Prospective Coaches

Thank you for your interest in coaching for the SSA. We are always interested in coaches and teams that are looking to play at a higher level.

Our program is committed to player development at all ages and fostering technical and tactical competence in a positive, supportive and fun environment. We want the players to be comfortable on the ball and balance possession skills with the ability to play in a fluid attacking style. SSA emphasizes ball skills in the younger age groups and tries to build on those skills as players get older. Success in the SSA is evaluated on player development and a positive experience for the players and families.

The SSA uses the U.S. Soccer Curriculum as the foundation for the club’s player and coaching development philosophy. We provide player, team, and coaching training from experienced, quality individuals and groups. Looking to 2015 we hope to provide the following:

Bi-weekly team technical sessions from June to August for U9 – U14 teams & players.
Bi-weekly goalkeeper trainings from June to October for U9 – U14 players.
Coaching clinics from June to August.
NSCAA Goalkeeping and Diploma courses.

The cost of the above sessions is included in the player registration fees.

We also hope to host a week-long summer camp in June or July. This cost is not included in player registration fees.

League Play
SSA teams can play in either the Cal-North Cal Soccer League (CYSA/SYSL) or the NorCal Premier Soccer League (US Club). The choice of which league to play in is made on a team by team basis.

Coaching Licenses
Each league has its own coaching license requirements. Currently, CYSA requires head coaches to have at least a CYSA E license, and assistant coaches to have at least a CYSA F license. NorCal does not currently require coaches to have any specific license, but there is an annual continuing education requirement.

SYSL requires all CCSL coaches to have a Grade 8 Referee’s license. SSA encourages at least one coach on each team to have taken and passed the basic referee class to foster an understanding of the game.

Our younger age-group coaches (U9 – U11) must also take the “Double Goal” course from the Positive Coaching Alliance. Additionally, all coaches in the U9 – U14 age groups are required to take NSCAA’s Player Development Curriculum. These courses are optional for coaches in the older age-groups.

Coaching Development
All coaches are encouraged to progress their coaching education by taking additional courses and clinics, and to get a higher license as often as possible, whether is be through the NSCAA or the USSF.

Typically most teams play a six-month season beginning in June, ending in December; and practice between two to three time a week. The number of tournaments played depends on the coach and team, but typically is between three or more tournaments per season.

Please contact our Director of Coaching, to get instructions on how to apply or if you have any questions.