U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOL LOCATIONS

U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL NATIONAL COACHING SCHOOL LOCATIONS

Coaching Schools Provide Opportunity to Earn a Nationally Recognized License;
Registration Opens Feb. 6 for Spring and Summer courses


CHICAGO (Jan. 16, 2013) - U.S. Soccer's Coaching Department will conduct National Coaching Schools in May, June, July and August. "A" Renewal, "A", "B" and "C" courses will be held in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Washington during these months. Registration for each course opens on Thursday, Feb. 6.

U.S. Soccer is transitioning all of its educational courses to accommodate smaller class sizes. The instructor/candidate ratio for future courses will average one instructor per every 12 to 14 candidates.

"We are in the process of making progressive changes to our methodology for coaching development across all of our license levels," said Director of Coaching Development Dave Chesler. "We will begin by offering courses with fewer candidates and increased instructors - this effectively creates more opportunity for interaction and a candidate-centered environment. Our content is changing rapidly and will include current, reality-based projects and analysis by the candidates."

U.S. Soccer will also run three "A" license renewal courses for current "A" license coaches looking to renew their license. The "A" renewal course is separate from the "A" License course and focuses on the latest trends in soccer through guest lecturers and analysis of U.S. National Teams.

Participants at U.S. Soccer's National Coaching Schools will have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized license from U.S. Soccer, a member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States.

At a course, coaches will interact with the nation's top instructors, including current and former National Team, professional and international coaches. The licensing programs are focused on teaching current theoretical and practical knowledge to provide coaches with the ability to improve the everyday training environment for elite players.

To learn more about what to expect at a U.S. Soccer course, visit the Coaches section of ussoccer.com. Space is limited for these select courses.

School Date Location
National "A" Renewal+**       April 2-6                Portland, Ore.
National "C" License            May 10-18             National Training Center (Carson, Calif.)
National "A" License            May 31-June 8       Univ. of Puget Sound (Tacoma, Wash.)
National "B" License            May 31-June 8       Univ. of Puget Sound (Tacoma, Wash.)
National "A" License            June 14-22            Lake Forest Academy (Lake Forest, Ill.)
National "B" License            June 14-22            Lake Forest Academy (Lake Forest, Ill.)
National "A" Renewal+**      July or August       TBD
National "B" License            July 12-20             Bielenberg Sports Center (Woodbury, Minn.)
National "C" License            July 12-18             Bielenberg Sports Center (Woodbury, Minn.)
National "C" License            July 12-20             Seacoast United (Hampton, N.H.)
National "B" License            July 26-Aug. 3       Univ. of Puget Sound (Tacoma, Wash.)
National "A" License            Aug. 2-10              TBD
National "A" Renewal+**      Sept. 23-28           TBD
National "A" License            Nov. 1-9                Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)
National "B" Licnese            Nov. 1-9                Grande Sports World (Casa Grande, Ariz.)

+ "A" renewal course is separate from "A" License Course.
** "A" license coaches may earn eight (8) CEU credits.

For other coaching inquiries, please contact the Coaching Department at coaches@ussoccer.org.

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