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Creative Coaching Academy Diploma (level 1)

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Creative Coaching Academy Diploma (level 1)


Diploma in Creative Soccer Coaching (level 1)

The TN Soccer Association has recently partnered with the Creative Coaching Academy (CCA), to provide an outstanding education courses to soccer coaches at all levels culminating in the award of a Creative Soccer Coaching Diploma. This coaching award has been very carefully designed and structured to show the importance of creating a learning environment that enables players to realize their potential and maximize performance.

How can my club host a CCA diploma course

We are offering FREE coaches workshops to clubs in Tennessee.  If you are interested in hosting a course for your coaches, please email the completed form TN Soccer DOC Andy Poklad at as soon as possible to fill dates in the Fall 2017 for RECREATIONAL COACHES AND CLUBS.


Club’s need to provide a gym (basketball sized) or a classroom next to a flat concrete space for a morning or afternoon course (3-4 hours). We require a minimum of 20 coaches registered 48 hours before the date of the course to provide a course. We recommend partnering with other local programs if necessary...

To Sign your club up to Host a CCA Course, click below.



The aim of the workshop is to provide coaches with an understanding of creative “Street Soccer” Coaching, to develop imaginative players by supplementing and complimenting your current method of coaching. The stimulating 3-hour long course shows how Street Soccer forms the foundation of many other small sided forms of the game such as Futsal, 5-a-side, 7 v 7 games and ultimately and most importantly the 11 a side game. We will explain the philosophy that underpins Street Soccer Coaching and how we coach the person first, and the player second. Coaches will learn how Street Soccer develops physical intelligence, movement ability, perception, awareness and decision-making abilities in players. We will explain the components of Street Soccer coaching, how sessions are designed and structured to maximize learning and creativity. 

Street Soccer is…

Based on Small Sided Games

Allows players to develop in their own way & develop their own style.

It is a fresh, modern, creative, and holistic form of soccer.

Based on developing a high level of technical excellence.

Focused on developing 1v1 skills.

The CCA Diploma's concepts include:

An understanding of Street Soccer?

Applications for soccer coaches at all levels (from grassroots to professionals)

Coaching vs Learning (Are players really learning from our coaching?)

How do we nurture and foster creativity?

How does the environment enhance learning?

Small Sided Soccer games and the power of Play

The S.T.A.R.T.S Warm up (switching players on physically, emotionally, and mentally)

Running a Soccer session

Skill development, Decision making and Problem Solving

Coaches will receive:

3 (4) hour practical and theory based workshop


Small Sided Games Handbook

Course Tutor:

Darren Laver is one of the most unique and creative coaches in the world.  He is the founder, of the International Street Soccer Association (ISSA), the world-wide recognized street soccer concept, and a globally recognized expert coach and exhibition performer. Darren’s extraordinary abilities and performances led him to being voted one of the best street soccer players in the United Kingdom. He was the selected to be one of only 25 star players to feature in EA Sports FIFA Street (2012 Video Game).


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