Urban Soccer Diploma

The Urban Soccer Diploma will be offered during the 2022 Urban Soccer Symposium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 26 from 9:00am-1:00pm. Register now for the Diploma.


The Urban Soccer Diploma is a unique collaboration between United Soccer Coaches and the U.S. Soccer Foundation that provides tools to coaches working in non-traditional soccer settings.

The Urban Soccer Diploma was conceived out of the need to reach coaches that were not being served by the typical coach education pathways. These coaches work for community-based soccer organizations that serve low-resourced communities, and often either do not charge a fee to participate, or charge players a nominal fee. This can also mean that they do not have access to high-quality playing facilities or the means to afford typical league fees and new equipment from season to season. This course speaks directly to coaches that come from urban- or community-based organizations and helps them use the tools at their disposal to run quality, youth-development-focused training sessions.

Why Are These Skills Important?

Not every community, team, and player has access to playing equipment and soccer facilities. This course provides coaches working in non-traditional soccer settings with tools to run quality programming for players living in communities where the need is greatest.

Is the Urban Soccer Diploma for Me?

If you work in an underserved community where soccer equipment and play spaces are not widely available, or are in the nonprofit space and want to learn best practices for coaching soccer in a non-traditional setting, this course is for you.

What Will I Learn?

Throughout the course, coaches split their time between interactive field sessions and classroom learning. These sessions teach coaches how to best engage urban youth and youth living in underserved communities through soccer.

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