VYSA to Host a National Youth License Course This July Read more


The US Youth Soccer National Youth License Course is a five-day course that focuses on the nature of children.  The curriculum covers ages 4-12, concentrating on one age group each day, and consists of both classroom and field sessions. The course will take place July 16-18; 24, 25, 2010 in Stafford, Virginia.

The course will be led by:  Dr. John Thomas
VYSA to Host a US Soccer "C" License Course in August Read more


The US Soccer "C" License is an eight-day course that provides a foundation in tactics, technique, and methods of coaching, along with issues in youth player development, which have been introduced in the "D" License course.  Coaches wishing to attend the USSF "C" Course must have held a National "D" for at least 12 months. The course will take place August 12-15; 19-22, 2010 in Stafford, Virginia.

The course will be led by:  Gordon Miller
VYSA YouTube Site Launched

Feature Video: What are the qualities of a good soccer coach? That question was posed to number of fulltime soccer professionals that work with youth clubs in Virginia.

Other videos include practice ideas, presentations, and future interviews

Please visit us at www.youtube.com/vayouthsoccer .
Upcoming Coaching Education Courses Schedule

It will be a busy summer with coaches from Blacksburg to Va Beach, from Martinsville to McLean getting certified and staying committed to the latest trends in soccer development. Register for a course near you.

VYSA has a number of Coaching Education courses scheduled for this summer and many already scheduled for the Fall.  Please go to the VYSA web site at www.vysa.com and then to the Coaching Education link on the left for information about the Coaching Education program and the courses offered including a list of courses scheduled

Coaches Corner


Are you looking for a pratice idea?  Information on the latest trends in the game?  Parent education articles?  Visit the updated "Coaches Corner" section of our Coaching Education page on the VYSA web site

"Let's Play Soccer 12 Months A Year" by Gordon Miller Read more

By: Gordon Miller
VYSA Technical Director

More and more we are hearing how important it is for parents to put their kids in soccer-related activities all year long or their child will fall behind. Not only do the children now play their regular fall and spring soccer seasons, but some play their travel season and high school season at the same time. More are playing in summer leagues that are popping up all over the place. Most travel players go to a variety of tournaments (anywhere from 2-8) throughout the year. On top of that they must also get involved in indoor play during the winter, camps during the summer, private training (it might be soccer related, or the ever popular speed and conditioning work). For success to occur, it’s critical to the players’ development not to play any other sports and just specialize entirely in soccer - all the time. Isn’t it?
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