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MSYSA Parent Module - Free  Register Here

This module was designed with you, the parent, in mind! It will serve as a readily accessible resource or reference guide for information needed quickly. You will find a great deal of information on MSYSA programs, services, coaching educational opportunities and other developmental programs that MSYSA offers!

MSYSA Online U5 & U6 Recreational Coaching Module - $25.00 (Pre-requisite: None) Register Here  
The purpose of this coaching curriculum is to help educate the novice U5 & U6 coach. We define the novice coach as someone who has limited or no experience working with players ages 4 and 5 years old. Many coaches have either played or coached at some ages but the U5 & U6 player is unique and to be a successful coach in this age group you will need a new skill set.
NO REFUNDS for this Course.

MSYSA U7 & U8 Online Recreational Coaching Module - $25.00 (Pre-requisite:  None)  Register Here

The purpose of this coaching curriculum is to help educate U7 & U8 recreational coaches. We understand recreational coaches come to the table with a wide range of experiences, from the novice coach with no experience to a veteran coach. With the game of soccer changing constantly and new educational research into child learning, we feel the content of this curriculum will be beneficial to coaches of any background.
NO REFUNDS for this Course.

MSYSA U6 to U10 Online Youth Coaching Module Course - $50.00 (Pre-requisite:  None) Register here 
MSYSA continues to set the standard with Coaching Education in the Region.  The Online Youth Module is designed for the novice coach.  It will help educate the candidate on understanding his/her audience of U6 - U10 players.  Further, it will provide a simple methodology to help facilitate the education of the youth soccer player.  Upon completion of the Online Youth Module, the coach will be able to print a Certificate of Achievement for their records.  It is necessary to afford 30-45 uninterrupted minutes to successfully complete his module.

  • The MSYSA Online Youth Module is a required pre-requisite for the E Course.
  • Risk Management
  • NO REFUNDS for this Course.


USSF/MSYSA E License Course U9 to U12 players - $125.00 (Pre-requisite:  MSYSA U6-U10 Online Youth Module)

The E License curriculum will focus on age appropriate player development activities for ages U9 - U12.  It will provide a basic understanding of coaching methodology and introduce the four pillars of soccer, stressing the technical side of the player as paramount at this stage.

  • The MSYSA U6-U10 Online Youth Module is a required pre-requisite for the E Course.  A copy of the MSYSA U6-U10 Online Youth Module Completion Certificate is required at the time of the class (no exceptions).
  • Mandatory 6 month wait between USSF E Course and USSF D Course.
  • The USSF E License is a perquisite for the USSF D Course.
  • Risk Management
  • E Waivers are no longer available or accepted.
  • NO REFUNDS for this Course.
  • Course transfer requests must be made 7 days prior to the course and require an administration fee of $25.00.  Transfer requests made after the 7 days prior to the course must be approved.  No-shows will not be allowed to transfer.  

USSF/MSYSA E Course Offerings

  Course    

     Course Location     

Course Dates

     Course Times     

     Registration     

Holland   Black River Public Schools February 20 - 22, 2015 Friday:  5pm-9pm
Saturday:  9am-6pm
Sunday:  9am-6pm 
Sold Out!
Traverse City  Old Long Lake Elementary School April 17 - 19, 2015  Friday:  5pm-9pm
Saturday:  9am-6pm
Sunday:  9am-6pm 
Register Here 
Brighton  Legacy Center March 6 - 7, 2015
and
March 14, 2015
*(Split weekend course)
Friday 03/06:  5pm-9pm
Saturday 03/07:  9am-6pm
*Saturday 03/14:  7am-4pm 
Register Here
Marquette  Bothwell Middle School March 21 -  22, 2015 Friday:  5pm-9pm
Saturday:  9am-6pm
Sunday:  9am-6pm
Register Here
Kalamazoo  Kalamazoo College  July 24 - 26, 2015  Friday:  5pm-9pm
Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 9am-6pm 
Opening Soon! 

