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Coaches Training Material

South Middleton Soccer encourages the continuing education of our coaching staff, both volunteer and professional. 


USSF Grassroots Licensing

As part of its continued effort to improve the quality of coaching at all levels, the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department has established eight new Grassroots Coaching License Courses that will serve as the foundation of its Coaching License pathway. Preceding these new Grassroots Course offerings is an online, cost-free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module that will serve as an educational tool for coaches to become familiar with U.S. Soccer’s approach at the grassroots level. Upon completion of this Introduction Module, coaches will have the ability to advance to any of the eight grassroots courses that best suits their needs.

Online and in-person (on-field) courses are available in the following formats: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11. To pursue a USSF “D” License, coaches must have first completed the 11v11 in-person, one of the other in-person, and any of the online classes.

All USSF Licensing requires enrolling in US Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center.

SMSA is requiring all of our head coaches to complete the following US Youth Soccer Coaching Courses:

  • Introduction to Grassroots Coaching (All coaches and FREE)
  • Grassroots 4v4 course (U6 and U8)
  • Grassroots 7v7 course (U8 and Above)


You can find all the courses online by clicking here. You will need to create an account. In the left hand menu, click on Grassroots Courses. You will find the 4v4 and 7v7 course by clicking on either the in-person course or online course option.

Please note, there is a fee associated with the 4v4 and 7v7 courses. To receive reimbursement for the cost of the course, please email a copy of your completion certificate to [email protected].

We encourage you, as a coach, to continue your education by taking more US Soccer Courses and/or finding other applicable coach training programs. Please note that all courses and/or training programs MUST be PRE-APPROVED by Jonathan Delcamp in order to receive reimbursement from SMSA.

Grassroots Class In-Person Class Schedule:

Coaching Education Resources and Links:

US Youth Soccer Association:

  • US Youth Soccer is excited to announce the release of the Player Development Model, which provides a curriculum for clubs from the Under-6 to Under-19 age groups. The curriculum is designed to serve as a standard to guide each of US Youth Soccer’s 55 member State Associations and more than 5,500 clubs on how to effectively train athletes of all levels and abilities.
  • USYS has a resource library available to coaches here.

US Soccer Curriculum:

The curriculum is designed to improve development of players in the organized player base in the United States, concentrating on  creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating an environment that is fun for the players.

Part 1 – Style and Principles of Play 
Part 2 – Concepts and Coaching Guidelines 
Part 3 – Age Group Organization 
Part 4 – Planning and Training 
Full Document

Changing the Game Project:

  • A fantastic blog about keeping healthy perspectives and approaches in youth sports.
  • Check out John O’Sullivan’s Way of the Champion Podcast for insightful interviews regarding the art and science of coaching.

U6 and U8 Resources

Below are coaching resources for our U6 and U8 recreation programs provided by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer. 



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The Build Out Line

TheU.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives(PDI) outlined rules and methodology for small-sided games. Part of these initiatives include a build out line for 7v7 play.

In the below two videos, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Technical Director Mike Barr explains the reasoning behind the build out line and proper coaching techniques to instill when playing 7v7.

Explaining the 7v7 Build Out Line

Coaching with the 7v7 Build Out Line



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