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US Soccer Announces National "F" Coaching License
The “F” license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online,
intended for all parents and coaches of youth players.
The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun,
activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.
(This is NOT the same course as any VYSA U6-U8, U8-U10, or U10-U12 F module you may have taken in the past.)

As of June 1, 2015, this online "F" course is a pre-requisite for the National "E" License.

For more information and to complete this online course,
F Coaching Course HAS BEEN RENAMED F.U.N.- FALL 2015 DATES
For coaches coaching 5-10 year olds

FALL 2015 course dates:

U6-U8 coaches:             Fri Sep 11        6:30pm -10:00pm. 

                                         Location: SYA Office - 6:30pm -7:30pm. address -  5950 centreville crest lane., Centreville, Va.

                                                         Nzone indoor center - 8:15pm - 10pm - address - 14550 Lee Rd. , Chantilly , Va 20151. 

U8-10 coaches:             Fri Sep 18         7:00-10:00 pm          Location:  TBA gym


To register:  Registration is now handled on the VYSA website:   (look for the course sponsored by Southwestern Youth Association)  If you are a current SYA coach, please email Beth Bogemann at to get a payment code before registering for the course.

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2015 E Course Dates and Course Content for "E" Certificate Course

The "E" Certificate is designed for the parent/coach who may or may not have any previous soccer playing or coaching experience. The curriculum focuses on the development of the player, both individually and as part of the team. The emphasis will be to build on the player’s technical development by applying tactical concepts within a team environment. The candidate must 16 years of age or older.

F Course Coaching Certificate Content

The mission of the National Youth License and the State Youth Modules (F Certificate Modules) is to provide the most current and advanced information on growth and development of the youth soccer player. The youth soccer player is defined as any child from pre-school through adolescence. The course takes the approach that the GAME WITHIN EACH CHILD is at the center of all belief, decisions, and actions taken by the child, coach, and organization. It is the ultimate goal of youth soccer development within the to unlock the game within the child to reach their full soccer potential.

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  • A concussion is a BRAIN INJURY.
  • All concussions are serious.
  • Concussions can occur without loss of conciousness.
  • Concussions can occur in any sport.
  • Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.


A concussion is an injury that changes how the celss in the brain normally work.  A concussion is caused by a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull.  Even a "ding," "getting your bell rung," or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.  Concussions can also result from a fall or from players colliding with each other or with obstacles, such as a goalpost.

The potential for concussions is greatest in athletic environments where collisions are common.  Concussions can occur, however, in any organized or unorganized sport or recreational activity.  As many as 3.8 million sports - and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year.


To help recognize a concussion, you should watch fo rthe follwoing two things among your athletes:

  1. A forceful blow to the head or body that results in rapid movement of the head.


    2.  Any change in the athlete’s behavior, thinking, or physical functioning. 


  1. Remove the athlete from play.  Look for the signs and symptoms of a concussion.  If your athlete has experienced a bump or blow to the head.  Athletes who experience signs or symptoms of concussion should not be allowed ot return to play.  When in doubt, keep the athlete out of play.
  2. Ensure that the athlete is evaluated right away by an appropriate health care professional.  Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself.  Health care professional have a number of methods that they can use to assess the severity of concussions.  As a coach, recording the following information can help health care professionals in assessing the athlete after the injury:
  • Cause of the injury and force of the hit or blow to the head.
  • Any loss of conciousness (passed out/knocked out) and if so, for how long
  • Any memory loss immediately following the injury
  • Any seizures immediately following the injury
  • Number of previous concussions (if any)

    3.  Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussion.   Make sure they know that the athlete should be seen by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.

    4.  Allow the athlete to return to play only with permission from a health care professional with experience in evaluating for concussion.  A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems.  Pervent common long-term problems.  Prevent common long-term problems and the rare second impact syndrome by delaying the athlete’s return to the activity until the player receives appropriate medical evaluation and approval for return to play.

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Course Content of "D" License Course
The D License is the highest level license that the state offers. In order to maintain consistency in the delivery and execution of the course the objectives, expectations, and grading for the "D" License course have been established. At the conclusion of the course the candidate will receive a National “D”, a State “D” or a fail. The candidate must at least 18 years of age.


ENJOYMENT for everyone

EXCELLENCE – age appropriate, proper motivation

EDUCATION – 10-15 years---5-19

ENVIRONMENT – safe and developmentally appropriate

Great Experience for the players

Goals for SYA Soccer and each coach:

#1 Goal:  Character and personal development:  become a better person and citizen through participating in sports

#2 Goal:  Life skills:  self confidence, character, self-discipline, cooperation, friendship, industriousness, self-control, reliability, initiative, work ethic, do our best and play to win

#3 Goal:  Learn and acquire skills

#4 Goal:  Learn to play skillfully and smart

#5 Goal:  Teach team play and principles of play

#6 Goal:  Make friends, belong to a team, feel wanted and safe

#7 Goal:  Foster life long love for exercise

#8 Goal:  Appreciate and cultivate a healthy lifestyle:  no drugs, alcohol, or any other unhealthy lifestyle.

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