Coaching Opportunities

The FSA is always seeking new coaches for both the Intramural and Travel divisions. No experience is required to become an Intramural coach, however, we do expect Intramural coaching prospects to participate in a coaching course. For Travel division coaches, soccer experience as a coach at the youth level or higher, and/or high level playing (high school, college or professional), as well as participation in a coaching course is required.

Volunteering for Intramural Coaching

If you wish to volunteer as a coach in the FSA Intramural division we will train you. Before you volunteer, however, it is important to understand the commitment you are making, so that no surprises await you.

As an Intramural Coach you will:

  • Run practices. Outdoors, practices are scheduled on weekday afternoons after school. Practices last one and a half hours and are generally held twice per week. Indoors, practices are held on weekdays once a week in the early evening and take one hour.
  • Coach during games. Outdoors, games are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Most weekends each team will play both on Saturday and Sunday. Periodically teams have one day off per weekend. Games take about and hour and a half including warm-up time and post game time. Indoors games are held on weekdays in the early evening, once per week. Games take about an hour and a half including warm-up time and post game time.
  • Act as a referee. Each team is responsible to referee a few games during the season. Each team must provide at least one coach who the Association can certify as knowing the rules well enough to referee. As a matter of fact each coach should be well versed in all the rules for the sake of their competence as a coach.
  • Participate in the player draft. All players for each team are choosen in a player draft by the team coaching staff.
  • Attend meetings. Meetings are held periodically for a variety of purposes. Generally, there are not more than two meetings or so, per season.
  • Attend coaching instructional sessions. Each year we hold at least one instructional session for coaches to review the rules of the game, safety practices, and other important topics.
  • Attend a coaching school. This is not required, but we hope that every Head Coach of each Intramural team will want to attend a coaching school. Each year the Association tries to hold a USSF ‚ÄúE” License Coaching in Center City for the convenience of our coaches. The school takes three weekend days (Sunday, Saturday, Sunday) for about 6 hours or so each day. The school is taught by a Nationally Licensed Coach, and covers coaching from top to bottom, including practical lessons and demonstrations taught in the gym. The Association will pay the school fee for every coach who successfully completes the course.
  • The Association hopes that our Intramural Coaches will be able to coach both during the outdoor and indoor seasons, although this is not required.

Travel Coaching

If you wish to be a Travel Coach some prior experience as a soccer coach at the youth level or higher, and/or high level playing (High School, College, Professional), as well as participation in a coaching course, is required. Though some travel team coaches are volunteers, travel team Head Coaches are usually hired for one year terms. Fairmount provides the opportunity for coaches to take a basic and advanced coaching courses. If you are interested in becoming a travel team coach, please contact the Travel Commissioner.

As a Travel Team Coach you will:

  • Run practices. Outdoors in the fall, practices are scheduled on weekday evenings. Practices last one and a half hours and are generally held twice per week. Indoors in the winter, depending upon space being available and player interest, practices are held in the evening, one or two times per week and last at least one hour. In the spring, the team schedules vary from holding practice once a week and no games, to twice a week with a league and tournament schedule.
  • Coach during games. Outdoors in the fall, games are held on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Games are played every week during the season. Games take about and hour and a half to two and one half hours according to the age group you are coaching, including warm-up time and post game time. Outdoors in the spring, the games in the spring league in which we participate are played on Sundays, once per week each week during the season, and take the same amount of time as in the fall. Indoors in the winter, games are generally played on weeknights, but may be played during the daytime on weekends as well. Games take about an hour and a half including warm-up time and post game time.
  • Choose the players for your team. It is up to the coaching staff of each Traveling team to choose the players from the FSA player pool for the team’s age group. Tryouts for all teams are usually held in early May for the following fall season. Players selected usually remain with the team for one year.
  • Coordinate the registration of your team with the FSA Travel Commissioner.
  • Attend meetings. Periodically meetings are held of all coaches for a variety of purposes.
  • Play in tournaments. Generally each Travel team plays in at least one tournament per year. While this is not mandatory, it is suggested.
  • Attend coaching instructional sessions. Each year we hold at least one instructional session for coaches to review the rules of the game, safety practices, and other important topics.
  • Get First Aid and CPR training. It is expected that each Travel Head Coach or their designee will become certified by the American Red Cross in First Aid and CPR. The Fairmount Soccer Association will reimburse the Head Coach or designee for the cost of the course if successfully completed.
  • Complete the EPYSA Risk Assessment background check.
  • Complete the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) head injury on-line course, and produce the CDC Certificate as required by the Fairmount Travel Commissioner.
  • The Association hopes that our Travel Coaches will be able to coach during the fall-outdoor, winter-indoor and possibly spring-outdoor seasons, although this is not required.

I’m Ready to Coach

If you have decided to become a Volunteer Intramural Coach or a Travel Head or Assistant Coach, contact the Intramural or Travel Commissioner at fairmountsoccer.org.