For Coaches

FREE E-License! Coaching Certifications

In an effort to raise the level of soccer quality club wide, all SWSC volunteer coaches are able to get their E-License certificate paid by SWSC.  This course is typically over $100 but any volunteer coach at SWSC can email our DOC for details on having SWSC to pay this cost.   Courses can be found here::

Get signed up through Iowa Soccer Association here:

Soccer West Soccer Club Suggested Benchmarks

In an effort to provide consistency and an even higher level of quality of soccer, SWSC in partnership wtih the Des Moines Menace have compiled benchmarks for each age group that we hope all players meet and exceed.  These are not requirements but rather resource coaches, players and parents can use to be sure they understand the basics of the beautiful game.

Email our Director of Coaching for the link to our full set of curriculum:  

Clubwide style and principles of play:  Integrity, possesion, ball control, creative, passion.

Age Specific Benchmarks are provided in our packet:  Kiddie, U6, U7, U8, U9, U10, U11/U12. U13/U14


Below is the contact information for the Directors of referees and fields. Please remember they we are all volunteers and they will get back with you as soon as they can. 

HELP! I volunteered to coach!

Here are some resources to help new and veteran coaches build their coaching skills and lesson plans.  We hope these tools help you and your players excel and reach our club wide benchmark goals while having as much fun as possible.

To get started, here is an introductory guide for the newer volunteer coach: 

Help, I Volunteered To Coach:

Iowa Soccer Association Resources

Best Practices in Coaching Soccer in the US

U06/U08 Coaching Manual

U10/U12 Coaching Manual

U9/U10 Academy Coaching Manual

Lesson Plans for all ages

US Youth Soccer Resoures

Official US Youth Soccer Coaching Manual

Official Rules and Playing Recommendations

Official U7-U8 Playing Recommendations

Official Under 10 Playing Recommendations

Official Under 10 Academy Playing Recommendations