Referee Clinics

Washington Timbers promotes referee education, but is not a licensing entity for education and classes. For more information on referee education, please visit the Washington State Referee website at

Positive Coaching Alliance

"Better Athletes, Better People" is exactly what a great youth program should be working to create. SWYSA has partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance to develop a league-wide culture amongst our Coaches, Parents, and Athletes that allows for positive performance on and off the field. Check back here often to learn about our latest news and events and how you can become more involved with the PCA Movement!

PCA's 3 Guiding Principles: Filling the Emotional Tank, ELM Tree of Mastery (Effort, Learning, Mistakes are ok), Honoring the Game (ROOTS: Respect for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self)

  • PCA Development Zone: Online Resource Center: Tips, Tools, Videos to use with your teams throughout the year
  • PCA is a National Partner of US Youth Soccer
  • PCA is a proud partner of the Portland Timbers

Check out the information on their web site:

Oregon Youth Soccer Coach Development Program

Oregon Youth Soccer is excited to have a number of different courses and clinics already on the schedule and will be adding more every week. Oregon Youth Soccer is the exclusive providers for all US Soccer licenses and NSCAA diplomas for Oregon and SW Washington.

You can also visit the Coaching Education website to view updated listings of courses and clinics available for registration. a

If you would like additional information or to register for courses please visit the website HERE  

U.S. Soccer

Eight New Grassroots Licensing Courses Will Focus on
Coaching Fundamentals with Respect to
U.S. Soccer's Player Development Initiatives

CHICAGO (Dec. 20, 2017) - U.S. Soccer has announced eight (8) new grassroots level coaching courses to be introduced in early 2018. These courses will be focused empowering coaches through experiential learning and a player-centered approach. The course options will relate directly to small-sided games and the respective age-groups outlined in the Player Development Initiatives.

The new Grassroots Licensing Courses will consist of four (4) in-person experiences and four (4) online experiences. Prospective coaches will have the option to engage in any of these new courses - in any sequence - after completing a free introductory module provided by U.S. Soccer.

"This new, a-la-carte approach is meant to empower grassroots coaches to access education - relevant to their needs and specific coaching environment - immediately through these new low barrier opportunities," said Frank Tschan, Director of Coaching Administration.

In addition to the eight (8) new opportunities, the D course has also been updated in accordance with the revamped approach at the grassroots level. "Over the last 12-months, U.S. Soccer has worked with its members to organize, study and pilot these new opportunities. This has been an immense project initiated by the Federation and its importance cannot be understated. The game is founded at the grassroots level; these courses will help ensure fun, enjoyable and developmentally appropriate environments."

Concurrently with the rollout of the new courses, the current F and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway. These licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway. As demonstrated in the past, member organizations will be empowered to organize and host the in-person grassroots courses and the updated D course on behalf of U.S. Soccer. More specific information on the newly formatted grassroots courses, including format and scheduling, will be released in early 2018.
2018 US Soccer Coaching License pathway email
"To continue to improve the state of soccer in the United States, we must continue to improve the players in our country. This begins with our coaches and there is not a larger or more impactful group than our coaches at the grassroots level," said Director of Coaching Education, Nico Romeijn. "These new introductory courses will provide a supportive approach to teaching and coaching players at 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11. Whether you are the unfamiliar parent volunteer, the transitioning player or a veteran coach, you should be able to walk away from these courses with more knowledge and a better understanding of how to effectively develop your players."
Grassroots Coaching Resources

Here is a 30+ minute coaching clinic video. Very well done, great information, and well worth a watch. Session goes over activities for U5-U8 age players. Click HERE for the video.

Coaching Manual

Game Rules and Team Information

Timbers/Thorns Curriculum

US Youth Soccer Practice Activities

Washington Youth Soccer

Guided Discovery