Soccer Coaching Career Guide

Leader. Teacher. Mentor. Disciplinarian. Trainer.

These descriptors and responsibilities all describe your chosen career: A coach. But now what?

This page is meant to help guide you in jumpstarting your soccer coaching career. From tips on how to get started to education options, this page and the NSCAA is here to help steer you in the right direction.

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Build Connections

Nowadays, networking is just as crucial to landing a job as is knowing the game. You may hear people say something like "it's not always what you know, but also who you know."

The NSCAA has several opportunities for you to grow your network. From events to committee involvement, here are just a few ways for you to get your name out there.

Advocacy Groups and Committees

We invite every member to further develop their experience as a NSCAA member through one of our advocacy groups or committees. Each group focuses on specific issues that affect the NSCAA and contribute to the continued growth of soccer in the U.S.

View the current membership groups 

Need job hunting help?

The [[Jobs_Database |NSCAA jobs database]] features positions at all levels of the game, from youth clubs to high school and college positions.

Want to know about the inner workings of the NSCAA? Apply for one of several positions through the [[Internship_Program | NSCAA Internship Program]]!

Knowledge is Key

The NSCAA provides top-tier education for all levels of the game. Each level offers distinct challenges and selecting your first course is the first one.

To better assist you in where to start, take the survey below and then check out our Coaching Course Menu for details and the Master Course Schedule to find a course near you.

Have questions about what to expect out of our courses? Find your answer at our FAQ.

Not ready to take a course? Use some of our online tools:

Online Resource Library (member-only access)
Fundamentals of Coaching Soccer (high school coaches)
Ohio University Master's Degree

Coaching Advice

To reinforce our members knowledge about the soccer coaching profession, the NSCAA regularly hosts live video chats on a variety of topics and interviews coaches in the profession.

Launched in 2013, the  30-Under-30 program is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. As a part of the program, the selectees are featured monthly through NSCAA Hangouts.

NSCAA Hangouts focus on a variety of topics relevant to the coaching profession. In the one below is Robin Fraser, assistant coach for the New York Red Bulls on offensive unperdictability.

To watch more recordings, or to see when the next live chat, [[live_chats | visit this page]].

Join the NSCAA

There are many reasons to be a part of a professional organization…

  • Membership in a professional organization is an investment in your professional credibility.
  • It’s an investment in personal development and growth.
  • Membership is a way to stay connected to fellow coaches who are going somewhere, and don’t mind sharing knowledge on the journey.

As a professional in your chosen field, you need to keep informed as to what is happening in all areas of soccer coaching.

But really, what’s the main reason to join?

An NSCAA membership can help you succeed.

No matter what kind of coach you are or what type of coach you want to be, you need to belong to a strong professional organization. There are tangible  member benefits such as and your personalized myNSCAA, free access to basic educational resources, discounts on courses and events, among others. Additionally, the NSCAA offers a full-time national office staff, volunteer committees and others involved in the game to provide support for your career development.

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