Below you will find a list of resources for planning a training session plus required steps to becoming a volunteer coach for PCFC. Please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Coaching at if you have any questions. 

Coaching Requirements

1. Complete Sideline Sports Doc (SSD) online course []
**Required before beginning coaching

2. Complete background screening  [US Club Soccer Background Screening Application]
**Required before beginning coaching
**IMPORTANT: Email to get a specific pre-paid code before you register

3. Send coaching/playing experience and a photo to 
**This is used on the website so please send a brief summary of your experience and a photo you would like to be used. This is a great chance for visitors to learn about our coaches so don't hesitate to include why you love to play/coach. 

4. Coaching Education/Certification - United Soccer Coaches
**United Soccer Coaches offers a tremendous amount of education, resources and support. Please follow the steps below to access this information

  • Register for a 6-month trial (free) or Standard ($95) membership at United Soccer Coaches

  • Sign up for the Foundations of Coaching online course ($10 as a United Soccer Coaches member)

    • This is to be completed by your 2nd week of coaching

    • Email a copy of your certificate of completion

5. Enter weekly coaching hours -
** Scroll to the bottom of this page to enter your coaching hours each week

Coaching Resources

The two resources listed below have been chosen as our primary sources of coaching information to help you plan you practices and manage your team. We have chosen these resources because we feel they offer the highest quality, most accurate and up-to-date information for coaching. There is a lot of information out there these days, so we make it easier for you by narrowing it down to these two resources.

  • The Coaching Manual -
    A great resource for drills, strategy and team development. Some content is locked with the free membership. PCFC pays for a yearly membership to give full access to head coach positions.

  • United Soccer Coaches -
    This site has hundreds of games, activities and drills to use.

  • Sample Practice Plan - (Click the hyperlink) This sample practice plan will give you a guideline to follow when planning your practice sessions. Being prepared for practice not only ensures that every player gets the most out of the session but that everyone has fun - including the coach!

 The most important aspects to remember when planning a practice are the 3 L's:

  • NO LINES - keep them moving!

  • NO LAPS - avoid this as a consequence, make players do something with the ball instead!

  • NO LECTURES - keep your coaching points brief, to the point and get them playing again


It is very important that we are able to show funders, donors and community stakeholders how many valuable volunteer hours our coaches provide our athletes. Please record your hours EACH WEEK so that we can easily track this information. You can access the Google Spreadsheet HERE which tracks all coach hours if you need it.
Thank you!