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Two FREE USC online coach courses.

USC members will need to first log onto the site. 

Non USC members may either join USC or use the free 30 day trial membership to take these 2 courses, start here. 
is 30-day complimentary membership gives you access to all online resources, informational newsletters, online Soccer Journal, and member pricing on most education offerings.  30 day intro offer is limited to first-time members.

  • LGBT Awareness course  

    From news release: 
    The course provides an overview of what it can mean to be LGBT, along with guidance for working with LGBT players and colleagues. Also….the LBGT course provides a coach a good deal of information on how to deal with BULLYING.  For this reason alone, it may be a good use of 10 minutes of your time.  There is a reported increase in online bullying in this country with some experts claiming that whereas once bullying occurred "only" at school, now kids may be bullied online 24 hours and that this may be helping the increase in suicide among children. 


BULLYING/LBGT course free


  • Discover 5 practical ways to decrease the risk of concussions in soccer
  • Learn key coaching points for proper heading technique and training drills
  • Understand the techniques for the correct practice of “attacking” and “defensive” headers
  • Explore a series of interactive videos for neck and core strengthening exercises
  • Increase player safety by understanding head impact sensor technology and how it can be used to validate and enforce proper heading technique
  • Receive an NSCAA Diploma awarded upon completion

(December 6, 2016) — The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA, now USC) today released a new interactive online mini-course developed to help educate coaches about the inclusion and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes. The 10-minute course titled LGBT: Diversity and Inclusion’ is available now as a free public service.

The NSCAA’s LGBT and Allies Member Community developed the course in partnership with Athlete Ally, a national nonprofit organization that provides public awareness campaigns, educational programming and other resources to foster inclusive sports communities. The course provides an overview of what it can mean to be LGBT, along with guidance for working with LGBT players and colleagues. The online course describes many ways for coaches to be allies with the LGBT community.

“Camaraderie, compassion, and collaboration are key to a successful team in any sport,” said Lynn Berling-Manuel, Chief Executive Officer at the NSCAA. “Understanding how others can be different is essential and we want to help encourage the most respectful, inclusive environments possible across all of soccer.”

A recent report from the Fenway Institute, noted in the course, highlighted the unhealthy impact of bullying on LGBT youth.

  • 71.3% of students hear homophobic remarks often or frequently.
  • 8 out of 10 students have been verbally harassed.
  • 4 out of 10 students have been physically harassed.
  • Significantly increased risk of smoking, dating violence and suicide attempts.

“Education is such a critical part to understanding the LGBT community,” said Dan Woog, chair of the NSCAA’s LGBT and Allies coaching community and former NSCAA Boys Youth Coach of the Year from Westport, Conn. who played a key role in the development of the course. “It’s simply a change in your mindset and the way you approach others. The more prepared you are, the better coach you will be.”

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