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NSCAA now offers Special Topics Diploma Webinars!  Organized in a series of 5 x 45 minute sessions, a participant can receive an NSCAA Diploma, Collector's Edition full color manual (see example) and 6 months Introductory NSCAA Membership.

The webinar series brings together some of the top international, collegiate and youth coaches in the world and offers these outstanding presentations in the most convenient and time saving delivery method. Sessions are interactive with a Q&A portion for attendees. 

First Session Free

The first session in each of the special topics diploma packages is free. Check out the topic by attending the first session for free. If you want to register for the full package you can still register up until the beginning of the second session.

Clubs or organizations interested in group pricing should contact Andrew McGinnis at or 913-362-1747.

First Session Last Session Webinar Package Topic Register Details
02/18 03/06 Special Topics: Defending Principles of Play for Youth Players REGISTER DETAIL
03/25 04/22 Special Topics: Key Moments in the Game REGISTER DETAIL

If you can't attend one or more of the presentations, you will be provided with a link to the recorded session within 24 hours after the session is completed. 

[+] Click here for a listing of all single sessions and presenter information


The NSCAA Club Standards Project hosts a series of Free Youth Soccer Webinars for Club Administrators and Directors. Pre-registration is required. Click on the link below to sign up for a free webinar.

Stephen Murray, Fitness Director & Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Macalester College

Topic: The Development and Implementation of a Dynamic Warm Up

  • What is a Dynamic Warm Up
  • Benefits of a Dynamic Warm Up
  • The different Components of a Dynamic Warm Up
  • Putting the different components together

Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 1:00 p.m. ET



Ted Kroeten, Artistic Director, Joy of the People

Topic: "Powered by Joy" - A working Free Play model for youth sports

  • Understanding play, and how it was used by our greatest players 
  • Balancing Free Play vs Deliberate Practice in the 10,000 hours
  • Free Play's role in long term player development
  • Elements of great Free Play learning environments 
  • Using the model to help optimize your own learning environment

Monday, Feb. 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET



Ric Granryd, NSCAA Club Standards Project Consultant

Topic: Goalkeeping necessities for youth players 

  • Goalkeeping techniques, tactics, and training emphases which appear to be neglected in youth training sessions.
  • Maintaining an advanced starting position (i.e., not standing underneath the crossbar, esp when your team is in their attacking half!)
  • Distribution to maintain possession/Taking responsibility of being 1st Attacker
  • Sling throw (not a baseball throw or shot put!)
  • Bowling
  • Playing with feet, in general 
  • Reaction training – daily game-related activities to hone reaction time.

Monday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET


Doug Williamson, NSCAA Coaching Academy National Staff

Topic: Coaching Boys and Girls in Youth Sports:  Similarities and Differences

  • There are gender differences between young girls and young boys
  • Confidence becomes an issue for both boys and girls when winning is overemphasized
  • Girls have a harder time with confidence in pre-adolescence and adolescence
  • Boys and girls start out quite similarly in terms of athletic ability
  • Physical changes and socialization patterns change things dramatically in adolescence
  • Coaches need to understand that boys and girls tend to have differing attitudes toward their bodies and toward the development of their bodies
  • Boys and girls develop in pre-adolescence and adolescence different styles of social interaction and friendship

Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET

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