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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,

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For coaches coaching 5-10 year olds

SPRING 2016 course dates:

U6-U8 coaches:             Thursday March 31, 2016        7pm – 10pm     Location: Deer Park ES, Dominion Theater, then gym

U8-U10/U12 coaches:    Friday April 1, 2016                  7pm – 10pm     Location:  VA Run ES library then 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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2016 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.





  • A concussion is a BRAIN INJURY.
  • All concussions are serious.
  • Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness.
  • 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.


  1. 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)
  1. 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.
  2. 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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