Coach Education & Development


On this page, you will find:
1. Information on the ASA Coaching Education Program and the list of courses/clinics/events.
2. Rules (please click here)
3. Favorite links – access to wonderful games to play with your teams!
4. Coaching license reimbursement form (after you complete a course, electronically fill this out, attach a copy of your license, a receipt, and mail to: Arlington Soccer Association, Attn: Diane Oden, 5210 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205)

Coaching Education Calendar, Spring 2018
Updated: 1/16/18

Interested in coaching education, but don’t know where to start? Check out this chart:

Course Who should take it? Cost?
Request a Practice

.ASA Clinics
Everyone – Especially Beginning Coaches .Free
Sippin’ and Soccer
Everyone Free
ASA Rec Curriculum
Everyone Free
How to Teach Heading
6th Grade and Older Coaches Free (NSCAA Registraion Needed)
VYSA PDI Courses
. Beginner Coaches $45 (100% reimbursed)
USSF ‘D’ license
. Intermediate Coaches (must have USSF ‘E’ or PDI license) $150 (50% reimbursed)
First Aid/CPR
. Everyone Variable (not reimbursed)
Concussion Policy
Everyone (Required) Free

ASA Clinics (field sessions only)

ASA clinics are 1 hour clinics that focus on the various age groups within our rec program. These clinics are free to attend, but registration is recommended so we can bring enough gifts for all coaches in attendance. Please attend as many as you like; if you are coaching a kindergarten team, we offer a variety of times and dates to help ease transition into your very first soccer team. Please attend the one the suits your schedule best, or all of them!

Registration coming soon!

Monday, March 19th @ 6-7pm (Location TBD)
Sunday, April 8th @ 3-4pm (Location TBD)

1st/2nd Grade:
Tuesday, March 20th @ 6-7pm

3rd/4th Grade:
Wednesday, March 21st @ 6-7pm

5th/6th Grade:
Thursday, March 22nd @ 6-7pm

Thursday, March 22nd @ 6-7pm

Sippin’ and Soccer
Time/Date TBD

This event is an opportunity for ASA spring recreational coaches to discuss ‘Characteristics of an Effective Coach’ and how it relates to coaching within our recreational league. The format will involve a 45 minute presentation by ASA’s Rec Soccer Director, Dan Ferguson,  followed by time to mingle with rec staff, managers, and fellow coaches. All in an laid back atmosphere conducive for conversation and questions. Appetizers provided, as well as drink specials. Registration is required (and limited to 70 people); please drink responsibly!

Registration coming soon!

USSF ‘PDI’ courses

These 5 hour courses REPLACE the USSF E license. They are offered by US Soccer and have theory (classroom), practical (field) sessions, and on online component. The modules are ran by a member of the VYSA technical staff and is geared towards recreational coaches who coach at the various game levels. For example, a kindergarten coach should look to take the 4v4 modules, while a 6th grade coach should take the 9v9 modules.

These courses are scheduled to go live starting February 2018...

USSF ‘D’ licenses

The USSF ‘D’ license in a 36 hour course (over two weekends) and for coaches who wish to continue through the US Soccer Federation pathway for coaching education. Coaches who wish to take this licenses must already hold the USSF prerequisite license (a USSF ‘E’ or ‘PDI’ license).

Licenses are happening in North Virginia before each season. To find a list of those courses, as well as all courses in the state, please visit below:

D License Courses (must select ‘filters’ and chose ‘VA’ as state)

The D license is split into two weekends: instructional and evaluation. Coaches must take the instructional weekend first and wait a minimum of 10.5 weeks before they are eligible to take the evaluation weekend.

This courses is 50% reimbursable by ASA after completion of the evaluation weekend. Please submit an reimbursement form (located at top of page), a copy of your license, and a receipt of payment.

Training How to Head the Ball (6th grade and older)

Starting at 6th grade, Arlington Soccer players can begin to learn how to head the ball. ASA’s full heading policy can be found here. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has put together an excellent web series on how to teach heading in a safe environment, and is free. All you need to do is register with NSCAA (free). Highly recommended!

To view more information about the course, please follow this link.

Request a Session and Public Practices

ASA Recreational Soccer Director, Dan Ferguson, and his highly trained staff can come run a practice with your team! To request one, just click on his name to send him an email requesting one. We love to work with our rec teams and players, so please take advantage!

Listed practices that Dan is currently running this season can be found on a google calendar. Please click here to view. Any coach is welcome to attend to watch and ask questions and the calendar is constantly updated!

First Aid/CPR

Interested in getting your first aid or CPR certifications? You can view the current list of local courses through the DC Red Cross here. Please note that ASA does not reimburse for First Aid or CPR courses.

ASA Recreational Curriculum
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th/6th Grade
7th Grade through High School

YouTube Channels:

Some other helpful links:

The US Youth Soccer Association – our National Governing Body
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) – coaches organization/education
The Virginia Youth Soccer Association – our State Soccer Organization

More interesting reading:

On-line article on overuse injuries in youth sports
Our Competition is the World
Changing the Game Project


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