E License Pre-Course Requirements - Click here
MSYSA U6-U10 Online Module Completion Certificate
Team Management Assignment
Laws Exam Assignment Part A & Part B Completion Certificate including the rationale for small sided game rules
HeadsUp! Concussion Training Completion Certificate


USSF/MSYSA D License Course U13 to U14 players - $250.00 (Pre-requisite: E License)
The D License is a 36-40 hour course designed for the experience coach and is required to coach in MSPSP, DA and MRL.  It consists of theoretical (classroom) and practical (field) instruction on teaching the four components of soccer; technique, tactics, fitness and psychology as they relate to U13-U14 players.  The course is broken down into four phases:  Preparation Phase, Instructional Phase, Deliberate Phase and Performance Review Phase.  This course also includes an extensive "methods" component designed to improve the teaching skills of coaches in recognizing "coachable moments".  The minimum time is would take to receive a D License is 2-4 months.  Candidates will receive a State PASS, National PASS or NOT READY.

  • The USSF E License is a pre-requisite for the USSF D Course.  
  • Mandatory 6 month wait between USSF E License and USSF D Course.
  • If you are looking to upgrade from a State D to a National D and took the D Course prior to March 2013 you must register for and retake the new USSF D Course in its entirety.   If you took the USSF D Course after March 2013 and received a State Pass you can register for Phase 4 - Performance Review (Testing) to re-test for a National Pass.   
  • NO REFUNDS for this Course.
  • Course transfer requests must be made 7 days prior to the course and require an administration fee of $25.00.  Transfer requests made after the 7 days prior to the course must be approved.  No-shows will not be allowed to transfer. 
  • D Waivers are no longer available or accepted.
  • The USSF National D License is required to apply for the USSF National C Course.

USSF D License Course - Phase 1 Offerings

New D Course offerings coming soon!

Course   

     Course Location     

Course Dates 

      Course Times             

     Registration     

  Kalamazoo  
  Phase 1-4 Combined Course  
  
  Kalamazoo College    Phase 1:  July 19 - 21, 2015
Phase 4:  November 7 - 8, 2015
TBD  Opening Soon!  

D Pre-Course RequirementsClick here


USSF D License Phase 4 - Performance Review (Testing)
First time testing candidates:  $50.00  (Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Phase 1-3)
State D to National D Retest Candidates:  $125.00  (Prerequisite:  State D License awarded June 2013 and after)
  • Retesting candidates must consult with Paul Thomas, MSYSA Director of Coaching, prior to course registration for approval.  
  • If you are looking to upgrade from a State D to a National D and took the D Course prior to March 2013 you must register for and retake the new USSF D Course in its entirety.  If you took the D Course after March 2013 and received a State Pass you can register for Phase 4 - Performance Review (Testing) to re-test for  a National Pass. 
  • NO REFUNDS for this Course.
  • Course transfer requests must be made 7 days prior to the course and require an administration fee of $25.00.  Transfer requests made after the 7 days prior to the course must be approved.  No-shows will not be allowed to transfer.
  • D Waivers are no longer available nor accepted.
  • The National D License is required to apply for the USSF National C License Course.  Mandatory wait between USSF D Course and USSF C National Course is one year.

USSF D License Course - Phase 4 Performance Review Offerings

     Course           Course Location           Course Dates           Course Times           Registration   





USSF National Youth License Course:  (Pre-requisite:  Hold a USSF National D License or obtain registration approval from Paul Thomas, MSYSA Director of Coaching)
June 22-26, 2015 at Legacy Center, Brighton MI:  Registration Opening Soon!
The National Youth License focuses upon the nature of children and the adjustments adults must make to coach them. The course curriculum covers the ages of 4-12 year olds. Each day of the course, the focus is upon one of the traditional soccer age groups of U-6, U-8, U-10 or U-12. The course combines both classroom (theory) and field (practical) sessions and concludes with written, oral and practical examinations. The National Youth License course is six days in length. It is ideal for anyone hoping to become a better and more effective coach. 

