As a coach, you have many responsibilities and duties. You serve as a mentor, a leader, and role model for not only your players but your community. Below you will find everything you need to begin your journey and provide a positive influence through the world of coaching.
Missouri Youth Coaching Certificate
Required of all those desiring to coach within the state of Missouri, regardless of any other licensing you may hold from Coerver, NSCAA or any other sanctioning or instructional organization. IF you hold ANY USSF A, B, C, D or E license you are considered properly licensed to coach in Missouri Youth Soccer Association club as a coach.
To raise the level of coaching and therefore raise the quality of instruction and standard of play within the state of Missouri, Coaching Education and Development is a continuous and ongoing affair. The Youth Coaching Certificate Program (State Coaching School) is part of an overall program designed to instruct and teach soccer coaches so that they will become better informed on not only the game and it’s finer points, but also on the physical requirements, mental requirements, team management aspects, injury care and prevention as well as understanding the laws of the game. The ultimate goal of this program is to provide the coaching participants with quality information so they in turn are able to develop their players to the best of their ability no matter of the level of competition or the individuals coaching experience.
Upcoming Coaching Courses
NOTE that while you may attend a coaching class representing another organization ONLY fully registered MYSA members may receive a coaching certificate that is approved for MYSA sanctioned events. See below for information on hosting a Free Youth Coaching Clinic for your organization.
|Advanced National Diploma||March 24-26 & April 1-2, 2017||Creve Coeur||Registration Link with class detail||45 hours instruction, 6 hours evaluation|
|USSF "D" License Course||May 19-21 and July 22-23, 2017||St. Louis / Earth City||US Soccer Digital Coaching Center||See details below|
|Youth Coaching Certificate||August 23, 2017||St. Peters||Coming||6-9 pm in Room A
St Peters City Hall, Mexico Rd
USSF “D” Course
The National “D” license is a 36 to 40-hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a National “E” license. The focus of this course is to improve a coach’s ability to positively influence individual players and teams. The course consists of a series of lectures and field sessions, and attendance is mandatory for the full duration of all course meetings.
The course will be offered in St. Louis, MO the weekends of May 19-21 and July 22-23 at the former Ram’s Training Facility, located at 1 Rams Way Earth City 63045.
The first weekend is the instructional phase, beginning with a meeting Friday May 19 from 6-9 pm. The program will run from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday that weekend as well as during the July weekend.
There are PRE-COURSE ASSIGNMENTS:
Course work for the National D course will be completed in the Digital Coaching Center (DCC). Before the first course meeting, candidates must complete the following assignments:
Laws of the Game
Prevention and Care / Concussion Awareness
Deliberate Practice (training sessions and self-reflection)
More details can be found at the US Soccer Coaching Education website. If you haven’t already signed up at the US Soccer Digital Coaching Center, now is the time to complete this step as it will be a source site for the course.
· Go to the USSF Digital Coaching Center.
· “Sign Up” or “Log In” (if already a DCC member).
· Under “Profile” make sure you complete the “Contact Details”.
· Click on “Courses” Tab.
· Click on “Available Courses” Tab.
· Click on “D Course” Tab.
· Scroll to “Missouri”.
· Click on appropriate course to Register.
· Complete all required fields & payment to officially register for the Course.
Please contact the Instructor, Kirk Nelson, at email@example.com with any questions regarding the course.
All inquiries for Youth Coaching Certificates Courses, Community Soccer Programs, and the Discover Soccer Project should be directed to Denny Vaninger, Director of Coaching for MYSA.
He can be reached at StateCoach@MOYouthSoccer.org or by calling the MYSA office at 636-946-0958, Ext. 102
All USSF Advance Courses and the Olympic Development Program (ODP) is supervised by Kirk Nelson, Technical Director for Missouri Youth Soccer. Coach Nelson is also Associate Head Coach of the Missouri State Women’s Program, a Region II ODP Coach and USSF National Educator. He may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about scheduling or attending any “E” or “D” classes should now be directed to Kirk Nelson.
Coaches may also consider the resources available from US Youth Soccer. Visit the USYSA Coaching Education page
Download the PDI Age Matrix
Host a Licensing Course
If your organization or club would like to request a Coaching Licensing clinic, download the Coaching License Clinic form (below). All Missouri Youth Soccer members receive one (1) free coaching license clinic per soccer seasonal year. Non Missouri Youth Soccer Members can also request a clinic, there is an additional fee involved. We will let you know the cost upon receiving your application for a clinic.
Download this Request for a Coaching Course and return to MYSA.
Create Your Club Coaching Clinic
NEW this season, your Club can now create a three hour clinic that is targeted to your specific needs. Looking for U8 to U10 training? How about Laws of the Game? Director of Coaching Denny Vaninger will work directly with you to deliver a FREE Coaching Clinic for your Club. Click Here for Details
Effective immediately, the Missouri Youth Soccer Association concussion will have concussion education training required for coaches and referees participating in state events. For information, including the REQUIRED online test for Coaches and Referees, visit the Concussion Education Policy Page.
US Soccer introduced the RECOGNIZE TO RECOVER program in October 2016 which we featured here on the website. A short video and a link to additional resources.
Player Development Initiative
US Soccer has released an updated Player Development Initiative (PDI) as well as information on the Concussion Protocols. Visit our Player Development Page for links to these tools and more for your continuing development.
Any Missouri-registered team that is traveling outside the state of Missouri for a tournament, league play, or friendly, is required to get a travel permit. Any team that is playing or participating in any event that is sanctioned by any other state, and happen to be playing in Missouri you will need a travel permit. (for example you may be playing at SportPort in Creve Coeur but the event you are playing in has been sanctioned by Kansas and not Missouri – you need a travel permit)
If a team is participating in an out-of-state event and does not request (and receive) a travel permit, your team will not be covered under the MYSA insurance policies. Therefore, the players willl not be covered under our accident policy in case of injury for that event.
All Travel Requests must go through THE TOURNAMENT CENTER.
Here is a video demo on using The Tournament Center.
To request a Certificate of Insurance for a Team, Club or League please CLICK HERE
To process a claim please CLICK HERE
Missouri Collegiate Programs
MYSA maintains a list of Collegiate Soccer programs inside the state as a resource for Coaches and Players. Collegiate Soccer Programs
MYSA has collected a wide-ranging set of resources to help you in your coaching education, from lesson plans, books, websites, articles and videos. We’ve collected them in an extensive set of links you can find on our Coaching Resources Page. Let us know if you’ve found something we should add to the list. Email
Practice Makes Perfect is a new book about coaching youth soccer in the U-6, U-8, and U-10 age groups. Author Denny Vaninger, a youth soccer expert and former professional player, covers the gamut in coaching kids in the early stages of learning the world’s most popular sport, with an emphasis on making soccer FUN! Vaninger gives tips in establishing a coaching philosophy, involving parents in the team, and developing training sessions tailored to the unique characteristics of kids in each age group.
You can purchase Practice Makes Perfect at either the MYSA Office or at one of Denny’s coaching courses, held throughout the State.