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The U10/12 Course is a fourteen hour course designed for Travel Level coaches working with players competing in the 6v6 (U9/10), 8v8 (U11/12), and 11v11 (U13/14) formats. Coaching players between the ages of nine and twelve is arguably the most critical period for long-term player development and the technical foundation for later tactical understanding is either successfully established, or irretrievably lost, during this stage.
The U10/12 Course consists of on-field practical information (11 hours) and the self-paced, online Novice Coach Course (~3 hours), which, together, present ideas on teaching the technical, tactical, psychological and physical elements of soccer games ranging from 1v1 to 8v8. Technical skills, including goalkeeper skills, are broken down in depth, as are small-group tactics (the Principles of Play) and game management relevant to 6v6 and 8v8 coaching. Soccer fitness is presented as a by-product of active play.
Fundamentally, the U10/12 Course strives to demonstrate how soccer “skill” (the application of technique under pressure) can be developed by playing soccer in a variety of game forms; and by utilizing a variety of simple conditions and scoring systems to promote learning. There is no formal assessment of coaching skills or soccer knowledge in the U10/12 Course.
Typically, the U10/12 Course is scheduled for one weeknight (Friday, 6pm-9pm) and one weekend day (Saturday or Sunday, 8am-5pm), but can be adapted to accommodate most local needs. Host organizations – and participating coaches -- are encouraged to provide U10/12 players for the course.
The minimum enrollment for a U10/12 course is twelve.
Pre-Course Candidate Assignments
Candidates are required to complete three (3) pre-course assignments.
A Laws of the Game exam is housed on the US Soccer website and OYSAN coaches taking the U10/12 course should register under "E" License to receive credit. The course can be found here and the results are electronically sent to OYSAN.
In 2013, Ohio passed a Concussion Awareness law required of all adults working with youth sport populations. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Course can be linked here... Coaches can also compete the concussion requirement at the National Federation of High School (NFHS) web site. Coaches should present confirmation of completion to their instructor at the course opening.
Finally, U10/12 candidates must complete the Novice On-line Course, which can be found at this link. There is no additional cost for this course and a username and password are provided upon registration confirmation for the U-10/12 Course. The results are electronically sent to OYSAN.
"Constructive Soccer" Video
This video link provides examples of how to watch a U-10 game through the eyes of a coach.
Opening The Onion
US Soccer Best Practices
U10/12 Course Manual
Long-Term Athlete Development
The Coaches Tool Kit
The Principles Of Play
Manipulating Practice Variables
Matching Playing Numbers To Field Sizes
Skills Circuit Example
Ball Contacts: Practices vs Games
Games, Games, Games
U10/12 Course - $70 plus a $2.50 transaction fee
***An additional Facility Fee may be due at check-in. Please check with the coaching course coordinator***
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