The National Youth License is administered and instructed by U.S. Youth Soccer.

Eligibility Requirements:  Hold a USSF National "D" License or have registration approval from Paul Thomas, MSYSA Director of Coaching (doc@michiganyouthsoccer.org).  

  • Payment & Cancellation Policy:   Full tuition payment is required at the time of registration. A $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will apply to any cancellation up to thirty (30) days prior to the course.  Cancellations less than thirty (30) days prior to the course, regardless of circumstance, will forfeit 50% of their entire course tuition. Cancellations fourteen (14) days prior to the course, regardless of circumstance, and any candidate who fails to attend for any reason will forfeit entire course tuition.
  • A copy of your USSF National D License or MSYSA Direcotor of Coaching approval must be submitted within 48 hours following course registration.  Registration will not be confirmed until eligibility requirements are verified.  Confirmed candidates will be notified via email with additional course details.
  • Risk Management 

USSF National C License Course:  U15-U18 players - $1,060.00 (Pre-requisite:  Hold a National D License for minimum of 12 months)
July 18-26, 2015 at Ultimate Soccer Arena, Pontiac MI:  
Register Here
The National "C" License course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching players ages 15-18. The course focus is on getting coaches to think about, discuss, and recognize the recurring concepts or themes that exist in soccer. Candidates will be challenged to find ways to offer constructive guidance to players while also allowing players to experience the game for themselves. A primary emphasis in the National "C" License course is the close relationship between technique and tactics. In this course, technique and tactics will be addressed together. In practice field sessions and the final field exam, the candidate is required to address the impact that technique has on tactics.
Three (3) General Goals of the National "C" License Course:
  1. To prepare coaches to better recognize problems and solutions as they occur in the run of play and to communicate this information to their players,
  2. To create rich soccer environments that allow players to grow, and
  3. To provide a foundation for any coach wishing to pursue higher levels within U.S. Soccer's Coaching Education Program.

The National "C" License course will also provide a foundation in the following areas: tactics, technique, methods of coaching and issues in youth player development, some of which have been introduced in the "D" License course, and will be expanded upon in the National "B" and National "A" License courses. These include but are not limited to the following objectives:

  • Observe and identify the technical and tactical demands of the game.
  • Focus on the application of technique and small group tactics in games up to 9v9 to big goals.
  • Organize, develop and implement appropriate training sessions to correct and reinforce the demands of the game.
  • Recognize soccer problems and offer appropriate technical and tactical guidance to the player.
  • Develop a better understanding of the responsibilities of coaching.
  • As of January 2015, coaches must hold a USSF National D License for a minimum of 12 months or hold an approved waiver by US Soccer to register for a C Course; no other waivers will be accepted.  Coaches holding a foreign license should contact US Soccer for additional information. US Soccer determines all requirements and decisions.
  • A copy of your USSF National D License or US Soccer approved Waiver must be submitted within 48 hours following course registration.  Registration will not be confirmed until submission is verified.  Confirmed candidates will be notified via email with additional course details.  Candidates should secure travel arrangements only after received written registration confirmation from MSYSA.
  • Course fee includes tuition and all course materials.  The course fee does not include housing, meals, ground transportation, airfare or activities outside of the standard course schedule.
  • Payment & Cancellation Policy:   Full tuition payment is required at the time of registration. A $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will apply to any cancellation up to thirty (30) days prior to the course.  Cancellations less than thirty (30) days prior to the course, regardless of circumstance, will forfeit 50% of their entire course tuition. Cancellations fourteen (14) days prior to the course, regardless of circumstance, and any candidate who fails to attend for any reason will forfeit entire course tuition.
  • US Soccer and MSYSA advises against finalizing travel arrangements until course registration is confirmed. U.S. Soccer and MSYSA are not responsible for airline penalties or any other travel related costs.

USSF National C Course at Ultimate Soccer Arena - Pontiac MI: FAQ & Information

For additional course information including the course curriculum please visit the National C License page of the US Soccer website.