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Framingham United Soccer Club

Coaches General Info

FUSC Coaches Expectations

Exhibits a high level of coaching competence

  • Personal commitment to coaching excellence - on and off the field
  • Commitment to constant development of personal coaching skills
  • Collaborates and partners with other coaches for personal and game improvement
  • Plans and prepares for training sessions and games

Achieves and maintains excellence on the field

  • Maintains paramount concern for the health and safety of the athletes
  • Fosters success through positive feedback, valuing teamwork and consistently providing support 
  • Participates in tournaments, scrimmages and other opportunities to broaden the athletes soccer experience
  • Builds team spirit, respect and camaraderie

Honors and respects the Game

  • Upholds the spirit as well as the letter of the rules of the game
  • Respects all opponents, officials and opposing players
  • Instills a love of the game to players and parents alike
  • Upholds zero tolerance

Know your X's and O's, as well as age-appropriate drills. Then, realize there is much more to being a Responsible Coach.  Understand that the life lessons you teach young athletes will carry far beyond the playing field.  Preparing the players for competition entails imparting values and strategies that will impact them long beyond their playing days.

Coach's Roles and Duties

The function of the coach is to promote the physical and intellectual growth of the players, through participation in the game of soccer. As a member and representative of the Club, the coach is expected to support Framingham United Soccer Club decisions, policies, and regulations. To perform the duties of a coach, it is necessary for a coach to know and thoroughly understand the laws of the game of soccer. The coach must attempt to follow both the spirit and the letter of these laws. In this regard, a coach is to respect and support the authority of the game referee.

Each coach is expected to hold well-organized practice sessions which include the relevant portions of the FUSC soccer education curriculum. It should be remembered that players come to play, not to listen to the coach talk. The game, not the coach, is the best teacher. Each coach is expected to make every effort to attend and participate in soccer clinics organized by the Club.  Coaches are also encouraged to broaden their knowledge and proficiency through participation in state and national coaching license programs. An FUSC coach is expected to provide a role model for the players and parents to emulate, and to be a positive representative of the Club. This is particularly significant during matches when coaches are accountable for not only their behavior, but that of the players, their families and friends.

Each coach should encourage open communication with the players' families. The players' parents/guardians should be kept well informed of the team's activities, and the coach should be open to comments and constructive criticism. Each coach should assign a team manager to assist with communication and task delegation. At the conclusion of each season, the coach is required to fill out a brief player evaluation form. This is provided to the coach by the Playing Age Division Director and is to be returned, completed, to the same. The main objective of a coach, over the course of a season, should be to achieve an enjoyable and competitive experience for ALL participants. A coach's success is not measured by wins and losses, but by the improvement in play achieved by each team member during the season. Both travel team and intramural coaches are to ensure that the Club’s playing time policy is followed. The policy states that all players who attend practices are to play a minimum of half of each team’s game. 

Mass Youth Soccer Safe Soccer Platform

The Mass Youth Soccer Safe Soccer platform (“Safe Soccer”), which goes into effect in 2019, follows U.S. Soccer’s Safe Soccer Framework with the aim of providing a safe soccer environment for all players and participants.

Mass Youth Soccer Safe Soccer Statement (from the Mass Youth Soccer website):

The Massachusetts Safe Soccer platform provides all Massachusetts Youth Soccer participants (players, coaches, referees, administrators, volunteers and parents) the tools to make their soccer experience safe, healthy and free from emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

Our Safe Soccer platform includes policies, procedures, background screening of all adults, education and training, reporting, monitoring and enforcement to help all participants, young and old, have the very best soccer experience.

As required by U.S. Soccer, the Safe Soccer platform includes an Athlete and Participant Safety Policy that calls for the implementation of additional education, training, policies and procedures, and protocols. This policy applies to all Mass Youth Soccer member organizations, including Framingham United Soccer Club, and should be referenced on each organization’s website. The main highlights of the policy include:

  • Abuse Prevention Education and Training – as mandated by U.S. Soccer by September 1, 2019, all adults involved in
    youth soccer must take an initial Abuse Prevention Training course and an annual refresher. The web-based course will be offered free of charge and more information will be communicated when available on this website and via Mass Youth Soccer

  • Expansion of Background Checks – in addition to the CORI search and check that is performed on all adults involved in youth soccer, background screenings will be expanded to also include SORI and National Background search and check. Per U.S. Soccer, this must be completed by September 1, 2019.

  • New Membership Management System (MMS) – to support the provisions of the SafeSport Act that was passed in February, 2018, and the additional background requirements, Mass Youth Soccer is switching to a new MMS called U.S. Soccer Connect, which is offered by  Stack Sports, the same provider used by U.S. Soccer. The new service will handle all adult and player registrations as well as all the newly-required background screenings.

  • New Safe Soccer Platform – a new website with lots of resources on player and participant safety, such

    • abuse prevention
    • head injury-relates policies
    • nutrition
    • weather policies
    • goal safety


    Click HERE to access important and essential information about the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Safe Soccer Platform.

    Directions on how to get your MYSA badge: Link to MYSA Badge

    Framingham MYSA Registration Link: Framingham MYSA Registration Link

    All Travel coaches also need to go to Required BAYS Form for FUSC Travel Coaches and complete the form for BAYS website info.  Remember for travel, it's one head coach; two assistants.


Coaches Meeting

The 2019 Fall Coaches Meetings are tentatively scheduled to be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 (TRAVEL COACHES) and Thursday, August 29, 2019 (IN TOWN COACHES) at Framingham Elks 450 Union Ave, Framingham, MA 01702 - dinner will be served, (6:30-9:00). All head coaches should attend or have an assistant coach or team manager present at the meeting.

Working with Referees

One of the many goals of FUSC is to offer our players, coaches, parents and visiting teams the very best referees in the area. This takes time, patience, commitment, and dedication. It is not only the responsibility of the referee Director to assign individual games but to train, mentor and promote the development of quality referees. Youth referees are a development program. Feedback about referees should be directed to the referee director and never to the referee directly.  See below about Zero Tolerance.

Zero Tolerance

All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators.
  1. No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.
  2. Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.
  3.  Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action.
  4. If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the FUSC referee’s director for the game in question.

Contact Us

Framingham United Soccer Club

1257 Worcester Rd, #135
Framingham, Massachusetts 01701

Email Us: [email protected]
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