Keith Tozer, Former Head Coach Of National Futsal Team Helps Create Coaching Education Program
US Youth Futsal is a member of U.S. Soccer and is the largest youth futsal organization in the USA. Now, to help coaches truly understand futsal’s benefits for youth player development and grow the game, USYF launches a new coaching education program.
Designed by former U.S. Men’s National Futsal Team head coach and USYF Technical Director Keith Tozer, with the input of USYF National coaching staff members, these comprehensive courses were created to help coaches around the world learn more about the game of futsal as well as share best practices for applying the knowledge in training environments and matches. Tozer is also the host of the popular podcast, The World of Futsal.
Jon Parry, USYF President said, “USYF first provided coaching education opportunities in 2013 and we believe our newest modules represent the most comprehensive futsal education platform in the United States.”
“We have designed 5 unique courses that help coaches from any background understand the intricacies of the game while providing a clear pathway for continuing education,” said Parry. “Level 1 and Level 2 Courses are online modules that provide a basic introduction to futsal while sharing key resources to help coaches build a foundational knowledge of the game.”
“USYF’s Level 3 State Course brings the knowledge gained from the online environment to the actual courts,” added Parry.
Participants will engage in both a classroom and an on-court experience to share technical and tactical principles and encourage demonstration of coaching competency.
“The Level 4 National Course will take a deeper dive into advanced futsal concepts and ask each coach to demonstrate a more comprehensive understanding of session planning, coaching methodology, and execution of game tactics,” said Parry.
“The Level 5 International Course represents our most advanced course,” said Parry. The week-long education model will include co-facilitation with some of the top international futsal instructors in the world.
“USYF is committed to providing innovative coaching education programs.”Brian Catrine, USYF Executive Director
“We are extremely excited to release the Level 1 Course today to the futsal community,” said Brian Catrine, USYF Executive Director. “Our partners at CD2Learning did an exceptional job of capturing Coach Tozer’s futsal knowledge and creating a training environment that openly shares best-practices from one of the top futsal minds in our country.”
“Coach Tozer has over 20 years of experience coaching in some of the highest levels of the game, including professional and international environments. These training modules help share some of his favorite methodologies and serve as a guide to help inspire coaches around the world, “ said Catrine. “Anyone that has been around Coach Tozer knows that he has the unique ability to connect to any player on the court and I think these resources help provide insight that can benefit the next generation of coaches”.
“Tozer is Sharing Lessons Learned.”Brian Catrine, USYF Executive Director
“I am very excited about the launch of the USYF Coaching Education Platforms as it has been a very long time coming and very much needed. As futsal continues to grow here in North America these courses will be a fantastic teaching tool to help coaches, as well as players, develop along with that growth,” said Tozer.
“This training is geared to provide the grassroots coach with enough information to effectively create a session plan, run a dynamic training session, and understand basic game tactics with futsal specific terminology,” said Coach Tozer.
Each level of the USYF coaching courses will include technical, tactical, physical as well as mental strength components.
The USYF Level 1 Course is designed to guide the participant through the FIFA laws of the game, provide futsal specific offensive and defensive terminology and concepts, and share best practice coaching methodologies that they can use to develop their youth players. The price is $75.00 for Level 1 and the course is available now.
- LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 ONLINE COURSES: Online modules providing a basic introduction to futsal and sharing key resources to effectively coach the game.
- LEVEL 3 STATE COURSE: Classroom and on-court sessions detailing technical and tactical concepts and activities.
- LEVEL 4 NATIONAL COURSE: Advanced futsal concepts and coaching methodologies.
- LEVEL 5 INTERNATIONAL COURSE: Most advanced futsal course. Includes instructors from some of the top International programs from around in the world.
Upon completion of the online course, each participant will receive one year of access to all of Coach Tozer’s training videos and session plans used in the Level 1 module.
“These courses are a long time coming and really combine best practices,” said Catrine.
The Level 2 online course featuring Goalkeeper Training from current US National Futsal Team Assistant Coach Otto Orf will be released later this year and we will look to offer the Level 3 course in various locations once states resume from COVID-19 closures.
US Youth Futsal is the largest US Soccer-affiliated futsal organization in the United States, overseeing more than 100 local leagues in 30 states across the country. In addition to hosting youth leagues in every corner of the country, it also works tirelessly to develop the game through multiple programs.