The Premier Diploma is the pinnacle of the Residential Academy offerings. It is a 45-hour course designed to teach advanced methodology with full-sided soccer (11 vs. 11) as its focal point. Coaches are provided a course curriculum. The course content includes a thorough examination of different systems of play, including: technical and tactical implications; 11 vs. 11 topics, including coaching in the game, phase play and shadow play; nutrition; sportsmanship/ethics; and a leadership component including team management, personal development and the coach's role in game development in his/her community. Applications are screened by the Director of Coaching, the Vice President for Education and the Education Committee and enrollment is limited for each course.
Candidates will be accepted into the course (subject to available space) if they hold an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma with an award of Distinguished or Good Pass. Candidates will also be accepted if they hold a US Soccer “A” License or a UEFA “A” License.
Candidates with awards other than those identified above may seek admission into the Premier Diploma by submitting a letter of request and soccer playing and coaching CV to the NSCAA Director of Coaching Education.
Applicants must apply for the Premier Diploma and acceptance is not guaranteed.