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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.

Explore this page and the rest of the NSCAA website. If you have questions or would like to see a certain article covered on NSCAA.com, tweet it to @NSCAA.

Most coaches realize there is more to the profession than meets the eye. While that idea can be daunting for new coaches, the variety of skillsets developed can be a good thing.

Communication. Managing people. Lifting spirits. These skills and many more are what a coach need to develop, and skills that can translate beyond the sidelines.

The NSCAA National Office has three coaches amongst its ranks that have parlayed a new career direction using their coaching skills. Here are their responses to transitioning from the sidelines.

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Previous Career Articles:

Soccer Coaching and the Web: A Guide for Coaches

"Inside Coaching" Offers Advice to Assistants to Become Successful

Supporting Your Support Staff--Letting Assistants Lead

Rising Through the Ranks (Video): Part One  |  Part Two

Other Career-Enhancing Articles

Need job hunting help? The NSCAA job listings page 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 NSCAA Internship Program!

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 Course Information FAQ.

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

Online Resource Library (members-only access)
Special Topics Webinars
NSCAA Interactive Presentations
Instructional Materials
Fundamentals of Coaching Soccer (high school coaches)
Tactical Soccer Situations Test
Ohio University Master's Degree

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.


2014 Summer Symposium

2014 NSCAA Convention (Past)

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.

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, visit NSCAA.com/live.

As you are gaining traction in your career, many lessons can be taken from those who have been where you are now. Here are a few young coaches making strides in the soccer coaching profession and their advice as a fledgling leader.

Alex Dixon
Seattle United
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Angela Snider
Chicago Fire
[+] Watch her interview

Simeon Steward
Palm Beach Soccer Academy
[+] Watch his interview
Carrie Hill
East Hamilton High School
[+] Watch her interview
Wes Lomnicki
Elmhurst College
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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 NSCAA.com 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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