Community Coach Education

ABOUT COACH2COACH

As a Club, we recognize the importance of continued coach education and training for all aspiring soccer coaches. Therefore, we will work with key institutions and community organizations to increase access and opportunities to coach and participate in the beautiful game.

Our Coach2Coach (C2C) program will function as a training and support platform for coaches of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds at the grassroots level, to help authentically grow the sport in the diverse 77 Chicago neighborhoods and the greater Chicagoland area, to increase participation, expertise and to support the long-term impact these coaches have on our next generation.

On an annual basis, participating coaches will have access to on-going training, a library of resources, as well as professional development workshops and events, all free of charge!

The program will be delivered by professional Chicago Fire FC staff, alongside select soccer and community institutions, to provide a holistic education experience and create a stronger support network for all community coaches.

 

REGISTRATION

Location Day(s) Date(s) Time Register
Virtual Tuesdays February 16 – March 16 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Sold Out

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COACH2COACH FAQS

What is Coach2Coach?
Where does it take place and when?
What are the benefits of the Coach2Coach program?
How does Coach2Coach work?
What are the modules?
What certification do I receive from the Coach2Coach program?
Do I need to attend every session?
What is the cost?
What do I need to bring?
How do I apply?
What happens once I apply?
Who should I contact if I have additional questions about the program?
 

What is Coach2Coach?

Chicago Fire Football Club`s Coach2Coach “C2C” program will function as a training and support membership to empower individuals of all ages, abilities & backgrounds in delivering lasting, and impactful soccer experiences within their communities.

The program is delivered by professional Football In The Community and Chicago Fire Football Club staff, as well as industry-leading partners in particular subject areas.

 

Where does it take place and when?

Programs will be held across the city of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs at scheduled dates and times, year-round. Click here to find out more.

 

What are the benefits of the Coach2Coach program?

Coach2Coach provides community coaches with free and exclusive access to educational materials, licensing, professional staff and experiences, year-round.

With 74% of all youth sports delivered by passionate and committed community coaches, it is our goal to help elevate the knowledge, experience, and confidence of community leaders in soccer and support the delivery of safe and age-appropriate teaching.

Finally, Coach2Coach training will provide all coaches with the necessary standard of licensing to apply for seasonal or part-time soccer coaching positions with Football In The Community.

 

How does Coach2Coach work?

Each year, Football In The Community will offer specific dates for training availability. Click here to see available dates. 

From the webpage, you can submit your application and interest. You will receive a confirmation receipt and a response in 24 hours to confirm if you have been enrolled.

Once you are accepted, you are in the club! You will be required to complete 5 weeks of modules (once a week for two hours) and some independent learning. Module 6 will be in person and will last three hours. Module 6 is optional to attend but highly recommended.

You will be required to send all certificates of completion to complete training.

Once training is complete, you will receive an access code to our Football In The Community Coach Education Library where you can find Age-Appropriate Curriculum, Lesson Plans, Player Exercises, Video Content, and more.

You will also have access to our team! Reach out at any time at fitc@chicagofirefc.com to request for 1-on-1 conversations or to schedule a clinic for your team with one of our FITC coaches (subject to availability). You will also receive periodical emails from Coach2Coach inviting you to optional events throughout the year, both in-person and virtually.

 

What are the modules?

Coaches will work through 5 learning modules that relate to the principles of soccer planning, delivery, and evaluation. This includes:

Module 1: Introduction to Grassroots Coaching with Football In The Community

Module 2: Positive Coaching with Positive Coaching Alliance

Module 3: Social and Emotional Skills Training with Football In The Community

Module 4: Coach Core Values and Learning Style Training with Chicago Fire FC Academy

Module 5: Lesson Planning led by Football In The Community Staff

 

What certification do I receive from the Coach2Coach program?

Over the 5 weeks, coaches will be provided free access to the following licensing:

  • US Soccer Grassroot licensing
  • Center of Disease Control (CDC) “Heads Up” concussion training
  • Safesport training
  • Lesson planning software through US Soccer`s learning center

 

Do I need to attend every session?

