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Coaching Course Descriptions


Coaching Education

Iowa Soccer Association, as the U.S. Soccer state governing body, is responsible for providing coaching education opportunities to coaches at all levels of play across the state. Coach education opportunities are available via the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Pathway as well as the United Soccer Coaches pathway. For a recent update on the U.S. coach education and licensing pathway click here.


Coach Education Pathway

U.S. Soccer launched its newly revised coaching national and state-level coaching education pathways and courses. The courses are designed to positively impact the development of grassroots coaches across the country by making education more accessible and developmentally appropriate for grassroots coaches.  Together, with U.S. Soccer, Iowa soccer is committed to empowering coaches with the knowledge, skills, and practices to create a positive, engaging, and enjoyable learning environment for their players.


Coach Licensing Requirement

To ensure that all players have access to a safe and positive experience, Iowa Soccer has established minimum standards for coaches to be eligible to coach. Licensing requirements for the fall of 2018 will be communicated during the spring of 2018. Starting Fall 2018, coaches at all levels, are required to complete the free 20 minute on-line U.S. Soccer Grassroots Introductory Module. This short course is required by Iowa Soccer in order to coach as well as by U.S. Soccer as a prerequisite to attend Grassroots courses. 


How to access and take U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module:

  1. Visit U.S. Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center (DCC).
  2. Sign up (free of charge) or log-in to your DCC profile.
  3. Select “Courses” from the top menu.
  4. Under “Available Courses”, select “Begin Course” to launch the introductory module.
  5. Complete U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching.


Coaching Course Schedule

With the new structure directing our planning, starting in March 2018 Iowa Soccer will implement the new coach education courses. The 2018 course cost, schedule, and registration details, will be announced in February 2018. In preparation for the transition, click here to review the changes to licensing and course prerequisites. The current available courses are as follows:



·        Course: U.S. Soccer ‘D’ License: Performance Assessment

·        Description: For candidates who have completed the introductory weekend of the D license.

·        Date: March 3-4, 2018

·        Status: Open – click here


If existing course schedules don't already accommodate the coaches in your community, you may request to host a course by contacting Gareth Smith, Director of Coaching Education, to schedule a course in your area.


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