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Coaching Education

DC Stoddert Soccer values the importance of having top coaches. Coaching education is among the most crucial aspects to preparing both professional and rec coaches for the challenges of keeping session plans fresh and players engaged, and also developing players to their full potential.

Stay tuned as we upgrade our offerings and work to support our volunteer coaches!


The full Stoddert Soccer Curriculum is in development - Spring 2018

To start, here is a series of sessions covering all age groups:  Week 1

Stoddert Soccer Coaching Best Practices - Use this simple list of best practices to optimize your impact at every training session for your team.

Upcoming Courses


ONLINE OPPORTUNITIESTake courses when convenient to you, at the pace you select 

Courtesy of DC Stoddert’s Member Club standing with the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA):

1 - Foundations of Coaching – United Soccer Coaches has developed the Foundations of Coaching online course as the perfect introduction to coaching youth soccer for the first time, and as a helpful refresher for those coaches coming back to the youth game. Focusing on improving coaching instruction in order to progressively improve player development, the Foundations of Coaching provides insight into targeted training activities and age-appropriate instruction for beginning to advanced players. The course is free for DC Stoddert coaches!

Contact DC Stoddert’s Recreational Program Director for access codes for the Foundations course

2 - Small Sided Games –The short and long-term effects of the U.S. Soccer Federation Player Development initiatives are far reaching, impacting all youth clubs and coaches. As a way to prepare you for some of these initiatives, United Soccer Coaches has developed the Small Sided Games: 4v4, 7v7 and 9v9 Special Topics Diploma. This series is dedicated to preparing players, teams and clubs to address the tactical, technical and logistical opportunities presented in this new era in youth soccer.  The course is free for DC Stoddert coaches!

Available to the first 30 coaches, after taking the Foundations of Coaching course…Contact DC Stoddert’s Recreational Program Director for access codes for the SSG course

3 - Get aHead Safely in Soccer Online Diploma Course - United Soccer Coaches has launched Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer™, the first interactive online course developed to educate coaches on how to teach safer heading techniques for players ages 11-13. This 30-minute course is available to anyone and everyone interested in heading safety.  The course is free for DC Stoddert coaches!

Available to all coaches via this link.  Strongly suggested for coaches of players in grades 6 & above.

Courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

4 - HEADS UP to Youth Sports course.  This important and helpful course examines & illustrates various aspects of concussion prevention, awareness and management.  The course is free for DC Stoddert coaches!

This course will help you:

  • Understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury,
  • Recognize concussion signs and symptoms and how to respond,
  • Learn about steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion, and
  • Focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season.

Free for all coaches & parents.  Takes about 30 minutes to complete.  Access the course here.

Learn with other coaches how to improve your coaching skills

1 - United Soccer Coaches Course:                                    7 v 7 & 9 v 9 Coaching Course

This combined course for the next level of coaching is a nine hour in-person course focused on the 9-12 year old player (though it is suitable for coaches of older players as well).  Content highlights player development, principles of play, technique, and tactics with small-sided games.

Time Commitment: 6 hours in person plus additional online course content.

Date:  Saturday, March 17 at Jelleff, 9am to 4pm.

Contact the course's site coordinator for this course for more info or to sign up.  NO COST for 25 registered DC Stoddert coaches, first come, first served.

2 - DC Stoddert In-House Coaching Clinics (lead by Stoddert staff coaches; all courses are free for DC Stoddert coaches!):

1 - Pre-K (4v4)
2 – Kinder + Grade 1 (4v4)
3 -- Grade 2 (5 v 5)
4 – High School / Grades 9 & Up (11v11)
5 -- Goalkeeping (How to incorporate GKs into team training + select GK skills)

Note:  Grades 3+4 (7v7) & 5 through 8 (9v9) are covered by the USC course listed above that we will host 3/17

·       Clinics will offer best practices for training sessions (most items are applicable to all ages) + demonstrate specific practice activities.  Coaches will participate in practice activities as appropriate, so if you can, come ready to play!  (Participation in practice activities is not mandatory, but it can best illustrate some of the coaching points and activities.)

·       The schedule for In-House Clinics is still in development – check back soon!  We will also promote these online and in our newsletter.

·       Clinics will also be developed that will run during the Rec soccer season, serving to supplement the pre-season coaching education opportunities.

Contact Us

DC Stoddert Soccer
4620 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite A
Washington, District of Columbia 20016

Phone: 202-338-1910

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