Yes, in order to complete training and receive access to the library of resources, you must attend every session. Some of the courses such as Safesport and Concussion training are club required to coach children safely.

If you have an updated license in one of the above certifications, please send the certificate of completion to us and we will exempt you from that requirement. 

 

What is the cost?

Coach2Coach will be offered at no cost to coaches.

 

What do I need to bring?

Currently, all programs will be conducted virtually for the first 5 weeks, and coaches will require access to a computer, WIFI, and writing materials.

 

How do I apply?

Click here to be taken to the Coach2Coach application

 

What happens once I apply?

All applications will be reviewed by our Football In The Community team. Successful applicants will receive an email to officially confirm their induction.

All successful applicants will have to complete a background check before the start of the program.

 

Who can I contact if I have more questions about the Coach2Coach Program?

Please contact Chris Solomons via email at csolomons@chicagofirefc.com or via phone at (630) 877-1408.

 

ABOUT OUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Chicago Fire Football Club`s mentorship program is offering aspiring students the opportunity to gain their first steps into grassroots football coaching. Led by experienced and licensed community coaches, students will gain valuable insight into a wide range of coaching topics such as:

  • Coach Core Values and Learning Style Training
  • Introduction to Grassroot Coaching
  • Age-Appropriate Lesson Planning 
  • Positive Coaching with Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Social and Emotional Skills Training

Students that graduate the program can go on to find paid work opportunities through Football In The Community.

REGISTRATION

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FAQS

What is the Mentorship Program?
Where does it take place and when?
What are the benefits of the Mentorship Program?
What experience will students gain?
What are the work opportunities available through this program?
Do I need to attend every session?
What is the cost?
What do I need to bring?
What happens once I apply?
How do I apply?
Who should I contact if I have any additional questions about the program?
 

What is the Mentorship Program?

Chicago Fire Football Club`s mentorship program is offering aspiring students the opportunity to gain their first steps into grassroots football coaching, led by experienced and licensed community coaches.

 

Where does it take place and when?

Programs will be held across the city of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs at scheduled dates and times. Click here to find out more.

 

What are the benefits of the Mentorship Program?

Students between the ages of 16 – 21 will have the opportunity to learn how to plan, deliver and lead grassroot football activities for children between the ages of 6 – 9 years while gaining the licensing and qualifications needed to acquire grassroot coaching paid positions.

 

What experience will students gain?

Through the mentorship program, students will work through 8 learning modules that relate to the principles of soccer planning, delivery, and evaluation. This includes:

Module 1: Key Qualities of a Coach + Coach Self Awareness Training

Module 2: Introduction to Grassroot Coaching

Module 3: Age-Appropriate Lesson Planning  

Module 4: Positive Coaching with Positive Coaching Alliance

Module 5: Social and Emotional Skills Training

Module 6: Lesson Plan Delivery (Instructor Led)

Module 7: Lesson Plan Assessment

Module 8: Lesson Plan Assessment 2

 

What are the work opportunities available through this program?

Successful candidates will be able to apply for summer coaching positions with Football In The Community (FITC) and with Chicago Fire Juniors within their seasonal Sparks program.

 

Do I need to attend every session?

Yes, in order to complete the course, you must attend every session. Some of the courses such as Safesport and Concussion training are club required to coach children safely. Therefore, failure to attend all sessions means candidates will not be qualified to coach children.

 

What is the cost?

The Mentorship Program will be offered at no cost to students!

 

What do I need to bring?

Currently, all programs will be conducted virtually for the first 5 weeks, and students will require access to a computer, WIFI, and writing materials.

The final three weeks are planned to be in person. Therefore, students need to bring a water bottle, notepad, pen, and appropriate clothing and footwear that will allow for football activities.

 

How do I apply?

Click here to be taken to the Mentorship Program application

 

What happens once I apply?

All applications will be reviewed by our Football In The Community Team. Successful applicants will receive a phone call to officially confirm their induction.

All successful applicants will have to complete a background check before the start of the program.

 

Who can I contact if I have more questions about the Mentorship Program?

Please contact Chris Solomons via email at csolomons@chicagofirefc.com or via phone at (630) 877-1408.