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Thank you for signing up to coach with the Portland Soccer Club. As a volunteer you provide a valuable life experience for the children in our town. Our club requires Travel coaches to obtain a certain level of training, and recommends Rec coaches to seek out training where possible. Below are some training opportunities. Please familiarize yourself with these resources and requirements.

Being a successful coach is not easy, and no one is just born with it. It requires a variety of skills and knowledge:

Coach's skills

  • Patience
  • Determination
  • Creativity and curiosity
  • Communication
  • Motivational

Coach's knowledge

  • Soccer skills and tactics
  • Each player's comprehension levels

The new US Soccer coaches training program provides resources that can help you improve your coaching skills. See below for some in-person events or online modules that interest you.
 Let us know if you would like to participate in one or more, and the club will reimburse you the registration fee upon successful completion.

Travel Coaches
: The Portland Soccer Club requires Travel head coaches to attend at least one approved in-person training event. These are offered from time to time throughout the year. See below

Rec Coaches
: Rec coaches are not required to attend an in-person course, but are welcome to attend an in-person 4v4 training class if it is offered in the future.

Online Courses
: All Coaches are encouraged to explore the online courses, in addition to in-person courses. The club will reimburse for these courses as well. Travel coaches can supplement what they learned in a required in-person course with additional optional online courses.

Note there is a single mandatory 20-minute new online Introduction to Grassroots Coaching prerequisite course.

Introduction to Grassroots Coaching

Introduction to Grassroots FREE Online, appr. 20 minutes

This free introductory module, which represents the first step in the newly revised coaching license pathway, is now the general starting point of the pathway and is the required prerequisite to undergo any of U.S. Soccer's Grassroots Licensing Courses.

Each of the following builds on the principles covered in Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. Candidates will learn more about U.S. Soccer's Grassroots Coaching Education Philosophy, Play-Practice-Play Methodology, the Six Tasks of a Coach.

4v4 Course

Online: 4v4 Course $25 Online, appr. 2 hours

In-person: 4v4 Courses 

For: players aged 6-8 Good for our rec coaches and younger travel team coaches.

7v7 Course

Online: 7v7 Course $25 Online, appr. 2 hours

Or In Person: 7v7 Course In person,

For players aged 9-10 Good for U9/U10 travel coaches

9v9 Course

Online: 9v9 Course $25 Online, appr. 2 hours

Or In Person: 9v9 Course in person

Players aged 11 -12 Good for travel coaches of 9v9 squads, U11/U12

11v11 Course

Online: 11v11 Course $25 Online, appr 2 hours

Or In Person: 11v11 Course in person,

players aged 13+ Good for travel coaches of oldest teams, U13+

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Posted Jun 19, 2018

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Futsal Quick Hitters for Coaches

  • Continuing our Rec Futsal program and expanding to travel players is very good for our program.
  • Touches and Participation: Fifa estimates a player gets 600 times more touches on the ball during Futsal than outdoor soccer. For that reason, players are more engaged, have more fun, and continue to love soccer for many years. Youth coaches have observed that futsal is effective at competing for the kids attention in the age of iphones and ipads (speed of thinking, multitasking)
  • Techniques to coach:
    • using sole of the foot (watch Messi use this technique),
    • force them to look up (it's not enough to just tell them to look up, rather create practice drills that require them to look up)
    • backpedalling
    • touch every 2 steps: when dribbling touch the ball every two steps (left, right, touch, left, right, touch, etc)
    • Travel team goalies can develop their skills in futsal (watch pro keepers attack strikers 1v1 in the open field of outdoor soccer today. They use the futsal technique of making their body a short, fat wall, rather than the old method of diving toward ground near the ball)
  • Location: any flat surface works. Be creative, for example tennis courts
  • Influence on Soccer: Soccer is game composed of multiple mini-Futsal games at once bolted together. When you have the ball, you have a player to your left, to your right, and completing the diamond in front of you, which is the futsal formation. Pro Soccer now sees more 4-3-3 formations than in the past, and the belief is that Futsal may be influencing these changes. Possession is now moving the ball from back to mid to top, rather than booting it to a lone striker and hoping the striker can outrun the sweeper.
  • History: Futsal originated in Uruguay in the 1930's and was made popular in Brazil. Pele, Ronaldo, Neymar, Messi and many other elite players played Futsal. The word futsal is a blend of "fut" (foot) and "salon" (room / indoor).
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