Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for New Coaches

We field many questions from brand new coaches and people who are considering coaching. These are some of the most frequent questions we hear. Please read on, and if you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

General FAQs


How do I become a coach?

There are 2 things you can do to let us know you’d like to coach. First, when you register your child, there is a box you can check in the lower right-hand corner of their CYSA Membership Application to indicate your interest in coaching - check the “coach” box.  Second, when you register your child, please stop by the Coach Registration table and fill out a coaching application.  If you'd prefer to mail in the forms, please download the Team Official Registration & Risk Management Disclosure Form from the main coaching page, fill it out, print the form and mail them to us at Post Office Box 355, Roseville, CA 95678.  Contact the appropriate Coaching Director for the age group you are interested in coaching if you have any questions.

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have questions about coaching for RYSC, contact the appropriate Coaching Director for the age group you are interested in coaching.  Their contact information is available on our website under “Club Information” then “Board Member contact info” or at the following link: http://teamsideline.com/sites/rosevilleysc/content/9470/Board-Member-contact-info

Do I need a license?

Yes, RYSC follows Cal North’s and the USSF National coach licensing program.  See the Coach Licensing FAQ at the bottom of this page.

What equipment do I need?

The Club provides each coach with 3 balls, a bag, pennies, and cones. You might want to invest in more cones – you can never have too many cones. The rest is a matter of preference.

What can I expect in my first year?

You will have to attend a mandatory coaches meeting the last week in July. The team rosters and equipment are distributed at this meeting. If you have not previously been fingerprinted by the Club, our fingerprinting vendor will be there to fingerprint you (all coaches must be fingerprinted so that criminal background checks can be performed).  More information on the Coaches Meeting is available on the Coaches Home Page at http://teamsideline.com/sites/rosevilleysc/content/1359/Coaches-Home

Practice begins in mid-August and games begin in September. The season ends in early November.

What kind of help can I expect?

At the coaches meeting, we will review the RYSC Coaching Manual, which is available at the following link:  http://teamsideline.com/sites/rosevilleysc/downloads, and which contains a great deal of soccer coaching material, our rules, policies, and procedures. 

RYSC also has a coach mentor program. New coaches are strongly recommended to contact the Coaching Director for their specific age group, to be paired up with a more experienced coach. The two of you can communicate by phone, email, or the mentor can visit one of your practice sessions. The mentoring program only works if you sign up.

Where can I read up on soccer coaching?

The big book stores carry a supply of soccer coaching books in the sports section. The Roseville Library has a collection of soccer coaching DVDs and VHS tapes that were donated by RYSC. These resources can be checked out for free. The Coaches Resources & Downloads page has links to numerous soccer-related sites.  Our coaching manual contains a lot of additional resources.

All those rules can be confusing. How can I get a better handle on the rules?

Become a referee. Contact referee@rosevillesoccer.com for information on becoming a referee.   The Laws of the Game are available in the Coaching Resources & Downloads area.

Licensing FAQs

Do I need a license to coach?

Yes.  All recreational coaches must complete the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) F National Clinic and associated Field Component by the start of their second year of coaching (it is recommended that you take it before your first year, but due to logistical and timing issues, that is not always possible). 

Competitive coaches are required to complete the USSF National E Clinic.  If you are a recreational coach who has aspirations of becoming a competitive coach, it is a good idea to get the E Clinic done before you apply.

Once you obtain your license, please supply a copy to the Club’s registrar and U16-U19 Director of Coaching.

More information on licenses and clinics can be found on the Clinics page of this website or at the following link:  http://teamsideline.com/sites/rosevilleysc/content/1361/Coaches-Clinics


What classes are offered?

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) offers the following coaching courses for recreational and competitive coaches:

Cal North offers the following coaching course for recreational and competitive coaches:

More information on the clinics offered can be found on the Clinics page of this website or at the following link:  http://teamsideline.com/sites/rosevilleysc/content/1361/Coaches-Clinics

Who are the instructors?

