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STEP UP TO THE STANDARD

Join new and experienced coaches across the country who elevate their game by getting your USA Football Coach Certification.

2024 Certification Now Available

As coaches, we know our athletes come first. From health and well-being to performance, everything we do is to help them succeed. Staying on-top of our game is crucial for that success.

That’s why USA Football has delivered over 1,100,000+ coach certifications since 2012. Coaches pledge to make athletes’ their top priority. Certification is a great way to get ready for the season and offers new and useful videos, resources and tools to enhance your game.

Our athletes and their families deserve our best and expectations couldn't be any higher. Step up to the standard and earn your USA Football Coach Certification today.

YOUTH TACKLE & FLAG COACH CERTIFICATIONS

MORE OPTIONS & MORE VALUE IN 2024

From head, heart and heat lessons to Emergency Action Planning (EAP) and athlete communication strategies, coaches can gain insights to prepare them to deliver a best-in-class athlete experience.  Certified coaches also get access to Football Development Model age-based videos, resource guides and more.

To help you serve your athletes, you now have more options from USA Football! With two levels of online certification featuring elective courses and dedicated flag and tackle options, you can select the best path for you. You alternatively pursue certification through the Coach & Commissioner Membership, bundling your certification with other benefits, including the Youth Tackling & Contact System ($30 value) for only $25 more.

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NEW: Practical Coaching & Team Management Course

The purpose of this course is to aid you in sharpening your skills to effectively instruct and support your players as well as manage practices, games, and logistics.

  • Understand multiple tools and approaches to teaching athletes.
  • Understand ways to effectively teach and facilitate both skills and activities.
  • Understand tools that help you manage teams effectively for practices and games.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of your personnel.

WHAT COACHES THINK ABOUT CERTIFICATION

We asked real coaches what they thought about USA Football's coaching certification programs. The results speak for themselves.

90%

Of coaches feel they could transfer their knowledge to their field

92%

of coaches believe the certification aids in keeping athletes safe 

84%+

Found physical safety courses beneficial across all four USA Football certification modules

(Source: 2023 Certification Response & Surveys)

YOUTH TACKLE ONLINE CERTIFICATION $15
($25 Value)
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LEVEL 1 TACKLE // FOR COACHES NOT CERTIFIED IN 2023

- Principles of Safer Contact
- Practical Coaching & Team Management
- Transformational Coaching
- Health & Safety*
- Abuse Prevention**

LEVEL 2 TACKLE // FOR 2023 CERTIFIED TACKLE COACHES

- Tackling & Blocking: Skills & Drills
- Practical Coaching & Team Management
- Health & Safety*
- Abuse Prevention**
- Elective: Effective Practice Planning or Communication Strategies^

LEVEL 2 TACKLE // FOR 2023 CERTIFIED FLAG COACHES

- Principles of Safer Contact
- Practical Coaching & Team Management
- Health & Safety*
- Abuse Prevention**
- Elective: Effective Practice Planning or Communication Strategies^

Want Even More? Become a Member!

Members will get access to flag and tackle certifications plus the Youth Tackling & Contact System ($30) value and more. Learn about the Membership.

YOUTH FLAG ONLINE CERTIFICATION $15
($25 Value)
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LEVEL 1 FLAG // FOR COACHES NOT CERTIFIED IN 2023

- Foundations of Flag Safety
- Practical Coaching & Team Management
- Transformational Coaching
- Health & Safety*
- Abuse Prevention**

LEVEL 2 FLAG // FOR 2023 CERTIFIED FLAG COACHES

- Flag Skills & Drills
- Practical Coaching & Team Management
- Health & Safety*
- Abuse Prevention**
- Elective: Effective Practice Planning or Communication Strategies^

LEVEL 2 FLAG // FOR 2023 CERTIFIED TACKLE COACHES

- Foundations of Flag Safety
- Practical Coaching & Team Management
- Health & Safety*
- Abuse Prevention**
- Elective: Effective Practice Planning or Communication Strategies^

Want Even More? Become a Member!

Members will get access to flag and tackle certifications plus the Youth Tackling & Contact System ($30) value and more. Learn about the Membership.

USE YOUR CREDENTIALS FOR LEVEL TWO ACCESS

If you completed the Youth Coach Certification in 2023, you are eligible for Level Two Certification. To access Level Two (formerly Recertification), you must use the email address that you used in 2023.

If you use a different email, you won't be able to access Level Two and will have to take the full certification. If you need to change your email address, contact our Consulting Team.

Once you complete the one-time assessment, the courses you need to take to complete your recertification are made available, no additional purchase is necessary.

 

* Health & Safety must be passed every four years regardless of Certification Level. In addition, a user must pass a quiz testing their knowledge if previously completed and certified in the previous year. If a user passes the quiz, they will not need to retake Health & Safety in that year.
** Abuse Prevention must be completed ever two years regardless of Certification Level. 
^ A coach may select one of these two options in 2024. If they are eligible for a Level Two certification next year, they must complete another elective course that year.

BECOME A MEMBER FOR MORE DRILLS, SKILLS, X's & O's

Get the Online Certification, the Youth Tackling & Contact System, drill videos, X’s & O’s and Community access for only $25 more than a Certification.

ADVANCED CERTIFICATION FOR HIGH SCHOOL COACHES
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PROVEN TECHNIQUES THAT GET RESULTS

This all-in-one two-year certification is designed for high school coaches to help teach advanced concepts and drills for:

Run Blocking
Generate force while keeping the head away from contact

Defeating Blocks
Disrupt blockers without using the head

Shoulder Tackling
Train better tacklers with unrivaled depth

This will help you coach your players with the latest and proven techniques from USA Football’s Premium Systems.

TESTIMONIAL
USA Football is a leader in coach certification. I see it, I've been involved in football for decades. Where we are now in the game, they're just doing it the right way. We know we have to have progression... And give the parents and children choices. USA Football is checking off all the boxes or where the game is right now to make it a great experience for your child and a great learning experience
Mike Golic
Football Dad & Media Personality