West Michigan

Youth Soccer Assoc.

WMYSA believes it is important for all coaches to have training and continuing education as well as instructional materials available for the coaches within the league.  WMYSA has a dedicated Clinic Coordinator on its Board.  WMYSA works to schedule at least two training clinics each year.  The topics vary to cover both the differing ages as well as skill development.  In fact, WMYSA is one of the few leagues which consistently takes advantage of MSYSA benefit of them providing a Coaching In Service training session.  WMYSA had a the opportunity to have a local training session led by the MSYSA Director of Coaching, Paul Thomas in March.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) holds annual conventions where they provide both lectures and field sessions.   WMYSA has purchased club access to the 2013, 2014 and 2015 online libraries for the lectures and field sessions which were video taped.  Please contact your club on how to access this information.

Where do I go for required license, certificates & training?

The USSF license courses can be found by visiting MSYSA.  This page gives an overview of each of the license levels as well as the current locations for taking the class and the link to register.   In order to keep your information altogether in one location, WMYSA recommends using your individual coach account which is created in GotSoccer with your club.  

MSYSA Coaching Education Course Schedule:

US Soccer Federation Coaching Courses 

US Soccer 'F' License l $25 l Online-Self Paced Course l 

  • This course is a two-hour, online, course that is intended for coaches and parents of youth players at the grassroots level. Curriculum is geared towards youth participants ranging from 5 to 8 years of age. 

US Soccer National 'E' License l $175 (MSYSA Members), $200 (Non-MSYSA Members)

  • The US Soccer National 'E' license course is an 18 hour course that focuses on age appropriate player development activities for ages 9-12. This course will provide a basic understanding of coaching methodology and introduce the four pillars of soccer, stressing the technical side of the player, and prepares interested coaches for the 'D' license course. 
    • Ann Arbor, MI  July 7-9, 2017 
    • Chesterfield, MI  July 21-23, 2017 
    • Kalamazoo, MI  August 14-16, 2017 
    • Traverse City, MI  November 10-12, 2017 


US Soccer National 'D' License l $375 (MSYSA Members), $400 (Non-MSYSA Members)

  • The US Soccer National 'D' license course is a 36-40 hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a National E license. It consists of theoretical (classroom) and practice (field) instruction on teaching the four components of soccer; technique, tactics, fitness and psychology as they relate to 13-14 year old players.
    • Brighton (Legacy Center, Brighton) (Instructional and Performance)  June 23-25, 2017 
    • Canton, MI   July 21-23, 2017   

NSCAA Coaching Courses


Goalkeeper Level 1 & 2 Diploma Course 


DOC Diploma Course 


NSCAA C License Courses 

Does WMYSA reimburse the cost of coach licenses / diplomas?

WMYSA reimburses the club for certain coach licenses and diplomas.  Review the Coach License/Diploma Recommendation and Reimbursement Policy.   Click Here