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College Coaching Recommendations

The following courses are what the NSCAA recommends for coaches who teach players at the college level. Depending on your education background and experience, you may enter at diff­erent stages of the suggested outline.



Time Commitment

Level 6 Diploma

The course is devoted to technical and tactical uses of small-sided games, the study of systems of play and a practice teaching component. Participants are given an opportunity to conduct a training session on an assigned topic and are assessed by the course instructor.

21 Hours

National Diploma


The overall objective of the National Diploma is to acquaint the coach with the needs of the American soccer player and provide an organized and progressive methodology of coaching those needs. Basic technical and tactical knowledge is the central theme of the course in a 6 v. 6 model. The course includes sessions on the teaching process, psychological skills training and Laws of the Game.


50 hours instruction, 6 hours evaluation

Advanced National Diploma


The Advanced National Diploma emphasis is on training those players within a team concept designed to produce a successful environment. The 8 v. 8 model is the main focus. The curriculum includes team organization and training, advanced methodology, analysis and understanding systems of play, a focus on tactics within thirds of the field, technical position overviews, match analysis and the psychological aspect of coaching. 


50 hours instruction, 6 hours evaluation

Premier Diploma


The Premier Diploma is the pinnacle of the Residential Academy offerings. The course content includes a thorough examination of different systems of play, including: technical and tactical implications; 11 v. 11 topics, including coaching in the game, phase play and shadow play; nutrition; sportsmanship/ethics; and a leadership component including team management, personal development and the coach’s role in game development in his/her community. 


50 hours instruction, 6 hours evaluation

Master Coach Diploma

The Master Coach Diploma builds upon the 150 hours of field and classroom learning contained in the NSCAA National, Advanced National, and Premier Diploma courses.  All coaches in the program will have the opportunity to learn and grow in fields such as sport psychology, leadership, team and organizational management, use of technology and nutrition.

18 Months

Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma

The NSCAA Academy is proud to offer the Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma course as the top goalkeeper offering within the Goalkeeping Academy. Under the direction of Tony DiCicco, the Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma builds on the popular (18 hour) Level 3 Goalkeeping Diploma course. The ANGD course is a 50-hour residential course and is one of the most comprehensive goalkeeping courses for coaches anywhere in the world. Lectures on all aspects of advanced positioning, communication, goalkeeper psychology, fitness and methodology for training goalkeepers will be addressed.

50 hours instruction, 6 hours evaluation

Special Topics courses in Management, Psychology & Leadership

The NSCAA Academy conducts Special Topics Courses periodically in different parts of the country, as well as special clinics at various events, including the annual NSCAA Convention. Some examples of Special Topics Courses include Zonal Defending, Sports Psychology, Striker Play, Management of Soccer Programs, etc. For further information, contact the NSCAA National Office.