Training & Certification for Soccer Instructor/Coach
In order to become a soccer instructor/coach, specific training is required. At minimum, most employers require individuals to have a bachelor’s degree in fitness or a related field such as exercise and sports science, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and fitness, physical education, or sports medicine. For those wishing to teach specifically within a school, a teaching degree may also be beneficial. While it is possible to be hired within a high school without a teaching degree, it is recommended. Those wishing to become a talent scout will typically have a fitness degree as well as a second degree in sports management. It is also essential for soccer coaches of all levels to be trained in both first aid and CPR, and be at least 18 years old.
Some states require individuals to undertake the Coaching Education Program to become both certified and registered as a coach. It is important to research individual state requirements.