Title

The National Youth Soccer License: The Historical Reflections, Evaluation of Coaching Efficacy and Lessons Learned

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Coaching Education

ISSN

1938-7016

Volume

5

Issue

1

First Page

20

40

Publication Date

5-2012

Abstract

Coaching education has been part of the United States soccer landscape for over 40 years. However, the education of youth soccer coaches is a recent phenomenon. The purpose of this study was threefold: a) to provide contextual reflections of the USSF National Youth Coaching License (NYL); b) to share the impact of the course on coaching efficacy; and 3) to critically discuss the implications of the lessons learned through these reflections and research on the design of quality coach education for youth sport coaches. The statistical evidence in conjunction with reflective comments demonstrate that The Game in the Child model and the NYL curriculum provide the contextual framework for an effective L-S coaching education program.