Simple way to become a Soccer (football) coach

Lot of people dreaming to become ultimate soccer players, but also dream of many others is to become the famous soccer coach. Read this and this and find out how to become soccer coach:

Soccer (or football) is a global sport. In fact, if you didn't know already, it's the biggest sport in the world with fanatic followings in every country and corner of the globe.
This means that you are normally in one of two situations:

- you live in a country that is passionate about the sport and everybody loves soccer.
- you live in a country where soccer is overshadowed by other sports but is growing rapidly.
The great thing is, you can succeed as a soccer coach in both types country.
For the more "soccer developed" country, there is much more competition to be a soccer coach. Everybody follows football or soccer and everyone has an opinion on it. In these countries, there are also many women who will casually have an opinion on the game or a team. This means that it can be hard to differentiate yourself as nearly everyone's knowledge comes from television, articles, newspapers etc.

You should try to read the less common information out there. There are many other books out there with great information on how to become a soccer coach. These books contain information on tactics, strategy, team selection, drills, attitude and more. These will really set you apart from your competition.

Secondly, the coaching system will be more established in your country and this is a good thing. Contact your national soccer association and find out what kind of coaching badges you can take. As soon as you get your first badge under your belt (and the first is usually really easy), then you can differentiate yourself and doors will open. Get your second badge and you will be laughing.

In less "soccer developed" countries, in fact you have a superb advantage. Even in the USA, because soccer is not part of the national psyche, your existing knowledge from just being a fan will put you in a great position. You can be seen as a higher authority than in other countries.

But I still recommend that you read as much as you can about becoming a soccer coach. Knowledge is key and the biggest football coaches in the world learn as much, if not more, than your average university professor.
Apart from reading there is also another great way to get knowledge: volunteer at your local team to become an assistant coach or help out. A lot of lower league coaches don't get much help or budgets and they will really welcome the help that you can give them. In return you can get some good experience and excellent advice from the coach.

Here are some more very useful links about how to become soccer coach and about soccer coach licensing (certification)

Also if you are in the US and you want to be soccer coach, follow those steps:
  • Step 1 to become football (soccer coach):
    Visit the official website of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to learn the regulations for your particular state (see Resources below). The website also offers links to all the recognized certifications available, from national diplomas to regional certifications to youth or high school coaching diplomas.
  • Step 2 to become football (soccer coach):
    Play the sport. Make sure you understand the rules perfectly and have hands-on knowledge of what it involves, both in and out of the field. Either join a league or make sure you watch games regularly so it becomes second nature to you.
  • Step 3 to become football (soccer coach):
    Volunteer as a Little League soccer coach. You can do so at local clubs, churches or schools. If you are under 25, you may be able to become a sports counselor at a summer camp where soccer is taught and practiced. Experience goes a long way in youth soccer and you should be able to get your certification much quicker if you can prove that you have previous knowledge of the sport.
  • Step 4 to become football (soccer coach):
    Take the official exam offered by the NSCAA or other similar organization. Depending on what type of soccer you want to coach (youth or adult) and at what level (amateur, school, professional), there are different certifications available. Most consist of a workshop (average of 50 class hours), a written examination and a practical demonstration of certain activities and planning skills.


Anonymous said...

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The Rules of Soccer are very simple-

1) Easy to play

2) Footwork is a key element of playing good soccer; footwork is a Key factor of Playing Excellent Soccer

Steps for Playing Excellence Soccer

1) Create muscle memory with established practice routines
2) Think and act like a player or coach
4) Strength
5) Coordination
6) Proper Balance
7) Confidence level should be high
8) Vision
9) Rhythm
10) Body Control
11) Developed well thigh

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