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Coaching May 17, 2022

U.S. Soccer announces applications for Academy Director, A-Youth, and Talent Scout courses

CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer has announced the next application window for Academy Director, A-Youth, and Talent Scout courses:

  • Academy Director and A-Youth: Thursday, May 19, 2022, (12:00 p.m. CT) to Monday, June 6, 2022 (12:00 p.m. CT)
  • Talent Scout: Thursday, May 19, 2022, (12:00 p.m. CT) to Monday, June 13, 2022 (12:00 p.m. CT)

The Academy Director and A-Youth courses follow the traditional youth soccer calendar, wherein the courses operate from August 2022 to June 2023. Each license level will consist of a combination of virtual learning and in-person meetings. There are four in-person meetings planned for the Academy Director and three in-person meetings for the A-Youth, with each taking place over three to four-day periods.

The Talent Scout course will run from September to November and will consist of a combination of virtual learning and two in-person meetings.

“Over the past two course cycles, we have created greater collaboration opportunities between these important courses,” U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education Didier Chambaron said. “For clubs to continue to find success, these key roles must work in partnership.”

Interested applicants should review the course description below and allow enough time to complete the necessary steps within the application. All applications must be submitted through U.S. Soccer’s Learning Center.

“Scouting youth players is a big responsibility and can be very challenging, we believe this specialized education will help youth scouts to improve their awareness and process for identification, monitoring, and selection of players,” Director of Talent Identification Mirelle van Rijbroek said. “The course will also provide more insight and knowledge into the concept of talent and the challenges and constraints related to it, such as bias, growth and maturation, environment, learning ability, etc.”

 

Level Meetings Dates Location Application Window
Talent Scout Meeting I September 16-19 Chicago, IL May 19-June 13
Meeting II November 3-6 Dallas, TX
Academy Director Meeting 1 August 15-18 Kansas City, KS May 19-June 6
Meeting 2 See A-Youth Dates Kansas City, KS
Meeting 3 March 6-9; March 13-16, 2023 TBA
Meeting 4 See A-Youth Dates Kansas City, KS
A-Youth Meeting 1 October 3-6 Kansas City, KS
Meeting 2 February 6-9, 2023 Florida
Meeting 3 April 17-20 Kansas City, KS
A-Youth Meeting 1 October 11-14 Kansas City, KS
Meeting 2 February 13-16, 2023 Florida
Meeting 3 April 24-27 Kansas City, KS
A-Youth Meeting 1 October 17-20 Kansas City, KS
Meeting 2 February 6-9, 2023 Phoenix, AZ
Meeting 3 May 1-4 Kansas City, KS
A-Youth Meeting 1 October 24-27 Kansas City, KS
Meeting 2 February 13-16, 2023 Dallas, TX
Meeting 3 May 8-11 Kansas City, KS

Participants at U.S. Soccer’s National Coaching Schools will have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized license from U.S. Soccer, a FIFA national association member, and the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States.

2022-23 ACADEMY DIRECTOR AND A-YOUTH TIMELINE GENERAL COURSE TIMELINE

  • Application Window: May 19-June 6
  • Virtual Start: August 15
  • In-Person Meetings: See chart
  • Course Ends: June 2023

2022 TALENT SCOUT GENERAL COURSE TIMELINE

  • Application Window: May 19-June 13
  • Virtual Start: August 30
  • In-Person Meetings: September + November
  • Course Ends: November

2023-24 ACADEMY DIRECTOR AND A-YOUTH TIMELINE

  • Application Window: May 2023
  • Virtual Start: August 2023
  • Course Ends: June 2024

2023 TALENT SCOUT GENERAL COURSE TIMELINE

  • Application Window: February
  • Virtual Start: April
  • In-Person Meetings: April + June
  • Course Ends: June

U.S. Soccer is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all student coaches, educators, players, and staff. Applicants that are selected for these courses will be expected to adhere to policies set forth by U.S. Soccer Coaching Education.

More details about future courses will be announced later this year. For details on other U.S. Soccer Coaching Courses please visit the Learning Center and review the information under Available Courses or check out our FAQ page.

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