View Course Materials: USSF F Field Component Manual

Cal North coaches are strongly encouraged to take this course to accompany the new USSF “F” license.

Player Development Philosophy for U6-U9 coaches:

  • Player Development First
    • From USSF’s “Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States”, (page 8):    “Encourage your players to be creative… Coaches should avoid the impulse to ‘coach’ their players from ‘play to play’ in order to help them win the match. Coaches should not be telling their young players to ‘pass rather than dribble’, to ‘hold their positions’ or to ‘never’ do something (like pass or dribble in front of their own goal)”.  Mistakes are an important part of the learning process, and players should be allowed to make them without fear of reprimand.
  •  Demonstrate the skill rather than providing a long-winded verbal explanation.
    •  Use a field player if they show good technique, and boost their confidence
    •  Say “Can you do it like this”, then demonstrate the skill
  • Promote a ‘Growth Mindset’ and not a ‘Fixed Mindset’ (read Dr. Dweck’s ‘Mindset’ for further information).  Mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow, we learn more when we fall short.
    • Dweck’s research reveals there are significant benefits if you believe that your ability comes from effort and practice (Growth Mindset).  However, there are debilitating consequences to the belief that talent is innate, and it doesn’t change very much (Fixed Mindset).  When a ‘Fixed Mindset’ hits a hurdle (i.e. cut from a team) they believe it’s because they have insufficient talent, so they are more like to quit the sport.  The ‘Growth Mindset’ athlete says “it just needs more effort or a different strategy”, and thus retains confidence and motivation.  A ‘Fixed Mindset’ person is also: Less coachable, complains when taken out of their comfort zone, looks down on effort, is prone to cheating and creates excuses.
    • How to encourage a ‘Growth Mindset’: When your team or the individual succeeds explain the effort related reasons why, for example: “Suzie and Sammy got wide early to create space for Emily”.  When your team falls short point to a lack of effort, for example: “Can our forwards work harder to pressure their defenders?”
  • Promote a task orientation by asking players to focus on doing better than their previous best score.  If we encourage youngsters to focus on beating others (ego orientation) it forces them to concentrate on things they cannot control.  This is likely to increase anxiety and reduce confidence, however, when we teach kids to focus on effort and self-improvement it enhances confidence and motivation.
  • The on-field philosophy is ‘let the game be the teacher’.  Additionally, no lines, no laps, no lectures (let them play)


  • Coaches should first take the online National F course first.
  • Minimum age 16 yrs. Old

Course Length: 3.5 hours

  • 3.5  All field Session (league should select one of the session times below)
    • 9:00-12:30pm
    • 1:00-4:30pm


  • None

Course Size:

  • Maximum 20 coaches per course

Cost: (to hosting league)

  • $550.00 per course