Coach Education

Welcome to NMYSA's Coach Education page.  Here you will find access to our electronic coach education system where you can register for coach education courses, get advice on which coaching course to take and see a description of all of our courses. In addition, you will find pre-course reading material and a number of useful coaching links on this page.

Upcoming Coach Education Courses.

For detailed information on our Coach Development Program please click the link below.


NMYSA currently offers both US Soccer and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) courses. For an overview of the different coaching education pathways click thru the following presentation. (Click the play button in the bottom left corner or use the arrows to move quickly thru the slides).

Coach Education Video:
Watch this video for a quick overview of how NMYSA can help you become the next great coach

Which Coaching Course Should I Take?

This table provides a brief overview of the coach education courses currently offered by NMYSA, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and United States Soccer Federation (USSF). 

Age Group

NMYSA Courses

NSCAA Courses

Level 3-6 hosted by NMYSA

National Courses (USSF)

U6 – U8

Recreational Clinic
USSF Grassroots 4v4 License

Grassroots Licenses
USSF D License 

U10 – U12

USSF Grassroots 7v7 and 9v9 License
GK Level 1

Level 3 Diploma

Level 4 Diploma

Level 5 Diploma

Level 6 Diploma

U12 – U15

USSF D License,

GK Level 2

National Diploma

Advanced National Diploma

U15 and older

Special Topics Courses

Premier Diploma

USSF C License, B License, and

A License

* These courses are National courses that are occasionally hosted by state associations.

Electronic signup makes it possible for any coach to view the coach education courses currently available from NMYSA and to sign up for those of interest online. The process is very easy -- all you need to do is click on the logo below to be taken to the Active Network's secure server to view courses and sign up for them

Online Youth Module 1:

NMYSA is excited to announce the new Online Youth Module 1 Coaching Course. The course is aimed at coaches of players aged 5 thru 8 and has been developed to create a virtual, online classroom where coaches can learn more about coaching youth soccer and receive a coaching certification. Please visit the Online Youth Module 1 Coaching Course to get more information and register to take the course.

Reference materials from US Youth Soccer:

US Youth Soccer has completely reorganized their web site information on small-sided games. Rather than copy/repeat their information here, and risk our copies becoming outdated as theirs may change, please visit their new Small-Sided Games Resource Center  for a host of information on rules, program manual, philosophy, age-specific guidelines, field layouts, and more. Follow their "Official Rules" link for the age-specific details.

Coaches' Corner:

Visit our Coaches' Corner, where you will find coaching videos, articles and session plans along with links to many other coaching resources.