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.
- League Play: SSA teams play in the NorCal Premier Soccer League (US Club). For more information on the league, rules and training opportunities please click here.
- Coaching Licenses: NorCal does not currently require coaches to have any specific license, but there is an annual continuing education requirement and 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. US Soccer is in the process of redesigning the licensing pathway for soccer coaches. As we wait on the complete roll-out of the program, please complete the “introduction to grassroots coaching” at the US Soccer website found here. This course if free and will give you insight into the direction the revamped coaching pathway will be taking. SSA will continue to evaluate the new pathway and it’s requirements and will provide updates as they are available.
- 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.
- Commitment: 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.
Who Should Apply
Both new and returning coaches are required to complete a coaching application. Please contact our Director of Coaching if you have any questions. To coach in the 2018 season, click on the coaching application icon and complete the form in its entirety. Please have an electronic copy of your coaching license as you will be required to upload a copy as part of the application process. Thank you.