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South Middleton Soccer Association

South Middleton Soccer Association

Welcome Coaches

Thank you for volunteering with your time with SMSA to help coach and support our youth in learning to love the game of soccer! As a youth soccer coach, you have the privilege of positively influencing children as they learn about sports, teamwork, healthy lifestyles, and life lessons. There are a few things that SMSA will need in order to get you ready to coach this season! 

Clearances / Background Checks (Required)

Clearances - SMSA MUST have a complete set of clearances on file to work with youth. Click here for information on the required clearances.

State Registration & Trainings (Required)

All of our head coaches, assistant coaches, and team managers are required by the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association to take two online web courses on Concussions and Abuse Prevention. In order to access the trainings, you must first register and create an account in the state system. 

Here is the link to register as a volunteer.

When you get to the page, click the Travel Coaches – Register Now button for the appropriate year. Then you will need to create an account and continue through the registration process.  Once you complete the registration, you should be able to navigate to your “Member Profile”, and from there, you can access the required CDC Concussion and SafeSport Abuse Prevention trainings.  

If you have already completed a CDC concussion training or Safesport training for another sport or activity, and have a certificate of completion that is current within one year, you may submit that in lieu of taking the training. 

Once you have created your account you can log back in at any time by going to the link above and then clicking the member log in button in the top right hand corner.  This should bring you to your homepage and you should also see the coaching documents to access your trainings.

US Soccer Training (Required)

US Soccer Coaching Courses - SMSA is focused on providing opportunities to continue to educate our coaches, and as a club, we want to promote and encourage you to expand your knowledge base, sharpen your skills, and support you as you prepare to coach our youth soccer players at various levels. Youth sports is about learning, developing and having fun! 

We are asking all coaches to complete the appropriate courses based on the level of coaching for the upcoming season (see table below).

You can find the US Soccer courses online at the following link -

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. SMSA will reimburse costs associated with these trainings upon receipt of the completion certificate. To receive reimbursement for the cost of the course, please email a copy of your completion certificate to the appropriate club contact, as indicated in the table above.

As a club, for our present and future, we want to focus on the concept that smarter coaching is paramount to growing our club to be competitive in all levels. Because it will be free to you, except for your time, this is an excellent way to get some coaching skills and experience which will be greatly beneficial to your players, your team, and the program as a whole.  

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


Thank you again for your commitment to SMSA and for volunteering! All coaching requirements should be completed and submitted as soon as possible to your age group coordinator. 

U6 Coordinator:
[email protected] 

U8 Coordinator: 
[email protected]

Next Steps:
[email protected]

U9 & Above:

[email protected]

Don't Forget

Please remember, all clearances and background checks MUST be on file before practices begin! 

Coaching Education Resources & 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.


South Middleton Soccer Association
P.O. Box 482 
Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007

Email: [email protected]

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