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NSCAA Mission Statement

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Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kansas, the National Soccer Coaches Association of American has grown into the world's largest soccer coaches' organization that serves members at every level of the game.


The NSCAA works every day to inspire coaches and ignite their passion for the game so they pass it on to players and others in the soccer community. We fulfill that goal through three core values: "Learn. Participate. Belong."


The NSCAA prides itself on providing an unparalleled nationwide program of clinics, courses, and other educational opportunities that motivates coaches to take their careers and the game of soccer to the next level. From the novice coach to the well-seasoned, the NSCAA strives to provide comprehensive instructional sessions to enhance the game through great coaching.


In addition to our educational offerings, the NSCAA also encourse members to interact with each other and the soccer community in other ways. The NSCAA Convention, known as "The World's Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches and Administrators," allows attendees to not only add something new to their coaching repertoire, but also come together and celebrate the game that we all love.


NSCAA members are some of the most influential leaders in soccer, providing an extensive network of talent and knowledge that members can tap. Members can take advantage to a range of benefits, such as networking opportunities, online education resources, professional liability insurance, the Soccer Journal, and more. The NSCAA also administers national high school and college rankings programs as an added benefit to members, as well as an extensive recognition program that presents nearly 10,000 individual awards every year.


The mission of the National Soccer Coaches Assocation of America is to develop and to deliver education programming and events that inspire members to improve and to enhance their involvement in soccer. The NSCAA has the responsiblity to activate a network of coaches and others involved in the sport that will take responsibility for advancing soccer in the greater community.


The National Soccer Coaches Association of America will be a recognized and respected soccer coaching education organization that provides a wide range of programming, events, and membership support for all in the sport.

Ohio University Master’s Degree in Recreation and Sport Sciences
Concentration in Soccer Coaching

The master’s degree program consists of 12 academic courses delivered primarily online over six semesters. Two of the courses are delivered in face-to-face residencies at either an NSCAA Convention or on the campus of Ohio University. Students will be part of a cohort structure that keep learning-groups small (25 students) and allows for high levels of interaction among students and faculty. Two cohorts will be admitted per year, one in the summer/fall and the second in the January.

Soccer Coaching Education Program Objectives

  • Establish a foundation in coaching principles, methodology and a history of soccer and its evolution into the world’s most popular sport.
  • Instill the coaching qualities needed for successful leadership and management on and off the playing field.
  • Help coaches improve soccer sport skills and tactics and develop effective strategies to make important adjustments during practice and competition.
  • Provide coaches with the knowledge and techniques to develop and improve athlete and team performance for players at every age.
  • Provide soccer coaches with current practices in prevention and care of injuries, recovery, fitness development, nutrition and other player development content.
  • Improve organization, planning, evaluation and other administrative skills required to be an effective soccer coach.
  • Develop perspectives and strategies for developing and training advanced level players.
  • Present a framework for developmentally appropriate and athlete centered practices that will lead to long-term player development, beginning with our youngest players.
  • Become a consumer of current research and its application to coaching and player development.


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For more information, contact:

Dr. David Carr at
Associate Professor & Soccer Program Coordinator
Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy
The Patton College of Education
Lindley Hall N292
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-4651

Michael Sup at
Program Administrator – Soccer Coaching Program
Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy
The Patton College of Education
Athens, OH 45701