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Missouri Youth Soccer Association


As a coach, you have many responsibilities and duties. You serve as a mentor, a leader, and role model for not only your players but your community. Professional development and continuing education are critical to the advancement of our coaches and our players. In order to create a safe environment that will allow us to maximize the potential of our players, we must constantly challenge ourselves to raise the level of our teaching, coaching, and instruction. This is the primary goal of the Coaching Education program within Missouri Youth Soccer Association (MYSA).

Below are the NEW requirements for all coaches that desire to coach in a MYSA sanctioned league or event (including State Cup, Presidents Cup, and tournaments hosted by Missouri Clubs):

·CDC Online Concussion Protocol

·MYSA Background Check

·Online SafeSport Risk Management Certification (Mandated by the Federal Government)

·*Coaching License (Minimum of Foundations of Coaching Course)

ALL coaches, new or returning, will be required to do a complete the online SafeSport Risk Management course (or yearly refresher) as well as a yearly background check.

Please contact Jeff Muhr – [email protected] with any questions.

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All USSF Advance Courses and the Olympic Development Program (ODP) is supervised by Kirk Nelson, Technical Director for Missouri Youth Soccer. Coach Nelson is also Associate Head Coach of the Missouri State Women’s Program, a Region II ODP Coach and USSF National Educator. He may be contacted via email at [email protected] Questions about scheduling or attending any “D” classes should now be directed to Kirk Nelson.

The New Grassroots Pathway

In an effort to further improve the grassroots soccer environment for both players and coaches, U.S. Soccer has restructured the foundation of its coaching license pathway. The new Grassroots Licensing Courses, which replace the F and E License Courses, offer an a-la-carte approach meant to empower coaches with an education that is relevant to their specific coaching needs. The Grassroots Licenses will help coaches ensure fun, enjoyable, and developmentally appropriate environments for their players. 

For more details on the new Grassroots Coaching Initiative, please view the links below:

Coaches may also consider the resources available from US Youth Soccer. Visit the USYSA Coaching Education page

Missouri Collegiate Programs

MYSA maintains a list of Collegiate Soccer Programs inside the state as a resource for Coaches and Players. 

Coaching Resources

MYSA has collected a wide-ranging set of resources to help you in your coaching education, from lesson plans, books, websites, articles, and videos. We’ve collected them in an extensive set of links you can find on our Coaching Resources Page. Let us know if you’ve found something we should add to the list by emailing [email protected]!

Coaching Requirements

Checklist for all MYSA Coaches & Admin:

How to upload certificates to your Affinity profile: LINK

Coaching Pages

Coaching Links:

If you need a Re-Print of your Missouri Youth Coaching Certificate, you can purchase one HERE.

Courses Offered:

  • Missouri Youth Coaching Certificate
  • 4v4 - USSF Grassroots Coaching
  • 7v7 - USSF Grassroots Coaching
  • 9v9 - USSF Grassroots Coaching
  • 11v11 - USSF Grassroots Coaching
  • National D License


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