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Oct, 2018

Coaching Education


Each year, NCFC Youth invests in opportunities to provide coaching education to our coaches at all experience levels. Our commitment to invest in our coaches through leadership and education opportunities helps us continue our mission of providing positive, high quality soccer opportunities at all levels of play for youth and their families.

Recreation and Challenge Coaches

Before each fall and spring season, more than 400 volunteer Recreation and Challenge coaches are led in a pre-season coaches meeting and on-field education session by our full-time staff Directors. During the meeting, coaches are given the administrative tools they need to manage their teams successfully. Coaches can elect to take part in the on-field session after the meeting. The session includes age-appropriate training demonstrations, game management techniques, and tips to use on the field. Coaches will have another opportunity to attend a pre-season coaching education session prior to the spring season kick-off in February.

Challenge and Classic Coaches

Just this past week, nearly 100 Classic and Challenge coaches attended our Fall Coaching Education Night at WRAL Soccer Park. Training was cancelled for Classic teams to allow our coaches a night to collaborate, share ideas, and learn the latest on the coaching front. Challenge coaches were invited to attend this session and gain additional experience to take back to their teams.

Highlights from the session included:

  • Director of Classic, Steven Curfman, discussed tools to plan training sessions, key points in evaluating players, and the importance of individual player and team development.
  • Director of Soccer, Paul Forster, and NC Courage Academy Director, Sean Nahas, conducted on-field sessions that emphasized the importance of challenging players mentally.
  • Coaches learned tactics and techniques to promote player creativity and the ability to make decisions on the dribble.


Challenge Coaches

More recently, we hosted our Challenge Coaching Education Night that allows additional opportunities for our volunteer Challenge coaches to continue furthering their development. NC Academy Director, Sean Nahas led the fall season session as he discussed the Anatomy of a Training session. In a workshop-like setting, coaches broke down field position, advancement to new position, and drill intention. They were given tools on how to progress player development and allow them to strengthen weak areas. "Sean’s experience and knowledge had the room of Challenge coaches captivated,” said Challenge Director, Brett Malone. “This session created a wonderful environment for back and forth dialogue, allowing our coaches to really explore new ideas and design new training sessions."


Female Coach Development

For the first time ever, NCFC Youth hosted a grassroots USSF All-Women’s at WRAL Soccer Park in August. NCYSA’s Technical Director of Coaching and Development led a course designed specifically for female coaches. The course fulfilled a portion (1 of 2 parts) of the qualifications needed to obtain the USSF D License.


Additional Opportunities

NCFC Youth seeks out coaching courses to host throughout year. We have worked hard to bring U.S. Soccer License courses to our facility so that our coaches, across all levels, have the opportunity to earn their coaching licenses. We host about 10 courses per year that stretch from an “A” license (highest level) all the way down to U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots 4v4 courses designed for recreation coaches. These courses provide convenient opportunities for our coaches to advance in their coaching licenses.

This past summer, we also hosted Raymond Verheijen for a 1-day Football Braining in collaboration with The World Football Academy. Internationally recognized, this education program was open NCFC Youth coaches as well as outside interest.

We rely on our coaches to create the best environment for our players to grow as soccer players and as young people. We look forward to hosting more coaching education opportunities for our coaches – to stay up to date on the latest opportunities and upcoming events, check back to this site.


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Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Phone : 919-834-3951
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