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Our team has spent over one hundred years contributing to different areas of soccer both nationally and internationally. Those areas are, but not limited to, player development, organizational development, and business development. Our team realized that there was a need for an integrated and data-driven approach to soccer organization development. This blog will feed into those areas and bring light to a myriad of topics in this arena.

Earn the UEFA "C" License

I want to let you know about a continuing education opportunity that will supplement your license with U. S. Soccer and/or your diploma with United Soccer Coaches.

As you may know, US Youth Soccer ODP has a presence in Europe for Americans living there.  For many years now the Program has pulled in players and coaches from numerous countries across Europe.  The centerpiece is in Germany, where the bulk of American soccer players reside.  Through our affiliates there, I have put together a trip for coaches to take the UEFA "C" license coaching course.  The course will be held from March 1 to 16, 2020 near Frankfurt.  The course will be taught in English and we are having all of the materials translated.  Please see below the flyer on the trip.

Coaches would fly into Frankfurt International airport (FRA).  Travel to and from Germany will be on your own.  Our maximum enrollment will be thirty (30) people.  Attached is a sample of the potential course guide.  Here are the links to the host club where the course will be held and to the host hotel: and 

The $3,750.00 per person cost includes room and board, UEFA C-License course, the hospitality of Bundesliga teams and a 24/7 guide.  The DFB requires that coaches taking their courses to be affiliated to a German club.  US Youth Soccer ODP Europe has that affiliation, hence a portion of the cost of the tour includes membership of the American coaches into US Youth Soccer ODP Europe.  Every course candidate will need a first-aid course, background check and must be at least 16 years old.  Finally, each coach makes the declaration that he or she complies with the by-laws of the DFB Education Training Regulations (form will be provided).  I do recommend that coaches also hold, at a minimum, the U. S. Soccer "D" license.

The schedule will be announced at the beginning of 2020 with details for each day of the tour.  In general, during the course, the coaches will have theory lessons from 9:00 A.M. 10:30 A.M. and field sessions from 10:45 A.M. to 12:15 P.M., during which the candidates will participate as players.  From 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. theory-lessons and from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. a field session with youth players.  In the evenings, there will frequently be working groups (very busy).  But, we will make sure that we have time to do hospitality with a Youth Bundesliga Team.  We will also attend a Bundesliga match – T.B.D.  The cost for the match is included in the tour fee.

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Think Tank 2019


Firstly, our team wants to extend a sincere Thank you to all who attended and participated in Think Tank 2019. It was successful beyond our expectations and we cannot wait to bring you Think Tank 2020!

Due to a technical glitch, the Think Tank closed down a day early. We felt the best way to remedy this was to grant you access again and keep it open through Mother's Day as a way of saying we were sorry. You now have access until May 12! Be on the lookout for an email from Kajabi granting you access to Think Tank.

We will also be distilling the sessions into their tracks and creating courses on the tracks in partnership with CoachTube, We are finalizing details and migrating the talks now. Stay tuned!

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