2020 Convention Diplomas/Certificates

Special Topics Diplomas

Coaching Futsal


As futsal continues to gain popularity today, your abilitiy to coach both futsal and soccer and utilize combined aspects from both, are becoming critical in the development of high-level players. This diploma provides an overview of the different tactics and techniques required to coach futsal.

Sport Performance


Recognizing the need for focused education in the area of sports performance, the United Soccer Coaches is initiating a coaching development course that is designed to educate coaches in the areas of strength and conditioning, nutrition, exercise physiology, and performance testing that are relevant to soccer. The course is designed to inform youth, high school, collegiate, and professional coaches in specialized areas of high performance that are evidence-based. The Sports Performance Diploma Track is designed to allow convention attendees to participate in the expected course subject matter, and to assist in development of the formal course. 

Urban Soccer Diploma

The Urban Soccer Diploma focuses on how coaches can use soccer as a vehicle for social change in communities where practices may be part of an after-school program or run on a non-traditional player space. This course will highlight community assets that help lift-up communities that may have high incidence of trauma, low income populations, and areas where athletes may fall victim to the pay to play model that plagues youth sports. Learn, discuss, and strategize how to create community change through soccer.    


Finishing & Goalkeeping

For the first time we will combined the attacking and defending aspects of the final third into a diploma. There will be technical sessions specific to finishing, and goalkeeping sessions related to positions, footwork, and more.

Advanced Youth Technical Training

Successfully tactical implementation is contingent on the technical capabilities of players. Performances of many youth players remain inconsistent as they continue a journey to peak performance in their mid to late twenties. Player’s technical limitations will severely limit a coach’s tactical options, so it is important to dedicate practice time to enhancing individual technique. All too often we lose sight of the importance of technical development with older and more proficient youth players and/or we restrict our focus on basis activities featuring individuals and pairs. Advanced coaching techniques and attention to detail are the features of these training and classroom sessions. 

Technology for Player and Coach

High performance technology is changing how we teach and learn the game. The positive effects of adopting technology to raise physical, technical, tactical and psychological preparation and game performances are far reaching. This diploma is ideal for youth, school, college and professional coaches seeking a competitive edge and modern approaches to player development. 

Professional Development Certificates

Professional Development Certificate: Assistant Coach

Designed with assistant coaches in mind, this diploma outlines various techniques for strengthening the skills required to effectively and confidently serve in this critical role. Wheter you aspire to be a head coach or grow your skills as an assistant, learn how to develop your personal brand and philosophies. This course covers interacting

Professional Development Certificate: Collegiate Coach

While each division poses its own unique challenges, collegiate coaching navigates a wide-ranging field of challenges off the field realted to recuiting, regulations and team training. This course will explore various methods of managing these challenges, as well as delve into off-the-field aspects of the job, including leadership, psychology, player management, fundraising, academics, and team building. This professional development certificate is ideal for current and future college coaches.

Professional Developement Certificate:
Director of Coaching

Focusing on the director of coaching, this diploma provides a comprehensive overview of the technical, conceptual, leadership and administrative skills required for developing the American soccer player. Accomplished through a curriculum rich in both application and theory, these sessions primarily focus on organizational structure, methods of coaching, leadership theory, evaluation and development of coaches and players, as well as fiscal, legal and moral responsibility.

Professional Development Certificate: Club Leadership

Tailored to executive directors, board members, and organization administrator or registrars, this professional developement course provides an in-depth guide into governance and the decision-making process when overseeing a youth club. From building a strategic plan to understanding staffing criteria and requiements, you will learn to design and implement various business strategies to ensure an efficient club. Sessions available in this track are related to finance, contracting, and developing culture and leadership from within. 

Professional Development Certificate: NFHS/United Soccer Coaches

Endorsed by both the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and United Soccer Coaches, this course provides high school coaches a broad range of educational opportunities and the opportunity to remain updated on the ever-changing topics specific to the high school game.  Sessions will focus on off-field topics related to psychology, leadership, and building a team culture.   

Diplomas (Sunday Only)

4v4 (Sunday Only) 

This course is designed to help coaches implement developmentally appropriate training games to improve skill levels in a fun, safe and challenging environment. Classroom with theory of coaching and field work for U9 and younger are both included

Goalkeeping Level 1 (Sunday Only)


Explore some of the myths and mystiques surrounding the goalkeeping function. This diploma is directed towards the team coach – not the specialist goalkeeper coach. The object is to empower the coach with knowledge and practice methods that will enable them to evaluate a goalkeeper in a game situation. This also allows the coach to design an appropriate practice program for goalkeeps in and outside of team practices. This course includes lecture (theory) and field (practical) sessions.    

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