Indiana Soccer has recently published some information regarding youth coaching. If you are currently a coach, or wish to become one, please review the following.
Minimum Coaching Standards
The Indiana Soccer Association believes that in order to effectively develop our state youth soccer players participating via clubs throughout the state of Indiana, coaching education requirements should be in place. The Indiana Soccer Association adopted the policy in 2007 to fund Coaching Education programming for all ISA member coaches. For the best coaching environment for youth teams, the following minimum standards were adopted, and approved by the state DOC board in 2017. These are state association coaching standards, with the MRL standard being the exception. You can find out how to take advantage of Indiana Soccer’s FREECoaching Education platform of courses and obtain license/diplomas on the Coaching Course Menu Track under the Education tab.
Minimum Standards (revised as of 6/6/17)
REMINDER: PDIs Effective in August
The Player Development Initiatives go into effect for the upcoming season on August 1, which includes the birth-year registration mandate and small-sided games requirement.
The most up-to-date version of the PDIs are available online.
As many competitions are implementing both changes for the first time this season, we are seeing an increase in phone calls and emails from parents, coaches and administrators regarding the PDIs. When we receive these questions, we will direct them back to the Member Organization they affiliate with to receive information.
Form more information on the eligibility standards and more, click here:
National F License
National E License Course
National D License (Pre-requisite: USSF National E License)
If you wish to have your club host a US Soccer or NSCAA course, simply complete the following form: Request to Host
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