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Coach's Corner

Welcome to the Coach's Corner!

We've included national and state coach resources and education links and some basic information if you would like to coach.  mandatory concussion training is also located on this page.  Once you are ready to plan practice - we've included players health and safety considerations, some basic skills to teach and some games to provide practical application and practice.

How do I become a LSA Coach?

Follow the steps in the attached document:

Becoming a LSA Coach

Contact the director for the program you are interested in

Competitive: [email protected]

Recreational: [email protected]

Review Training information below 

- Digital Coaching Center
- Concussion Coach Training
- Health and Safety resources

Certification for Coaching


All coaches from recreation, volunteer, to competitive should all strive to educate themselves for their level of soccer coaching. USSF has the Coaches A-D, level certifications.

Previously, Level F used be the minimum license all level of coaches should obtain. 

"Concurrently with the roll out of the new courses [grassroots level coaching courses in early 2018], the current F and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway. These licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway." - Kansas Youth Soccer Coaching Education Staff

Sign up for US Soccer Learning Center

If you are new - follow the US Soccer progression shown in the above figure:

1. Introduction to Grassroots Coaching - free, takes about 20 minutes

2. One Online Grassroots course across any of the four levels (11v11, 9v9, 7v7, 4v4) - $25, a couple of hours

3.Two In-Person Grassroot courses across any of the four levels - price set by host organization

If you previously earned a USSF F, USSF E, or both:

  • USSF E + USSF F + Introduction to Grassroots Module
  • USSF F + Introduction to Grassroots Module + 11v11 Grassroots in-person course + one other in-person Grassroots course

By following the steps above you will be eligible for D course and certification

DIgital Coaching Center

NSCAA - United Soccer Coaches

Another good certification course is through the NSCAA and its' Development Course. It is online and another good certification for young, new, inspiring coaches to get a solid base to start from. It is also 25.00 for the online course and well worth it.

Development Course and online store of courses - membership includes some classes

Foundations of Coaching online - $25
Small sided games online (4x4,7x7,9x9) - $75

Sporting Club Network

Lakyn is assigned to LSA as our point of contact for individual or group tickets.

Risk Management - Required for Coaches

All LSA/LUSC coaches are required to complete

1. The CDC Heads Up on Concussions in Youth Sports for Coaches course for coaches
Here are How to instructions on the steps to get into the CDC Concussion training

Once you have a GotSport account through KSYSA (initially set up through Director):

Per KSYSA Starting Fall 2020 these are REQUIRED to be placed on a team roster (coach card).
SSC – SafeSport
Certified KidSafe – Approved Background Check submitted to KSYSA. 

2. SafeSport Training is mandated by federal legislation - must renew every year

3. Background Check through KSYSA, must renew every 2 years

Please make sure to print or digitally save the certificates and turn in to the appropriate Director

Competitive: [email protected]

Recreational: [email protected]

Resource:  KSYSA Risk Management 

Training Ideas / Health & Safety

Here are a few links for coaching youth soccer:

Lesson Plans by age group - US Youth Soccer

Technique Fundamentals of Soccer

Coaching Soccer 101 - some great games and activity drills

Train with the MLS - no standing in line drills/games for all ages

Here are a few links for player health and safety:


US Youth Soccer Recognize to Recover (comprehensive Player Health and Safety Program)

Please refer other great resource links to [email protected]


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