences every level of soccer. It is the one educational opportunity that every soccer coach and administrator should attend. It is a course that will change your vision of youth soccer and the way that we adults guide the experiences of our children in sport.
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