The instructors are nationally certified coaches who are rigorously trained in USSF’s and Cal North’s curriculum. The instructors are assigned shortly before the class by Cal North.  RYSC has no role in who is selected to be the instructor.

How are the classes structured?

The USSF National F Clinic is a 2-hour online course combined with a 5.5 hour field session intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of the online course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered, and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.

The corresponding F Clinic Field Component focuses on player development philosophy for U6-U9 coaches.

The online portion of the clinic is self-paced.  The exact time for the field component will be established by the instructor.  The Field Component is held outdoors at a park to be determined. The attendees will serve as soccer players and the instructor will serve as the coach (be prepared for some physical activity).

The USSF National E Clinic follows USSF curriculum covering long term athlete development, creation of training sessions, recognition of principals of attacking and defending, and small-sided games.  It consists of a total of 18 hours of classroom and on-field training over two days (Saturday and Sunday).  Pre-class homework is assigned; pass/fail grading on course. The E Clinic is optional for recreational coaches, but it is mandatory for competitive coaches.  This course prepares attendees for completion of the USSF D Course. 

The USSF National D Clinic is a 36 to 40-hour course designed for the experienced coach who has already earned a USSF National E license. The focus of this course is to improve a coach’s ability to positively influence individual players and teams.

The Cal North Goalkeeper Clinic is designed to provide a technical and tactical understanding of the goalkeeper position. This course includes drills and activities that would suit numerous ability levels.  The GK Clinic consists of one hour of classroom instruction and 6 hours of field time similar to the F Clinic. 

What materials will I receive?

Class materials are available online from USSF, and every attendee will receive an online certificate that can be printed out upon completion of the course.

How many are enrolled in a class?

Depending on the specific course, class size ranges from 15-20.  At the instructor’s discretion, additional persons may be added.

Are there any prerequisites for these classes?

There are no prerequisites for the F and Goalkeeper Clinics.  Those registering for the USSF National E Clinic course must successfully completed the USSF National F Clinic.  Those registering for the USSF National D Clinic course must have successfully completed the USSF National E Clinic.

Who gets into the class?

Coaches from all area clubs are welcome, but those outside of the Placer Youth Soccer League (Roseville, Lincoln, Rocklin, Eureka, and Loomis clubs) must pay to attend.  Attendees are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.  After the first 15 slots are filled, a waiting list is generated.

What's the minimum age to attend a USSF or Cal North coaching clinic?

The minimum age for the Cal North Goalkeeper Clinic is 14; the minimum age for the USSF National F Clinic is 16; the minimum age for the USSF National E Clinic is 16; and the minimum age for the USSF National D Clinic is 18.

What is the cost for out of town coaches?

The cost for the online portion of the USSF National F Clinic is $25.00.  RYSC coaches can contact the U16-U19 Coaching Director and provide a copy of their license certificate and proof of payment to be reimbursed for this cost.  There is no cost to RYSC coaches for the F Clinic Field Component.

The cost for the USSF National E Clinic is $150.00.  RYSC coaches can contact the U16-U19 Coaching Director and provide a copy of their license certificate and proof of payment to be reimbursed for this cost. 

The cost for the USSF National D Clinic is $150.00.  RYSC coaches can contact the U16-U19 Coaching Director and provide a copy of their license certificate and proof of payment to be reimbursed for this cost. 

There is no cost to RYSC coaches for the Cal North Goalkeeper Clinic if it is hosted in Roseville. 

If you take the course outside of the area, you may have to pay for the course and the Club will reimburse you.  If you intend to seek reimbursement for a clinic, you should contact the U16-U19 Coaching Director before you write the check.

What should I bring to class?

For classroom sessions, bring a pen/pencil and paper. For the field sessions, bring a pen/pencil, paper, any materials you received in the classroom session, soccer attire, soccer ball, plenty of water, lunch and snacks, sunscreen, and a folding chair.

Is there an exam?

No.  If you complete the course you will receive your license.

What about my kids?

We request that you make babysitting arrangements for your children.  The classes are long, and the classrooms we frequently use have limited space.  In consideration of the instructor and your fellow coaches, we request that you not bring your children to class.