As coaches, we know our athletes come first. That's why about 100,000 coaches get certified annually. Step up to the standard and earn your USA Football Coach Certification today.
By earning your youth coach certification, you're meeting the expectations of the players, parents and fellow coaches in your community.
You'll also get bonus resources like full access into our Coach Planner App, our Contact Manual and Player Progression Guide with hundreds of drills and step-by-step skill progressions, plus webinars on tactics and videos on ways to coach the age you're teaching.
“The biggest thing for me, the impact of USA Football on the youth level, is allowing parents to say, 'You know what? My children are being taught by someone who knows what they are doing.' The coach has been certified. He knows how to teach the game, so the kids can play the game the right way - a safer way.”
Coaching the whole athlete is a pillar of the model. USA Football’s Youth Coach Certification embraces an age and game-type approach to learning football skills, athletic movements and abilities like thinking, feeling and behaving.
From educational videos to unlockable resources with drills and skills, youth coach certification makes sure you're equipped to coach the whole athlete both on and off the field.
Keeping kids playing and keeping kids healthy is important in any sport, not just football. The updated Health and Safety elements of the certification build off of the Heads Up Football® health and safety programs and ensure coaches receive targeted instruction on concussion awareness, injury prevention, hydration and procedures for cardiac events.
Protecting the well-being of our athletes is the most important thing we can do as coaches. This year’s certification will help you identify the signs of abuse and learn process and procedures for reporting it. In addition, understanding how to coach is critical. As such, the Coach 101 course has been fully updated.
Contact coaches can learn about blocking, defeating blocks, shoulder tackling and proper equipment fitting. This builds upon the foundation that Heads Up Tackling® established, including proper tackling and equipment fitting, and introduces other skills like blocking and defeating blocks into the mix. The tackling technique includes Pete Carroll and other members of the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff.